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Hackettstown resident, professor Stephen Davis directs ‘The Theory of Relativity’ at Sussex County Community College

"The Theory of Relativity" Running March 30 to April 2

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County)Alpha Arts Institute at Sussex County Community College will present its first college musical post pandemic. From Drama Desk Award nominees Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, The Theory of Relativity is a joyous and moving look about our surprisingly interconnected lives.

Sussex County Community College’s production of The Theory of Relativity is directed by Professor Stephen Davis with music direction by Professor Mariann Cook and will be held at the college’s Performing Arts Center located at One College Hill Road in Newton.

This 90-minute musical is a collection of songs, scenes, and monologues that come together to show the interconnected nature of humanity. These stories center around finding your identity and discovering your place in the world.  The wide array of characters takes the audience on a journey through the wonders of human connection. Whether you’re allergic to cats, in love for the first or tenth time, a child of divorce, a germaphobe or simply a unique individual, audience members and actors alike are sure to find themselves in this fresh new musical.

Stephen Davis is an Associate Professor of Theatre Arts at Centenary University, adjunct faculty in theatre at SCCC, a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association, and is the co-founder of Cause and FX. Stephen has a B.F.A. in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University, as well as an M.F.A. in directing from USC, where he received the Two Thumbs Up Teaching Award for making a difference in the lives of students with learning disabilities.

While at Centenary, Professor Davis was honored with both the 2014-2015 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award and the 2010-2011 United Methodist Exemplary Teaching Award. He teaches classes to all ages in Shakespeare, stage combat, theatrical makeup, acting, directing, playwriting, video production and movement for the theatre.

The Theory of Relativity cast includes Chris Flatt of Hamburg; Colin O’Sullivan of Hopatcong; Dana Nigro of Stillwater; Tessa Gori of Sparta; Morgan Burke, Shannon Burke, Tyler Charters, Isabella Cruz, Blair Lanza, Samantha Wolujczyk of Vernon; Aurelia Shanga of Mount Olive; Jake Jackson of Washingtonand Anthony Guerra and Bailey Shay of Milford, PA. The production team includes stage manager Emma Muth of Sparta; assistant director Michelle Dester of Vernon; and Technical Consultant, Tye Palmer of Bushkill, PA.

The musical runThursday, March 30, Friday, March 31, April 1, and Sunday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. General admission is $20$15 for seniors, students, and US military, and $10 for SCCC students with ID. For tickets, visit

On Friday, March 31, at 6:00 p.m. a special free tour and session will take place prior to the performance of “The Theory of Relativity” for area high school students interested in learning about the Musical Theater Program at Sussex County Community College. If you wish to attend, contact Professor Mariann Cook at

The Theory of Relativity is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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