Upcoming Events

Met Opera: CARMEN

Nov 1

Met Opera: CARMEN 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress.

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Bolshoi Ballet: Legend of Love

Nov 2

Bolshoi Ballet: Legend of Love 

Pollak Theatre - 3 PM

This splendid tale of forbidden love, self-sacrifice, jealousy and suffering returns to the Bolshoi stage after a ten-year absence. The Legend of Love is one of Russian master Yuri Grigorovich’s earliest choreographic works, and its storyline explores the conflict between love and duty through its two heroines.


Film Screening: Bridegroom & Q/A with Shane Bitney Crone

Nov 5

Film Screening: Bridegroom & Q/A with Shane Bitney Crone 

Anacon Hall - 2:30 PM

Bridegroom chronicles the story of Shane Bitney Crone and his same-sex partner Thomas, who died in a tragic accident. The story of what happened after his accidental death– of how people without the legal protections of marriage can find themselves completely shut out opens a window onto the issue of marriage equality like no speech or lecture ever will.

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Our Town by Thornton Wilder

Nov 5-15

Our Town by Thornton Wilder 

Lauren K. Woods Theatre - 8 PM

A University-wide production of the classic Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Thornton Wilder, Our Town tells the universal story of small town America. Though taking place in the first decade of the 20th century and written in 1938, Our Town has consistently been hailed as a theatrical masterpiece. A New York production won the Tony Award for best revival in 1989 and an off-Broadway presentation in 2009 won accolades from critics and audiences alike and ran for nearly 3 years. Performed with little scenery and having the character of Stage Manager directly address the audience, Our Town asks us to consider what is important in life. When Emily wants to relive a day in her life, she is told “Choose the least important day of your life; it will be important enough.”


Film Screening: Oro Macht Frei

Nov 5

Film Screening: Oro Macht Frei 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

Oro Macht Frei tells the story of the Roman Jewish experience of the Nazi occupation of Rome (Sept 1943 - June 1944). Weaving testimony from Roman Jews together with historical research by renowned scholars on the subject (including Susan Zuccotti, Alexander Stille, Liliana Picciotto), OMF seeks to bring the viewer into a personal and relatable reflection of the Holocaust in Italy through the eyes of this unique and historic community. There will be a panel/Q & A following screening.

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National Theatre of London: A Street Car Named Desire

Nov 6

National Theatre of London: A Street Car Named Desire 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.

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Gallery Exhibition - Evelyn Leavens Retrospective 1924 - 2013

Nov 7-Dec 19

Gallery Exhibition - Evelyn Leavens Retrospective 1924 - 2013 

Joan and Robert Rechnitz Hall - 9 AM

A life long Red Bank resident, Evelyn Leavens' work has been shown at City Without Walls, Aljira, Tweeds, Summit Art Center and the Morris State Museum. Leavens book of drawings “Boswells’ Life of Boswell” was published in 1958 and became #2 on The New York Times children’s best seller list. Primarily self taught, she attended the Vermont Studio Center and studied with Malcolm Morley, Archie Rand and Niel Welliver. This exhibition will include works from throughout the artist’s life. Opening Reception: Fri. November 14, 7 - 9 pm

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True Blues with Corey Harris, Guy Davis, and Alvin Youngblood Hart

Nov 8

True Blues with Corey Harris, Guy Davis, and Alvin Youngblood Hart 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, and featuring renowned roots musicians Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation. In bringing the True Blues film to the concert stage, the True Blues concert vividly brings to life this crucial wellspring of American music.

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Met Opera: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Encore

Nov 9

Met Opera: LE NOZZE DI FIGARO Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

New Production Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart’s masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in a 19th-century manor house in Seville, but during the gilded age of the late 1920s.

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Nine for IX: The 99'ers

Nov 12

Nine for IX: The 99'ers 

Pollak Theatre - 7 PM

A look at the 1999 women's national soccer team and the impact of their World Cup victory on the sport of soccer and female athletes overall. Nine for IX is a series of documentary films which originally aired on ESPN celebrating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination in education. Four of the episodes will be screened during the year.

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Visiting Writer: Joyce Carol Oates

Nov 13

Visiting Writer: Joyce Carol Oates 

Pollak Theatre - 4:30 PM

There is no more versatile and accomplished American writer than Joyce Carol Oates. The author of many books, Oates has penned bestselling novels, critically acclaimed collections of short fiction, as well as essays, plays, poetry, a recent memoir, A Widow's Story, and an unlikely bestseller, On Boxing. Best known for her fiction, Oates' novels include them, which won the National Book Award; Blonde, a bold reimagining of the inner life of Marilyn Monroe; The Falls, which won the France's Prix Femina; The Gravedigger’s Daughter and Little Bird of Heaven, each set in upstate New York; and We Were the Mulvaneys, which follows the disintegration of an American family and which became a bestseller after being selected by Oprah's Book Club. Fellow author John Updike, praises Oates body of work by saying "Iif the phrase 'woman of letters' existed, she would be, foremost in this country, entitled to it.

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Skippyjon Jones

Nov 14

Skippyjon Jones 

Pollak Theatre - 10 AM

Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams! Sometimes he pretends to be a bird, sometimes he pretends to be a llama, and sometimes he pretends to be a whale… Anything BUT a Siamese cat!

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Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools

Nov 14

Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools 

Pollak Theatre - 8 PM

Southside Johnny & The Poor Fools return to the Pollak Theatre for another riveting evening embarking on a stripped down journey through Johnny Lyon’s eclectic version of the Great American Songbook. Playing a wide range of music from Dylan, Mose Allison, Muddy Waters, NRBQ, Richard Thompson, Emmylou Harris, The Band, George Jones and more, The Poor Fools also dive into some of the Southside's Asbury Jukes material–revisiting some classics as well as the underperformed deep tracks. In this incarnation, musicians such as Jeff Kazee, John Conte, Tommy Byrnes, and Neal "The Dude" Pawley join Johnny for singing, playing, and having some fun on stage. It will be a loose mix of songs, stories and banter between the musicians and–hopefully–the audience. Opening Act: Bob Burger. All ticket holders will receive a free autographed poster signed by the artists after the show.

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Met Opera: CARMEN Encore

Nov 16

Met Opera: CARMEN Encore 

Pollak Theatre - 1 PM

Richard Eyre’s mesmerizing production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress.

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On Screen in Person: The Phantom Tollbooth

Nov 17

On Screen in Person: The Phantom Tollbooth 

Pollak Theatre - 7:30 PM

The Phantom Tollbooth: Beyond Expectations playfully examines the creation, creators, lasting impact and enduring relevance of one of the most beloved children's books of our time. Through interviews, animation, and archival imagery, the documentary traces the friendship between author Norton Juster and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Jules Feiffer. There will be a Q&A with director Hannah Jayanti following the screening.

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