"The Calling" a play by Joel Stone - NJPAC Stage Exchange
APRIL READING: "The Calling" by Joel Stone
Stage Exchange Reading on Friday, April 21, 2017, 7:00 pm, at NJPAC. Tickets are $5.00. Get tickets.
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.
Three commissions, three playwrights, three plays, three theatres, three productions, three public forums, three community organizations. This is the recipe for NJStageX: an exciting new program that unites the entire theatre community of New Jersey with the general public to nurture new works, bring playwrights into schools, and grow new audiences by focusing on local issues that touch their lives.