The Attic Ensemble Celebrates its 40th Anniversary at Annual Gala This Weekend

At the same time the Attic Ensemble is winding down performances of the opening show in its new season — the madcap comedy Fully Committed — this weekend, it is hosting its annual gala and honoring several community members who’ve helped the theater troupe grow.

This year’s gala is especially significant, as the Attic Ensemble celebrates its 40th year in existence. The group, which started in an attic in Bayonne (hence the name), has come to be a leader in Jersey City’s independent theater scene.

At the “Creative Black Tie” gala, the Attic Ensemble will honor retired JCPD detective/community activist/actor Calvin Hart; Robert P. Iezzi of Craft Signs, which donates signage to the ensemble; longtime supporter Robert M. Mason, Jr. of Provident Bank; St. John’s Lutheran Church’s Annemarie Oest, who donates cakes for intermissions in Attic’s productions; and Attic supporters/advisors/actors Nathan and Nancy Sambul. The honorees were all chosen “because of the outstanding leadership they display within our community,” the group notes.

Sunday’s gala features a cocktail hour, a buffet dinner, a silent auction and other surprises. Tickets are $100, and you can also purchase a $150 ticket, which includes a discounted subscription to the 2011-2012 season. Tickets can be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets.


40th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser for The Attic Ensemble; Sunday, September 25 at 6 pm; at the HCCC Culinary Arts Institute/Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street. For more information, call 201-413-9200.

Jon Whiten

co-founded the Jersey City Independent. He is currently the Deputy Director of New Jersey Policy Perspective.