Oleanna | Villagers Black Box






Carol, a college student, drops by her professor’s office in an effort to gain his help to do better in class. John, the professor, in the midst of buying a house to celebrate his nomination for tenure, at first seems distant. As the first meeting progresses, the two discuss the nature of understanding and judgment in society, as well as their very own natures and places in our society. It seems as if a bond has been made.

When next they meet we find that a report has been filed to the tenure committee. Carol has joined a “group” and has decided that John sexually harassed her during their first meeting. Their second encounter dissects their first meeting–every word and every nuance has been twisted into something else. Or has it? John’s unsuccessful attempts to convince Carol to retract her accusation escalate to a more dangerous level. The third meeting’s intense climax leaves both John and Carol physically and emotionally devastated.

Kris Longwell and Lauren Renahan
John Correll

January 7, 8, 14, 15, 20*,
21 & 22 at 8:00pm
January 9 & 16 at 2:00pm

*Special Thursday evening performance

TICKETS: $12.00

Villagers Black Box
475 DeMott Ln.
Somerset, NJ 08873
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(732) 873-2710

Due to subject matter and some strong language, this production is recommended for mature audiences only.


“You can’t argue with a play that retains the power to get theatergoers arguing with each other as they head home.” 
    – Charles McNulty,
       Los Angeles Times


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Please Be Seated . . .

JAN 15 & 16 AT 8:00PM 

Stand Up for Please Be Seated, a Villagers Theatre Black Box Fundraiser!

Villagers Theatre, celebrating its 50th year of producing live theater in Somerset County, is making some updates to our facility and can use the help of our patrons.

“We have had the same chairs in the Black Box Theatre for more than 20 years,” says Donna Kimberlin, Villagers Theatre Trustee and Executive Producer of Theatre Arts.  “After two decades of being used for performances ranging from children’s theater to cutting-edge productions, the existing chairs are now held together with tape!”

To raise funds, Jaime Moritz and Howard Whitmore have assembled a cast of some of Villagers’ favorite performers, old and new, to present an evening of comedy, Please . . . Be Seated.  All proceeds from this event will go toward the purchase of one hundred new chairs to replace the worn out seats currently being used.

For one weekend only, starring:  Stephanie Bussiere, Matthew DiCarlo, Regina Donaldson, James Fiorello, Ali Gleason, Barbara Gurskey, Devin Hall, Leslie Hochman, Jillian Kimberlin, Alex Klein, Ellie MacPherson, Michael Miquel, Katie Mott, Kristen Seggio, Eric Walby and Howard Whitmore.  With special guest appearances by Donna Kimberlin.

Donating a Chair includes a free ticket to the performance, your name on a commemorative plague in the Black Theatre and a champagne reception with the cast following the performance, see the show for a donation of $15 or just make a small donation for our cause.

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A Christmas Carol – 2009



A Christmas Carol


From the Public Readings of

Charles Dickens


As Performed by

 Michael Kroll

December 12, 2009

8:00 PM


The Villagers Theatre proudly presents this tour de force one-man show inspired by the tour Charles Dickens performed of his classic holiday work in the United States during the late 1860s.  In finest tradition of the troubadour-actor, Michael Kroll takes the stage with only a few hand props, a table and chair and carries the audience into this classic Christmas tale.  Mr. Kroll not only becomes narrator and story teller, but also portrays the entire ensemble of unforgettable Dickens’ characters in an evening of “A Christmas Carol.”   This is not a reading of the story, but rather Mr. Kroll actually performs as over 30 characters in this amazing one-man show. Well known for his character work in countless community and regional productions, area audiences have followed Michael Kroll for over 20 years in the role of Scrooge in local productions of the musical of the same name. An ardent fan of both Dickens and “A Christmas Carol,” Mr. Kroll began crafting his solo interpretation of the material several years ago.

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New Years Eve 2009


Dec 31, 2009

generally thunk up and put together by

JC Gibriano and
Jeff Dworkin

Please join us for our 8th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala Benefit. The title of this year’s show —“50!”—says it all!

Once again we invite you to ring in the New Year at the Villagers, where we will revel in the joy and excitement of the last 50 seasons, and the anticipation of the next 50; all this in one spectacular show starring many of your (and our) favorite Villagers performers. As always, we will be honoring a special “Villager” who has gone ‘above and beyond’ to make the Villagers an indispensable institution in Franklin Township for 50 years. 

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