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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Spotlight On Premiere Stages

Premiere Stages at Kean in Union

This week's spotlight theatre is Premiere Stages at Kean in Union.

Established in 2004, Premiere Stages is committed to serving the cultural needs of northern and central New Jersey through the development and production of high-quality Equity theatre premieres, professional development, and educational initiatives for the local and campus communities, and the support and cultivation of emerging playwrights and theatre artists.

As a professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, Premiere Stages actively engages and enhances the specialized training programs at Kean, while embracing and serving a culturally diverse audience, underserved local youth, and a broad pool of gifted regionally-based artists. Premiere Stages' education program, Premiere Play Factory, has introduced theatre to thousands of children across New Jersey, particularly those children in underserved and underfunded school systems. Through the Premiere Stages Play Festival, Premiere has developed over 40 critically acclaimed plays that have gone on to have successful productions in New York and at regional theaters throughout the country. Premiere Stages will continue our work developing and producing new plays, searching out talented regional and emerging playwrights, and helping to foster the next generation of theatre professionals through the theatre’s educational initiatives.
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The Wake at Premiere Stages at Kean University, written by Tammy Ryan, Directed by John J. Wooten, July 11 - 28; a white crane perches outside a seaside window with sheer white curtains in front of which sits a red urn
On Stage at Premiere Stages at Kean
In life, Colleen was a force of nature. Six months after her death, her sisters Maggie and Rosemary rent a beach house in Florida to scatter her ashes, only to find themselves and their respective partners staring down a hurricane. As the strong winds and rainbands begin, strange encounters with wildlife signal something more is going on. Filled with humor and heart, The Wake explores grief, family, and America’s shifting cultural and environmental climates
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