Tragedy by Oded Gross

Ethan and Mallory are problem solvers. Curiously enough, the people whose problems they are hired to solve are famous fictional characters, from Hamlet to Harry Potter.

What these characters want, though they don’t realize it, is to get to the end of their story. What Ethan and Mallory want is to avoid Tragedy.

Considering their latest client is Oedipus Rex, this is easier said than done.

The play takes place over a 12-year time span, starting in the present and their latest case with Oedipus, and jumping back in time to their first job together trying to help Romeo and Juliet.

Through the years, Ethan and Mallory struggle to find a happy resolution for the people they work for, as well as for themselves, in the end, ultimately asking: Is it just Oedipus whose life is marked by fate, doomed to suffer a misfortune preordained by the Gods? Or, is everyone destined for a little tragedy?

Date: March 4 at 7:00 pm
Venue: Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum – Show In Map
About Oded Gross

Oded Gross’ plays have been produced throughout the United States and abroad, most notably at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, The Great Lakes Theater, The Theatre at Boston Court and The Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow, Russia. His adaptations include Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid, Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters and Gogol’s The Government Inspector (aka The Inspector General), for which he also wrote the music.

His original play Heart Attack With A Knife, a murder mystery farce, was produced at Northern Kentucky University’s prestigious Y.E.S. Festival. The Comedy of Romeo and Juliet, a one-act comedy that satirizes Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet played at the HBO Workspace.  One of his latest plays, Dantino’s, an original Commedia Dell’Arte, tackles the controversial issue of gay marriage and was developed at Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Black Swan Lab.

His adaptations, as well as his original productions have garnered numerous Critics Picks and nominations including Best Adaptation by LA Weekly, Backstage West and LA Stage Times for The Government Inspector and LA Weekly’s Critics “Pick Of The Week” for The Comedy of Romeo and Juliet.

He received his degree in drama from Brandeis University.  He is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild and an even prouder husband and father of two beautiful children.

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.