Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Writers Theatre of New Jersey to open 2017-2018 season with play by Newark, New Jersey playwright


By Chisa Hutchinson
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.
Writers Theatre of New Jersey is proud to open its 2017-2018 season with Surely Goodness and Mercy by Newark, New Jersey playwright, Chisa Hutchinson. The play was commissioned last year through New Jersey Stage Exchange, a program of New Jersey Performing Arts Center in partnership with the Alliance. The play is being produced as part of a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere that will see the play produced in Newark, NJ by Writers Theatre of New Jersey; in Salt Lake City, UT at the Salt Lake Acting Company, and in Chicago, IL at Redtwist Theatre.
In Surely Goodness and Mercy, playwright Chisa Hutchinson captures the world she saw around her as she was growing up: racism, abuse, poverty, but also hope, love, and angels in everyday dress who protect those around them.
People familiar with Newark will recognize landmarks and organizations mentioned in the play and the issues discussed in it: the lack of access to healthcare, the struggles of stand-out students in underfunded urban schools, the difficulties of taking care of someone with a debilitating illness.
This play is suitable for audience members age 15 and up.
This production and its educational outreach were made possible by a generous gift from the Kenneth Goldman Donor Fund.

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