A Progressive Man by Phoebe Farber

A Progressive Man is based on the life and legacy of Woodrow Wilson.  Set in two time periods, the play alternates between the recent student protests at Princeton University in 2015 and the early 1900s as Wilson moves from president of Princeton, to Governor of New jersey, and then President of the U.S.  The play follows a young Princeton student as he organizes a sit-in to demand Wilson’s name be removed from the School of Public and International Affairs because of Wilson’s racist attitudes.

A Progressive Man focuses on the complex history of Wilson’s legacy, and asks the questions:  Who gets to define the dominant narrative of our historic figures? How do we think about the legacy of our political figures, who inevitably bring both heroic and human dimensions?  As we usher in our 45th president, the subject of political legacy is fraught, making A Progressive Man a reflection of current day drama.

Date: March 2 at 7:00 pm
Venue: Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum – Show In Map
About Phoebe Farber

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.

About New Plays New Jersey

About New Plays New Jersey

New Plays New Jersey is a project designed to support, nurture, and showcase the new play development community in New Jersey, with an eye towards creating a semi-formal network of New Jersey theatres that will coordinate their work on new plays, support each other’s efforts, and promote the idea that New Jersey plays an important role in New Play Development in the United States.

NPNJ consists of a series of five concert readings of new works by New Jersey writers presented by the New Jersey Theatres who support them. These readings will be presented on an annual basis, during the NJ Theatre Alliance Stages Festival with WTNJ producing the event.