2018 New Plays New Jersey

Five new plays by New Jersey Writers and the New Jersey theatres that support them

Presented in partnership with The Bickford Theatre at The Morris Museum and Short Stories Bookstore in Madison

Due to the storm, cancelled readings have been rescheduled. Note: Two readings have been moved to a new location.

Remaining Readings  March 18 and 30  Bickford Theatre  |  March 25 and 31  Short Stories Bookstore

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Remember: You can present your unused January Soundings Passes for admission to all March Reading Events.

Big Read passes are valid for all March Reading Events

If you are planning to attend our March Reading events at The Bickford, Jersey City Theatre Center, and Mile Square Theatre there’s still time to purchase Soundings 7 -play passes for $25, and Big Read (unlimited passes) for $50.

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New Plays New Jersey 2018-- Rescheduled as of March 16

Tuesday, March 6
Tuesday, March 6
Tuesday, March 6
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Bickford Theatre
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fading Grace | John Wooten
The Bickford Theatre
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fading Grace | John Wooten
John Wooten
John Wooten
Glen Ridge, NJ
Tuesday, March 6 7:00 PM
Bickford Theatre is a professional theatre that produces plays, presents jazz and special concerts along with year-round children's theatre, and classes in the performing arts for children to adults. The theatre is located within the Morris Museum.

Grace will be celebrating another birthday at the Allwood Assisted Living Center. Her attending nurse Patrice is trying to tend to her and get her ready for her party, but Grace's dementia poses a challenge to anyone with a plan. Grace is waiting for her son Danny to show up for his customary birthday visit, and when he does, Grace, who just wants to go home, tries to convince him to take her there. Danny wants to, but there are difficulties, including some important things Grace has to accept, before she can go.

John Wooten's plays have been produced Off-Broadway, in London, and in numerous regional Equity theaters. Productions: Trophies (Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane), The Mission Home (King's Head Theatre in London and the Forum Theatre), Happy Hour (Twelve Miles West), Kiss the Bride (TheatreFest), UnCivil War (Theatre at Lime Kiln), and The Role of Della (ATL finalist and over 100 Regional productions). Awards/Nominations: New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, Best New Play nomination from the American Critics Association, Semi-finalist for a Nicholls Fellowship, sponsored by the Academy Awards, and Best Director and Best Play nominations from the Newark Star-Ledger. Published in/by: Dramatists Play Service; Playscripts, Inc.; Dramatic Publishing Company; Plays for Actresses; Playing Contemporary Scenes; Best Monologues of 1998 (also 1994). Mr. Wooten is the Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages at Kean University, where he also teaches Playwriting Workshop.

Post-Reading Discussion
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Post-Reading Discussion
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Sunday, March 18
Re-scheduled from March 11
Sunday, March 18
Sunday, March 18
This reading at The Bickford Theatre (6 Normandy Heights Rd 07960)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This reading at The Bickford Theatre (6 Normandy Heights Rd 07960)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Dreamcatcher Rep
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Psychodrama | Phoebe Farber
Dreamcatcher Rep
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Psychodrama | Phoebe Farber
Phoebe Farber
Phoebe Farber
Montclair, NJ
Sunday, March 11 6 pm
Dreamcatcher is a professional yet intimate theatre company in residence at Oakes Center in Summit. Our year-long season includes plays, improv comedy, a holiday special, new play readings, and a summer youth program, along with many outreach and education programs for youth, adults and seniors.

Welcome to the weekly divorce group, held in the basement of the Unitarian church. The members are suddenly left stranded when Mitchell, their leader leaves halfway through. Luckily, Barb has agreed to be the new group leader. Hold onto your seat.

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
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Post-Reading Discussion
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Sunday, March 25
NOW AT SHORT STORIES BOOKSTORE IN MADISON (Re-scheduled from March 10)
Sunday, March 25
Sunday, March 25
This reading at Short Stories Bookstore in Madison (23 Main St 07940)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This reading at Short Stories Bookstore in Madison (23 Main St 07940)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Writers Theatre
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nichiiwad | Hal Corley
Writers Theatre
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Nichiiwad | Hal Corley
Hal Corley
Hal Corley
Summit, NJ
Saturday, March 10 7:00 pm
John Pietrowski
Founded in 1986 as Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Writers Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional theatre and arts education organization dedicated to developing new works, writers, and a creative community.

Our New Play Development Program is a multi-stage process, of readings, workshops, and productions, including special programs like the New Jersey Women Playwrights Program, New Plays New Jersey, The Soundings Reading Series, and The Youth-Driven Theatre Series. We also develop new work through our poetry and prose programs like our New Jersey Literary Artist Fellowship Showcase and Jersey Shorts. Education Programs operate across the state and include The New Jersey Writers Project, The NJ Young Playwrights Contest, NJ Poetry Out Loud, The NJ Youth Poet Laureate Program. The Brick City Initiative (Newark), and the Rose City Initiative (Madison). Our Creative Acts Academy teaches writing and theatre skills to children and adults in the Madison area via year-round classes and our Creative Acts Academy Summer camp.

We see our audiences as partners in the development process and involve them in all aspects of our development work. The New Jersey State Council on the Arts has designated Writers Theatre of New Jersey a “Major Arts Institution” every year since 2003, and named it “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.” This marks our 15th consecutive year winning one of the state’s highest honors for an arts organization!

On a raw November morning, a woman returns to what appears a scorched earth bomb site, the devastating aftermath of a late-autumn tornado that leveled her small Illinois river town. Her home’s contents scattered forever, her two brothers must coax her away from the wreckage, adapt their strategy in response to Corrie’s quicksilver defense mechanisms. Freed from her protective asylum, will Corrie finally accept the help she’s long needed for her deteriorating mental state, or take a final stand against her equally wounded family amid the ruins of so much lifelong struggle?

Hal Corley has developed his plays with major companies (Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Walnut Street, Premiere Stages, Atlanta's Alliance, SF's NCTC, Adirondack Theater Festival, New Conservatory Theatre of SF). Three full-length scripts are published by Samuel French. His "Treed" is published by Playscripts in Great Short Plays Volume 10, his "Dolor" is published in Applause's Best American Short Plays, 2014-2015, and 30 of his one-acts have been produced in 18 states and Canada. He recently won HRC Showcase and Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation awards for his play "Married North," and has three times been a semifinalist in the O'Neill Competition.

Post-Reading Discussion
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Post-Reading Discussion
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Friday, March 30
Re-scheduled from March 9
Friday, March 30
Friday, March 30
This reading at The Bickford Theatre (6 Normandy Heights Rd 07960)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This reading at The Bickford Theatre (6 Normandy Heights Rd 07960)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Luna Stage
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
La Fonda | Suzanne Trauth
Luna Stage
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
La Fonda | Suzanne Trauth
Suzanne Trauth
Suzanne Trauth
Montclair, NJ
Friday, March 9 7 pm
John Pietrowski
Luna Stage was founded in 1992 by Jane Mandel and became an Equity Theater in 1995. For its first 18 years, the company made its home in Montclair, New Jersey, first in a small space on Walnut Street and then in a larger facility on Bloomfield Avenue. In the fall of 2010, Luna Stage moved to West Orange to join in a dynamic movement of revitalization and community engagement aimed at establishing the Valley Arts District of Orange and West Orange as a hub for entertainment and culture in the region. In 2013, after twenty years of leadership, Jane Mandel stepped down as Artistic Director and was succeeded by Cheryl Katz who had worked for the company since 2003, first as Director of Play Development and then as Associate Artistic Director.

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
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Post-Reading Discussion
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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

Saturday, March 31
NOW AT SHORT STORIES BOOKSTORE IN MADISON (Re-scheduled from March 8)
Saturday, March 31
Saturday, March 31
This reading at Short Stories Bookstore in Madison (23 Main St 07940)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
This reading at Short Stories Bookstore in Madison (23 Main St 07940)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Centenary Stage Company
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Turning | Darrah Cloud
Centenary Stage Company
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Turning | Darrah Cloud
Darrah Cloud
Darrah Cloud
 
Thursday, March 8 7:30 pm
Centenary Stage Company produces full-scale productions with its mainstage Equity Company and with the Young Performers Workshop, as well as offering concerts and special events in the new state of the art Lackland center featuring a 485 seat proscenium arch Sitnik theatre and a 120 seat Blackbox space.

Former Hackettstown, NJ resident Ada Lunardoni had an illustrious claim to fame that was little known to her neighbors - she was a member of the first US Women's Gymnastics Team that had its genesis in the backyards and Turners Gyms of Newark, then going on to cross the Atlantic Ocean with Jesse Owens to compete in the controversial 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Turning dramatizes the experience of the young women from New Jersey who competed in the inaugural women’s gymnastics (“turning”) Olympic event in Berlin, in 1936—the first year that women’s gymnastics ws included in the Olympics, and the first time that world-class gymnastics coaches had to coach women. At the time, women’s turning was considered a taboo sport, and many of the team members had to rise above resistance from their fathers, husbands, and others.

This play is commissioned by Centenary Stage Company, in collaboration with the NJPAC Stage Exchange, a partnership of NJPAC and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Darrah Cloud is currently working on the musical adaptation of Willy Holtzman’s play, Sabina, with composer Louise Beach, to be produced at The Cell in NYC in Winter 2018, and American Siddhartha with director Nick Demos and composer David Newman (Durga Das). Recent productions include: Our Suburb, premiere Theater J, Washington, DC, 2014, Joan the Girl of Arc, premiere Cincinnati Playhouse, 2014, What’s Bugging Greg?, The Stick Wife, The Mud Angel, Dream House, Braille Garden, and The Sirens. Musical productions include Heartland, The Boxcar Children, Honor Song for Crazy Horse, and the stage adaptation of Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!, filmed starring Mary McDonnell for American Playhouse. She has won numerous awards, including the Macy’s Prize for Theatre for Young Audiences, an NEA, and a Rockefeller. She has had over 10 movies-of-the-week produced on CBS and NBC, is a proud alum of the Iowa Writers Workshop and New Dramatists, and conducts A Howl of Playwrights, a new play development group in Rhinebeck, NY.

Post-Reading Discussion
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Post-Reading Discussion
9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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