October Events at Hopewell Theater

October Events at Hopewell Theater

Here’s what’s in store at Hopewell Theater this October:


THE PRICE OF SILENCE: Film + Dessert & Discussion – Thursday, October 6

New Jersey, the Garden State, is known for its produce, but not for the enslaved people who tilled the soil. In this two-part documentary, descendants and historians tell their stories and why it was the last northern state to end the institution of slavery.

Dessert will be served at an intermission between the two episodes of The Price of Silence, included with every ticket. Dessert details to come.

Stick around after the film for a panel discussion with filmmaker Ridgeley Hutchinson, authors Beverly Mills and Elaine Buck (If These Stones Could Talk), Isabela Morales, Kristal Langford, Linda Caldwell-Epps, and Danielia Cotton.


Progressively Funny starring John Fugelsang & Friends – Saturday, October 8

Actor, comedian, and broadcaster John Fugelsang hosts “Tell Me Everything” weekdays on SiriusXM Insight. He performed in “The Bill of Rights Concert” alongside Lewis Black & Dick Gregory which aired on AXS. He’s also appeared at Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” Festival and HBO’s U.S Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos for ABC, and been called “one of my favorite comedians” by Bill Maher.

Also performing in tonight’s show is veteran standup comedian Leighann Lord, who has appeared on HBO, Comedy Central, The View, and Showtime’s Even More Funny Women of a Certain Age.


“The Music of the Night” with John D. Smitherman – Sunday, October 9

From Broadway to Buckingham Palace, John D. Smitherman has had the prestige and honor to have been one of the original Three American Tenors. He has performed well over 100 different roles on the professional theatre stage, including the Big Three: Jekyll & Hyde, The Phantom, and Jean Valjean in Les Miserables.

Start your Halloween early with THE MUSIC OF THE NIGHT, featuring music from The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll & Hyde, Les Miserablés, Man of La Mancha, South Pacific, Mamma Mia, West Side Story, Show Boat, and many more.

John will perform duets with some of the greatest voices in the era in this wonderfully entertaining evening for the entire family.


18½ – Tuesday, October 11 and Thursday, October 13

In 1974, a White House transcriber finds the only copy of the infamous 18½-minute gap in Nixon’s Watergate tapes, but her attempts to leak it to the press run afoul of hippies, swingers, and nefarious forces. 

18½ is an award-winning thriller/comedy that has played in over 20 festivals around the world. Thursday’s screening is followed by a Directors Talk featuring filmmakers Daniel Moya and Dan Mirvish!


Dar Williams – Saturday, October 15

Dar Williams’ lyrics contain bouquets of optimism, delivered on melodies alternating between beguiling lightness and understated gravity.

Williams was always in the right place at the right time for the success she’s had over a 25+ year career. She rose out of the vibrant mid-90s Boston scene, inspired by the eclectic influences of alt-rockers, Berklee jazz musicians, slam poets, and folk artists like Patty Griffith, Melissa Ferrick, the Throwing Muses, Vance Gilbert, and Jonatha Brooke.


Supper Club: “365” Film + Supper & Discussion with Linda Erickson – Tuesday, October 18

In thirteen segments, members of Europium Dancetheater present a provocative and intimate view of our shared experiences. The pulse of powerful and beautiful music exposes these stories without dialogue. Some might describe 365 as a silent movie, which reveals that actions speak louder than words.

After the film, join a discussion panel for a lively conversation with Linda Erickson, director of Europium Dancetheater. Choose the “Supper Club” ticket option to enjoy a delicious Thai dish prepared by Chef Supa DeRose of Supa Thai Cuisine.


“Somebody’s Daughter” A Play Written and Performed by Zara Phillips with Live Music by Richard Thompson – Friday, October 21

Somebody’s Daughter is a one-woman-show based on Zara Phillips’ book of the same title. It features live music accompaniment performed by folk-rock legend Richard Thompson.

Adopted as a baby in the 1960s, becoming a backing vocalist to well known bands in the 80s, and getting sober at 22, Zara takes us on her journey to uncover the truth about her history.

The story is told with humor and no-holds-barred honesty about the complexity of having four parents, becoming a mother, and learning to navigate it all.


Halloween Fright Fest – Wednesday, October 26 to Sunday, October 30

Hopewell Theater’s Halloween Fright Fest returns with a classic lineup of Halloween, horror, and thriller films.

Kids, families, and fans of horror, thriller, and classic film will enjoy the event’s lineup, which includes Dracula, Psycho, and The Shining, as well as The Goonies, Beetlejuice, and Ghostbusters as part of our Family Fright Fest.

Children 12 and under get free tickets to Family Fright Fest films, and patrons of any age who come in costume to any of these events can receive a free small popcorn or bottled water at concessions.


Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz – Friday, October 28

Award-winning Philadelphia native Christine Havrilla, who has supported acts like Shawn Colvin, KT Tunstall, and Brandi Carlile, brings her “well-built, catchy, smart tunes” (Upstage Magazine) to Hopewell Theater, touring nationally with the support of her band, Gypsy Fuzz. 

Christine utilizes the soft gritty texture of her vocals to express warmth and honesty listeners quickly embrace as well as her aggressive, raw, trash-style guitar playing and looping. 


Check out our full fall schedule here.


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