Â Â Â Â Â The Playâ€™s the Thing at STAGEfest 2013, the Loewâ€™s Jersey Theatreâ€™s First Play Festival
By Sally Deering
In her prime, she was a real looker. Decked out in red velvet and adorned in crystal and gold, the Loewâ€™s Jersey Theatre was a glamorous show palace when it opened in 1929. Today, the Loewâ€™s is a New Jersey Registered Historic Site owned by Jersey City and after many years of restoration by the volunteer group Friends of the Loewâ€™s, the movie palace has â€˜come back to lifeâ€™. Like an aging Ziegfeld showgirl with gorgeous gams. the Loewâ€™s is a grandly vintage venue for film festivals, film retrospectives â€“ even weddings â€“ and for the first time this month, the Loewâ€™s will host its first every performing arts festival, STAGEfest 2013.Â Â
Starting Fri, Mar. 22 and running through Sun, Mar. 24, STAGEfest 2013 raises the curtain on a weekend of theatrical, dance and musical performances highlighting Hudsonâ€™s arts and artists. Â The festival will feature three days of shows by local playwrights, musicians, dancers and solo-artists who will perform their works not just on the theaterâ€™s main stage, but also in its lobbies, salons, promenades and hallways. The weekend event also features a costume exhibit by Leading Lady Costumes and refreshments by local vendors in the Grand Lobby CafÃ©.
â€œThis marks the return to live theatre â€“ in addition to classic film and concerts,â€ says Colin Egan, Executive Director of Loewâ€™s Jersey Theatre. Â â€œWe always said we wanted theatre to be part of the Loew’s, but with all the work of renovating it and running the other shows here, we kept putting it off. So STAGEfest is the first of an annual (and maybe more frequent) theatre festival the Loew’s will host.â€
Coordinating the event with Egan and the Friends of the Loewâ€™s volunteers are Christine Goodman, Founder of Art House Productions in Jersey City, and David Zimmerman, Executive Director of the DeBaun Center for Performing Arts at Stevenâ€™s Institute of Technology in Hoboken.Â Zimmerman knows his way around play festivals; DeBaun formerly hosted the Hudson County One Act Play Festival. Continue reading Curtain Up! STAGEfest 2013 in Jersey City