Monday, February 7, 2011


Script-in-Hand Staged Readings of
Two New Plays by NJ Playwrights

clip_image002WHEN: Saturday, February 19, 3 PM (bad weather date: Saturday, February 26)
The Theater Project, Roy Smith Theater, the Cranford campus of Union County College 1033 Springfield Avenue, Cranford
Reservations: 908.659.5189 or by e-mail at

The Theater Project, Union County College's Professional Theater Company, will perform a script-in-hand staged reading of two new plays — “To A Point” by Michael Z Murphy and “Mask of Ethan” by Ed Lataro. The production will be followed by a lively discussion with the playwrights, directors, actors and audience.

February is the month for they have TWO new plays for this February event:

To A Point  In the middle of the night, Smitty and Hack are having the “big talk” about the state of their 7-month-old relationship when suddenly their pasts intrude and throw their future into question. Written by Michael Z Murphy, an Assistant Professor of English at Union County College, who serves as Festival Assistant for the Dodge Poetry Festival. He has had a number of his plays produced throughout New Jersey and lives in Hillside.

Mask of Ethan  Ethan is faced with having to dump Jane, the girlfriend he loves. But why? Has he found a new girlfriend? Has he realized he is gay? Ethan gives no simple answers. Written by Ed Lataro, who writes theatrical plays and screenplays and has had his plays produced in New York City and at a number of theaters throughout New Jersey. He also received an honorable mention in the Writer's Digest Magazine Playwriting Contest.

The Theater Project (Mark Spina, Artistic Director) is Union County College's Professional Theater Company, bringing artists from all over the state and New York City together in its productions. Well-known for its intimate "Studio on Stage" where the audience sits within arm's reach of the performers, the company is celebrating its 14th season of producing new works and contemporary classics. The Theater Project has been recognized by grants from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the New Jersey State Arts Council, The Union County College Foundation, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs. To learn more, visit or call 908.659.5189.

All Theater Project activity takes place on the ground level of Union County College’s two-story Cranford complex. An 8-foot wide sidewalk with a curb cut leads to the entrance of the College nearest the theater, and when desirable, patrons with special needs can be driven to these doors and disembark at that point. The Theater Project’s 75 seat venue is able to accommodate as many as 12 wheelchairs. The flexible seating allows for companion and seeing-eye dog accommodation.

The Theater Project is Union County College’s Professional Theater Company. As the oldest community college in New Jersey, UCC has been serving both career-minded and transfer-oriented students since 1933. The College has maintained its commitment to scholarship by providing a solid liberal arts foundation while, at the same time, developing new programs and courses that meet the challenges of a rapidly developing society. To learn more, visit