Theater at Farmstead Arts

Spring 2017:

The Lord Stirling Theater Company presents

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck


William Ward directs John Steinbeck’s adaptation of his classic 1937 novel set in Depression-era California.  “Of Mice and Men” tells the story of friendship between two migrant workers whose shared dream of a better life on their own farm ends in tragedy.

 June 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 7:30 pm
June 4 and 11 at 2:00 pm
$20 general admission
$15 seniors, students and Farmstead members


In the English Barn at Farmstead Arts
450 King George Road, Basking Ridge, NJ

It’s a real barn (circa 1740 – on the National Register of Historic Places)  – please dress for the weather – no heat or AC!

Under the artistic direction of William Ward, The Lord Stirling Theater Company is a dynamic new community of creative artists based in Basking Ridge.  The group is committed to presenting innovative theater for diverse audiences including play readings, full productions of great classic theater, new works and exploring the American experience through compelling productions that illuminate and celebrate history, culture and literature.  The theater group fosters the next generation of theater artists and audiences by providing unique hands-on educational programming and training in all aspects of theater production.

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Farmstead Players Play Reading Group

Join us on Monday, February 6, 2017
7 PM in the Farmhouse
Free admission

Of Mice and Men,  by  John Steinbeck

Presenting a preview of the Lord Stirling Theater Company’s Spring production of this great American classic story, adapted to the stage by the author.


Readers engage the audience at the Farmstead

The Farmstead Players Play Reading Group meets on the first Monday of the month at 7 PM in the Farmhouse.  The readings are open to the public and admission is free. Plays are either in the public domain or read with the permission of the playwright.

Readings are performed like radio plays with an emphasis on imagination and voice. The actors, who read from scripts, may sit or stand and incorporate some movement. A narrator may read the stage directions.  Members of the public are invited to take part in the reading or enjoy as audience members.  To participate, please contact Director William Ward by email at to be sent a copy of the script. Please copy these scripts if you are planning to attend.

The Farmstead Players Play Reading Group is the first group of its kind in the Somerset Hills community.  Prior plays presented include Tight Rope, by David Serra; The Devil’s Disciple by George Bernard Shaw; The Country Wife, by William Wycherley; Marty by Paddy Chayefsky; The Rover by Aphra Behn; The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde;  Measure for Measure  by William Shakespeare, Tartuffe by Moliere, Miss Valentine by noted NJ Playwright, Nadine Bernard  and a unique evening of original one act plays with the playwrights coming from NYC and Washington DC in attendance.

Whether you enjoy comedy, drama or classics, there’s something for everyone at the Monday night play readings at the Farmstead. Here’s what a few of the cast and audience members had to say:

“Last night’s reading really was refreshing. Years ago I picked up The Devil’s Disciple and never finished it. The reading at Farmstead made it come alive as was meant to be.”

“A charming space and very nice people. A total win.”

“I had a blast over at Farmstead Arts Center Play Reading Group tonight. Everyone was wonderful from the cast to all who run Farmstead.”  

Artistic Dirctor Bill Ward  Artistic Director William Ward

A resident of Basking Ridge, William Ward studied drama and technical theater at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He has worked at many venues in New York City including The Irish Repertory Theater, LaMama E.T.C., Minetta Lane Theater, The Classical Theater of Harlem, Theater 59E59, The Cell Theater, The Lyceum Theater, Wings Theater and The Kraine Theater.

In Europe, William worked at noted theaters in Belgium, England, Scotland, Wales, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany. Regional credits include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; Playhouse in the Park and the Downtown Theater Cabaret in Bridgeport, Connecticut; Cumberland Theater in Maryland; Falmouth Playhouse in Massachusetts, Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania and many others. He performed as an actor and musician in the first national tour of the Broadway show, Buddy, the Buddy Holly Story, and in the national tour of The Sound of Music. As a musician, William has played in concert with rock artists Dexy’s Midnight Runners, ABC, Culture Club, Kajagoogoo, Simple Minds, Time Bandits, Hot Chocolate, Gloria Gaynor and Al Martino.

He has designed sets for Light Opera of New Jersey, Wings Theater and various productions in the New York Fringe Festival, including the acclaimed show, Kiki, Baby. William is a stage manager and head of props construction at The New Jersey State Opera.

The English Barn Theater and the Farmhouse are wheelchair accessible.  Anyone anticipating the need for additional accessibility services may make a request by sending an e-mail to in advance.

Funds for these events have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by the Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.