Be the first to experience Kristoffer Diaz’s new play, THINGS WITH FRIENDS, and share your thoughts with the creative team in a talkback!  Part of the SOMA backStage Reading Series, Diaz introduces his newest protagonists, Adele and Burt as they throw a dinner party for their dearest friends. The George Washington Bridge and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel have collapsed into their respective rivers. The steak is on the stove.  Don't miss this professional reading in the Loft at SOPAC!

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Be the first to hear Oliver Houser and Hunter Bird’s newest musical, SHE REACHED FOR HEAVEN, and share your thoughts with the creative team in a talkback!  Part of the SOMA backStage Reading Series, Houser and Bird introduce their newest protagonist, high schoolers Jes Holt and Cody. Set against the backdrop of the greatest drug crisis in our country’s history, She Reached for Heaven is an original coming-of-age story about the devastations of addiction, and one woman’s journey to choose life rather than escape it.  Don’t miss your chance to experience a professional reading of this musical in the Loft at SOPAC!

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Grammy-nominated Paula Cole returns to SOPAC with her latest record Lo, a devastatingly personal and utterly gorgeous piece exploring how Cole navigates opening herself up to trust again after indelible blows of life.  Don’t miss this revolutionary artist sing her heart out on SOPAC’s Mainstage!

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Kickoff Pride month with a lively discussion on all things pride, moderated by local Drag favorite, Harmonica Sunbean! Prominent leaders of our local LGBTQIA+ community will engage in a discussion on all things Pride from what Pride means to them personally, to politics, advocacy, health and more.

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Join us for Laughs in the Loft, a monthly series featuring stand-up comics from our own backyard, Brooklyn and beyond! Each Laughs in the Loft event features several comedians in a New York City-style showcase. The talent is announced approximately two weeks prior to each show.

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Don't miss the finale of this year's Dance Residency! The dancers of West Orange High School truly embody Alvin Ailey’s vision. Tonight, they are sharing their achievements from this year’s residency, including ensemble pieces they choreographed with Ailey Teaching Artist Cedric Geene. They personify Ailey’s aspiration of "a culture in which the young are not afraid to take chances, especially in the arts and in dance."

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Join SOPAC Staff, Board, and community members at Memorial Park for a day of community fun, music, and more celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community in South Orange-Maplewood (SOMA). There will be chances to win tickets to an upcoming SOPAC-presented show and so much more happening at the festival!  SOPAC is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor of the 2024 North Jersey Pride Festival.

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Don’t miss acclaimed singer-songwriter Lucy Kaplansky as she teams up with renowned songwriter and performer Livingston Taylor at SOPAC!  The New Yorker praises Kaplansky as “a truly gifted performer with a bag full of enchanting songs” and The Boston Globe lauds her as “the troubadour laureate of modern city folk.”  Livingston Taylor’s storied 50-year career has seen him perform with the likes of Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull.  Now they’re coming to SOPAC!  Get your tickets today!

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Get your crew together and come to SOPAC to view the 77th Annual Tony Awards on our state-of-the-art full stage projector on the SOPAC Mainstage!  Come as you are, show off your style in your red carpet best, or cosplay as your favorite Broadway character.  At 7:00, join your cohosts, SOPAC’s own Matt Luminello and Alicia Whavers for a special preshow/ Tony’s warmup, as we countdown to the CBS Broadcast with singalongs (Seasons of Love anyone?), dancing in the aisles, and so much more!  

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Jessica Kirson

Saturday, June 22 at 7PM

Comedian Jessica Kirson is back!  After headlining SOPAC’s inaugural Pride Weekend in 2023, Kirson is bringing her hilariously relatable silliness and vulnerability back for SOPAC’s month of Pride Programming this June!  Don’t miss this powerhouse comedian.  Get your tickets now!

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With Elaine Tuttle on vocals, Damon Marks on guitar, Paul Santana on keys, Marc Windler on bass, and Gerry Fortus on drums, Frontiers recreates the music of the band Journey to perfection, capturing every nuance, iconic riff, and all the feels.  Don’t miss this authentic Journey Rock & Roll experience at SOPAC!

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José James Presents 1978

Friday, September 6 at 8PM

Forward-looking, genre-defying Jazz singer for the hip-hop generation, José James brings his newest album 1978 to SOPAC!  This instant classic combines James’ deep love of Jazz and Hip-Hop with nods to R&B heroes Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, and Leon Ware. This promises to be an evening of Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop and more!  Don’t miss James’ energetic performance!  Get your tickets today!

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The Friends of the Brothers is a celebration of the music of the Allman Brothers Band.  Friends is committed to making each night a unique, passionate, and energetic tribute to the legendary Allman Brothers Band!  They bring together former Allman Brothers Band members and acclaimed Rock musicians to perform the music of the Allman Brothers at SOPAC.  Get your tickets today!

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An Evening with Roger McGuinn

Saturday, September 14 at 8PM

A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Roger McGuinn was one of the founding members of one of the most influential psychedelic rock bands of the 1960s, the Byrds, with Gene Clark and David Crosby.  From his signature 12 string Rickenbacker sound, to his instantly recognizable vocals on hits like "Turn, Turn, Turn," "Eight Miles High," and "Mr. Tambourine Man," McGuinn doesn't just make music, he makes history.  Don’t miss this legendary Rock star and Folk artist at SOPAC this fall!

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Widely regarded as one of the foremost songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega has been making “vital, inventive music” (NPR Music) throughout the course of her decades-long career.  Don’t miss her as she brings her distinctive, “clear, unwavering voice” (Rolling Stone) to SOPAC this fall!

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