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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Writers Theatre of N J’s annual reading series starts January 2 with ‘The Patriot ‘ (UPDATED)

A New Year Brings New Plays to NJ

Madison, NJ —  Writers Theatre of New Jersey’s annual Soundings reading series will kick off on January 2 with Pulitzer Prize nominee, Joe Sutton, sharing his latest play, “The Patriot,” at the Dreyfuss Theatre on the Madison campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. The series will run through January 15, showcasing one new play each night, and will feature plays from Kilroy Award winner, Donna Hoke; Emmy winner, Hal Corley; and eleven other talented writers. There will be a discussion after each performance where the audience is invited to talk with the playwright and the director about the play.

This year’s plays are:

Tuesday, January 2 – “The Patriot” by Joe Sutton

Wednesday, January 3 – “Like Saltwater” by Pia Wilson

Thursday, January 4 – “Nichiiwad” by Hal Corley

Friday, January 5 – “Hurricane Colleen” by Tammy Ryan

Saturday, January 6 – “And Their Sons, Too...” by Seth Rozin

Sunday, January 7 – “Encounters” by Yasmine Rana

Monday, January 8 – “Memoirs of a Forgotten Man” by D.W. Gregory

Tuesday, January 9 – “Teach” by Donna Hoke

Wednesday, January 10 –  “Wolf at the Door” by Richard Dresser

Thursday, January 11 – “Redux” by Rob Zellers

Friday, January 12 – “Ghost Story” by Lia Romeo

Saturday, January 13 – “The Excavation of Mary Anning” by Ian August

Sunday, January 14 – “The Real Story” by Robert Clyman

Monday, January 15 – “Branwell (and the other Brontës): an autobiography edited by Charlotte Brontë” by Stephen Kaplan

“We are working on an extraordinary group of plays this year, many of whom are by writers familiar to WTNJ audiences, including Seth Rozin, who wrote “Two Jews Walk into a War,” D.W. Gregory, the author of “Radium Girls,” Richard Dresser who wrote “Augusta,” Tammy Ryan, author of “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods,” and Robert Clyman who wrote “Where the Sun Never Sets,”” said Artistic Director John Pietrowski. “As always, we will follow up the readings with the quality discussions our audiences have come to expect.”

Staged readings, like those in the Soundings series, allow playwrights to hear their work read aloud by professional actors and to see the reaction of audiences to their play; the performances and reaction help the playwright determine what changes, if any, are needed to further develop the script. For audiences, this is a way to become part of the creative process and to help shape brand new plays. It’s also an inexpensive way to see a lot of great, professional theatre close to home.

Soundings will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Dreyfuss Theatre, on the university’s Madison, New Jersey campus, and each performance will begin promptly at 7 PM. The readings are free with a suggested donation of $10 or you can purchase a Soundings pass for $25, which gets you into all fourteen readings.

For more information on the individual plays and playwrights and for tickets, please visit the theatre’s Soundings page by clicking here.

For more information on any of Writers Theatre’s programs, please visit www.wtnj.org or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or info@wtnj.org.

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