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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents Hudson Theatre Works’ Readings from the Edge

exonerated poster

Admission is Free

New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents Hudson Theatre Works’ Readings from the Edge series consisting of The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen on Monday and Tuesday, March 12 and 13 @7:30PM. This event is part of the Alliance’s Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual theatre festival that provides free and discounted theatre events for all ages throughout the month of March. Admission is Free.

The Exonerated - A powerful drama that reveals the true stories of exonerated prisoners from interviews and court transcripts, some of whom spent as many as twenty two years behind bars.

Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. The six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

Winner 2003 Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. "The #1 play of the year…intense and deeply affecting…" — NY Times. "Riveting. Simple, honest storytelling that demands reflection." — Associated Press.  "Artful and moving…pays tribute to the resilience of human hearts and minds." —Variety. "Stark…riveting…cunningly orchestrated." — The New Yorker. "Hard-hitting, powerful, and socially relevant." — Hollywood Reporter.

Suitable for High School and older.

Description can be found at https://www.stagesfestival.org/event/1749.

GloriaDirected by Artistic Director, Frank Licato, the cast includes:  Michael Bias, Kevin Cristaldi, Gregory Erbach, Jeffery Foote, Cathy Gale, Heinley Gaspard, Todd Hilsee, Gloria Lamoureux (photo), Antonia Marrero, Sara Parcesepe and Brian Richardson.


The Stages Festival offers dozens of performances, workshops, classes, and events at theaters, art centers, libraries, schools, senior centers, and other community venues throughout the state. The program was developed to encourage New Jersey’s residents to attend their local professional theaters by making the experience affordable, accessible, and fun. Since its inception 20 years ago, the program has served over 190,000 people. 

For more information or questions, go to www.hudsontheatreworks.org or hudsontheatreworks@gmail.com.  The readings will take place at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 98 Columbia Terrace, Weehawken, NJ.  To receive a full schedule of events for The Stages Festival please visit www.stagesfestival.org.

“The Alliance is grateful that Hudson Theatre Works is participating in the 2017 Stages Festival,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance.  “For 21 years, Stages has provided theatrical experiences for thousands of residents, regardless of age, across New Jersey. These efforts would not be made possible without the wonderful help of our partners such as Hudson Theatre Works.”

Hudson Theatre Works is committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community.  It is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic which seeks to tell stories, both new and old, classic and contemporary, that reflect our lives, relationships and world today.  Hudson Theatre Works primary focus is in bringing a living theatre community to the area of and North Jersey through performance, outreach and theatre arts instruction.

Founded in 1981, New Jersey Theatre Alliance was the first statewide service organization for professional, not-for-profit theatre companies in the United States, and is now a leader in developing model programs that foster collaboration, cooperation, and audience development. The Stages Festival is a project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the Alliance. Major funding is also provided by Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, and PSEG Foundation. Additional support is provided by individuals, corporations, and foundations such as The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, F.M. Kirby Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Fund for the New Jersey Blind, and George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust.

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