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Middlesex County’s Plays-in-the-Park is a unique partnership that represents better than 44 years of unparalleled government initiative, artistic excellence and community spirit.

In the 1960’s, the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders recognized the importance of bringing Broadway caliber musical theater to the County in a beautiful setting and at rates that would encourage families to share in the experience. The Freeholder's support and the dedication of countless staff members and volunteers, has enabled the program to grow in size and in popularity.

Plays-in-the-Park has provided a showcase for local talent, both on stage and backstage, and has been an important part of the impetus that propelled many gifted individuals into careers in professional theater.

Since it began it is estimated that more than a million people have attended performances at our state-of-the-art Stephen J. Capestro Amphitheater in Roosevelt Park, Edison, New Jersey. Plays-in-the-Park started as a summer program, but has expanded to a year round theatrical treasure. Three full-scale Broadway-style musicals are presented each summer, an indoor Children’s Musical takes to the stage in the fall, and our continuing production of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is performed each winter at the State Theater in New Brunswick.

With the continued backing of the Board of Chosen Freeholders the program has flourished and recent seasons have brought major changes and improvements to our sound system, lighting equipment and audience accommodations.

If you haven’t had the chance to join our audiences, you don’t know what you’re missing! Imagine a warm summer evening, with stars twinkling overhead and top quality, affordable, entertainment for you to enjoy with your family and friends. By all means, we encourage you to try it. Rest assured, you won’t be disappointed.

For information regarding our theatrical productions, admission policies, dates and times of the shows, as well as a photographic history, please visit: www.playsinthepark.com.



50th Anniversary Celebration coffee table book is now available!

This unique and beautifully designed book features never before seen photographs of Plays-in-the-Park shows, performers and the miracles that take place back stage. It also documents the history of Plays-in-the-Park and provides the readers with a true view of what makes the program the success it has become though the last 50 years.

This hard cover 160 color page book can be purchased for $25.00 (Check or Cash) at the Plays-in-the-Park Theater in Edison, NJ or at the Middlesex County Parks Dept. located at 1030 River Road Piscataway NJ 08854.  Questions? Please call 732-745-3936, 732-5482884 or 732-745-4484.