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Madison Is Chock Full of Rich Cultural Institutions

by: Sue Adler
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Culture thrives in the town of Madison as the home to two fine universities – Drew University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.  But that’s just the start.

The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, located in Madison, is celebrating 50 years as the state’s only professional theatre company dedicated to the works of Shakespeare and other classical dramatic entertainment.  As one of only 25 professional theatres in the state and one of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the country – it serves as a cultural haven in our communities.

The longest running Shakespeare Theatre on the east coast, the theatre continues to receive critical acclaim.  In 2002 and 2006, The Star Ledger named the company “Regional Theatre of the Year” and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation awarded the theatre a prestigious Strategic Partnership Grant in the amount of $1million.

In addition to its acclaimed artistry and theatrical excellence, the theatre focuses on education for young artists as a training facility for theatre students and young audiences.

The annual season is presented in the state-of-the-art F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre at Drew University from May through December.  Each summer, audiences enjoy productions at The Greek Theatre, an open-air amphitheatre, located on the campus of The College of St. Elizabeth in nearby Morris Township.

Check their website for what’s playing and ticket purchase information.  And make it a real evening out by enjoying a pre-show dinner or post-show treat at one of Madison’s wonderful eateries.

Another Madison jewel is Playwrights Theatre, a professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing artists, students and audiences.  The New Play Development Program works with playwrights to bring their new works to full productions.  They also offer a comprehensive and hands-on educational experience for Pre-K through adults.  Their educational programs have become a national model for comprehensive all-inclusive creative writing curricula.  For more information, visit their website for submissions and application guidelines

Click on the link, for a full listing of Madison non-profit organizations.  There’s something of interest for all ages.

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