2018 New Jersey Women’s History Month Readings

In partnership with the Jersey City Theatre Center and Speranza Theatre

At the Mereseles Studios– 339 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ 07302

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Women's History Month with Speranza Theatre at Jersey City Theatre Center

Thursday March 1
Thursday March 1
Thursday March 1
The Gospel According to SB
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Susan Barsky
The Gospel According to SB
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Susan Barsky
Susan Barsky
Susan Barsky
Madison, NJ
Thursday, March 1 2018 7:30 PM

In the best spirit of the improvisations and extrapolations of the Medieval "Mystery Play," The Gospel According to SB provides us with a rollicking but reverent take on Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. If you've ever wondered how Jesus managed to keep control of a raucous Last Supper, or how Mary felt about having "two husbands," you may get your answer here.

Susan Barsky’s full-length works include Expectations which was produced at numerous regional and summer stock theatres including Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Queens Theatre in the Park, Stamford Center for the Arts, Helen Hayes Performing Arts Theatre, and the Cape Playhouse. She received a 2005 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for her play Owed to My First Love which was produced at the Stamford Fringe Festival and Premiere Stages Play Festival. Her play The D Word had a workshop production at the Stamford Fringe Festival. Her play The Seeds of Greed was the first-prize winner of the Great Platte River Playwrights Festival. Her play Payback’s A Bitch had a staged reading as part of Philly Footlights Series at the Adrienne Theatre in Philadelphia. Her one-act play Mr. X was produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, the Chatham Playhouse, and most recently at The Theater Project in Maplewood. Her other one-act plays, Horse Sense, Luther, and Fowl Play were produced at Triangle Theatre’s Beast Festival. Fowl Play was also part of Manhattan Theatre Source’s Estrogenius Festival and most recently seen at The Theater Project in Maplewood. Her play CRAP was the firstprize winner of Perishable Theatre’s One-Act Playwriting Festival and was a finalist at Love Creek’s One-Act Festival.

She is currently working on her newest one-act play, Word Problems, and her newest full-length play, The Gospel According to Susan Barsky. Susan studied with playwriting master, Milan Stitt, and is a member of The Dramatists Guild.

Post-Reading Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Post-Reading Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Join us for a post reading discussion of the play. Afterward you can leave comments in our post-show discussion form.

Wednesday, March 7
Wednesday, March 7
Wednesday, March 7
Pushing the River
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rosemary McLaughlin
Pushing the River
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rosemary McLaughlin
Rosemary McLaughlin
Rosemary McLaughlin
Maplewood, NJ
Wednesday, March 7 7:30 PM

The river is going to be dammed, property is being lost to eminent domain, and landowners are being evicted. So Bea comes to her family cabin for perhaps the last time to try to get some writing done. Soon she is visited: by her mother who has Alzheimer's, her sister, a friend, and a bear that walks on two legs. Time and space seem to slip and Bea is lost in a swirl of losses and possibilities.

Rosemary McLaughlin is a 2015 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellow. She has previously won fellowships both in playwriting and poetry. Her plays have been produced in New York, New Jersey and around the country. Recent ones include A More Opportune Time, a free adaptation of Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, set during the 2008 presidential election and Paterson Falls, which was commissioned by Writers Theatre of New Jersey. Paterson Falls is part one of The American Moment trilogy, about silk strikes, saloons, the discovery of Eugene O’Neill and the American Theatre finding its voice.

Along with these recent epic plays, Rosemary has experimented with shorter forms. In Sensitive, which premiered at Cincinnati’s SHEtheatre, a woman discovers her home intruder is a police officer. In Can-Can, performed at Cathedral Arts Live, a woman on the brink of an auspicious birthday commandeers a live production, holding dancers and musicians at bay.

Other plays include Totally Not Liam (Speranza Theatre); Standing in the Shadows (Wings Theatre); Voices Carry (Drew University); Motherless Child (Chicago Cooperative Stage); Horsefeathers; The Raw and the Cooked (Hallie Flanagan Play Series).

Rosemary is a professor of Theatre and Dance at Drew University where she directs the Playwriting program. A member of the Dramatists Guild and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, Rosemary received her MFA from Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Post-Reading Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Post-Reading Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Join us for a post reading discussion of the play. Afterward you can leave comments in our post-show discussion form.

Wednesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 14
La Fonda
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Suzanne Trauth
La Fonda
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Suzanne Trauth
Suzanne Trauth
Suzanne Trauth
Montclair, NJ
Wednesday, March 14 7:30

A young man grapples with his grandfather’s legacy and participation in the development of the atomic bomb at Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1945. Torn by a battle between his patriotism and his conscience, his grandfather made a decision that haunted him and his family forever.

Suzanne Trauth is a novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and nonfiction writer. Her novels Show Time, Time Out, and Running Out of Time are the first three books in the Dodie O’Dell Mystery series. Her plays include Françoise, Midwives, Rehearsing Desire, Three Sisters Under the Hood, La Fonda, iDream, supported by the National Science Foundation’s STEM initiative on science and technology, and Katrina: the K Word, based on interviews with New Orleans’ survivors of Hurricane Katrina and produced in over a dozen venues throughout the United States. They have been developed at Nora’s Playhouse, Luna Stage, Writers Theatre of NJ, and Premiere Stages. Her screenplays Solitaire and Boomer Broads have won awards at the Austin Film Festival and the Screenwriters Online Top Five Next Draft Competition, and she wrote and directed the short film Jigsaw, nominated for best film in the shorts category at the PF3 Film Festival and screened at New Filmmakers, New York. She is currently a member of Writers Theatre of New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights program.

Ms. Trauth has co-authored Sonia Moore and American Acting Training and co-edited Katrina on Stage: Five Plays. Her essays and articles have appeared in Theatre Insight, Soviet and East European Performance, Notable Women in the American Theatre, and Theatre Topics (Summer, 2017).

Ms. Trauth served as Associate Producer of TheatreFest and founded the experimental Next Stage. She co-produced and directed productions at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Whole Theatre,12 Miles West, and Encompass Theatre. She also served as Assistant Artistic Director and faculty member at the Sonia Moore Studio in New York City and performed for the American Stanislavski Theatre. As part of a global initiative, she directed The Crucible for the Theatre-on-Podol in Ukraine.

Ms. Trauth is a former member of the theatre faculty at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where she served as an administrator, coordinator of the BFA Acting Program, and taught all levels of acting technique and scene study, directing, screenwriting, script analysis, theatre management, and dramatic theory. Ms. Trauth is a graduate of the University of Dayton and Bowling Green State University and is a member of the Dramatists Guild, League of Professional Theatre Women, Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime.

When she is not writing or coaching actors, Ms. Trauth is thrilled to serve as a Celebrant performing wedding ceremonies for couples in the tri-state area. She lives in Woodland Park, NJ.

Post-Reading Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Post-Reading Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Join us for a post reading discussion of the play. Afterward you can leave comments in our post-show discussion form.

Wednesday, March 21
Wednesday, March 21
Wednesday, March 21
Wish Bone
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Phoebe Farber
Wish Bone
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Phoebe Farber
Phoebe Farber
Phoebe Farber
Montclair, NJ
Wednesday, March 21 7:30 PM

Raylene works at the Homestead Poultry Processing plant—a factory that pays the highest wage in this small town in Virginia. Though the injury rate is high, and the employees have no rights, most people in this town end up working at the plant, especially since most other jobs have disappeared. Ray’s husband has just returned from a tour in Iraq, injured in a roadside bomb and in a wheelchair, but Ray continues an affair with Marcus, another worker at the factory, who she has known since high school. When Steph shows up to organize a strike at the plant, Ray’s begins to learn a lot about the world around her.

Phoebe Farber’s plays have been seen around New York and New Jersey. Her play Scrimmage was seen at The Players Theatre (best play, NYC), The Short Play Lab (best play, NYC) and Strangedog short play festival (NJ). Home Care was seen in the Strawberry One-Act Festival (Finalist, NYC), The Aery Theatre’s One-Act Play Festival (NY),Variations Theatre Group (NYC) and at Lab at Luna through Luna Stage (NJ). Jump It was a finalist at The Depot Theater 20/20 festival in Garrison, New York, and appeared at The Everyday Inferno Theater Festival (NYC) and at Lab at Luna (NJ). Class Reunion was seen at The Cell Theater (NYC) and Strangedog short play festival (NJ).

Readings have included Jump It and Nina at Fresh Produced Reading Series (NYC) and Dancing in Captivity at Horsetrade Theatre Group (NYC). Her plays have been published in Applause Theatre & Cinema Books and The Best Plays From The Strawberry One-Act Festival.

Phoebe lives in Montclair, New Jersey, has a private psychotherapy practice and is a professor at Montclair State University.

Post-Reading Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Post-Reading Discussion
9:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Join us for a post reading discussion of the play. Afterward you can leave comments in our post-show discussion form.