The Meta Theatre Company
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Welcome to The Meta Theatre Company.


The Meta Theatre Company creates live performance for communities to share experiences, heal and grow.  MTC’s mission is to create work around the issues of white privilege, race, class, gender and sexual orientation, and provide audiences a context to create social change in their communities.  After the curtain falls, community action begins!

MTC is excited to be presenting at WPC 17 in Philadelphia April 14-17, 2016.  MTC will co-present with Dr. Karen Gaffney from Raritan Valley Community College.  We will be presenting on how to use theatre to stop mass incarceration with examples of work from The Edna Mahan Women's Correctional Facility Theatre Program.  We will discuss how Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Colorblindness in the Age of Mass Incarceration, helped the women of Edna Mahan co-write the play, "Hello My Name Is", and how MTC and The Anti-Racism Coalition of Hunterdon County connected the work to a church, and RVCC students to create action plans to stop mass incarceration.

MTC attended this film screening at Rutgers University.  The Mothers of Beford is a documentary about a progressive prison program at The Bedford Hills Women's Correctional Facility in New York.  It is a program that allows mothers who are incarcerated meet on a regular basis with their children and parent from prison.  New Jersey does not have programs like this.  How can we change this?  MTC performed original work from the women of Edna Mahan, where MTC has developed a theatre program.  MTC looks forward to more collaboration with Rutgers and the School of Social Work! 

Celebrate Women's History Month with The Meta Theatre Company & RVCC Women's Center 6:00 pm FREE!

SHOW TIME!  Come see HELLO MY NAME IS  . . . a play to stop mass incarceration.  Co-Written with the women of Edna Mahan and the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility Theatre Program.  1:00 and 6:00 pm, November 2, 2015 at Raritan Valley Community College Conference Center.  IT'S FREE!!!  Post-Show Discussion after the 6:00 pm show.

Mass Incarceration & Racial Inequality

What caused it, what is its local impact, and what can we do about it?

Join us for a six-week book club with a curriculum co-created by the women inmates of the Edna Mahan Theatre Program, and create an action plan for change.

* Meetings begin on at 12:30 pm on Sunday, September 20 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Baptistown (GPS/MapQuest directions from County Road 519 & Oak Summit Rd, Frenchtown, NJ 08825). Add’l dates are: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, and 10/25 same time/place.

*BYOB&S -- Bring your own book and snack. Books can be purchased online or at your local bookstore.

*Free event -- Everyone welcome (Recommended age of participation 16 and up. Some childcare options available.

*Please join us even if you cannot keep up with the reading or attend every meeting!

RISE! Cabaret

All Original Pieces Written and Performed by
The Meta Theatre Company &
The Women Inmates of The Edna Mahan Women's Correctional Facility


Saturday, June 13th

7:00 pm

$10 General Admission At The Door

First Universalist Unitarian Fellowship of Hunterdon County

1 Oak Summit Rd, Frenchtown, NJ 08825 (Use this for GPS!)

All Proceeds go to The Edna Mahan Women’s Correctional Facility Theatre Program

This is a 14 and Up Show



April 8th & 9th

7:00 PM

The Welpe Theatre
@ Raritan Valley Community College

FREE with RVCC Student ID

$10 General Public

All Proceeds go to The Meta Theatre Company’s Edna Mahan Women’s Correctional Facility Theatre Program


Last year over 5,800 V-Day benefits were held around the world raising funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised over $5 million through performance of The Vagina Monologues, readings from V-Day’s A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and A Prayer and Any One Of Us: Words From Prison and screenings of V-Day’s documentary Until The Violence Stops and the PBS documentary What I Want My Words To Do To You. MTC and RVCC has joined this global movement as part of the V-Day 2015 College/Community Campaign.  


This special benefit performance is presented this year as part of V-Day’s campaign ONE BILLION RISING: REVOLUTION, a global initiative that began two years ago as a call for women survivors of violence to Rise and demand an end to violence.  In 2015, Risings will focus on highlighting, creating and envisioning new, brave and radical artistic initiatives to bring in the new revolutionary world of equality, dignity and freedom for all women and girls.  


What are The Vagina Monologues

Hailed by The New York Times as "funny" and "poignant" and by the Daily News as "intelligent" and "courageous," The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed off-Broadway by Ms. Ensler, dives into the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences.  Ms. Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world - from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City.  Villard Books/Random House first published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steinem, in February 1998.  A special edition was released in hard cover and paperback in February 2008 in honor of V-Day’s ten year anniversary.



How can I create long-term change for my community? How do I support communities coming together to connect and continue to work on community issues? How do I move forward with critical conversations around the issues raised by the events in Ferguson, MO and other cities across America?

In this interactive performance, RISE! Cabaret, audiences will learn how to raise critical consciousness in their communities, and how to create long-term change around issues of white privilege, race, class, gender and sexual orientation through the use of theatre.

You are invited to join the cast of Rise to participate in a conversation in a post show discussion to create action plans and continue connections beyond the close of the show.


Saturday September 27 at 7:00 pm

Sunday, September 28 at 2:00 pm

Whitehouse Station Polish-American Citizens Club

29 Kline Blvd, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

Tickets at the door - $20 /$5 with Student ID



 2014 V-Day Flemington is a 2-day Festival including live performances, presentations, and a documentary screening!!!


Click Here For Festival Tickets!



Weekend Schedule

April 26th & 27th

Hunterdon Central High School

84 New Jersey 31

Flemington, NJ 08822



Saturday, April 26, 2014


11:00 am - Rednecks, Asian Overachievers, and Illegals: How American Culture Divides and Conquers:  We frequently hear that racism is no longer a serious problem and that our class structure is fair, despite considerable evidence to the contrary. Why do these myths persist? This workshop will present an answer to that question by focusing on three stereotypes that perpetuate these myths: poor whites as “redneck,” Asian Americans as “overachievers,” and Latinos as “illegals.” This interactive workshop will share examples of these stereotypes from the media, politics, and popular culture and show what they have in common. Once we see these connections, we can see how damaging these stereotypes really are, which can then lead us to action.



Lunch break: (not included in ticket price/on your own)

2:00 pm - What I Want My Words to do to You: Award winning documentary by Eve Ensler showing her work with incarcerated women at Bedford Correctional Facility, NY

4:00 pm - Any One of Us: Live performance of original work from the women of Bedford Correctional Facility, NY and Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, Clinton, NJ

Dinner Break: (not included in ticket price/on your own)

7:00 pm - The Vagina Monologues: Hunterdon Counties 6th presentation of Eve Enslers groundbreaking play

Sunday, April 27, 2014


12:30 pm - V-Men: a workshop led by men to explore the impact of violence against women, and then offer resolution to stop it.

2:00 pm - Matinee performance of The Vagina Monologues: Hunterdon Counties 6th presentation of Eve Enslers groundbreaking play



Two Options in Buying a Ticket:


$50 Festival Ticket allows access to the entire 2 day Festival


$20 Event Ticket allows access to one performance of:

What I Want My Words To Do To You

Any One of Us: Words from Prison

The Vagina Monlogue


V-Men and the Divide and Conquer Presentation are FREE

Please print out your EventBrite ticket and bring it with you to the festival.

This years V-Day event is organized by The Meta Theatre Company in partnership with SAFE in Hunterdon. All proceeds from the festival to benefit SAFE in Hunterdon.




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V-Day Flemington Open Auditions for Eve Ensler’s


VAGINA MONOLOGUES:  Casting English & Spanish speaking women over 18

EMOTIONAL CREATURE:  Casting young women 14 -25 
to act, dance & choreograph step routines

Young women will be mentored to lead their own 
V-Girls Club in their schools & communities

Auditions:  February 8th & 9th

Time:  12-4 pm

Cold Reading Audition—Script provided

Where:  YMCA of Round Valley -The Administration House
1410 Route 22 West, Annandale, NJ  08801

Production: April 25th-27th

For more information:  908-840-4089
V-Day Flemington / 
 The Meta Theatre Company


The Meta Theatre Company decorated jeans on April 6th at Healthy U Fitness for their upcoming April 24th Denim Day show at Raritan Valley Community College at 12 pm in the Welpe Theatre.  The jeans will become the set of RISE! Cabaret, and MTC is inviting the public to design jeans that will also be incorporated into the set.  Jeans will be accepted up until April 19th.  The jeans are a message of solidarity that what a woman wears is not an excuse for rape.

 Meta Theatre Company & Raritan Valley Community College
Stand in Solidarity on Denim Day

On Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Raritan Valley Community College and The Meta Theatre Company will host a community-awareness Denim Day, as part of the Internationally recognized Sexual Assault Awareness Month to stop sex crimes.  In 1992, an Italian teenage girl was raped by her driving instructor during a driving lesson.  The man was convicted, but upon appeal in 1998, the Supreme Court in Rome overturned the conviction.  The Judged ruled that because the girl wore tight jeans she must have consented to the sex because she had to help remove the jeans.  RVCC and The Meta Theatre Company are asking all who attend Denim Day to wear denim jeans as a stand of solidarity that what some wears is never an excuse for rape. 

RVCC has planned the day to incorporate business, organizations, clubs, and students to participate in Denim Day.  Resource tables will be available in the lobby to connect to community organizations, and partner against sexual assault.  The Meta Theatre Company will perform their cabaret, RISE! from 12 to 1 PM with a post-show discussion with the audience.  RISE! Cabaret uses original dramatic and comedic work written by the cast to bring communities together to share experiences, heal and grow.  Audiences will meet Gina Sampaio, a survivor of a rape in college, who courageously speaks of her on-going healing.  Barbara Cannell, creates the story of a young girl raped by her father and Uncles, and the horrific facts of sex trafficking in the United States.  Country Sister Act, Lurlene and Tammy Ynot , and their band, The Sour Mash Boys, serenade Congress, and provide their hilarious response to Congress’ need to control Women’s Reproductive Rights. 

The Meta Theatre Company is inviting the community to come to their 2 pm April 6th rehearsal at Healthy U Fitness to decorate jeans that will be included on the set of RISE!  Healthy U Fitness is located in The Bishop’s Shopping Plaza, 431 U.S. 22 Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889.  For more information, email MTC at, or go to MTC is also Facebook. 

RVCC’s main campus is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ.

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