Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Surely Goodness and Mercy" Previews Begin THIS FRIDAY!

That's Deja up there.  She's talking to Tino, who is busy reading the Bible at school.  They're both excited to meet you as Chisa Hutchinson's Surely Goodness and Mercy goes into previews THIS FRIDAY, September 29!

Tino is a 12-year old boy in one of Newark’s public schools. Picked on by fellow students for his studiousness and love of reading the Bible, and harassed by his aunt, who became his guardian after the violent death of his mother, he befriends Bernadette, the school lunch lady who doesn’t like kids. When Bernadette’s life is threatened, Tino teams up with Deja, a young girl in his school, to lend a hand. This unlikely trio shows us how empathy and love can make a difference in the face of impossible odds.

We are so proud to open the 2017 Writers Theatre season with the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Surely Goodness and Mercy, a beautiful play by Ms. Chisa Hutchinson that serves to remind us of the better angels who walk among us and dwell within us, no matter how trying times get or what we face.

The play is set in Newark, which prompted our Artistic Director, John Pietrowski, to produce the piece there, honoring Chisa’s vision, as the landmarks, sights, and people of Newark she saw growing up as a Newark native are at the heart of the play.  Additionally, the play is co-produced with Yendor Productions, a Newark-based nonprofit arts organization. Yendor’s Artistic Director, Rodney Gilbert, is directing the play.

Please join us for this heartwarming story of friendship and love.

“Surely Goodness and Mercy” begins previews on Friday, September 29 at 8:00 PM and officially opens on Friday, October 6.  It will run through October 14.  Performance times are as follows:  Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sunday matinees at 4 PM.  Student matinees are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 AM.

General admission is $25, senior citizen tickets are $20, and tickets for students with valid student ID are $10.  The two Thursday performances are “pay what you can” evenings.

(Note:  There will be a 2 PM matinee on Saturday, October 14.  There is no performance on Saturday, September 30.  The play is suitable for ages 15 and older.)

Newark_Symphony_Hall_&_Boys_Chorus_SchoolPerformances will be held at Newark Symphony Hall, located at 1020 Broad St. in Newark, New Jersey.  For more information or to purchase tickets, click here.

We commissioned the piece as part of the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a program of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center - John Schreiber, President & CEO, and Writers Theatre of New Jersey, in partnership with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.  This production and educational outreach were made possible by a generous gift from the Kenneth Goldman Donor Fund.

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