ActorsNET Unwraps a Holiday Treat

A Free Online Offering of Dear Brutus

ActorsNET celebrates the holidays by premiering a free online video presentation of Dear Brutus - a fantasy drama for grownups by J.M. Barrie, the author of Peter Pan.

The play's title comes from a line from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, But in ourselves..." Almost all the characters are at crossroads in their lives. "Who hasn't wondered how his or her life might be different if they had made different choices along the way?" asked ActorsNET Artistic Director Cheryl Doyle. "Who hasn't wondered how their careers or love lives might benefit from a second chance? Who hasn't pondered what might have been?"

Available starting December 23, 2020 on the ActorsNET YouTube page:

Dear Brutus was adapted by Board President Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski and Charlotte Kirkby. Actors and crew observed all precautions necessary during the pandemic. The first and third acts were recorded via Zoom and the second act was shot outdoors at Ridgeview Woods in Princeton, NJ.

Dear Brutus is the fanciful tale of an eccentric British horticulturalist named Lob, who invites five women and three of their spouses for a stay at his mansion, culminating on Midsummer's Eve. The guests don't know why they've been invited, and get no useful information from Lob's evasive butler, Matey. As night falls, their impish host challenges them to walk outside into his garden where, just beyond, a woodland magically appears. Uncertain but curious, the guests enter the wood, where each is shown how "a second chance" could change the course of their lives. Upon return to Lob's drawing room, each confronts the possibility of change.

The ensemble cast consists of (alphabetically) Ken Ammerman, Cheryl and Joe Doyle, Matt Duchnowski, Mary Kierst, Charlotte Kirkby, Michael Krahel, Nyiema Lunsford, Cat Miller, Nicholas Pecht, and Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski.


Cast members of ActorsNET's film of Dear Brutus react to the appearance of a magical wood beyond the garden. The film, adapted from the play by J.M. Barrie, combines Zoom-style scenes with outdoor filming to create a quarantine-adherent holiday present.
(Top row, L to R): Cat Miller, Nyiema Lunsford, Mary Kierst; (second row): Maryalice Rubins-Topoleski, Nicholas Pecht, Cheryl Doyle; (third row): Michael Krahel, Joe Doyle, Matt Duchnowski

Cast members Ken Ammerman and Nyiema Lunsford bask in the midsummer moonlight in ActorsNET's film of Dear Brutus.

Cast membersMaryalice Rubins-Topoleski, Ken Ammerman, Nyiema Lunsford, and Joe Doyle meet in a magical wood by the moonlight of Midsummer Eve..

Cast members Matt Duchnowski and Charlotte Kirkby enjoy a magical moment by moonlight on Midsummer Eve.

ActorsNET is on YouTube!

Do you miss seeing our shows?

We miss performing for you!

In this time of quarantine, we decided to release a full-length recordings of our past shows so you can enjoy them from the safety of your own home for FREE!

Here are just a few of the great shows you can stream!

The Crimes of Diana Eastlake
by Mort Paterson

Diana Eastlake, a rich NYC socialite, faces a crisis when her daughter is kidnapped in Syria. She can raise the ransom by bankrupting herself, but it's illegal to pay ransom to terrorists. Will she go ahead, and if she does, can she pull it off and stay out of jail? The answers may surprise you.

The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde

"A trivial comedy for serious people" This story of two Victorian aristocrats trying to escape their social burdens, by means of fake identities, contains all of Oscar Wilde's characteristic wit, Victorian charm, and biting social commentary, without ever becoming too serious.

Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare

In this much-loved comedy, shipwrecked Viola disguises herself as a man, falls in love with the duke she serves, and is wooed by a titled lady. Meanwhile, a gaggle of bawdy retainers torment the pompous butler. Hilarity ensues, of course.

Major Barbara
by George Bernard Shaw

A 1905 comedy about a lovely Salvation Army major whose path is challenged by her ambitious mother and arms-magnate father.

Julius Caesar
by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare's absorbing drama about politics, power, conscience, and intrigue, centering on the events of one fateful day in March. As relevant today as it was when first penned, the Bard of Avon shows ancient Rome was no mere toga party. It serves as a reminder as to how back-stabbing politicians can really be.

The Merchant of Venice
by William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's classic about Shylock's quest for revenge and "a pound of flesh."


Messages from Management

Regarding Covid-19

During this pandemic, the health and safety of our patrons, casts, crews and staff has been our top priority.

The 2019 - 2020 season was ended early and our Summer Stars program was cancelled.

We hope to reopen the NET stage as soon as CDC guidelines make it financially viable to gather in groups large enough to accommodate rehearsals and performances. Shows that didn't make it to the stage in this season will be given top priority in planning for the future.

Black Lives Matter

ActorsNET joins our brothers and sisters in our community and across the nation in mourning the death of George Floyd and the many other unjust deaths of people of color. We are inspired by the worldwide outpouring of grief and hope, the insistence that it is well past time to address and eliminate the entrenched evil of racism. We recognize the inequalities and sing out in unison that Black Lives Matter.

The arts have a unique opportunity to contribute to this change. Through our art, we explore and enact not just our own lives and hearts, but also the lives and hearts of others who suffer from racial and social injustice, fear, and deprivation. As award-winning playwright August Wilson wrote, "Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing." Now is the time for all of us to help the angels learn to sing.

In these pivotal times it is not easy to believe in the ability of humankind to become better, stronger, and more just--but we recognize the moral obligation to try. As a local theater in a diverse community we recognize we must do more to diversify our theater. While our theater is temporarily closed due to the pandemic we have been working behind the scenes to enact changes to The NET; we pledge to incorporate more works by artists of color, promote and elevate the voices of the disenfranchised, and bring more people of color to our stage.

As Shakespeare wrote, "We know what we are, but know not what we may be."

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As a non-profit all-volunteer organization, we rely completely on ticket sales and donations from our many patrons. With our doors shuttered, our principal income source - ticket sales - has been denied us. This crisis will stretch our little theater's resilience to its limits, but we have weathered over two decades of storms and pledge to do our best to win through to the other side of this one. It is now more important than ever that you consider sending in a donation to help keep us afloat while our theater is dark. If we've ever entertained, challenged, inspired or delighted you with our work, now is the time to reaffirm your appreciation by helping us out as generously as you can.

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2019 - 2020 Season at a Glance:
Sep. 13 - 29: An Ideal Husband
Oct. 25 - Nov. 10: The Big Bad Wolf: An Adult Fairy Tale About Fear, Forgiveness and Sexual Identity
Dec. 6 - 22: The Christmas Carol Conspiracy: Scrooge's Revenge
Jan. 31 - Feb. 16: Spider's Web
Mar. 13 - 29: Mrs. Warren's Profession
Apr. 24 - May 10: Seven Keys to Baldpate
Jun 12 - 28: King Lear