Community Partners

SOPAC’s Theatre Company In-Residence

American Theater Group, a professional member theatre of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, is SOPAC’s theatre company in-residence headed by Producing Artistic Director James Vagias.

Readings in the Loft

Join us for American Theater Group readings which are opportunities for theatre-lovers to hear new plays being read by professional actors, and to become part of the play development process during post-reading discussions.

Affairs at Midnight by Sophfronia Scott
SUN, SEP 23 at 7PM
Harlem, 1947. A Nightclub owner meets a society lady in a tale of romance, intrigue, and betrayal. Based on the classic story Les Liaisons Dangereuses.

Skin Hungry by Erin Mallon 
SUN, OCT 14 at 7PM
Ruth is a 65-year old woman. Rowan is a 23-year-old man. They’re in love. And Ruth’s 43-year-old son is freaking the hell out.

To Be Announced  
SUN, NOV 18 at 7PM 
The final staged reading is to be announced.

Upcoming Productions

Fully-staged winter and spring productions are to be announced. 

Past Productions

Deep divisions arise in town when it’s announced the annual high school musical will be Rent. As the escalation drives wedges between parents and students- and teachers and neighbors – secrets are uncovered that threaten to tear them apart. Small Town Story explores the indelible power of theatre, the inherent dangers of silence and the potential of young people to change the world.

Inspired by true events, Small Town Story is a musical about a musical that rocked a community.

Producing Artistic Director James Vagias
Book & Lyrics by Sammy Buck    
Music & Lyrics by Brandon James Gwinn
Conceived by Joe Barros, Laura Brandel, Sammy Buck,
                Karen Marshall, Reed Prescott, Sam Willmott
Originally commissioned and developed by
                New York Theatre Barn
Featuring Zach Blanchette, Jessi Clayton, Sunnie Eraso, Thursday Farrar, AJ Foggiano, Ilana Gabrielle, Stacey Todd Holt, Nia Marché, Claire McClanahan, Jacqueline Neeley, Frank Paiva, Lionel Ruland, Nick Siccone, Joanna Young 

A GOOD FARMER – A New Play By Sharyn Rothstein 
WED, JAN 24 – SUN, FEB 4, 2018  
Directed by Kel Haney
Featuring Janice Amaya, Todd Lawson, Brenda Withers, and Ariel Woodiwiss

What is the life of an immigrant worth? Are undocumented immigrants entitled to the American Dream? Ripped from today’s headlines, this is the story of a farming community and its struggles with issues of immigration, loyalty, family survival and compassion. 

A Good Farmer takes place in upstate New York and focuses on two women: Bonnie who owns a farm with her husband; and Carla, a recent immigrant from Mexico who works the farm along with members of her family.

Read about Sharyn Rothstein’s inspiration for A Good Farmer. 

Read reviews by Marina Kennedy at and Simon Saltzman at