Eric and Kate’s marriage is in crisis, Kate’s father has just died after a long illness, and Kate’s mother Anne is sunk in a deep depression. Their adopted daughter Tessa is dealing with being one of the only African-American students in her Midwestern school. So they decide to go on a family trip to Italy, in hopes that a change of scenery will help. But no matter how far they go, will they be able to escape themselves? Directed by WTNJ Associate Artistic Director James Glossman.


The Grand Tour will be receiving a production in Glen Rock, NJ at Porchlight Productions.  The run begins on May 31st and runs through April 9th on Fridays & Saturdays at 8 PM & Sundays at 3 PM. For more details, please see Porchlight’s website:


Date: January 11 at 7:00 pm
Venue: Dreyfuss Theatre on the Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham Campus – Show In Map
About Lia Romeo

Lia Romeo’s plays have been produced at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Stillwater Theatre, Renegade Theatre Experiment, Forward Flux Productions, New Origins Theatre Company, Jersey City Theater Center, and Xpressions Performing Arts Network, and have been developed at the Lark Theatre, San Francisco Playhouse, Abingdon Theatre, Writers Theatre of New Jersey, Orlando Shakes, New Jersey Repertory Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for the American Theatre Critics’ Association’s Steinberg Award for best new play, the New York Innovative Theatre Award for outstanding full-length play, the L. Arnold Weissberger Award, and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She has been recognized by the O’Neill (finalist), the Heideman Award (finalist), and the Kilroys List (honorable mention).  She was the National New Play Network Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at Writers Theatre of New Jersey, and she is currently a member of the Project Y Playwrights Group, the Athena Theatre Playwrights Group, and the BMI Librettists Workshop.  She earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers.  She is also the literary manager at Project Y Theatre Company, and the author of a novel, Dating the Devil (BelleBooks), and a humor book, 11,002 Things to Be Miserable About (Abrams Image), which has sold over 35,000 copies worldwide.  Her work is published by Playscripts and Smith and Kraus.  Email:  Website:

About the Soundings Reading Series

About The Soundings Reading Series

The Soundings Reading Series is designed to test fairly well-developed plays in front of an audience. Authors have five hours of rehearsal with professional actors and a director, and a public reading of the play with guided feedback from the audience.

These readings permit Writers Theatre to connect with its community of patrons and artists to:

  1. Gain audience insight into the play
  2. Continue the exposure of the audience to the creative process
  3. Give our audience experiences with diverse narrative forms.

Writers Theatre presents around 10 of these readings per year. Plays presented will be a mix of new submissions and continued relationships with writers whose work has been developed at WTNJ in the past.