Join us at a special kick-off event at NJPAC on March 16 at 7pm as part of The Stages Festival.
Thursday, March 16, 2016, 7:00 pm, at New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Parsonnet Room, One Center Street, Newark, NJ - FREE, Reservations recommended. RSVP here.
Actors and playwrights will give you a glance into each piece, a special Q&A with the artists, and the chance to mingle with the three commissioned New Jersey playwrights as well as the artistic directors of the 2017 Stage Exchange partner theaters; New Jersey Repertory Company, Premiere Stages, and Crossroads Theatre Company.
APRIL READING: "The Calling" by Joel Stone
Stage Exchange Reading on Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:00 pm, at NJPAC. Tickets are $5.00.
THE PLAY, "The Calling": In "The Calling, Charles," a mysterious stranger, attends funeral services at a Somerset, N.J. church presided over by the venerable Father Dan. He learns that Charles is a nurse and the deceased was his patient. But Father Dan gradually discovers that Charles is a troubled soul and that nursing may not be his only calling ...
THE PLAYWRIGHT: Joel Stone was formerly the artistic director of Off-Off Broadway's The Theatre Asylum. In 1998, his play Horrors of Doctor Moreau (published by Samuel French, Inc.) became the first script-in-hand reading to debut at New Jersey Repertory Company. The following year, his short play The Age of Miracles premiered at NJ Rep and went on to be a finalist at the Samuel French Short Play Festival. Also in 1999, NJ Rep presented Written in Stone an evening of Stone's short plays, including The Speck of Dust in Bugsy's Eye (featuring the late Kim Hunter). Recently, Stone directed the MainStage production of Gino DiIorio's Release Point and was the Director/Mentor of the award-winning NJ Rep Young Playwrights Project, Shelter From The Storm, in which local high school students wrote short plays about Hurricane Sandy. Currently, he is the literary manager for NJ Rep.
THE PARTNERING THEATRE: The New Jersey Repertory Company was founded in 1997 by SuzAnne and Gabor Barabas. Its mission is to develop and produce new plays and to make a lasting contribution to the American stage. Over twenty years NJ Rep has produced 115 plays of which over 90 have been world premieres. The theatre has the additional distinction of having had many of its plays produced by other professional theaters around the country totaling 80 subsequent productions in the U.S. and overseas. In 2012 it was the recipient of a National Theater Company Award from the American Theater Wing. New Jersey Rep adheres to no specific style or philosophy and seeks only to champion that which engages and challenges an audience with compelling themes and stories, and strives to extend the language and scope of theater as an art form. In May 2016, the theater acquired a new property and is in the process of launching a capital campaign to build two additional theaters, residences for out-of-town actors and playwrights, an art cinema, and an art museum located two blocks from the Jersey Shore.
MAY READING: "Brick City" by Nicole Pandolfo
Stage Exchange Reading on Friday, May 5, 2017, 7:00 pm at NJPAC. Tickets are $5.00.
THE PLAY, "Brick City": In this topical and compelling new play, worlds collide inside a failing Newark public school. Jessie, a combative high school senior with a disability, and Darnell, the star player of his high school basketball team, find themselves together in extended study hall during the most important marking period of their lives. As Darnell inches dangerously close to throwing away a lucrative college scholarship and Jessie a potential career as an artist, both discover that things aren't always as simple as they may seem.
THE PLAYWRIGHT: Nicole Pandolfo is currently a 2016-17 Dramatist Guild Fellow and was recently selected as a finalist for the Stanley Drama Award. Her work has been developed through the Jerome Foundation, The Actors Studio, the Lark, and NJ Rep among others and she was a finalist for the Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship and the Leah Ryan Fund for Emerging Women Writers. She is a member of The Actors Studio in the Playwright/Director Unit directed by Lyle Kessler and received her MFA at Hunter College. Learn more about Nicole.
THE PARTNERING THEATRE: Premiere Stages at Kean University is committed to serving the cultural needs of northern and central New Jersey through the development and production of high-quality Equity theatre premieres, professional development and educational initiatives for the local and campus communities, and the support and cultivation of emerging playwrights and theatre artists. As a professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, Premiere Stages at Kean University actively engages and enhances the specialized training programs at Kean, while embracing and serving a culturally diverse audience, underserved local youth, and a broad pool of gifted regionally-based artists.
JUNE READING: "Back to the Real" by Pia Wilson
Stage Exchange Reading on Friday, June 23, 2016, 7:00 pm at NJPAC. Tickets are $5.00.
THE PLAY, "Back to the Real": Pia Wilson's new work examines race, identity and acceptance of others, seen through the eyes of a brother and sister.
THE PLAYWRIGHT: Pia Wilson is a 2017 NJPAC Stage Exchange commissioned playwright, 2015 Sundance fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Sarah Verdone Writing Award. She is a 2012-2013 resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program, a member of the 2008 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater, and a 2009 playwriting fellow with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Her drama Turning the Glass Around was produced by Workspace Collective in October 2014. Generation T, was produced at Adelphi University in March 2014. Her play, The Flower Thief, was an August 2012 co-production between Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time play festival. Learn more about Pia.
THE PARTNERING THEATRE: Founded in 1978 by Ricardo Khan and L. Kenneth Richardson, Crossroads Theatre Company embraces the vision that African-American theater is intended for a broad-based, diverse audience. As a major force in the development of new ideas and the introduction of formerly marginalized writers, Crossroads produces works that enrich and diversify the representation of African American culture on the American stage. Crossroads was the winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater in the United States.