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Weaving Stories Together

November 7, 13, & 14, 2021

East Jersey Old Town Village

Piscataway, NJ

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ANANSI
THE SPIDER, THE WEAVER, THE STORYTELLER

ReThink Theatrical presents Anansi’s Story Festival, an interactive theatrical production that explores and celebrates historical figures, myths, urban legends, and folklore from New Jersey and around the world. Join our emcee and Storyteller-in-Chief, Anansi the Spider, who needs your help deciding the fate of humanity!

 

Set in the historic East Jersey Old Town Village in Piscataway, NJ, this immersive production explores the Village’s beautiful architecture while complementing the timelessness of these classic tales. Audience members will roam and discover characters inspired from cultures rooted in New Jersey. Set in the crisp November air, this experience will be like none other.

This world premier was designed by and will be performed by a group of New Jersey artists of many backgrounds and artistic expressions. We will be updating this web page with more information about the stories and characters that you'll be experiencing!

 

This production is recommended for adults and children age 10 and up for references to war and violence. 

Performances

Sunday November 7th at 1PM and 3PM

Saturday November 13th at 1PM and 3PM

Sunday November 14th at 1PM and 3PM

See below for more information about reserving tickets and performance logistics, including COVID safety guidelines and ADA accessibility. 

Learn more about the stories that are included in the festival by clicking here

FREE TICKETS

 

If you are having trouble seeing the embedded Eventbrite window above, please follow this link to the ticketing page. Please contact admin@rethinktheatrical.org if you have any questions! 

PERFORMANCE
DETAILS

 

Performance Dates / Times

Sunday November 7th at 1PM and 3PM

Saturday November 13th at 1PM and 3PM

Sunday November 14th at 1PM and 3PM

There are no rain or snow dates scheduled for this run. ReThink Theatrical may cancel a performance if the weather results in a safety risk to audience members or performers. We will communicate any cancellations via email, our website, and social media.

Venue

Performances will be held at East Jersey Old Town Village (EJOTV) located at 1050 River Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854.

Pricing

As always, ReThink Theatrical produces free and accessible theater to the public. Although we suggest a $10 donation, we operate on a pay-as-you-wish model. Because we have a free ticket model, we ask that you only reserve tickets for those who are confirmed to attend. You can reserve tickets by seeing the above checkout or clicking here.

What to Expect

Each show will run approximately 75 minutes without intermission and audiences will be asked to move about the ½ acre property via gravel pathways. Chairs will be available to those who cannot stand for extended lengths of time. The entire performance will be outdoors, so please dress accordingly. All-gender restrooms, parking (including spaces for those with disabilities), and a water fountain are available on site; all of which are ADA-accessible. Please see our Accessibility section (below) for more information on ADA compliance.

COVID-19 Protocols

In compliance with New Jersey and Middlesex County guidelines, all performances of Anansi’s Story Festival will take place outdoors, on and around the EJOTV property. All audience members are encouraged to wear face masks and keep a distance of six feet from other parties. Cast members will not be masked and will be distanced from audience members. PPE will be made available if needed.

Accessibility

East Jersey Old Town Village is an accessible site, including bathrooms and parking.

Student ASL interpreters will be available for both Sunday, November 14th shows. Upon purchasing your ticket, please email admin@rethinktheatrical.org if you require an interpreter on that date.

Please contact admin@rethinktheatrical.org if you have any questions or concerns regarding accessibility.

 

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel your tickets at any time, either through the Eventbrite website or by contacting admin@rethinktheatrical.org.

 

A STORY, A STORY!

The fate of humanity is in your hands! 

We begin our story with a battle between a River God and the Sun Goddess, Saule, who are debating whether to flood all of humanity for their wrongdoings. With the two unable to make a decision, Anansi the Spider enters the scene and offers up three stories from human history and folklore to help make the decision easier. It’s up to you, our audience, to listen to these stories and help decide the fate of the world! 

 

The Jersey Devil and el Chupacabra become friends 

The year is 1735 in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and Mama Leeds just gave birth to her thirteenth child who turns out to be the cursed Jersey Devil! But despite what you’ve heard, this creature started his life kind, scared, and looking for a home in this world. See what happens when our unusual hero gets a visit from el Chupacabra, who helps him find his way back to his family. 

 

A Cuban Revolutionary seeks help from a mystical fellow 

Mariana Grajales is tending to soldiers on both sides of Cuba's War of Independence in a tent during the war in 1878. A Spanish soldier lies sick in a cot and she confronts a moral decision on whether she should save her enemy. El Curandero, a spiritual healer, visits her tent and offers not only his powers, but his wisdom to help Mariana make her choice. 

 

A fierce feminist seeks revenge with help from Baba Yaga 

A local politician ruins Mary Ellis’s garden to construct a street in New Brunswick, NJ in 1775. Enraged by this act and other political structures biased against women, our hero seeks revenge on the man who ruined her prized possession. She is visited by Baba Yaga, a Slavic sorceress, who tries to convince her to take out her anger in a gruesome way. Find out what Mary decides and help her seek justice.

 

TEAM

GALI ZABOROWSKI

Producer

JOANA MARMELO

Stage Manager

HILLEL ADIV

Technical Director

ROY CROSBIE

Costume Designer

KAREN ALVARADO

Creative Team Member

KIM BOLLARD

Creative Team Member

GLORIA CARDONA

Creative Team Member

SUBHASIS DAS

Creative Team Member

CELINE DIRKES

Creative Team Member

RICHARD URQUIZA

Creative Team Member

SEAN ULLMER

Creative Team Member

RAFAELLE LOZADA

Performer

CARL MUHLER

Performer

PAT BRACUTO

Percussionist

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Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

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Made possible by funds from Middlesex County, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Grant funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.

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