Tony Award-winning Amadeus takes the stage at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey!  Featuring Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli


MADISON, NJ -- The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey continues its epic 2008 Season with the Tony Award-winning play Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. Amadeus begins performances on May 28th and continues through June 22nd and features Tony Award nominee Robert Cuccioli in the role of Salieri. Performances are Tuesday through Sundays at The Theatreˇ¦s Main Stage ˇV the F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre in Madison. Regular ticket prices are $29-$53. Discount ticket packages of 6, 5 or 4 shows are also available. For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

The Shakespeare Theatre's production of Amadeus is made possible by a generous gift from the Pamela and Bill Craven Charitable Fund.   "We are honored and humbled to receive this extraordinary and generous sponsorship gift,ˇ¨ said Artistic Director Bonnie J. Monte. ˇ§This kind of leadership support is invaluable to our mission of bringing epic-scope world classics to our stage.ˇ¨

Inspired by a short play by Aleksandr Pushkin entitled "Mozart and Salieri,¨ Amadeus premiered on Broadway in 1980 and went on to win five Tony Awards including Best Play. The piece derives its title from a pen name that Wolfgang Mozart often used. It is filled with music by Mozart and his rival, the composer Salieri, who appears as the other major character in Amadeus. In 1984, Amadeus was released as a feature film starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce. The film won eight Oscars including Best Picture and Best Writing for playwright Peter Shaffer.

Amadeus is an intriguing, fictionalized account of the mysterious relationship between the great celebrated young Mozart, and his contemporary Salieri. While Salieri considers the great composer a genius, he believes he is flawed beyond redemption by his crude and juvenile demeanor. Driven by zeal and ravaged with jealously, Salieri plots to silence the great composer and destroy his character and reputation.

The 17 member cast is led by Broadway and Shakespeare Theatre veteran Robert Cuccioli in the role of Salieri. Cuccioli received a Tony Award nomination, and the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for the Broadway hit sensation Jekyll and Hyde. Recently, he appeared in the critically acclaimed Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris off-Broadway. Other Broadway and off-Broadway credits include Javert in Les Miserables, And The World Goes 'Round, Temporary Help, and Enter The Guardsman. At The Shakespeare Theatre, he has played the title roles in Julius Caesar and Macbeth and appeared in Carnival, Antony and Cleopatra and Enter The Guardsman. Locally, Cuccioli has appeared in Guys and Dolls, Funny Girl and Oklahoma among others at Paper Mill Playhouse; and The School for Scandal at McCarter Theatre. He has also appeared in Hamlet at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC and in Antony and Cleopatra at The Guthrie. He is featured on the cast records of Jekyll and Hyde, And The World Goes 'Round, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and The New Picasso.

Jordan Coughtry plays the young Mozart. Coughtry returns to The Shakespeare Theatre for his fourth season having appeared in Henry VI: Blood & Roses, Cymbeline and The Merry Wives of Windsor in addition to A Midsummer Night's Dream and Hamlet with Shakespeare LIVE!, the Theatre's educational touring theatre company. Regionally, he has appeared at The Human Race Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival and The Shakespeare Theatre Company, DC. Coughtry also appeared at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in Love's Labour's Lost.

Tricia Paoluccio returns to The Shakespeare Theatre to play Constanze, Mozart's wife. Paoluccio appeared in The Shakespeare Theatre productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream, School for Scandal, Henry V, and Cyrano de Bergerac -- the inaugural production of the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2008. On Broadway, Paoluccio played Chava in the recent revival of Fiddler on the Roof, appeared in The Green Bird directed by Julie Taymor, and the revival of A View from the Bridge directed by Michael Mayer. Off-Broadway, she appeared as Cressida in Troilus and Cressida at Theatre for a New Audience, directed by Sir Peter Hall.

Mark H. Dold returns to the Shakespeare Theatre to take on the role of Joseph II, the Emperor of Austria. At The Shakespeare Theatre, Dold appeared at Cloten in Cymbeline. His Broadway and off-Broadway credits include the revival of Absurd Person Singular, Shockheaded Peter and The Seagull with Meryl Streep at the NY Shakespeare Festival.

Other cast members returning to the Shakespeare Theatre are Robert Hock, Greg Jackson, Darren Kelly, John Little, Colin McPhillamy, Patrick Toon, and Tom Robenolt. Also appearing are Jon Barker, Robyn Berg, Christopher J. Payseur, and Mary Trotter.

About the Director

Director of Amadeus, Joe Discher begins his 18th Season at The Shakespeare Theatre where he is the Associate Artistic Director. On the Main Stage, Discher has directed The Play's The Thing, Cymbeline, Life of Galileo, Of Mice and Men, A Midwinter Night's Dream, The Fantasticks and Twelfth Night in addition to That Scoundrel Scapin on the Outdoor Stage. He has also directed for several education programs at the Theatre. He directed Julius Caesar for The Shakespeare Theatre of St. Louis, which broke all attendance records, playing to 50,000 in three weeks. He sings professionally at St. Cassian Church in Upper Montclair and previously sang for four years at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark. He is a proud alumnus of Drew University, and Delbarton School.

Tickets to Amadeus the entire Shakespeare Theatre season are now on sale. Discount ticket packages offering a choice of 6, 5, or 4 plays at reduced prices are also available. For tickets or more information, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org. Single tickets include a $1 facility fee, not subject to discount.

The Artistic Staff

Creating the world of Amadeus are set designer Richard Block, lighting designer Mathew Adelson, costume designer Maggie Dick, and sound designer Richard M. Dionne. Christine Whalen serves as production stage manager.
Tickets & General Information

Preview performances of Amadeus are Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2 at 8:00 p.m., offering the thrill of seeing a work-in-progress before the show officially opens. Preview tickets are $29 and $33.

Additional performances are Tuesdays and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. (excluding Opening Night at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31); Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.; and Sundays, at 7:00 p.m. Ticket prices range from $38 to $53 depending upon seating location and performance day and time. Single tickets prices include a $1 facility fee, not subject to discount. Groups of 10 or more save up to 25% off the regular ticket price.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey's Main Stage, the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, is conveniently located in Madison at 36 Madison Avenue (Route 124) at Lancaster Road (on the Drew University campus), just minutes from routes 287, 78 and 10. Parking is free. The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre is barrier free with access into the theatre via a ramp and elevator access to all floors. Wheelchair seating and transfer seating is available. Braille and large print programs are available. Infrared listening devices are available free of charge. Some performances are audio described, captioned and sign-language interpreted. Contact the theatre for more information. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 973-408-5600 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org

The acclaimed Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey is an independent, professional theatre company located on the Drew University campus. One of the leading Shakespeare theatres in the nation, serving 100,000 adults and children annually, it is New Jerseyˇ¦s only professional theatre company dedicated solely to Shakespeareˇ¦s canon and other world classics. Through its distinguished productions and education programs, the company strives to illuminate the universal and lasting relevance of the classics for contemporary audiences.

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jerseyˇ¦s programs are made possible, in part, by funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional major support is received from The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F. M. Kirby Foundation, The Edward T. Cone Foundation, The Shubert Foundation and Drew University, as well as contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, government agencies and individuals. American Airlines is the official airline of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Crystal Rock Water is the companyˇ¦s official water provider. Barefoot Wine is the official wine provider. The 2007 Outdoor Stage production of The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged) is sponsored by Bank of America.