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NJ Rep has joined with four other theaters to form #Theatre5Alliance, an organization to bring the arts to people's homes and to highlight the importance of keeping local theater alive. The alliance includes Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Durango PlayFest, Laguna Playhouse, NJ Rep and Seven Angels Theatre. The project is the brainchild of actor Dan Lauria, a longtime supporter of NJ Rep and regional theaters throughout the country, who called upon dozens of well-known screen and stage actors to create videos of themselves reading works they've written. Lauria collaborated with talented filmmaker Jeremy Fletcher to enhance the series and make it available to our audiences. Over the next several months, we will be featuring additional videos, so be sure to re-visit our website often.

Click the video below to see Dan Lauria's introduction.


Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna is an actor, producer, and director. He began his career on stage in 1969 in the musical, Hair. Among his many theater credits he earned a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor as Richard Roma in David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize winning play, Glengarry Glen Ross. His many appearances on film include the movies Three Amigos, The Godfather Part III, Forget Paris, and Up Close and Personal. Co-starring with Don Ameche he received the Best Actor Award at the Venice Film Festival for his role in Things Change written by Mamet. He starred in the television series First Monday, and Joan of Arcadia, and earned Emmy Award nominations for his roles in three different miniseries, The Last Don, The Rat Pack, and The Starter Wife. From 2007-2020 he has starred in the award-winning series on CBS, Criminal Minds, as Special Agent David Rossi.

Click the image below to hear Joe's story about the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.


Kim Brockington

Kim Brockington is an actress of film, stage, and television. On soaps she has had recurring roles on TV's Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and All My Children. She portrayed Zora in the PBS documentary of Zora Neale Hurston, in Jump at the Sun, and appeared on stage throughout the U.S. in her one woman show of Hurston in Queen of the Harlem Renaissance drawing rave reviews. Currently, she plays Lillian Gaines in Godfather of Harlem starring Forrest Whitaker on Epix. Her film credits include The Joker with Joaquin Phoenix. She is the author of Bluegoddess Love Poems: A Journey of Self Awakening available on Amazon.

Click the image below to hear Kim's poem from "Bluegoddess Love Poems".


Tony Shalhoub

Tony Shalhoub is a widely recognized actor who has been nominated and won various awards for his work including the Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award. He received a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of the obsessive-compulsive detective in the long-running TV series Monk. More recently he stars as Jewish-American math professor, Abe Weissman, in the Emmy-winning, Amazon-produced TV series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. His many film credits include The Great New Wonderful, Galaxy Quest, Spy Kids, The Siege, Searching for Bobby Fisher, Primary Colors, Men in Black, The Man Who Wasn't There, and Big Night. Stage appearances include Waiting for Godot, The Heidi Chronicles, and Conversations With My Father. On Broadway, he has received four Tony Award nominations, winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance as Tewfiq Zakaria in The Band's Visit.

Click the image below to hear about Tony's issue with goodbyes.


Alfred Molina

Alfred Molina has appeared in over 200 film, television, and stage productions. He first rose to prominence in 1980 in the London production of Oklahoma!, earning an Olivier nomination for Best Newcomer. He made his Broadway debut as Yvan in a production of Art in 1998, and his other Broadway roles include Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof and Mark Rothko in Red. His film credits include Prick Up Your Ears, Enchanted April, Boogie Nights, Chocolat, Frida, Spider-Man 2, The Da Vinci Code, An Education, and Love Is Strange. For his portrayal of Robert Aldrich in the miniseries Feud, he was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Primetime Emmy. He received a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Diego Rivera in the film Frida, and has also been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, a British Independent Film Award, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Tony Awards.

Click the image below to hear an excerpt from Alfred's journal from when he was working as an actor in New York.


Jodi Long

Jodi Long made her Broadway debut at age 7 in Nowhere To Go But Up, directed by Sidney Lumet, the first of 5 Broadway shows. Her career ranges from Wasserstein to Shakespeare to originating roles in 5 David Henry Hwang plays. She can also be seen in numerous film and television roles. Jodi wrote and co-produced the award-winning documentary Long Story Short about her vaudevillian parents. Her one woman show, Surfing My DNA, recently premiered at NJ Rep. Previously, she appeared at NJ Rep in Michael Tucker's, Fern Hill, which then moved to 59E59 Theaters in NYC.

Click the image below to hear an excerpt from Jodi's one-woman show, Surfing DNA.


James Pickens, Jr.

James Pickens, Jr. is best known for his starring role as Dr. Webber on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. and for his role as Deputy Director Alvin Kersh on the science fiction series The X-Files. He began his professional acting career at the Roundabout Theatre in New York in A Raisin in the Sun. In 1981 he starred alongside Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in the Negro Ensemble Company's production of A Soldier's Play. On television his credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing, Roseanne, Beverly Hills 90210, JAG, Six Feet Under, and the soap opera, Another World.

Click the image below to hear "An Ode to Meat", a story James dedicated to his father.

Click image below for a message from Bryan Cranston: