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Theatre Alive at The Baird

Nicholas J. Clarey, interACT's artistic director, and Elena Svitavsky, the theatre company's president, at interACT's new home at The Baird. Credits: Colleen D'Alessandro
The third floor of the Baird Center in South Orange is alive with the sound – well, of set building, kids performing, actors rehearsing their lines. The space is getting ready for its next act, the addition of interACT Theatre Productions as the theatre in residence in an already vibrant arts community.

“The Baird theatre is a versatile, intimate space which will allow us to further our mission of bringing theatre to the community, and the community to the theatre,” said Elena Svitavsky President of interACT Theatre Productions.

The theatre is in rehearsal for Plaza Suite, Neil Simon’s comedic take on marriage. Christine Gaden directs a phenomenal (and hilarious) cast. Performances are set for two weekends April 12-April 14 and April 19-April 21. Buy tickets by clicking here.

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Rehearsing simultaneously is the musical The Full Monty about men stripped of their pride and livelihoods. Nicholas Clarey directs this popular piece of theatre with performances set for May 10-May 12 and May 17-May 19. Tickets go on sale shortly on interACT's website.

This summer, interACT will offer a weeklong summer camp for young actors under the direction of Lisa Hershey, on July 29-August 2. In this fun-filled drama camp, children will learn acting, playwriting and other fundamental theatre skills. Registration is at the Baird Center and online by clicking here.

interACT moved into its new home with its first youth production, the classic Charlotte’s Web. Featuring a large cast of local young talent, the play was performed to sold out audiences and directed by Shona Roebuck.

“We were overwhelmed by the community's support of live theatre,” Svitavsky said.

To learn more about interACT, or to volunteer, visit or email


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