Morristown, NJ – The first week of March will see five professional New Jersey theatres bring five brand new plays to The Bickford Theatre in Morristown, New Jersey as the third annual New Plays New Jersey reading series kicks off. Writers Theatre of New Jersey is coordinating the staged readings with The Bickford Theatre, Mile Square Theatre, Luna Stage, and Passage Theatre as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival.
The readings are produced by the individual theatres and feature plays from some of New Jersey’s best playwrights, directed by professional directors and performed by professional New Jersey and New York actors. Further, every reading is followed by a community discussion with the writer, director, and Writers Theatre's Artistic Director, giving the audience an opportunity to share their insights and opinions and helping to further shape the work.
The plays to be presented are Olomouc by Yasmine Rana from Teaneck, A Progressive Man by Montclair resident Phoebe Farber, Rocket Sex Magic by David Lee White from Bordentown, Tragedy by Oded Gross (also from Montclair), and Ghost Story by Lia Romeo, a Hoboken resident.
“The month-long New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival is the perfect event to showcase the amazing work that New Jersey Theatres are doing with New Jersey Playwrights,” said John Pietrowski, Writers Theatre of New Jersey Artistic Director (photo). “These theatres have forged long-term relationships with the writers, and we intend to celebrate and share those connections during the week. We are grateful to The Bickford Theatre for hosting the event, and we look forward to spirited talkbacks after the plays. This is a strong crop of work, and we encourage everyone to see all five.”
The reading schedule is as follows:
- On Wednesday March 1 at 7 PM is "Olomouc" by Yasmine Rana (Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Madison)
- On Thursday, March 2 at 7 PM is "A Progressive Man" by Phoebe Farber (Luna Stage, West Orange)
- On Friday, March 3 at 7 PM is "Rocket Sex Magic" by David Lee White (Passage Theatre, Trenton)
- On Saturday, March 4 at 7 PM is "Tragedy" by Oded Gross (Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken)
- On Sunday, March 5 at 5 PM is "Ghost Story" by Lia Romeo (The Bickford Theatre, Morristown)
Readings are free of charge, with a $10.00 recommended donation (or donate what you can). The performances will occur at The Bickford Theatre, located in the Morris Museum at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ.
For more information on any of Writers Theatre’s programs, please visit wtnj.org, or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the New Jersey Theatre Alliance or the NJTA's Stages Festival, please visit njtheatrealliance.org or stagesfestival.org, respectively.