“We’re always happy to welcome Lunatic Fringe,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre. “We're dedicated to providing a venue for innovative, original theater, and Lunatic Fringe is always fresh and new."
This marks the fifth season that the Bloomfield-based Lunatic Fringe will be performing at Playwrights Theatre. “It’s winter. The birds are flying south, and the Lunatics are flying west,” says Deborah Maclean, director of Lunatic Fringe. “Playwrights Theatre has always been wonderfully supportive, and the Madison audiences are always great. These shows always put us in a holiday mood.”
Lunatic Fringe will appear twice more at Playwrights Theater on March 27 and May 1, 2010. In addition, Lunatic Fringe is continuing its groundbreaking 13th season with regular monthly appearances at the Broad Street Playhouse the second Saturday of every month.
Lunatic Fringe features performers Adria Baratta, Harvey Chipkin, Sean Day, Glenn Duphiney, Brooke Hoover, Beth Johansson, Jerry Lazar, Deborah Maclean, and Paul Murphy.
For information about Lunatic Fringe, email lunaticfringeimprov@
For more on Playwrights Theater, call (973) 514-1787 X10 or online at http://www.ptnj.org
About Playwrights Theatre:
Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional (Actors’ Equity) theatre. A community of professional playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators, Playwrights Theatre provides opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences. Our New Play Development Program is a multi-step process through which playwrights, theatre artists, and audiences collaborate to bring selected texts from rough draft to finished production. Our Education Programs introduce students of all ages and backgrounds to the possibilities inherent in thinking and communicating creatively. Playwrights Theatre's New Jersey Writers Project provides hands-on workshops led by professional writers-in-residence to students in schools and community centers throughout the state reaching over 15,000 students annually. We place an equal emphasis on New Play Development and Educational activities, and encourage our community and audiences to participate fully in both.
We are honored that for the years 2010-2012 the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) designated Playwrights Theatre as a Major Arts Institution. This means that the Council considers Playwrights Theatre to be “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey” (along with Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the McCarter Theatre Center).
Playwrights Theatre’s New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest is funded in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Travelers Foundation, Bank of America, New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival and New Jersey Young Playwrights Program are registered to the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage Commission.
Funding for Playwrights Theatre is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., The Prudential Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Investors Savings, Bay and Paul Foundation, E.J. Grassman Trust, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Karma Foundation, MCJ Foundation, The Turrell Fund, Provident Bank, Pearsall Family Foundation, Union Foundation, PSE&G, Travelers, and many other corporations, foundations and individual contributors. FORUM is supported by grants from The Shubert Foundation and The Dramatist Guild Fund.
Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, American Alliance for Theatre & Education, Theatre Communications Group and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.
About Lunatic Fringe: Lunatic Fringe’s unique brand of humor has been delighting audiences since 1997. Believed to be the oldest continually performing improve group in New Jersey, Lunatic Fringe combines music, audience suggestions to create a one-of-a-kind comic experience that is not to be missed. Because so much input comes from the audience, no two shows are ever the same
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Playwrights Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre comprised of playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators. We provide opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences.