A Very Special (Holiday) Special
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

A Very Special (Holiday) Special

⛄️Tis
🎁 The Season 
🎄 For Your Favorite 
🎭 Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre actors!

The Dreamcatcher Ensemble & Friends will entertain you with holiday songs, comic sketches and improv, and lots of good old-fashioned fun. The show is appropriate for the whole family, and every year’s show is completely original! Aquino will be performing some sketches, improv, and music.

Go here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2226077867638392/

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Stuff This in Yer Face! Compilation Release Party
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

Stuff This in Yer Face! Compilation Release Party

On November 17, 2018, Cocotazo Media (cocotazomedia.com) and You Don’t Know Jersey (youdontknowjersey.com) will host a performance for the release of Stuff This in Yer Face!,  a benefit compilation supporting the Human Needs Pantry in Montclair. This benefit show will feature Aquino, Larée Cisco, Deivito, Sonofdov, Dave Kleiner & Liz Pagan (of the Folk Project), Kevin & Oliver Liebkemann, David Rieth, Deena & Jon (of the band The Cucumbers). The album is a culmination of several years of songwriting challenges. In 2015, New Jersey musicians were given one month to write and record a Thanksgiving song based on a theme. The creations were released on the website You Don’t Know Jersey in time for Thanksgiving and has become an annual event. The benefit compilation will feature reworked versions of a selection of the songs from the challenges. Proceeds from the album and performance will benefit the Human Needs Food Pantry of Montclair. Since 1982 their mission is to offer, “…food, clothing, and other services to people in need who live in Montclair and neighboring communities in Essex County.”

 

The benefit performance will be held on November 17 at Stosh’s located at 18-15 Maple Ave. in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. The show will be free but monetary donations will be accepted. A limited run of CDs will be available for sale, and all proceeds will go to the Human Needs Pantry of Montclair. The show will begin at 7 pm. Stuff This in Yer Face! will be released on November 16 by Cocotazo Media, and You Don’t Know Jersey and will be available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and on other music purchasing or streaming sites.

 

Cocotazo Media produces creative audio, highlighting music and audio fiction by independent artists of all backgrounds. You Don’t Know Jersey explores New Jersey, covering the arts, entertainment, food, sports, and travel - dispelling rumors and misconceptions - showing what the Garden State is all about. For more information on the Stuff This in Yer Face! compilation or benefit performance, please visit cocotazomedia.com or youdontknowjersey.com.

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Continuing the Conversation
May
13
2:00 PM14:00

Continuing the Conversation

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

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Continuing the Conversation
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Continuing the Conversation

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

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Continuing the Conversation
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Continuing the Conversation

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

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Continuing the Conversation
May
6
2:00 PM14:00

Continuing the Conversation

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

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Continuing the Conversation
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Continuing the Conversation

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

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Continuing the Conversation
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Continuing the Conversation

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

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Continuing the Conversation
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Continuing the Conversation

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

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Continuing the Conversation
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

Continuing the Conversation

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

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Continuing the Conversation
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

Continuing the Conversation

Sexual harassment. Media fatigue. 

Hurricane Maria's devastation of Puerto Rico. 

Confederate icons. Charlottesville violence. 

Deciding to run for elected office.

These are the "ripped from the headlines" topics that will be explored.

A follow-up to Dreamcatcher's Evening of Short Plays in Response to the Election, Continuing the Conversation is an opportunity to check in with the community on what's important to us in real time. Written on themes chosen by the writers in the months prior to the production, Continuing the Conversation will be focused on the interaction between the stories we tell in the theatre and the lives we are living. It's a chance to connect artists to audience in an immediate way, with several discussions following the performances throughout the run.

Participating playwrights include Suzanne Bradbeer (Shakespeare in Vegas), Richard Dresser (Rounding Third), Steve Harper (American Crime), Dania Ramos (Mi Casa Tu Casa), Lia Romeo (Connected ) and David Lee White (Blood: A Comedy). A cast of seven actors will perform the plays to create a full and varied night of theatre that will inspire reflection and stimulate discussion.

Go here for more info and for tickets: www.dreamcatcherrep.org/continuing-the-conversation-2018

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Mi Casa Tu Casa
Mar
21
4:00 PM16:00

Mi Casa Tu Casa

  • Newark Public Library (North End Branch) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At the Newark Public Library (North End Branch).

Mi Casa Tu Casa is back for the 2018 New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival in March! This touring version will be presented in association with Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. The cast features storytellers Alicia Rivas and Louis J. Vetter and me playing music. Mi Casa Tu Casa was co-created by Deivis Garcia, Jane Mandel, Dania Ramos, and me. Jane Mandel is also directing the production.

For more info and a complete list of shows in the Stages Festival visit: stagesfestival.org.

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Mi Casa Tu Casa
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

Mi Casa Tu Casa

At the Institute of Music for Children.

Mi Casa Tu Casa is back for the 2018 New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival in March! This touring version will be presented in association with Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. The cast features storytellers Alicia Rivas and Louis J. Vetter and me playing music. Mi Casa Tu Casa was co-created by Deivis Garcia, Jane Mandel, Dania Ramos, and me. Jane Mandel is also directing the production.

Performances are 3/9 at 6:30p at Dreamcatcher Rep (Oakes Center) in Summit; 3/15 at 6:30pm at South St School in Newark ($2); 3/17 at 2pm at the Institute of Music for Children in Elizabeth & 3/21 at 4pm at the Newark Public Library (North End Branch) in Newark. For more info and a complete list of shows in the Stages Festival visit: stagesfestival.org.

 

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Mi Casa Tu Casa
Mar
15
6:30 PM18:30

Mi Casa Tu Casa

At South St School in Newark. $2 Admission

Mi Casa Tu Casa is back for the 2018 New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival in March! This touring version will be presented in association with Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. The cast features storytellers Alicia Rivas and Louis J. Vetter and me playing music. Mi Casa Tu Casa was co-created by Deivis Garcia, Jane Mandel, Dania Ramos, and me. Jane Mandel is also directing the production.

For more info and a complete list of shows in the Stages Festival visit: stagesfestival.org.

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Mi Casa Tu Casa
Mar
9
6:30 PM18:30

Mi Casa Tu Casa

  • Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre (Oakes Center) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

At Dreamcatcher Rep (Oakes Center) in Summit.

Mi Casa Tu Casa is back for the 2018 New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival in March! This touring version will be presented in association with Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre. The cast features storytellers Alicia Rivas and Louis J. Vetter and me playing music. Mi Casa Tu Casa was co-created by Deivis Garcia, Jane Mandel, Dania Ramos, and me. Jane Mandel is also directing the production.

For more info and a complete list of shows in the Stages Festival visit: stagesfestival.org.

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BlowUpRadio.com New Year's Eve Broadcast
Dec
31
1:00 PM13:00

BlowUpRadio.com New Year's Eve Broadcast

I will be a part of BlowUpRadio.com's New Year's Eve broadcast. Tune in at 1p here to listen.

Here's the approximate schedule:

Shotgun Bill        noon
Michael Aquino        1pm
Tony Tedesco & Gorgo      2pm
Sean Faust        mid-afternoon
Diego Allessandro        5pm
Joshua Van Ness        5pm
Pat & Megan Veil (not performing)   7ish

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Artists Untied for Puerto Rico
Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Artists Untied for Puerto Rico

Aquino will take part in AUxPR. An evening of various performances like music, theatre, and poetry with all proceeds benefiting relief efforts in Puerto Rico after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. The benefit is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 13th at The Physics Theater in The Times Square Arts Center, located on the 5th floor of 300 W 43rd St in New York City. There will be a one-hour post show reception at 9p. 

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City Stars - Album Release
Oct
14
2:00 PM14:00

City Stars - Album Release

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City Stars, the second album by New Jersey native Aquino, will be released on October 13 by Cocotazo Music. City Stars follows his 2015 release Giants Will Fall. The Montclair Times called Giants Will Fall, “…a wide range of sounds, textures and a relentless creative streak,” while You Don’t Know Jersey said, “There is a connectivity running through the songs that is held together by excellent musicianship and Aquino’s emotional and honest delivery.”

In City Stars, Aquino explores themes of growing up Latinx in an urban center of northern New Jersey. “I drew upon different characters—or ‘stars’—I’d met in my youth and their fascinating stories. Most of the songs reflect on their passions and missteps, and the trajectory on which it set them. The opening track, ‘Milly,’ explores a young Latina on the brink of womanhood who makes a life-altering choice. The title track follows two young lovers and their desire to see past the light pollution of the city. The last song, ‘We All Dance Like Fire’—a reflection on who I’ve become since moving away from the city—is dedicated to my wife.” The new songs were recorded in New Jersey and engineered by Jim Killgore in Ontario, Canada. The album was recorded over the span of a year with the help of some of New Jersey’s best independent musicians.

To celebrate the release of City Stars, Aquino will host an album release party at the Bloomfield Public Library’s Little Theatre on October 14. The event will begin at 2:00pm. Larée Cisco will perform an opening set. Admission is$10/person. Proceeds will be donated to the ConPRmetidos Hurricane María and Irma Recovery Fund. ConPRmetidos is an organization, “connecting people in order to foster commitment with the personal, social and economic development of Puerto Rican communities wherever they are.”

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Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase: Live at The Parlour
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Spaghetti Sessions Songwriter Showcase: Live at The Parlour

An evening of great singer-songwriter performances, featuring musicians and their songs - many of them developed through the on-going Spaghetti Sessions workshops.

Featured Artist: Chrissy Roberts

Showcase Artists:
Michael Aquino
Frank Ippolito
Sylvana Joyce
Chris Whitlow


About the featured artist: 

Chrissy Roberts is a guitar picking NJ singer songwriter with 3 CD’s under her belt including her newest one Handcrafted. She recently started recording for a 4th CD as well! Chrissy was excited to recently release a video for her song “Solitude” (find it on You Tube). Her movement CD for kids called Kid Notes is inspired by her work as a pediatric Occupational Therapist. She loves to write songs and share music with good friends at Spaghetti Sessions songwriter workshop and is so happy to be a part of the showcase!

About Spaghetti Sessions Performing Songwriter Workshop: Since 2011, the Spaghetti Sessions has held their monthly songwriter workshop in downtown Jersey City. Musicians perform to a roomful of their peers who offer insights and feedback on the works-in-progress. Over the years, the Sessions have fostered a growing community of musicians, many of whom have gone on to become established artists throughout the JC area and beyond.

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