Thursday, April 13, 2017

NJPAC Stage Exchange back for its third year

Playwrights Joel Stone, Nicole Pandolfo, and Pia Wilson at the 2017 Kick-Off at NJPAC on March 16.

New Jersey Theatre Alliance (the Alliance), in partnership with New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), welcomes NJPAC Stage Exchange (#NJStageX) back for its third year. Cutting-edge play development meets insightful community dialogue at the third season of NJPAC Stage Exchange, a collaboration of three professional New Jersey theaters, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, and a talented trio of Garden State playwrights. Following readings and Q&As related to each work at NJPAC Stage Exchange, world premiere productions are staged by each dramatist’s partner theater.

The selected 2017 playwrights and theaters include Joel Stone and the New Jersey Repertory Company (Long Branch); Nicole Pandolfo and Premiere Stages at Kean University (Union); and Pia Wilson and Crossroads Theatre Company (New Brunswick).

Community plays a big part in this program, with the topics of the plays and the public outreach both geared towards special interest groups or geographical locales. Joel Stone’s play, The Calling, will appeal to nurses, caregivers, and families of terminally ill patients. Nicole Pandolfo’s Brick City will appeal to Newark residents and people with disabilities. Pia Wilson’s Return to Real will appeal to people with an interest in identity and racial justice.

“We are delighted to continue our partnership with NJPAC on Stage Exchange,” said John McEwen, Executive Director, New Jersey Theatre Alliance. “This program helps us promote our member theaters, support the voices of established and emerging playwrights, and contribute to the American theater repertoire. Crossroads Theatre Company, New Jersey Repertory Company and Premiere Stages at Kean University have each established themselves as leaders in the development of new theater work. We look forward to the staged readings of the new works developed by these theaters and their full productions next season.”
“The success of NJPAC Stage Exchange lies in the unique collaboration among a performing arts center, a theater service organization and producing theaters,” said Julia Kraus, NJPAC’s Producer, Artistic Development. “We hope this innovative model serves to inspire other arts organizations across the country.”
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2017 Commissions:

New Jersey Repertory Company:

The Calling  April 21

Premiere Stages at Kean University:

Brick City  May 5

Crossroads Theatre Company:

Back to the Real  June 23

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