George Street Playhouse announces location for next two seasons


The building that formerly housed the Agricultural Museum of New Jersey will be the home of the George Street Playhouse for its 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

After “Curvy Widow” — which is running through May 21 — closes, the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick will no longer present plays at its current home on Livingston Avenue. The building will be torn down and a new performing arts center, which will house the George Street Playhouse and other organizations, will be built in its place.

But the new building won’t be ready until the fall of 2019. So George Street has announced that its home, for its 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons, will be the building that formerly housed the Agricultural Museum of New Jersey (which closed in 2011). It’s located on College Farm Road in New Brunswick, just two miles from the the present George Street site, and is owned by Rutgers University.

“This building is meant to accommodate large numbers of patrons which makes it the perfect choice for our temporary home” said David Saint, George Street Playhouse’s artistic director, in a press release. “It is fully accessible, offers an expansive lobby that features spaces for gathering at intermission as well as for private parties, includes free parking, and will accommodate a unique and intimate performance space.”

Subscribers will receive seats comparable to their current ones.

George Street Playhouse has also announced its 2017-18 season. Specific dates are not available yet, but the season will run from October to May, as it usually does.

These will be the plays:

• An updated version of the hit off-Broadway musical “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

• The satirical comedy “An Act of God,” in which God himself dispenses wit and wisdom.

• “American Hero,” by playwright Christopher Demos Brown, whose deeply compelling “American Son” was presented at George Street Playhouse” in February.

“Trying,” based on the real-life (platonic) relationship between former attorney general Frances Biddle and his young secretary.

• “The Nerd,” a farce written by Larry Shue (whose other credits include “The Foreigner). 

George Street Playhouse’s Summer Theatre Academy, for children from 5 to 18, will be held this year at the Lord Stirling School in New Brunswick.

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