Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Equity Company’s Inaugural Season to Underscore Talent Residing in State

Hudson County’s newest equity professional theater company kicks off its “PlayWorks” reading series of new plays, with four New Jersey writers: Jeff Hughes, Joanne
Hoersch, Damien Gray,
and Eric Conger. One play will be offered each Monday evening from October 24th through November 21st (excepting Halloween, October 31st), at 7:30 PM. Location is the Park Performing Arts Center, 560 32nd Street, Union City (at Central Avenue). There is a ten dollar suggested admission. PPAC is just outside the Lincoln Tunnel from New York City.

“Hudson Theatre Works believes that the only way to build a professional theatre is to help to develop and produce new works. PlayWorks is the first step in this process.”
says Frank Licato, Artistic Director of the company. “Even though these four plays are very different, they all deal with very deep human emotions.”

Jeff Hughes
won a Richard Rogers award for his book and lyrics to the musical Red Clay (music by Scott Ethier). His play, The Bar Down the Corner, opens the series on October
24th and tells the story of one man’s battle to hold onto his business and the life he knows in the face of redevelopment. Mr. Hughes will direct his own work.

On November 7th Lauren Moran Mills, of the Woman’s Theatre Company in Parsippnay, N.J., will direct Jackson Is Gone, by twenty-year theatre veteran Joanne Hoersch.

A couple’s dog is kidnapped, and among the consequences of their loss is “the world of the ancient touchstones [they] have always relied on for comfort and sustenance.” Ms.
Hoersch is the recipient of a 1998 Columbia University fiction award and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant.

Damien Gray
’s career has been worldwide, spanning every category from mainstream entertainment to experimental theater. His play, Elder Skelter, will be will be presented on
November 14th. Directed by Mr. Licato, it reveals the dark secrets of a couple who have been abandoned by their only son.

The series closes on November 21st with No Good Deed, written by Weehawken resident Eric Conger, and also directed by Mr. Licato. Mr. Conger, who is an actor and translator as well as a playwright, explores the conflict between a town’s commemoration of one of its citizens who died on 9/11 and his family’s personal grieving.

The Hudson Theatre Works is a new equity, professional-level non-profit theatre company. It is committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community. It will be dedicated to telling stories, both classic and contemporary, that mirror our lives and relationships. The sole criterion is that it reverberate with an audience.

Hudson Theatre Works’ primary focus is on bringing a living theatre community to the areas of Hudson County and greater Northern New Jersey—through performance,
outreach and theatre arts education.

To obtain further information, or to make reservations, please contact the Hudson Theatre Works, at 646-522-5689, or at

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