UCPAC Announces June Performances

RAHWAY – The Union County Performing Arts Center will present a variety of live performance in June.

Catch Alliance Repertory Theatre Company’s closing performances of the dark comedy “U.S Drag,” presented in The Loft at UC PAC on Friday, June 8 and Saturday, June 9. Rocks roots band Native Run will perform live on Saturday, June 9 at LightSoundSpace, next door to the UC PAC. On Sunday, June 10, UC PAC hosts a Sensory Friendly Theatre performance featuring Tom Chapin and Friends; a live performance specially designed and adapted for children with autism and related disabilities.

The Robert Cray Band will take the stage on Friday, June 15, followed by Grammy Award Winner and Ronnie Spector’s ‘Beyond the Beehive’ live performance on Saturday, June 16. The month concludes with An Evening with DAVE MASON Acoustic on Thursday, June 28.

Alliance Repertory Theatre Company’s production of “U.S. Drag,” written by Gina Gionfriddo and directed by Michael J. Driscoll, is a witty jet-black comedy. The play follows Angela and Allison, two young women in Manhattan seeking love and happiness, but they’ll settle for rent money. They decide that chasing down reward money for a serial killer prowling the streets of NYC is the best way to avoid gainful employment. Tickets are $22 and $17 for students and seniors

What do you get when you combine a charismatic actress with a powerhouse voice, a multi-instrumentalist heartthrob-in-the-making and an introverted genius songwriter? You get Native Run (formerly Deep River). Native Run is a fluid, sonic experience combining elements of pop, folk, and blues with straight-up homegrown sass. Tickets are $20, general admission

Tom Chapin & Friends will engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of a very special audience with their fun and engaging family music. Presented as part of the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholder’s Sensory Friendly Theatre series; live performance specially designed and adapted for children with autism and related disabilities. Tickets are $8 general admission

The Robert Cray Band, headed by Robert Cray, deliver an eclectic mix of blues, rock and genre-defying music. As ever with Robert Cray’s indefinable sound, their music remains stubbornly beyond category. Cray is internationally admired as a stylist whose innovations have brought new life to the blues. There will be an opening performance by the Michael Hill’s Blues Mob. Tickets are $69, $59, $49 and $39.

Grammy Award-winning Ronnie Spector came from Spanish Harlem, and before her 20th birthday changed the look, style and sound of Rock & Roll forever. Only a few artists in history have been capable of defining an entire era in Pop music. Ronnie Spector is one of those artists: the embodiment of the heart, soul, and passion of female Rock & Roll in the 1960s. And to this day, no one has ever surpassed Ronnie’s powerful trademark vocals, her gutsy attitude, or her innocent but knowing sexuality. Tickets are $50, $35, $25 & $20

Dave Mason’s career spans nearly 50 years and has encompassed producing, performing and song writing, not to mention being one of rock’s great guitar players He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and is considered an important figure in American music history. Fans and critics alike hail Mason as one of the most talented songwriters and guitarists in the world. There will be an opening performance by James Maddock. Tickets are $79.50, $39.50, $29.30 & $26.50

Tickets are available at the UCPAC Box Office by calling 1-732-499-8226 or online at UCPAC.org. The UCPAC Box Office, located at 1601 Irving Street, Rahway, is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is also open late on Thursdays until 8 p.m.

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