Now in its sixthyear, the NJPAC Stage Exchange pairs cutting-edge play development with insightful community dialogue. An innovative partnership between the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and three professional producing theatres, the program annually commissions three new plays by three Garden State playwrights, presents free readings of the plays with public commentary at NJPAC in Newark, and ultimately results in three full productions of the plays at the collaborating theatres the following season.
Come Find Me by Erin Mallon is a gothic feminist ghost story that spans two time periods. When the play begins in 1907, we find a frightened 12-year-old Tilly moving into the Trenton Psychiatric Hospital to live with her doctor father, Henry Cotton (posthumously known as the" biggest quack of the 20th century") where she forges a secret friendship with a pale, sickly, but incredibly vibrant patient named Mabel. Flash forward to 1969 in the days right before the 1st Moon Landing when we meet Susan and her mother Ilda, who has recently “broken free” from the assisted living community where she was living. Ilda has been “talking to people who aren’t there” and has a growing obsession with the moon. As the scenes between 1907 and 1969 alternate and weave, the mystery as to how these four women’s lives and stories affect each other is revealed.
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