Wednesday, December 31, 2014

FORUM: Playwrights Theatre Presents a Free Reading Roundtable Series “Soundings” 13 New Plays During January 2015



Playwrights Theatre’s roundtable reading series FORUM will present “Soundings” at Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Barn Theatre, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison. Readings will begin promptly at 7:00pm each evening,January 12 – January 25, 2015 (no reading on January 20, 2015). Full descriptions of the plays, author bios, interviews with the writers, are available on the website

The reading of Little Rock by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj is part of NJ Stage Exchange, a partnership with NJPAC, Yendor Productions and Playwrights Theatre and this reading will be held in the Chase Room at NJPAC, Newark. Reservations can be made

FORUM brings playwrights, actors and audience members together to enjoy the creative process of bringing a play to life. Staged readings of 13 innovative new plays by some of the country’s best writers with intimate discussions between author and audience following each performance. Playwrights Theatre will present these readings free of charge, with an optional donation of $10. A $25 dollar donation will get patrons a FORUM pass that covers all of the readings. Reservations can be made online at or call (973) 514-1787 X10.

“We’ve assembled an exciting group of plays and writers, some familiar to Playwrights Theatre audiences, some who are new to our process,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director. “Audiences will remember David Wiltse, the author ofThe Good German and Sedition, D.W. Gregory, author of Radium Girls, and Guillermo Reyes, author of Sunrise at Monticello, A Southern Christmas, andMiss Consuelo. Three of the plays are written by participants in our New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights program. It promises to be a very enjoyable and informative two weeks.”

FORUM Schedule:
Monday, January 12 – Maimed by Barry Levey
Tuesday, January 13 – Stone by David Wiltse
Wednesday, January 14 – In the Car with Blossom and Len by Joni Fritz*
Thursday, January 15 – A Grand Design by D.W. Gregory
Friday, January 16 – Dudes and Bros by Guillermo Reyes
Saturday, January 17 – Little Rock by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj**
Sunday, January 18 – Happy Yet?? by Joe Sutton
Monday, January 19 – Mr. Wheeler’s by Rob Zellers

Tuesday, January 20 Day Off

Wednesday, January 21 – Ecstasy by Ken Scarborough
Thursday, January 22 – A Perfect Fit by Lia Romeo***
Friday, January 23 – Above Water by Bob Clyman
Saturday, January 24 – Jasmine Spring by Yasmine Beverly Rana***
Sunday, January 25 – The Wedding Gift by Chisa Hutchinson***
Programs are subject to change. Please visit the website for up-to-the-minute details

*Presented in partnership with Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Seris, in preparation for their production February 20- March 8
** Part of NJ Stage Exchange, a partnership with NJPAC, Yendor Productions and Playwrights Theatre and this reading will be held in the Chase Room at NJPAC, Newark. Reservations can be made .
*** Previous participants in Playwrights Theatre’s NJ Emerging Women Playwrights Program


About Playwrights Theatre:

Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program, which includes the The New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights Program and the Literary Artist Fellowship Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.

Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2016, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only five other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center, Two River Theatre and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”

Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Community Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, Novartis, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.
Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.



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