FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS ____________ _________________  SHOWS ~ Guests ~ Information 2006-2008 ___________ LINDA  TOBOROWSKY Radio Host Freelance Writer _______________ ROY M. STEINBERG~ Artist/ Gallery _____________ KATHRYN JOHNSON GLASER~ Educator ~ Docent ~ Co-Host _____________ KENNETH HARI ~ International Portraitist _____________ DR. HADASSAH GUTTMANN Pianist ~ Educator ___________ Junior Announcer DANIEL BURBANK _________________ Photos Page 1 - 2006 -2007 ___________________ Photos Page 2 - 2006 -2007 _____________ NINA HAND - Performer - Executive Director _____________ BOB YUROCHKO~ Musician ~ Author ~ Artist ______________ DR. THEODORE K. SCHLOSBERG ~ NJ Workshop on the Arts ______________ DR. ANITA O. SOLOMON Clinical Psychologist ~ Musician _____________ ANGELO ORLANDO, Jr. Edison Art Society ______________ LINDA VONDERSCHMIDT-LaSTELLA _____________ BARBARA GOOD - Pianist~ Soloist MyLifeTime Book ____________ RUSS McCUBBIN ACTOR - STUNTMAN ______________ NOELLE COMPINSKY TINTURIN~ Pianist ____________ A TRIBUTE to the BEATLES _____________  MARK TRAUTMAN Conductor ~ NBCO _____________ REBECCA SCOTT - Conductor- Cantabile Chamber Chorale ______________ EVA ETZIONI-HALEVY, Ph.D. Biblical Novelist _____________ The VILLAGER'S THEATRE _____________ ZITA GEOFFROY HEINZ ~ Actor _____________ HEALING THROUGH CREATIVITY _____________ DR. BERNARD ROSE ` Musician - Educator _____________ MARVIN CHEITEN, Ph.D Playwright ~ Director _____________ THE REDDING BROTHERS ~ Musicians ~ Composers _____________ BARRON ARTS CENTER --CYNTHIA KNIGHT Director ______________ LIKE-MINDED ENTERTAINMENT~ Film Makers ______________ LARRY McCULLOUGH, Ph.D. Playwright ` Musician ~ Educator ______________ ROIA RAFIEYAN~ Singer ~ Musician ~ Composer ~ Music Therapist ______________ A Tribute to MARCEL MARCEAU _____________ STEPHEN H. FOREMAN - Screenwriter- Author ___________ THORNEY LIEBERMAN~ Photographer ___________ DEBBIE HILL - Photojournalist ____________ JULIA SADD Journalist - Lyricist - Author ____________ CINDY BOGGS- Author - Instructor - Speaker ____________ BRUCE K. HALEY, Jr --Photographer _______________ AILA ACCAD Speaker ~ Author _____________ Bobby Gonzalez Storyteller ____________ Middlesex County Cultural & Heritage Commission ___________ LEO KRAFT Composer ~ Theorist ~ Pedagogue ____________ GARY JAMES Poet - Author - Speaker ___________ Dr. MARTIN HALPERN Playwright ~ Poet ~ Composer ~ Educator ___________ BLENKO GLASS COMPANY ___________ RUTH KIRK - Author Childrens' Books ____________ POETS WEDNESDAY Edie Eustice ~ Deborah LaVeglia ____________ GRANT COOPER ~ Conductor - WVa Symphony ___________ Katelyn Dawn - Composer - Singer - Musician ___________ Gary Cohen Producing Director MIDDLESEX COUNTY'S Plays-In-The-Park ______________ PHIL PEPE Sports Writer ~ Author _____________ ROBERT CUCCIOLI Actor ` Singer ` Director Stage & Television ___________ LARRY GROCE - Singer ~ Composer ~ Executive Director of FESTIVALL~ 'When A City Becomes A Work of Art' ____________ EAST BRUNSWICK LIBRARY - A 21st Century Community Center ____________ Andy Rothstein Guitarist ~ Songwriter ~ Composer ____________

Gary P. Cohen
is the Producing Director for Middlesex County, New Jersey's Plays-in-The-Park.
Over Gary's diverse career, he has been a theatrical agent for The William Morris Agency,
founded his own theater company (Celebration Playhouse) in the 70's, acted in many plays
and musicals, for PIP and other NJ theaters. In addition to directing at PIP, Gary has worked for
the Bickford Theatre and the Forum Theatre. He has written two books about theater:
both published by Heinemann Publishers and available on-line at and Barnes and

Gary was the original author of FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUSICAL which played
for 80 performances Off-B'way at the 37 Arts Theater in NYC.

Along with Mark Baron, he has written a children's musical, THE RELUCTANT DRAGON,
published by Heuer Publishing. A horror movie fanatic, Gary has also written and directed
two ground-breaking shot-on-video horror films,
VIDEO VIOLENCE and VIDEO VIOLENCE 2 which have become cult favorites.
Camp Motion Pictures has released the two films, completely re-mastered,
on a double DVD, complete with director commentary, outtakes, and interviews.


Click on Gary Cohen's Photo below for more information 


Click on Plays-In-The-Park logo above for Web Site and 2008 Schedule  ___________________________________

Wed,  July 16 - Sat, July 26, 2008
(No Sundays)
8:30 PM
(Click on logo above for more information on BEAUTY and the BEAST __________________________________

Click on icon above for more information on the Children's Theater ____________________

Middlesex County's Plays-in-the-Park
is a unique partnership representing
more than 46 years of unparalleled
government initiative,
artistic excellence,
and community spirit.
Forty-three years ago, a small group
of devoted community theater volunteers
enthusiastically sought a place to produce
plays during the summer months.
They contacted the Middlesex County
Board of Chosen Freeholders
hoping to find financial support.

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Although funds did not exist for
construction of a new theater building,
money was budgeted for a storage shed.
A creative compromise was reached,
allowing the shed to be used as a theater
in the summer and for storage in the winter.
A tree-lined grove in Roosevelt Park
was chosen as the site and
Plays-in-the-Park officially opened in 1963.
Popularity grew, and eventually the shed
became a permanent home with an addition
of a scenic shop and dressing rooms.
Attendance soared and by the mid-1970's.
More than 150,000 people came to
the free
theater each year, making
Plays-in-the-Park an important part
of summer in Middlesex County.

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All seemed lost, however, when on
July 24, 1975, a fire in an adjacent
garbage can destroyed the
wooden building, burning it
to its concrete foundation.
But theatrical tradition demands
that 'the show must go on'
(in this case "Man of La Mancha").
Work began the very next day.
Mobile trailers were brought in to finish
the 1975 season.
Eventually County funds were met by
dollars from the Green Acres Commission
and the new Roosevelt Park Amphitheater
opened in 1978.

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Tue, June 24 - Sat, July 5, 2008
No performance Friday, July 4
(No Sundays)  
8:30 PM
Click on logo above for more information on THE PRODUCERS _____________________

Wed, Aug 6 - Sat, Aug 16, 2008
(No Sundays)  
8:30 PM
Click on logo above for more information on SMOKEY JOES ______________________

Marks the 14th Anniversary in 2008 
of a Holiday tradition
at the
State Theatre on Livingston Ave. in New Brunswick.

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Tickets for 'Joseph'will go on sale beginning approximately
November 15, 2008.


Since 1978, it is estimated that more than
1 million people have attended
performances of Plays-in-the-Park.
Our amphitheater features the latest
lighting and sound equipment,
and shows are staffed
by working professionals in the theater.
Currently, we produce three full-scale
Broadway-style musicals each summer
(complete with a live Union orchestra),
an indoor Children's Musical in the fall,
and our continuing production of
each winter at the State Theatre
in New Brunswick.