Soft Animals

by Erin Mallon

Soft Animals is a comedy with heart that asks, what would your life be like if you couldn’t feel physical pain? If your body had a mind of its own? What if you never fell asleep? How about if you remembered every single thing you’ve ever felt, thought or experienced? Four medical misfits sign up for a three-day workshop to tackle their issues. Can a former male nurse and self-professed “woo-woo” guide them toward healing? Or… perhaps they aren’t the ones most in need of a cure.

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The Flip Side: October

Saturday, October 22, 2022

8:00 pm

The only thing predictable about The Flip Side's shows are the laughs! Based on improv techniques created by The Groundlings, Upright Citizens' Brigade and The Magnet, The Flip Side offers our unique spin on short-form improv, taking audience input to create instant scenes that are both unexpected and hilarious.

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Vivid Cabaret

Saturday, November 12, 2022

8:00 pm

Location TBD

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A Very Special Special

Saturday, December 3, 2022

8:00 pm

Kick off the holiday season with the Vivid Company with their annual irreverent spoof of the holiday specials of yesteryear. If you enjoyed the corny fun of old-fashioned holiday variety shows, you’ll love A Very Special Special at Vivid Stage, where the ensemble performs their affectionate send-up of traditional holiday entertainment.

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Only Human: Stories of Connection

by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, Laura Ekstrand, Steve Harper, Mark Harvey Levine, Stephen Kaplan, Matthew Weaver, David Lee White

Funny and heartfelt, these short plays span settings as varied as a farmers market, a frantic cab ride, a bus stop, a late-night phone call, a manager’s office, a park bench, and a café. The one thing they all have in common is the moment when these characters reveal their humanity and help each other cope with being alive in this crazy world.

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The Flip Side: March

Saturday, March 18, 2023

8:00 pm

The only thing predictable about The Flip Side's shows are the laughs! Based on improv techniques created by The Groundlings, Upright Citizens' Brigade and The Magnet, The Flip Side offers our unique spin on short-form improv, taking audience input to create instant scenes that are both unexpected and hilarious.

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101 Humiliating Stories

by Lisa Kron

In 101 Humiliating Stories, we dive deep into the universal experience of humiliation. In this one-woman show, the actor shares a series of humiliations past, present, and future, including exquisitely detailed anecdotes like "Geeky Celebrity Encounters" and "How I Spent All the Petty Cash From My Office on Makeup." An invitation to perform at her high school reunion in Lansing, Michigan, triggers another series of anxiety-filled fantasies. How will she, a lesbian East Village performance artist, cope with her Midwestern classmates? 101 Humiliating Stories is evocative, moving, and overall hilarious.

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The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey

by James Lecesne

One actor portrays every character in a small Jersey Shore town as he unravels the story of Leonard Pelkey, a tenaciously optimistic and flamboyant fourteen-year-old boy who goes missing. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, Leonard becomes an unexpected inspiration as the town’s citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

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Harry Clarke

by David Cale

Harry Clarke is the story of a shy midwestern man who feels more himself when adopting the persona of cocky Londoner Harry Clarke. Moving to New York and presenting himself as an Englishman, he charms his way into a wealthy family’s life, romancing two family members as the seductive and sexually precocious Harry, with more on his mind than love. With his spellbinding and emotionally nuanced storytelling, Cale has created a riveting story of a man leading an outrageous double life.

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Meet the Artist 1

New Play Readings

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

7:30 pm

Vivid Stage's “Meet the Artist” series is a forum that showcases new theatrical works. The series provides audiences an opportunity to experience new shows and participate in discussions with playwrights, directors and actors.

The series’s goal is to expose the adult public to the evolution of a theatrical presentation and to give the playwright valuable feedback to be used in the development of the play.

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Meet the Artist 2

New Play Readings

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

7:30 pm

Vivid Stage's “Meet the Artist” series is a forum that showcases new theatrical works. The series provides audiences an opportunity to experience new shows and participate in discussions with playwrights, directors and actors.

The series’s goal is to expose the adult public to the evolution of a theatrical presentation and to give the playwright valuable feedback to be used in the development of the play.

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Meet the Artist 3

New Play Readings

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

7:30 pm

Vivid Stage's “Meet the Artist” series is a forum that showcases new theatrical works. The series provides audiences an opportunity to experience new shows and participate in discussions with playwrights, directors and actors.

The series’s goal is to expose the adult public to the evolution of a theatrical presentation and to give the playwright valuable feedback to be used in the development of the play.

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Meet the Artist 4

New Play Readings

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

7:30 pm

Vivid Stage's “Meet the Artist” series is a forum that showcases new theatrical works. The series provides audiences an opportunity to experience new shows and participate in discussions with playwrights, directors and actors.

The series’s goal is to expose the adult public to the evolution of a theatrical presentation and to give the playwright valuable feedback to be used in the development of the play.

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Summer Solo - 1

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

(rain location - Oakes Center)

6:30 pm

A reading in the Summer Solos Series

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Summer Solo - 2

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

(rain location - Oakes Center)

6:30 pm

A reading in the Summer Solos Series

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Summer Solo - 3

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

(rain location - Oakes Center)

6:30 pm

A reading in the Summer Solos Series

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Summer Solo - 34

Wednesday, July 26, 2023

(rain location - Oakes Center)

6:30 pm

A reading in the Summer Solos Series

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Vaccine Policy

Vivid Stage will require all visitors to be vaccinated against COVID-19 for all events.

In order to enter the theatre, you will be required to show proof that you have received at least one vaccination dose with avaccine approved by the World Health Organization and a matching photo ID. Proof of vaccination may include a valid paper vaccination record, a photo of a valid vaccination record, the NJ Docket App, or equivalent app from your state.

If you have already booked an advance ticket to the theatre and are unable to meet this requirement by the date of your visit, we will be happy to issue you a refund. 

Please note that masks are still required for all patrons indoors regardless of vaccination status. 

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