FORUM brings playwrights, actors and audience members together to enjoy the creative process of bringing a play to life. Staged readings of 16 innovative new plays by some of the country’s best writers with intimate discussions between author and audience following each performance. Playwrights Theatre will present these readings free of charge, with an optional donation of $10. A $25 dollar donation will get patrons a FORUM pass that covers all of the readings. A $250 donation will get patrons a rehearsal pass that allows access to all reading rehearsals. Reservations can be made online at http://www.ptnj.org or call (973) 514-1787 X10.
Our sixth annual Forum Reading Series – Soundings -- is a sixteen-play look at some amazing works in progress. And this reading series is “Jersey Strong,” with ten works by native writers, including the winners of the NJ State Council on the Arts Literary Artist Fellowship and the writers from our year-long NJ Emerging Women Playwrights Program. Three writers are our Philadelphia friends: Russell Davis and Rufus Caleb, both won coveted 2008 Pew Fellowships in Playwriting, Seth Rozin is the author of Two Jews Walk into a War. In March, we are unveiling our Youth Driven Theatre Program with plays either written by -- or for -- youthful audiences. YDT is a theatre experience driven by a youthful point-of-view;
“While it may seem odd to have a reading series during the Holiday Season, this is the time of year we think about birth and renewal. So I think it is fitting that we celebrate the careful shepherding of new plays into existence, and provide our audiences with a free alternative to the usual holiday fare,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director. “Our December series features plays by writers with whom we have had a long relationship, many of the plays have been in a quiet development process for over a year. Our January series could almost be titled “Thoughtful Takes on What Lies Ahead,” featuring plays by local and national writers that focus on some very timely topics. Our March series brings together 27 years of work with students and writers who create plays with young audiences in mind. We hope that our Youth Driven Theatre Series will become a place where people of all ages can gather and see how theatre can create and change everyone in the community. We’ve also added a rehearsal pass to our audience development options. $250 allows patrons “fly on the wall” access to reading rehearsals”
Friday, December 14 – The River Pure for Healing by Pia Wilson (Literary Artist Fellowship)
Saturday, December 15 – Hielo by Dania Ramos (New Jersey Emerging Women Playwright)
Sunday, December 16 – Reality by Lia Romeo (New Jersey Emerging Women Playwright)
Monday, December 17 – Roundelay by R.N. Sandburg (New Jersey Writers)
Tuesday, December 18 – The Baby Killer Play by Dominique Cieri (New Jersey Emerging Women Playwright/Literary Artist Fellowship)
Wednesday, December 19 – Screwed! by Carrie Louise Nutt (New Jersey Emerging Women Playwright)
Thursday, December 20 – Most Famous Negro in America by Rufus Caleb (PEW Fellows)
Friday, December 21 – Altruism by Robert Clyman (New Jersey Writer)
Saturday, December 22 – Where the Heart Is by Joe Sutton (New Jersey Writer)
Thursday, January 3 – JC3 by Seth Rozin (Old Friends)
Friday, January 4 – In Case of the Apocalypse After Edmond Is Gone by Russell Davis (PEW Fellows)
Saturday, January 5 – Eight Fourteen by Hal Corley (New Jersey Writer)
Sunday, January 6 – TBD by Matt Bukovac (Old Friends)
Thursday, March 14 – Lindsey’s Oyster by Tammy Ryan (Youth Driven Theatre)
Friday, March 15 – Salvation Road by D.W. Gregory (Youth Driven Theatre)
Saturday, March 16– Count Down by Dominic Cieri (Youth Driven Theatre)
For play descriptions and author bios, please visit http://www.ptnj.org/
Programs are subject to change, based on artistic need. Please visit the website www.ptnj.org for up-to-the-minute details.
About Playwrights Theatre:
Founded in 1986, Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit professional theatre and arts education institution dedicated to developing and nurturing the dramatic imagination of artists, students, and audiences. Our New Play Program creates development opportunities for professional writers through readings, workshops and productions, and invites audiences to participate in authentic feedback experiences. Our New Jersey Writers Project, Poetry Out Loud, New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest and Festival, and Creative Arts Academy programs provide a comprehensive and hands-on arts education experience to over 31,000 students, Pre-K through adult.
Writers in the New Play Program are drawn from across the country, including our affiliation with the National New Play Network, a nation-wide group of theatres dedicated to the development and production of new work. Teaching Artists in our Education Programs are professional artists working in their field in the New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia metropolitan areas. From 2003-2013, we have been designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (along with only four other theatres: The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, George Street Playhouse, McCarter Theatre Center and Paper Mill Playhouse) as “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
Funding for our activities comes from: 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., Dramatist Guild Fund, Horizon Foundation of New Jersey, The Shubert Foundation, Travelers, The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.
Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.