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Monday, March 7, 2016

New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival and Skyline Theatre Company present 'Peter and the Wall'



New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival and Skyline Theatre Company:

 An Original Work: “Peter and the Wall”

Free admission for one performance only on Saturday, March 12 at Paramus’ Bergen County Community College


 Skyline Theatre Company, Bergen County’s most established professional theatre company, in association with New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s state-wide Stages Festival, presents “Peter and the Wall” for one performance only on Saturday, March 12 at 7:00pm at The Ender Lab Theatre on the campus of Bergen County Community College, 400 Paramus Road in Paramus, Bergen County.

“Peter and the Wall” tells the stories of two ordinary individuals in extraordinary times: Peter Saer, who must travel to Japan to identify and claim the body of his dead husband, and Kotoku Wamura, the real life mayor of the northern city of Fudai, who crusaded at great personal cost to build an unprecedented 60 foot seawall to protect his seaside town from potential tidal waves. Their interwoven stories culminate in a connection that transcends time and space…resulting in a singular, triumphant, and ultimately, beautiful heartbreak.


This original work is written by Timothy Huang (photo) and directed by Michael Whitney. Timothy Huang’s works have been produced at Prospect Theater Company, NYTB, and Baayork Lee’s National Asian Artists Project (Andy Pickets,2 to Wakefield, Crossing Over, respectively). His song Everything I Do, You Do (with co-lyricist Sara Wordsworth) was recorded by Sutton Foster for the charity album Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project. Timothy is the recipient of a 2013 Jerry Harrington Award, the 2015 New American Musical Award (B-Side Productions) and a 2012-2013 Dramatist Guild Fellow.

This event is part of the Alliance’s Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual theatre festival that provides free and discounted theatre events for all ages throughout the month of March. The Stages Festival offers dozens of performances, workshops, classes, and events at the state’s professional theatres, performing arts centers, libraries, schools, senior centers, and other community venues. The program was developed to encourage New Jersey’s residents to attend their local professional theatres by making the experience affordable, accessible, and fun. Since its inception 19 years ago, the program has served over 190,000 people. More information and a complete schedule can be found at www.stagesfestival.org.

This original piece will be performed as a staged reading and will be followed by an audience talk back with the author, performers and director.

Admission is free and advanced reservations are not required. For more information, visit stagesfestival.org or skylinetheatrecompany.org. More information is also available via our social media platforms on Facebook at SkylineTheatreCo and on Twitter @SkylineBergen.


About Skyline Theatre Company

Founded in 1995, Skyline Theatre Company’s mission is to bring together professional artists to create quality theatre that entertains and inspires an audience. We make commitments to the education of young people in all aspects of the arts and to cultivating and nurturing new artists and their works.

Skyline Theatre Company is a proud Associate Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance. As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Skyline Theatre Company depends on private donations, corporate sponsorships, grants, and supportive audiences to fund its programming. Funding is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on Arts/Department of State, through grant funds administered by the Bergen County Department of Parks, Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Skyline Theatre Company enjoys warm support for bringing inspirational, professional theatre to Bergen County and Northern New Jersey.


Founded in 1981, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance is the first statewide organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is a leader in developing model programs that foster collaboration, cooperation, and audience development. The Alliance provides member theatres and arts patrons a wide range of supportive services and programs, and assists member theatres in their growth and development, helping them reach their full potential. For arts patrons, the Alliance provides accessibility services, discount ticketing through NJArtsTix.org, and The Stages Festival.

The Stages Festival is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; and The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey.Additional program support has been provided by The Smart Family Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Prudential Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, and The George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust Foundation.


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