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NJ Women Playwrights Project
The New Jersey Women Playwrights Project provides writers an opportunity to work on new plays with professional actors and directors in a 12-18 month development process. Now in Round Five, 18 writers are a part of this brilliant community.
Phase 1
In each round, the program will work with three-four New Jersey-based playwrights, in a 12-18 month development process. Writers are provided with four readings, three private and one public, with the three private readings scheduled at the writers convenience. The public reading is a work-in-progress concert reading. All readings take place with professional actors, director, and dramaturg.

Between readings, writers are provided with ongoing dramaturgical work and opportunities to meet with the other writers. Aspects of the program may include additional developmental opportunities with one of WTNJ’s partners.
Phase 2
Phase 2 is a commitment to continued work with writers from previous rounds. WTNJ will provide a reading series, currently based in Jersey City, for previous participants of the NJWPP, during the NJ Theatre Alliance Stages Festival. Writers have a choice to either continue development of the piece from Phase 1 or work on a different play.

We form partnerships with area theatres to present the final readings and extended readings to a larger audience and promote a future life for the plays. Here are some of the places we will be this year:

Mile Square Theatre

Schedule to be announced. Plays under consideration:

Deb Margolin– What Difference Does It Make?
Chisa Hutchinson– Surely Goodness and Mercy
Sue Trauth– Rehearsing Desire
Maryanne Woods– Home Court

New Plays New Jersey– At The Bickford Theatre
Part of NJ Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival

Chisa Hutchinson– Surely Goodness and Mercy

New Plays New Jersey– Jersey City Theatre Center
In a partnership with JCTC and Speranza Theatre
As part of Women’s History Month

Rosemary McLaughlin– Paterson Falls  03/08/17  7 pm
Stacie Lents– Untitled New Work 03/16/17  7 pm
Phoebe Farber– The Messenger 03/18/17  7 pm
Toni DePalma– One Acts Date TBD  7 pm

Spring Writers Festival– William Paterson University

Yasmine Rana Play TBD   04/08/17 Time TBD

Check back here for info on dates and playwrights!

Play synopsis from the 2015/16 March Women History Month Readings at Jersey City Theatre Center in partnership with Speranza Theatre.

Click on each reading for more information.

Midwives by Suzanne Trauth

In the summer of 1913, at Viareggio, Italy, Eleonora Duse, foremost actress of her day, invites Isadora Duncan, foremost dancer of her time, to recuperate following the deaths of Isadora’s two children. In the days following, these passionate artists struggle to survive their pasts and engage the present by confronting love, motherhood, and art. The encounter would change their lives forever.

Suzanne Trauth’s plays include Françoise, which received staged readings at Luna Stage and Nora’s Playhouse and was nominated for the Kilroy List; Midwives developed at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey; Rehearsing Desire; iDream, supported by the National Science Foundation’s STEM initiative; and Katrina: the K Word. She is a member of Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights program and the Dramatists Guild.  She wrote and directed the short film Jigsaw. www.suzannetrauth.com

Ends of the Earth by Lia Romeo

Dennis and Julie are a successful, happily married couple who live with their adorable dog, Frankie, and have never wanted children.  But then, suddenly, Dennis does.  What will the consequences be for their marriage?… and what does it mean to bring a child into a world where the summers are getting hotter, the winters are getting colder, and coyotes have taken up residence in the backyard?   Ends of the Earth explores the anxieties associated with modern life – environmental, social, racial – and asks hard questions about what kind of world – if any – we’re leaving for the next generation.

Lia Romeo’s plays have been produced or developed at 59E59, Project Y Theatre Company, Abingdon Theatre, the Lark Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, Unicorn Theatre, HotCity Theatre, Orlando Shakes, New Jersey Rep, Forward Flux Productions, and elsewhere.  Nominee: ATCA/Steinberg Award, L. Arnold Weissberger Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Finalist: O’Neill, Heideman Award. BA: Princeton, MFA: Rutgers.

Hielo by Dania Ramos

As an economic crisis looms over the island of Puerto Rico, a single mom and her teen daughter embark on a grassroots business venture of selling home-made flavored ice. When a local shaved ice street vendor tries to foil their plans in order to save his own livelihood, they are all forced to consider what’s best for themselves and their changing neighborhood. Hielo was a finalist in Repertorio Español’s National Playwriting Contest.

Dania Ramos is a playwright and children’s author. Stage writing credits include Mi Casa Tu Casa (Luna Stage, Dreamcatcher Rep) and Hielo (developed through PTNJ’s Women Playwrights; runner-up 2013 Repertorio Español’s Nuestras Voces Competition). She’s received a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in playwriting. She holds an MA from Wilkes University and a BFA from Montclair State University. Dania is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

Written on Her Face by Stacie Lents

How much is a professor willing to risk to save her student? How much is too much? When young Professor Jenny Milder refuses to give up on a failing student, there is concern that she’s crossing the line. As her student starts wanting more and more from her, Jenny is forced to ask herself what really matters…Love? Passion? Career? Ethics? Written on Her Face provides an incisive, moving, and often funny, look at what it means to truly dedicate yourself to something and what you may give up in the bargain.

Stacie Lents’ playwriting credits include College Colors which just premiered at Crossroads Theatre Company in February. Her plays Fire Exit, Henry’s Law, and Laugh Out Loud (cry quietly) are published by Playscripts, Inc. Backstage.com included Henry’s Law in their list of 15 Must-Read Plays for Tweens and Teens. Stacie is an Associate Professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She received her MFA from Rutgers, Mason Gross School of the Arts and her BA from Yale University.

For more information, check out the NJWPP Blog here!

WTNJ is especially grateful to the Puffin Foundation for its continued support, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for the Special Project grant that gave NJWPP its initial launch.