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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It's 4 A.M. Again! Summer Youth Theatre in Madison, NJ

Madison, NJ – What keeps you up at night? This August, Writers Theatre of New Jersey and the Madison Recreation Department, as part of the Rose City Initiative, will explore that question as the Summer Youth Theatre Senior Show students perform Jonathan Dorf and Alison Wood’s teen musical, 4 A.M. Alison Wood, who wrote the music and lyrics for the musical, was born and raised in New Jersey. The show will be performed by Madison residents and others ages 14 and up on August 11, 12, and 13 at Drew University, at the Director’s Lab in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts.

The show introduces various teens who find themselves wide awake at the lonely hour of 4 A.M., as they struggle with loneliness, love, and the frustrations of life as a teen. They each think they’re the only ones that can’t sleep, but the show lets us know that we all struggle sometimes. As Danielle Constance (photo), director of the show, explains, “Everyone, no matter how cool, put together, happy, or confident they appear, feels alone sometimes. Everyone, no matter how old or young, feels unimportant or insignificant at some point. This musical, while highlighting these trials and tribulations, also points towards the joys of togetherness and community”

In addition to working with theatre professional Danielle Constance, the Summer Youth Theatre students will also be working with Guggenheim award-winning choreographer and performance artist, Claire Porter. Ms. Porter has traveled all over the world performing her Portables, hilarious monologues mixed with dance that tell incredible stories and have won her international acclaim. Writers Theatre believes that pairing young artists with more experienced ones allows the students to learn from the established artists and come to understand that their own work is no less important or valuable than that of the professionals they’re working with.

Performances will be held in The Director’s Lab in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University. Drew University is located at 36 Madison Ave. Madison, NJ 07940. The performances will be held on Thursday August 11 at 7:30pmFriday August 12 at 7:30pm, and Sunday August 13 at 2:00pm. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens who do not live in Madison. For senior citizens that live in Madison, tickets are free. Madison seniors should call the Madison Senior Center at 973-593-3095 for more information on their free tickets. Tickets to this event are limited and reservations are required; walk-up seating will likely be limited. To reserve seats, please call 973-514-1787 x31 or visit

For more information on any of Writers Theatre’s programs, please visit, or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or

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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