Midtown Direct Rep


Midtown Direct Rep

Midtown Direct Rep announces new partnership
and move to
The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Township of Maplewood. Beginning with the 2016-17 season, MDR will present its staged readings and other productions as the resident theater company of The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd. in Maplewood, NJ). MDR’s newly renamed staged reading series, “Theater at The Woodland,” will take place in the Parlor, and larger productions, such as the well-known annual event Listen To Your Mother, will be held in the Great Hall.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Township of Maplewood,” stated MDR Managing Director Aliza Wassner. “MDR has really grown over the past few seasons, and we are looking forward to expanding our programming and education outreach with the support of the Township Administration and Office of Cultural Affairs. Our goal is to continue to provide professional and engaging theater experiences, while also being an anchor for this cultural center and contributing to our shared mission of creating a place to encourage artistic exchange and collaboration in our unique community.”

Located in the heart of Maplewood Village, The Woodland was built in 1930 and has been owned and operated by the Township of Maplewood since 2013. The building is now dedicated for cultural, educational and recreational activities. As explained by Vic DeLuca, Mayor of Maplewood, “We purchased the former Woman’s Club to promote local arts and cultural groups and are excited that Midtown Direct Rep has chosen to make The Woodland their new home.”

“Theater at The Woodland” will continue upon the success of MDR’s past 5 years of public staged readings of new plays and musicals. The readings, which include post-show discussions with the cast and creative team, allow the audience to witness and participate in the development of vital new works. Many of the shows presented as MDR readings have gone on to major productions off-Broadway, in regional theaters and beyond. The reading series focuses on scripts reflecting diverse issues in the community, writers or subjects with a local connection, and roles that can be cast significantly from the MDR ensemble of professional actors.

The 2016-17 reading series will be held on Sunday evenings at 7pm on the following dates: October 23, November 20, December 11, and February 12. Additional details about this season’s chosen plays, playwrights, cast, and ticket information will be announced shortly. The season will also include Listen To Your Mother: North Jersey on May 13, 2017 in The Woodland Great Hall, as well as MDR education outreach programs for children and adults throughout the year.

Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) is a professional, ensemble-based theater company composed of over 100 working Broadway actors and theater professionals who call South Orange and Maplewood home. Midtown Direct Rep is dedicated to developing and presenting new plays and musicals, focusing on work that reflects our uniquely diverse community. Midtown Direct Rep is also the local presenter of the hugely successful annual event Listen to Your Mother!, which showcases local writers and performers each year around Mother’s Day.



Managing Director
Aliza Wassner

Artistic Producer
Steven Tabakin

Literary Manager
Marni Raab

Artistic Advisor
Sandy Rustin

Resident Casting Director
Gayle Seay

Ondine Landa Abramson (Chair)
Paul Bartick
Evan Fleischer
Matthew Lefferts
Budd Mishkin

Chair of Membership Committee
Vanessa Pollock

Emeritus Artistic Directors
Jeremy Dobrish
Sandy Rustin


Hawley Abelow
Rick Adams
Maki Amemiya
Sebastian Arcelus
Jenny Bacon
Stephen Barker Turner
Julie Barnes
Emily Bauer
Jeremy Beck
Robbie Berry
Jessamyn Blakeslee
Stephanie J. Block
Eli Bolin
Ron Bohmer
D.B. Bonds
Catherine Brunell
Norbert Leo Butz
Julie Campbell
Kristin Carbone
Matt Castle
Mindy Catron
Miguel Cervantes
Doreen Chila
Dwayne Clark
Janeece Freeman Clark
John Cramer
Amy Merlino Coey
Brian Corrigan
Natalie Cortez
Adam Dannheisser
Diane Davis
Kate Dawson
Joel de la Fuente
Bradley Dean
Jeremy Dobrish
Bob Dusold
Maria Eberline
Michelle Federer
Vadim Feichtner
Danielle Ferland
Jim Ferris
Evan Fleischer
Kate Fodor
George Forbes
Dina Friedler
Frank Galgano
Maury Ginsberg
Heather Fine Grinspan
Mitch Greenberg
Mandy Gonzalez
Becky Gulsvig
Jenny Turner Hall
Julia Haubner
David Hess
Joan Hess
Suzanne Hevner
Steve Hogle
Stacey Todd Holt
Lily Hung
Casey Hushion
David Josefsberg
Kevin Kern
Marc Kessler
Kevin Kraft
Garth Kravits
Leslie Kritzer
Stephanie Kurtzuba
Jeff Larkin
Jamie Laverdiere
Megan Lawrence
Aaron Lazar
Mark Ledbetter
John Leone
Erin Maguire
Beth McCourt
Sean McCourt
Scott McGowan
Adrienne McKeown
Christiane Noll
Gregory Omar Osborne
Bethany Pettigrew
Jeff Parvin
Vanessa Parvin
Michele Pawk
Michael Perilstein
Christoper Mark Peterson
Charlie Pollock
Allison Posner
Vanessa Pollock
Marni Raab
Richard Rauscher
Matt Ramsey
Holly Raye
Chuck Rea
Peter Reader
Nikki Rene
Josephine Roberts
Roger Rosen
Emily Rozek
Sandy Rustin
Gayle Seay
Scott Seay
Matt Servitto
Robert Shaffron
Bev Sheehan
Abby Sher
Matthew Shepard Smith
Jeffrey Shubart
Corey Skaggs
David Spangenthal
Michael St. John
Cat Tate Starmer
Molly Stuart
John Steber
Ben Steinfeld
Antonio Suarez
Steven Tabakin
Michelle Tattenbaum
Jen Taylor
Marcy Thompson
Nicole Van Giesen
Elizabeth Ward Land
Tim Welch
Elizabeth Welch
LaVon Fisher Wilson
Terrence Witter
Denise Payne Worley
Kevin Worley
Matt Yeager
Joanna Young
Meg Zervoulis

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