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The Forever Question

By James Christy Jr.

New Plays New Jersey

Presented by: Passage Theatre

Time: 7 pm

Location: The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Heights Rd., Morristown, NJ  07960


Why do we have kids? Mike is a loving father, happy with his marriage, his two-year old son and his life in general. But as his wife Carolyn mentions casually that she thinks it’s time they have a second, he begins asking this question. He likes the idea of a playmate for his son, and he wants to make his wife happy. But still: why? Why do we do this to ourselves? And while Carolyn is at first patient, the search for an answer becomes a problem of its own. The question takes Mike and Carolyn back to childhood, to the mysteries and awkwardness of puberty and dating, through the loss of his father.

James Christy Jr. is thrilled to be working again on the New Plays NJ Project. His first play Creep won the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 10 Minute play contest. Recent productions include At Liberty Hall, produced by Premiere Stages at Kean University in 2014, 2nd place, Beverly Hills Theatre Guild 2015 Youth Play Competition; and A Great War, a Barrymore-recommended production (directed by his father!) in the 2015 Philly Fringe.

James’ full length plays include: NEVER TELL: produced Broken Watch Theatre Company, August 2006, published by Playscripts Inc., April 2007; A GREAT WAR: Phoenix New Works Conference, July 2010; finalist, 2012 Julie Harris Playwrighting Award; PUT THEM AWAY: finalist, New Jersey Playwrights contest from William Paterson University; LOVE AND COMMUNICATION: Playpenn Playwrights Conference, July 2010, produced by Passage Theatre in October 2010, winner, the Brown Martin Barrymore Award in 2011; EGYPTIAN SONG: part of the Premiere Stages Play festival in June 2011, National New Play Network in 2012, Great Plains Theatre Conference May 2014. DISSENT: Interact Theatre’s 20/20 Development Grant for 2013, semi-finalist Eugene O’Neill conference 2014; Road Theatre Festival, July 2014. AT LIBERTY HALL.

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