A BROADWAY CABARET

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18TH | 7PM-9PM

Directed by Beth Bonnabeau

This special evening will be filled with some of the areas finest talents performing selections from the Broadway songbook. Area favorites include actors of all ages such as Joe Harding, Juliette Koch, Jami Valzania, Clare Costello, and Missy Hanlon to name just a few! Expect to hear classics (Don’t Rain on my Parade, Corner of the Sky, I Am What I Am, etc.) as well as more contemporary pieces (Natural Woman, I Could Be Jewish for You, Taylor, The Latte Boy, etc). Get your fellow Broadway loving friends together and grab your tickets while you still can!”

This great evening has been directed by Beth Bonnabeau; who has been acting and directing locally for decades, is the Founder and Artistic director of The PAC at 32 Below, a performing arts center housed in the lower level of the Connecticut Sports Arena in New Milford. The PAC offers production opportunities for students ages 6-20 as well as MainStage adult productions. Beth received her BFA in Theatre from SUNY Plattsburgh where she served as President of Alpha Psi Omega (National Theatre Honors Fraternity) and Vice President of the College Theatre Association. After a stint with The Harold Klurman theatre on NYC’s famed Theatre Row, Beth switched gears to become a Mom to two wonderful young thespians and a teacher of theatre to countless others. With 23 years as a theatre educator under her belt, Beth has no intention of switching gears again! 

Tickets: $15 Students| $25 Members| $30 Non-Members
The refreshments are BYOB picnic style for general seating .

Hate: Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship

By Nadine Strossen

Saturday, September 29th 7PM

Tickets $10 per person | RSVP & Buy tickets by Wed. 9/26

Constitutional law scholar and civil liberties activist Professor Nadine Strossen will discuss her acclaimed new book, HATE:  Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship (Oxford University Press May 2018), with Temple Sholom’s Rabbi Ari Rosenberg.  Strossen, whose father was a Holocaust survivor, has worked closely with Jewish organizations, as well as other civil rights groups, in fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.  Her opposition to censoring “hate speech” is based on evidence that such censorship inevitably does more harm than good to the vitally important goals that it seeks to further:  equality, dignity, diversity, inclusivity, societal harmony, and mental/physical well-being.  These goals are more effectively promoted through non-censorial strategies, including “counterspeech,” such as education, debate, and protest.  Censorship also violates fundamental principles of individual liberty and democracy, which are of greatest importance to any minority group. 

Especially given our current political climate, with too much division and too little constructive dialogue, Professor Strossen and Rabbi Ari Rosenberg look forward to a robust but mutually respectful exchange of ideas, with each other and with audience members, about these “hot-button” issues.  We encourage all attenders to vigorously exercise their free speech rights!



Tutti's Promise: Author & Book Talk

Sunday, September 16th at 1PM

Tickets $10 per person

A promise kept is like the twinkling stars in the night sky: a constant reminder of something important that makes you who you are.Can nine-year-old Tutti keep a promise-and a secret? Her family's life may depend on it.In the early 1930s, life for the Jews is on the brink of ruin: Hitler has come to power, and the golden memories of happy times are fading fast. One young couple, Margret and Heinz Lichtenstern, decide to flee Germany with their parents and daughter, Tutti. They move to Amsterdam, where Heinz is able to continue his work and where there seems to be hope for the future. Two years later, Tutti's brother is born, and the family is prospering.But then Germany invades the Netherlands. And in the pre-dawn hours of May 10, 1940, the Lichtensterns suddenly learn that they have not moved far enough. This is the true story of what the Lichtensterns endured under the Nazis. Told by Tutti's daughter, Heidi, and filled with historical documents and photos, it vividly recreates how one family conquered fear and heartbreak to survive. Theirs is a tale of both unimaginable devastation and lucky surprises-raids, sabotage, helpful friends and strangers, and a very special gift.One family. One remarkable story. And in the end, a promise kept.


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Twelfth Night

Saturday, August 11 |7:00 PM

Sunday, August 12th |1:00 PM

Directed by Robin Frome


Viola is shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria and she comes ashore with the help of a Captain. She has lost contact with her twin brother, Sebastian, who she believes to be drowned. With the aid of the Captain, she disguises herself as a young man under the name Cesario, and enters the service of Duke Orsino. Duke Orsino has convinced himself that he is in love with Olivia, who is mourning the recent deaths of her father and brother. She refuses to see entertainments, be in the company of men, or accept love or marriage proposals from anyone, the Duke included, until seven years have passed. Duke Orsino then uses 'Cesario' as an intermediary to profess his passionate love before Olivia. Olivia, however, falls in love with 'Cesario', setting her at odds with her professed duty. In the meantime, Viola has fallen in love with the Duke Orsino, creating a love triangle among Duke Orsino, Olivia and Viola: Viola loves Duke Orsino, Duke Orsino loves Olivia, and Olivia loves Viola disguised as Cesario.

BUY TICKETS ONLINE BY WEDNESDAY AUG. 8TH
$15 MEMBERS | $20 NON-MEMBERS
The refreshments are BYOB picnic style for general seating at provided tables.