Friday, July 16, 2010


Tri-State Actors Theater will hold its second New Play Reading of its 2010 Series with Mercy Mild on Saturday, July 24, at 8:00 PM at the historic Crescent Theater, 74 Main Street, Sussex, New Jersey, in its intimate Black Box Theater. Admission is by donation. Mercy Mild is a provocative new play by Deborah Finkelstein. A talk-back and reception with the playwright, actors and director will follow the performance. Refreshments will be served.

Staged in a concert reading with professional actors—Valerie Stack Dodge, Robert Hefley, Randall McCann, Brian Milli and Robert Mintz, under the direction of Paul Meacham. Mercy Mild takes place at Christmastime when Joey, a young man, is caught between his concern and caring for his down-and-out family and his need to escape them for a different life.

Deborah Finkelstein's short plays have been part of festivals around the United States, including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Page to Stage Festival; ARFTCo.'s Chicago Christmas Spectacular; Girl Play and Naked Women Fully Clothed at the Women's Theater Project, Fort Lauderdale; and Chicago Dramatists' What Scares Me the Most, with guest director Joy Meads, Literary Manager of Steppenwolf Theatre Co. Mercy Mild was Deborah Finkelstein's thesis play for her MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. It was read in October at The Playwright's Center, Minneapolis, MN. Deborah has a BA in theater and English from Rutgers University.

The main floor Black Box Theater is assessible for wheelchairs. Large print programs are available. For more information please contact the Box Office at 973.875.2950.

Main Street parking is limited, and patrons are encouraged to use the free municipal parking lot on Harrison Street, directly behind the theater.

Additional information about Tri-State Actors Theater and its programs and services are available on the web at Funding for Tri-State Actors Theater has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Horizon Foundation of New Jersey.