It is remarkable that over the past 16 years, the Jersey City Theater Center has brought some of the world’s most respected artists to perform on stage in Hudson County.
The upcoming season is no different. The JCTC has announced that tickets for its new 2022-2023 season, with the recurring theme of “resilience” throughout, are currently on sale at www.jctcenter.org.
“I remember the days 16 years ago when agents asked me where Jersey City was and if their clients would even get paid for performances, but we didn’t give up,” said Olga Levina, executive producer. of JCTC. “We are changing the perception one show at a time. It’s been a tough journey, but I’m forever grateful to those who believed, helped, and continued to fight the good fight with us. Although there is so much more to do, I am grateful and proud.
The theme of ‘resilience’ serves as a tribute to those living through the ongoing war in Ukraine and symbolizes the strength those fighting for their freedom have recently shown in the face of adversity.
For this season celebrating their 16th anniversary, JCTC will present productions of international sensations such as the National Theater of Ukraine, the famous musical quartet DakhaBrakha; Heart of Afghanistan; the Barcelona theater company Los Escultores del Aire; the African company Kofago Dance Ensemble; and local Jersey City director-actor Kent Jackman, to name a few.
“We are thrilled to bring a large-scale Broadway musical to the heart of Jersey City to unite diverse people through the arts,” Levina said. “There are many ways to fight wars, and one of them is to come together and show that through storytelling and artistic expression, we explore our common humanity.”
The September schedule is as follows:
Heart of Afghanistan for the JCTC’s Global Music Series on Sunday, September 18 at 6 p.m. at White Eagle Hall. The multi-talented family of three Afghan musicians illustrates the history of Afghanistan from its pre-Islamic Buddhist origins.
The JCTC Residence Theater presents “The Last Match: A Pro-Wrestling Rock Musical” with performances Monday, September 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at White Eagle Hall. The show was conceptualized by Jeremiah James, directed by Chad Austin, and features music and lyrics provided by Jersey City artist Sylvana Joyce & The Moment.
“Skin Poem for a Cozy House,” produced by Los Escultores Del Aire on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 25 at 4 p.m. The dance theater performance was created by Mai Rojas and Raffaella Crapio, who will perform “Skin Poem for a Cozy House”, a story that takes the audience through the five stages of grief.
More to come in October, November and December on future shows.