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Monday, April 16, 2018

“Another Revolution” final presentation of the 2018 Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series

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It is 1968.  From opposing disciplines and very different worlds, Kate and Henry are forced to share a lab together in the midst of a campus devolving into political chaos, in Jacqueline Bircher’s “Another Revolution”, which will be the final presentation of the 2018 Centenary Stage Company Women Playwrights Series on Wednesday, Apr 25 at 7:30 PM in the Lackland Performing Arts Center in Hackettstown.  

In this wry and compelling play, two individuals discover what it is truly like to inhabit another’s world, and what deeply personal reasons often motivate diverse and life-changing decisions.

jacqueline-bircher-headshot2Jacqueline Bircher (photo) is a playwright and screenwriter born and raised in New York City.   Her plays include Another Revolution (2017 Primary Stages ESPA*Drills winner), Webster's Bitch (Little Theatre of Alexandria) and The Rule of Thirds. Her short plays Reaction, Thin Ice, and Yesterday Somewhere have been produced in the Detention series at Primary Stages, and her screenwriting work has been featured at the WILDsound Film Festival and recognized by the Creative World Awards and WeScreenplay’s Diverse Voices competition. Jacqueline has also received readings and workshops with Clutch Productions, Geneva Theatre Guild, and Talk Back Theatre at the Chance Theater in Orange County, CA. She studied creative writing and literature at Oxford University and Fordham College at Lincoln Center, where she was the recipient of the Ully Hirsch/Robert F. Nettleton Prize and the Margaret Lamb Prize for Fiction.

AR-160339974Led by Catherine Rust (photo), the CSC Women Playwrights Series celebrates its 27th year in 2018, having featured the work of more than 75 emerging playwrights in the developmental WPS process, and having taken 17 plays to full production from the series, including “The English Bride” by Lucile Lichtblau, which later transferred from CSC to a sold-out run at 59E59 Theatres in New York City.  This year’s “Hitler’s Tasters” by Michelle Kholos Brooks (from the WPS) , will move to New York City in fall, 2018.    The WPS program offers playwrights the opportunity to work with professional actors and directors in a workshop rehearsal process, and to hear their work in front of a live audience – a critical part of the development process.  Lively talk-backs with the playwright and cast follow each presentation, and one play is selected each year as the winner of the Susan Glaspell Award, which promises a full production in the main-stage season at CSC and a monetary award for the playwright.

Admission to the WPS is by donation and reservations are recommended, as seating is often limited.  For information and reservations, call the CSC box office at 908 979 0900, or log on to www.centenarystageco.org.

The WPS receives support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation,  The Shubert Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, NJPAC, The NJ Theatre Alliance, Zonta Club of Morristown,  and season sponsor Heath Village. Additional theatre support comes from a Grand Producer grant from the House of the Good Shepard. 

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