Summer Plays & Exhibits

Summer Plays & Exhibits
Looking for something exciting and interesting to attend in Morris County? Look no further! Check out these fascinating plays and exhibits open during the summer.

1. Bob Gruen: Rock Seen at the Morris Museum (June 20-November 10)

For over forty years, rock & roll photographer Bob Gruen has captured some of the most memorable images of rock’s legendary performers, both on and offstage. From Bob Dylan and John Lennon to Sid Vicious and Iggy Pop; from the Rolling Stones and the Ramones to the New York Dolls and Kiss; from Tina Turner and Yoko Ono to Debbie Harry and Courtney Love, these iconic photographs recount the public lives and private moments of music’s most famous artists.
Museum Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00AM to 5:00PM and Sunday 12:00PM to 5:00PM. 2nd and 3rd Thursday 11:00AM to 8:00PM. The Museum is closed on Mondays.

 

 

2. The Rainmaker at the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ (July 31-August 18)

The 1957 award-winning film, starring Burt Lancaster and Katharine Hepburn, was based on this great American stage classic, as was the musical, 110 Degrees in the Shade. Author N. Richard Nash calls the play a romantic comedy but it is so much more. Set in rural, dust-bowl America, it is about a parched land desperate for rain, and the tough but lonely people who live there, thirsting for love. This is a play about yearning, family, hope, and the magic that sometimes pours down on us from the unlikeliest of sources.

Times vary so please refer to main schedule through the link below.

Please visit Shakespeare site for the full schedule.

 

 

 

3. Steampunk Fashion at the Morris Museum (April 3-October 6)

Airships, locomotives, and corsets: the Victorian Era gave the world technological advancement, the birth of science fiction, and opulent fashion. The modern steampunk trend takes inspiration from this bygone age, especially in its dress. Featured is work by designers Paige Gardner, Amber O’Boyle Kulp, and Colleen O’Neill through a selection of women’s and men’s costumes and accessories that illustrate the eclectic and individualistic nature of steampunk fashion today. To provide a historical context for the six costume ensembles on display, 19th-century Victorian Era clothing and accessories from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection have been integrated into the installation, highlighting the design connections and deconstructions that oftentimes serve as the inspiration for steampunk costumers.

Discover elements of the steampunk style alongside 19th-century counterparts in this exhibition. Get some of your own steampunk style by checking out our Museum Shop for fascinators, pins, earrings, and necklaces by Amber O’Boyle Kulp and Colleen O’Neill.

 

 

4. Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity at Morristown National Historical Park (June 1-September 4)

Visit Morristown NHP’s Jockey Hollow Visitor Center to view the most recent edition of the “Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity” art collection, a partnership with the International Fiber Collaborative. The artwork was created by 441 students from 20 different schools who worked jointly within their school to depict their understanding of “adversity.” The paintings on canvas portray everything from the soldiers’ experiences in 1779-1780 to adversity issues faced today. “Ingenuity in the Face of Adversity” will be on display until September 4, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

5. The Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series at the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship (July 26-August 30)

The Troubadour (formerly The Minstrel) is a concert series run by the Folk Project, a non-profit folk music and arts organization. We use the facilities of the Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Road, Morristown, NJ.

We hold shows every Friday, year round, and the second Friday of the month is an OpenStage/audition night. The music we present is “folk” music in its broadest sense. That is, in addition to traditional American and ethnic “folk” music (in its purist definition), we welcome music of contemporary, primarily acoustic songwriters, and other types of music more folkie in attitude than in content. Shows start at 7:30 PM; dress is casual. We serve coffee, teas, and baked goods. There is no alcohol or tobacco on the premises. Admission is inexpensive; on our regular Friday concerts we ask $10.00 on your way in, plus the rest of what you thought the show was really worth on your way out. This additional amount goes to supplement what we pay the feature performer. Tickets are sold both in advance and, when still available, at the door.

 

6. Katie Truk: Kaleidoscope of Memories at the Speakeasy Art Gallery (August 2-September 20)

Katie Truk’s pieces are a marriage of sensual malleability of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire. Internal conversation and motion are induced within the static confine. Thread binds and extends the aggression and vulnerability, echoing life’s twists, turns, and pulling within our rigorous regulations and expectations.

Pantyhose is strong yet unique in color and composition. Each has it’s own breaking point and beauty in complexity of layered strength and texture. Free of pedestal or directed viewpoint allows change in perspective which is necessary to explore the depth of understanding of the whole picture.

 

7. Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental and Cultural Center (July 1-August 10)

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is thrilled to be hosting the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways exhibition from July 1 through August 10 at the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Environmental and Cultural Center, 125 Landing Road, Landing, NJ.  The Water/Ways exhibition is part of Museum on Main Street, a unique collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.

The exhibit will be free and open to the public.  Viewing hours will be:
Monday through Wednesday – 10 am – 4 pm
Thursday through Friday – 10 am – 8 pm
Saturday – 11 am – 3 pm
* The exhibit will be closed on July 4

Water/Ways explores the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. It looks at how political and economic planning have long been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Human creativity and resourcefulness provide new ways of protecting water resources and renewing respect for the natural environment.

8. Mamma Mia at the Pax Amicus Castle Theater (August 2-August 18)

ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Music and Lyrics by: Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus; Book by: Catherine Johnson | Directed and Musically Directed by Richard Boyer.

Performance Dates: August 2 – 18

(Fridays and Saturdays @ 8PM; Sundays @ 2PM)

Price: $25.00

9. The American Arts & Crafts Chair: A Message of Honesty & Joy at the Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (June 1-January 5)

Ourside view of Stickley log houseThe exhibition will feature thirteen exemplary examples of side chairs by handicraft-oriented furniture manufacturers–among them Gustav Stickley’s Craftsman Workshops, the L&JG Stickley Company, the Charles P. Limbert Company–as well as smaller, craft-oriented workshops such as Charles Rohlfs, the Roycroft Shops, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, and Rose Valley Association. The exhibition will explore the usefulness and appealing designs of these vital products of the American Arts and Crafts movement, and show how these chairs brought a message of honesty and joy to their makers and their possessors.

Guided Tours: Recommended. All regular tours of the Log House include entrance to the exhibition and a Visitor’s Guide. Tours run hourly from 12:15 to 3:15 every Thursday through Sunday. Free to Members – $10 Adults – $7 Seniors & Students – $4 Children

Self-Guided Tours: Recommended for those who have been on a museum tour before.
On Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m. self-guided tours include a Visitor’s Guide and entrance to the exhibition only. Free to Members – $7 Non Members

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