Saturday, March 17, 2018

Despite the Storms, New Plays New Jersey Delivers New Works to Audiences

Madison, NJ — While this month’s nor’easter forced cancelations in Writers Theatre of New Jersey’s annual New Plays New Jersey reading series, performances have been rescheduled and are back on track in Morristown and Madison over the next two weeks. Phoebe Farber’s “Psychodrama” and Suzanne Trauth’s “La Fonda” will be performed at The Bickford Theatre in Morristown, while Hal Corley’s “Nichiiwad” and Darrah Cloud’s “Turning” will be performed at Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub in Madison. All four performances will begin at 7 PM and are part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival.
The readings are presented 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 Artistic Director, John Pietrowski, giving the audience opportunities to share their insights and opinions with the writer and to help further shape the work.

The series has been held at The Bickford Theatre for the past few years, but the rescheduling provided Writers Theatre the opportunity to hold half of the series at Short Stories, an important community hub in Madison, where Writers Theatre is based.

“We are very grateful to The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum for giving us the opportunity to present New Plays New Jersey, but The Morris Museum is a vibrant place, and with the number of plays we had to reschedule, we couldn’t fit all of them into their busy schedule,” said Writers Theatre’s Artistic Director John Pietrowski. “We’ve had a long, fruitful partnership with Short Stories Bookstore - another busy community resource - and we are just as grateful they could fit two plays into their busy schedule.”

The schedule for the series is as follows:

At the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum

6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ:

Sunday, March 18th at 7 PM - "Psychodrama" by Phoebe Farber

Friday, March 30th at 7 PM - "La Fonda" by Suzanne Trauth

At Short Stories Bookshop and Community Hub

23 Main Street, Madison, NJ:

Sunday, March 25th at 7 PM - "Nichiiwad" by Hal Corley

Saturday, March 31st at 7 PM - "Turning"  by Darrah Cloud
Readings are free of charge, with a $10 recommended donation (or donate what you can).

Additionally, Writers Theatre is continuing its partnership with the Jersey City Theater Center and Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken to present a series of readings during March. The remaining readings in those two series are:

Jersey City Theatre Center
339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NJ:

Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 PM  - "Wish Bone" by Phoebe Farber 

Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30 PM  - "Pushing the River" by Rosemary McLaughlin  

Mile Square Theatre
1400 Clinton St, Hoboken, NJ

Tuesday, March 20  at 7:30 PM  - "The Forest" by Lia Romeo

Tuesday, March 27  at 7:30 PM  - "The Other White Meat" by Erin Mallon

A 7-Play Pass is available for $25 here.

New Plays New Jersey and the reading series in Jersey City and Hoboken are presented as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual Stages Festival, a celebration of theatre which brings free and low-cost performances to the state's audiences every March. For more information on the Stages Festival and to see all the events happening in your area as part of this year’s Festival, click here.

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
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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