Stacie Lents

Stacie Lents’ work has been produced and developed by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, coLAB Arts, New Brunswick Theater Festival, Mile Square Theatre, StrangeDog Theatre Company, Luna Stage, Crossroads Theatre Company, Vital Theatre Company, the New Jersey One Minute Play Festival, Horse Trade Theater Group, Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture, Sheffield Hallam University in the UK, Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University, among others. Her plays Fire Exit, Henry’s Law, and Laugh Out Loud (cry quietly) are published by Playscripts, Inc. Backstage.com included Henry’s Law, a play about bullying, in their list of 15 Must-Read Plays for Tweens and Teens. Peter Filichia of TheaterMania wrote that Laugh Out Loud (cry quietly), about internet dating, “is the best comedy I’ve seen all year.” Stacie wrote the book and lyrics for Daisy in Disguise, which ran off-Broadway through Vital Theatre Company with an original cast recording released during the run. Her play College Colors will open at Crossroads Theatre in 2016. Stacie will also be working on a commission for Prison Performing Arts in Fall, 2016. Stacie is also an actor who has performed regionally and in New York; she performed her own piece “Visiting Hours” at the Carter Studio Theatre at Lincoln Center as part of the 2013 A-T Children’s Benefit and she recently originated the role of Joan in the new Richard Dresser play 100 Years. Stacie is the Director of Acting and the Director of the Barn Theater at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she is an Associate Professor. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA and sits on the advisory board of the Jewish Plays Project. Stacie received her MFA from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and her BA in Theater from Yale University.

Publications

Lents, S. (2015). Fire Exit. New York: Playscripts, Inc.

https://www.playscripts.com/play/2820

Lents, S. (2014). Henry’s Law. New York: Playscripts, Inc.

https://www.playscripts.com/play/2692

Lents, S. (2014). Laugh Out Loud (cry quietly). New York: Playscripts, Inc.

https://www.playscripts.com/play/2693

Project Description

Stacie will be working on a commission from Prison Performing Arts, as part of MASS MEANING, A NEW PLAYS PROJECT. She will spend two weeks in September interviewing incarcerated women and staff at  Women’s Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri. She will develop a play inspired by the women’s experiences. The play will be a work of fiction rather than a biographical work, but will incorporate elements of workshops and discussions with the incarcerated women and staff.

Goals include:

*working on the structure of the play

*synthesizing multiple womens’ experiences and source material into a core group of fictional characters

*developing conventions which make it possible to represent the scope of the play and characters’ diverse experiences

*experimenting with the relationship between audience and actor/character