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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

World premiere of Chisa Hutchinson's 'New World Disorder' at Drew University beginning tonight, April 5th.


A Dystopian Tale Told at Drew University 
Madison, NJ – There is a wide gulf between theory and practice, as every college graduate quickly finds out. In order to help bridge that gap, Drew University’s Theatre Department called on Writers Theatre of New Jersey, a professional theatre in Madison, New Jersey, to give their graduating senior class an advantage – the experience of working with a professional theatre company on a brand new play, from inception to production. The result of that partnership, a play by Lanford Wilson Award-winning playwright Chisa Hutchinson, is titled New World Disorder and will receive its world premiere production at Drew University’s Dorothy Young Center for the Arts beginning tonight, April 5th.

The Drew Capstone project, the partnership between Drew University and Writers Theatre of New Jersey, brings together students who’ve spent their college years honing their knowledge of theatre in the classroom with the professional playwrights, directors, and staff of Writers Theatre to expose the students to the way a professional theatre company develops, rehearses, and produces a play.

The professional playwright commissioned for this year’s Capstone Project is Chisa Hutchinson, a dynamic playwright whose work has been earning her awards and a following throughout the country. Her plays, which include THE WEDDING GIFT, DIRT RICH, SHE LIKE GIRLS,THIS IS NOT THE PLAY, SEX ON SUNDAY, TUNDE’S TRUMPET, THE SUBJECT, MAMA’S GONNA BUY YOU, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, ALONDRA WAS HERE, and DEAD & BREATHING have been presented by such venues as the Lark Play Development Center, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Working Man’s Clothes Productions, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, the BE Company, Partial Comfort Productions, Mad Dog Theater Company and the Wild Project. She’s been a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a New York NeoFuturist and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group, and is thrilled to be one of the newest members of New Dramatists. Chisa has won a Lanford Wilson Award (2015), Helen Merrill Award (2013), The Paul Green Award (2013), GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award and a New York Innovative Theatre Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship. THE WEDDING GIFT, which she developed at Writers Theatre of New Jersey as part of the theatre’s New Jersey Women Playwrights Project, was selected to be presented at this year’s Contemporary American Theatre Festival, a major honor in the field.

NEW WORLD DISORDER, the play that resulted from this Capstone Project collaboration, is a work that explores the value of physical human connection and the proposition of trading freedom for security. These themes were very important to the students and many of today’s fears – government surveillance, health crises like lead in our water and the Zika virus, and the power world leaders have over populations – are woven into the script, which examines life in a dystopia, the remnants of a world-wide devastation that changed society forever.

“This new partnership with the Drew Theatre Department is very unique,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director of Writers Theatre. “It plays into the strengths of Writers Theatre and the Drew University Theatre Department, both of which focus on the development and presentation of new plays. Chisa is an important playwright whose work is respected on a national level, so these students are experiencing first-hand what it means to develop from the ground up a new play with a talented and innovative writer.”

NEW WORLD DISORDER will be presented on Tuesday, April 5 through Friday, April 8 at 7:30 PM and on Saturday, April 9 at 2 PM. The play is directed by Rodney Gilbert, Adjunct Professor at Drew University, and stage managed by Lauren Kardos, a Drew University senior.

Please email the box office at keanboxoffice@drew.edu to make a reservation. All reservations will be reviewed by the box office before being made official. The ticket reservation department will send you a reservation status email. You may also make a phone reservation by calling the box office at: 973-408-3030.

Reservations made after 5PM on the day of your selected show are not guaranteed to be processed by show time.

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@ptnj.org.

About Writers Theatre: 
Writers Theatre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, professional (Actors’ Equity) theatre and a community of professional playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators that provides opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences. Our New Play Development Program is a multi-step process through which playwrights, theatre artists, and audiences collaborate to bring selected texts from rough draft to finished production.

Our Education Programs introduce students of all ages and backgrounds to the possibilities inherent in thinking and communicating creatively. Writers Theatre’s New Jersey Writers Project provides hands-on workshops led by professional writers-in-residence to students in schools and community centers throughout the state. We place an equal emphasis on Development and Educational activities, and encourage our community and audiences to participate fully in both. We are honored that, every year since 2003, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) has designated Writers Theatre as a Major Arts Institution. This means that the Council considers Writers Theatre to be “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 F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., Dramatist Guild Fund, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, 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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