Calendar of Events

Dante Hall Theater



The Secret Opera Presents
Bizet's CARMEN
July 31st ~ 8pm
August 1st ~ 2pm

"If I love you, beware." With these words, the spellbinding Carmen lures Don Jose from his passionless life as a border guard and into a dark underworld of lust, crime, and betrayal. Will his childhood sweetheart, the loyal Micaela, be able to save him from his obsession? Or will she, too, succumb to the intrigue of the unknown? Bizet's classic opera is stripped down to its core in this fresh, visceral, and evocative production by The Secret Opera

About the artists: The Secret Opera is an innovative and vibrant NYC-based company committed to politically and socially relevant readings of classic and new vocal works. Providing opportunities for emerging singers, conductors, directors, dancers, orchestra musicians, designers, and visual artists, The Secret Opera encourages multidisciplinary performances that unite artistic excellence with  musical and literary analysis of traditional and contemporary compositions.


With Special Guest Renee Olstead
Friday, August 21st  ~ 8pm 
Saturday, August 22nd ~ 8pm
$25 General ~ Discounts apply for Seniors, Children and Groups.

South Jersey native, Dave Damiani who’s new CD “Midlife Crisis” is receiving serious Grammy consideration, will be paying tribute to Frank Sinatra with this exciting concert of swing and jazz...just what we need to regain the magic here in Atlantic City.

“These smaller venues are what I miss from Atlantic City.  I grew up in South Jersey and saw Sinatra at the Sands with my father in 1995.  It was intimate, it was classy, and it was sexy.  We are bringing that back to the Jersey Shore,” says Dave Damiani.  “There are some great shore towns in South Jersey, but let’s not forget what started it all (as far as entertainment goes), Atlantic City is still the place to be and we couldn’t be happier or more excited to be at Dante Hall.”

Dave Damiani has been making a considerable name for himself on the Los Angeles music scene.  This former singing waiter at Miceli's Italian Restaurant in Los Angeles has turned slinging pizza & pasta into quite a career in music.  His 17-piece No Vacancy Orchestra has been taking Los Angeles by storm.  With musicians in his band that have made names for themselves playing for acts such as:  Michael Buble', Steve Tyrell, Poncho Sanchez, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Natalie Cole, Justin Timberlake, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Leftover Cuties and many more, the No Vacancy Orchestra has quickly become one of the hottest jazz tickets on the West Coast.  

In a recent show at The Typhoon Restaurant and jazz venue in Santa Monica, California, Damiani gained the attention of a CBS music supervisor and booked an on screen role on the new hit drama Vegas starring Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid.  The episode will air on CBS Tuesday February 19th, 2013 at 10PM.  He will be on performing his songs on screen for about 2-3 minutes and the music is a major part of the story line.  CBS has done some restructuring of the show and is looking to include more music acts inside of theSavoy Casino.  
Please visit www.davedamiani.com for more information.  


Featuring 5 Believers and Peter Stone Brown
Friday, August 28th  ~ 7:30pm 
$20 General ~ Discounts apply for Seniors, Children and Stockton Students (with ID)



DYLAN FEST is a musical tribute to Bob Dylan (and Levon & the Hawks) on the 50th anniversary of Dylan releasing the groundbreaking record “Like a Rolling Stone,” a pair of classic albums and, most importantly, “going electric,” which has fascinating and historic connections to the Atlantic City area. Mirroring the Dylan/Hawks shows of 50 years ago, this show features the acoustic stylings of Philadelphia native singer/songwriter Peter Stone Brown, rounded out by a plugged in, electrified salute by the region’s best Dylan tribute band, the 5 Believers! 

This event pays homage on the 50th anniversary of Dylan “going electric” and mystifying audiences with the first electric/acoustic folk-rock show of its kind. In 1965, Dylan chose members of Levon & the Hawks (featuring the late Levon Helm, and which would later become The Band) after discovering them during their  summer-long residency just 15 minutes outside of AC in a Somers Point, NJ nightclub called Tony Mart’s.  

Dylan would eventually recruit the entire Hawks group for his game-changing and historic world tour (in late 1965-1966), as documented in the PBS Martin Scorsese-directed documentary No Direction Home and the official Columbia Records Bootleg Series releases.


South Jersey resident Jeff Schwachter has been studying, performing, painting — and writing about — the music of Bob Dylan for more than a quarter century. In recent years, his band 5 Believers has begun paying tribute to Dylan with several special and well-received shows and events in the Atlantic City/Philadelphia area. Schwachter, former editor of Atlantic City Weekly, also wrote the nationally award-winning piece “Somers Point ’65,” which tells the inside story of how Dylan wound up finding his electric band at the Jersey Shore and ultimately changing the course of modern rock forever and helping the Hawks become The Band.

For more information visit DYLAN FEST AC  

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A One Day Retreat for Poets and Writers
Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Treat yourself to a writing retreat at the shore. Down the block from Atlantic City's famous beach and boardwalk, this affordable workshop will energize and inspire you. Head home with sand between your toes, a few new pieces of writing and the glow that comes from spending the day with an encouraging community of writers.

For more information or to register, visit: 

http://www.murphywriting.com/shore ?

Atlantic City Main-Stage Series
September 25, 26, 27 & October 2, 3, 4, 2015
Fridays & Saturdays ~ 8 PM
Sundays ~ 2 PM Matinee

You get three for one with this evening of one-act comedies produced by the Atlantic City Theater Company. TALKING CURE (Ethan Coen)-examines the back and forth relationship between a therapist and his patient as they search for the source of his mental behavior. GEORGE IS DEAD (Elaine May)-introduces us to wealthy, spoiled and recently widowed Doreen who imposes upon the daughter of her former nanny for comfort and advice. HONEYMOON MOTEL (Woody Allen)-explores a wedding day where the magic is over before it begins and everyone is living anything but happily ever after…



8th Annual Downbeach Film Festival's
October 16, 17 & 18, 2015

This annual local film festival promotes new films, as well as filmmakers and actors, from all over the globe in an effort to celebrate the art form of moviemaking through exclusive screenings, parties and award festivities. Rooted in the celebration of independent and studio film, Downbeach Film Festival created this forum to provide aspiring filmmakers, actors, and others, the opportunity to meet and network with industry professionals.  Check www.downbeachfilmfestival.org for a detailed list of screenings.


Stage Right Productions Presents
November 4-7, 2015

Attention Faculty and Staff (of ANY learning facility) and anyone who has ever had a teacher! Winner of the 2005 James Sunwall Award for Best New Comedy, “When You Have No Class” follows the hysterical antics of five neurotic teachers and one psychotic principal of a fictional high school.  As one critic explained, this show “is irresistible to anyone who believes in the healing quality of a good laugh.”


Dante Hall Theater Presents
November 20, 2015

New York City’s longest running non-competitive exhibition of award-winning short films, is also a national touring showcase with a mission to present the world’s best short films in theaters and public venues across the country. Asbury Short Film Concerts feature a highly entertaining and enlightening mix of live action comedy, drama and outstanding animated short films previously honored with Academy Award nominations or “Best of Show” awards at US film festivals and international festival honors. Asbury combines classic award winning shorts from the past with some current world film festival favorites in a fast-paced program providing local communities with a rare opportunity to see these films in one sitting. 


14th Annual
March 27 through April 3, 2016 

The 14th Annual Garden State Film Festival is sure to be the most exciting year yet. This is the third year that Atlantic City has hosted the event. Dante Hall Theater is proud to serve as one of the selected venues showcasing the many current independent films from around the world. This fun filled weekend includes an open talent casting call, professional panel discussions, parties, a celebrity filled awards dinner and more. Meet and mingle with filmmakers and celebrities. For a detailed list of screenings at each GSFF venue, visit www.gsff.org


Dante Hall Theater Presents
April 15-17 & 22-24, 2016

Directed by Travis Love. Based on the book by author, Turiyah Rahaeem, , “Growing Up in the Other Atlantic City: Wash’s and the Northside”, the play chronicles the life of the Washington family from the 1920s through the 1970s as they helped build and shape a vibrant and thriving African-American community in Atlantic City’s Northside neighborhood. As the story moves through each decade of this true history, viewers witness the laughter, tears, ingenuity, hard work and commitment of one family’s pursuit of the American Dream.