Friday, February 24, 2017

Five NJ Playwrights Showcased in Morristown Play Festival


Morristown, NJ – The first week of March will see five professional New Jersey theatres bring five brand new plays to The Bickford Theatre in Morristown, New Jersey as the third annual New Plays New Jersey reading series kicks off. Writers Theatre of New Jersey is coordinating the staged readings with The Bickford Theatre, Mile Square Theatre, Luna Stage, and Passage Theatre as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival.
The readings are produced by the individual theatres and feature plays from some of New Jersey’s best playwrights, directed by professional directors and performed by professional New Jersey and New York actors. Further, every reading is followed by a community discussion with the writer, director, and Writers Theatre's Artistic Director, giving the audience an opportunity to share their insights and opinions and helping to further shape the work.

John PietrowskiThe plays to be presented are Olomouc by Yasmine Rana from Teaneck, A Progressive Man by Montclair resident Phoebe Farber, Rocket Sex Magic by David Lee White from Bordentown, Tragedy by Oded Gross (also from Montclair), and Ghost Story by Lia Romeo, a Hoboken resident.
“The month-long New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival is the perfect event to showcase the amazing work that New Jersey Theatres are doing with New Jersey Playwrights,” said John Pietrowski, Writers Theatre of New Jersey Artistic Director (photo). “These theatres have forged long-term relationships with the writers, and we intend to celebrate and share those connections during the week. We are grateful to The Bickford Theatre for hosting the event, and we look forward to spirited talkbacks after the plays. This is a strong crop of work, and we encourage everyone to see all five.”

The reading schedule is as follows:

  • On Wednesday March 1 at 7 PM is "Olomouc" by Yasmine Rana (Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Madison)
  • On Thursday, March 2 at 7 PM is "A Progressive Man" by Phoebe Farber (Luna Stage, West Orange)
  • On Friday, March 3 at 7 PM is "Rocket Sex Magic" by David Lee White (Passage Theatre, Trenton)
  • On Saturday, March 4 at 7 PM is "Tragedy" by Oded Gross (Mile Square Theatre, Hoboken)
  • On Sunday, March 5 at 5 PM is "Ghost Story" by Lia Romeo (The Bickford Theatre, Morristown)

289369-morris_museumReadings are free of charge, with a $10.00 recommended donation (or donate what you can). The performances will occur at The Bickford Theatre, located in the Morris Museum at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ.

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 For more information about the New Jersey Theatre Alliance or the NJTA's Stages Festival, please visit or, respectively.

About Writers Theatre of New Jersey:

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.

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