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originally published: 08/12/2022

(JERSEY CITY, NJ) — Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) has announced that tickets for its Fall 2022 performance season are now on sale at the JCTC website. This season, JCTC will showcase productions from international sensations such as the National Theatre of Ukraine, famed musical quartet DakhaBrakha, Heart of Afghanistan, Barcelona-based theatre company Los Escultores del Aire and Kofago Dance Ensemble, one of the nation’s most talented African dance companies.  As always, JCTC will also highlight local New Jersey talents like actor/director Kent Jackman.

“I remember the days 16 years ago when agents used to ask me where Jersey City was located and if their clients would even get paid for performances, yet we didn’t give up,” shares Olga Levina, executive producer of JCTC. “We’re changing the perception one show at a time. I won’t lie, the journey has been tough, but I am forever grateful to those who have believed, helped out and continue fighting the good fight with us. Though there is so much more to do, I am grateful and proud.” 

Fall 2022 performances include: 

MUSIC: Heart of Afghanistan (Afghanistan) | Global Music Series on September 18, 2022 at 6:00pm at White Eagle Hall (337 Newark Avenue). A multi-talented family of three Afghan musicians illustrate the story of Afghanistan from its pre-Islamic Buddhist origins. Tickets: $18, $25, $35 are available for purchase online.

THEATRE: “Skin Poem for a Cosy House” Produced by Los Escultores Del Aire (Catalonia, Spain) | International Theatre. Performances take place JCTC Studios (165 Newark Avenue) on September 24, 2022 at 7:30pm  | Purchase Tickets Here and September 25, 2022 at 4:00pmPurchase Tickets Here. Tickets: $18, $35. A dance theatre show created and performed by Mai Rojas and Raffaella Crapio, “Skin Poem for a Cosy House” takes the audience on a scenic ride through the five stages of human grief. 


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THEATRE: Theatre in JCTC’s Residence Presents “The Last Match: A Pro-Wrestling Rock Musical” (USA) on September 26, 2022 at 2:30pm & 7:30pm at White Eagle Hall (337 Newark Avenue). Conceptualized by Jeremiah James, directed by Chad Austin, with music and lyrics provided by Jersey City’s artists Sylvana Joyce & The Moment. Tickets: $25. Purchase Tickets Here.

Jersey City Theater Center Kicks Off 16th Anniversary Season

MUSIC: DakhaBrakha (Ukraine) | Global Music Series on October 11, 2022 at 7:30pm at White Eagle Hall (337 Newark Avenue). Ukrainian “ethnic chaos” band DakhaBrakha has established itself as an international superstar of sound and soul. Tickets: $38, $70. Purchase Tickets Here.

MUSIC: Cordâme (Canada) | Global Music Series on October 15, 2022 at 6:00pm at JCTC Studios (165 Newark Avenue). Cordâme is a dynamic musical ensemble dedicated to interpreting the compositions of composer Jean Félix Mailloux, who parlays influences from the Italian Renaissance into the complex world of Leonardo da Vinci. Tickets: $20. Purchase Tickets Here

MUSIC: Aliw Awards Foundation Presents Philippines’ Best OPM with Jam Morales, Joey Albert, Fe De Los Reyes and Sounds of Manila (Philippines) | Global Music Series on October 16, 2022 at 6:00pm at White Eagle Hall (337 Newark Avenue). Recognizing achievements in the performing arts and entertainment industries for excellence in theatre, opera, dance, and live music. Tickets: $88, $98, $118. Purchase Tickets Here.

THEATRE: “On the Field of Blood” by National Academic Theater of Lesya Ukrainka (Ukraine) presented November 4-5, 2022 at 7:30pm at JCTC Studios (165 Newark Avenue). This poetic drama depicts Judas’ story about his transition from divine love for Jesus to ultimate betrayal. Tickets: $35. Purchase Tickets Here.

THEATRE: Theatre in JCTC’s Residence Presents “A Long Way from Homely” (USA) on November 12, 2022 at 7:30pm at JCTC Studios (165 Newark Avenue). A brand-new musical comedy brought to JCTC by writer, actor, director, producer, and visual artist Kent Jackman. Tickets On Sale September 5th.

Jersey City Theater Center Kicks Off 16th Anniversary Season

DANCE: D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D by Heidi Latsky (USA) presented November 18-20, 2022 (TIME TBD) at JCTC Studios (165 Newark Avenue). Merging performance artists with disabled creators, D.I.S.P.L.A.Y.E.D invites audiences to wander through “galleries” coupled with spaces to experience 3D holograms with Augmented Reality (AR) goggles.  Tickets On Sale September 5th.  

DANCE: Kofago Dance Ensemble (USA / Africa) on November 20, 2022 at 6:00pm at White Eagle Hall (337 Newark Avenue). Incorporating the foundations of West African dance traditions into the modern-day Black experience in America for over 20 years, the Ensemble showcases healing and storytelling aspects of the African Diaspora. Tickets On Sale September 5th.

“The return to live performances follows a devastating two-year period for most community arts organizations. The COVID pandemic highlighted social inequalities fueling political unrest around the world and even war in my mother country, Ukraine. What role do the arts play in our lives at a moment like this? I hope that the Fall 2022 season will bring our diverse Jersey City community together and unite us around arts. All this was on our minds as we planned this season’s programming,” added Levina.

Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about important issues of our times through the arts. Co-founded by Executive Producer Olga Levina, an immigrant from Belarus, Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) produces and presents universal yet locally relevant works, emphasizing social justice and human rights.  Since 2006, JCTC has provided a platform for all artistic voices to be heard in Jersey City, with the aim of sparking meaningful cross-cultural dialogue that helps build a greater understanding, mutual respect and better communities in New Jersey. 


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