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Monday, October 26, 2015

Area Playwrights showcased in Theater Project’s Kaleidoscope Kabaret Festival of One-Act Plays



The Theater Project’s Playwrights Workshop displays its wares in KALEIDOSCOPE KABARET, an annual presentation of short plays written by member writers. The event also includes scripts by teen authors, past winners of The Theater Project’s annual Young Playwrights Competition.

The Playwrights Workshop meets privately so members can share work in progress and get feedback from their colleagues. Once a month, a full length play is read aloud for the public followed by a lively discussion with the author; once a year, short plays are rehearsed and produced for the KALEIDOSCOPE KABARET.

“We want to share work with our audiences at various stages of development,” says Theater Project artistic director Mark Spina. “By seeing work in progress as well as plays that the author considers ‘finished’, the audience gets a stronger understanding of the writer’s journey – they become more critical consumers, and they give us increasingly insightful feedback which has been invaluable to the playwrights.”

Photo Luigi Jannuzzi (2) Member playwrights participating in this year’s Kabaret are Luigi Jannuzzi of Hillsborough (photo right), Tylie Shider of Plainfield (photo below), Joe Vitale of Denville (photo below), and Mary Jane Walsh of Basking Ridge.

Work by past Young Playwright’s Competition winners Jordan Goldberg of Bergen County Academies and Stella Ferra, Union County Academy for the Performing Arts is also included, giving the two young authors the right to say that their work has been produced by a small professional theater – an impressive accomplishment for a high school student.

Tickets for the KALEIDOSCOPE KABARET are $20 for adults and $10 for students; they can be purchased at the door or online at; reservations are recommended.

The Theater Project, an award-winning New Jersey theater company based in Maplewood and Cranford, is known for presenting outrageous comedy as well as drama with social commentary.

WHAT: Kaleidoscope Kabaret, an annual festival of one-act plays
WHEN: November 20 -- 22. Friday, Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday at 2 PM

WHERE: Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ

WHO: NJ Playwrights from The Theater Project’s Playwrights Workshop

TIX: $20 / $10 for students,, 908 809-8865


Tylie Shider Joeseph Vitale headshot 

PHOTOS: Playwrights Tylie Shider, Joseph Vitale

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