George Street Playhouse

Renée Taylor
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Renée Taylor is an Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning writer and actress who also loves jazz.  Taylor co-wrote and stars in the autobiographical comedy MY LIFE ON A DIET through December 15 at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

In the one-woman show, Taylor looks back on a life full of memorable roles in Hollywood and on Broadway, and just as many fad diets.

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Actress Joneice Abbott-Pratt is thoroughly enjoying her role as "Sally-Mae Carter" in Too Heavy for Your Pocket, the latest production at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick.

Jireh Breon Holder's Too Heavy for Your Pocket won the prestigious 2017 Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award and takes audiences to Nashville in the summer of 1961, when the Freedom Riders are embarking on a courageous journey into the Deep South.

A play currently running at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick tells the real-life story of a Russian -Jewish man that made his way to the United States in the early 1900’s.  The Immigrant, written by Mark Harelik, follows his grandfather Haskell’s pursuit of the American Dream.

Ang Santos: In studio we have Benjamin Pelteson, he plays Haskell in the George Street Production.  Benjamin thanks for joining us on the WBGO Journal.

Benjamin Pelteson: Thanks for having me.

AS: Take us through Haskell’s humble beginnings in this play?

Laiona Michelle
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Nina Simone was a cultural icon who used her creativity to attract a worldwide audience and spread a message of social and personal injustice and racial inequality.

Actress and playwright Laiona Michelle, through Ms. Simone's words and 17 songs, raises the high priestess' profile in Little Girl Blue, running through February 24th at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Michelle joined WBGO morning host Gary Walker to talk about this seven year project which one could immediately tell had changed her own outlook on the world around her. 

Ann McDonough
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In 1879, Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” raised eyebrows and prompted discussions because it was play in which a woman, Nora leaves her husband and children.

Last year, playwright Lucas Hnath created a sequel and brought “A Doll’s House, Part 2” to Broadway to critical acclaim.  Now “A Doll’s House, Part 2” is running at the George Street Playhouse.

Veteran actress Anne McDonough, who plays the nanny Anne Marie, chats with WBGO's Doug Doyle.

Flor De Liz Perez
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Flor De Liz Perez makes her George Street Playhouse debut in the world premiere of The Trial of Donna Caine. Perez plays the role of Marine Staff Sergeant Donna Caine.

Perez came into the WBGO studios to talk to News Director Doug Doyle about the show and her career.

The Nerd
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The two-act comedy The Nerd, written by American actor and playwright Larry Shue, runs through May 20th at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick.

The Nerd was the top grossing American play in London's West End in 1986.

Two of the stars of the show, Jonathan Kite and Kate Reinders, sat down with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about hilarious play and their respective careers.

Carly Zien
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Philip Goodwin and Carly Zien star in George Street Playhouse's latest production Trying, based on playwright Joanna McClelland Glass' real life experience as Judge Francis Biddle's secretary.

Goodwin and Zien sat down recently with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about the play and their careers.  Goodwin plays Judge Biddle and Zien plays Sarah, Biddle's young new secretary.

American Hero
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American Hero, the latest production at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, temporarily located at 103 College Farm Road, is sure to put audience members on an emotional rollercoaster. 

Two of the stars of the powerful play, Laiona Michelle and Armand Schultz, came to the WBGO studios in Newark to speak with News Director Doug Doyle. 

Lindsay Nicole Chambers and George Merrick
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George Street Playhouse's new season begins in October with an updated version of the record breaking off-Broadway musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.

Two of the stars of the show, Lindsay Nicole Chambers and George Merrick, sat down this week with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle to talk about their multiple roles in the musical.

Curvy Widow
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Nancy Opel stars at the George Street Playhouse in Curvy Widow, a musical with a book (from a book) by Bobby Goldman.

Opel returns to GSP after her hilarious, show-stealing performance as Ma/The Mayor in The Toxic Avenger to star in this sassy, frank and witty musical comedy that follows the daily exploits of a feisty fifty-something widow. Her adventures inspire laughter and -- in the least expected places --  reveal unexpected truths about life, love, survival and sex.

Bad Jews
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Two of the stars of the George Street Playhouse production of Bad Jews are newcomers to the theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Alec Silberblatt and Amos VanderPoel also sat down with WBGO's Doug Doyle to talk about the show. 

The smash hit comedy Bad Jews is making its New Jersey premiere, directed by Jessica Stone.

John Bolger and Suzzanne Douglas
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Stage and screen stars Suzzanne Douglas and John Bolger return to George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, NJ for the award-winning play American Son, which runs through February 26th.

Douglas is returning to GSP for the sixth time.  She plays Kendra Ellis-Connor.  Bolger plays her estranged husband, Scott Connor.  Their son Jamal's car has been pulled over in the middle of the night and the Connors can't get any answers about his whereabouts. 

Douglas says her character fights like a tiger to save her son: