Monday, October 17, 2011


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New Repertoire Company’s Inaugural Season to Underscore Talent Residing in State


WHEN: Mondays, October 24 – November 21,  (excepting Halloween, October 31), at 7:30 PM
Park Performing Arts Center, (click link for parking and directions) 560 32nd St, Union City at Central Avenue.  PPAC is just outside the Lincoln Tunnel from New York City.
TICKETS: $10 suggested admission
To obtain further information, or to make reservations, please contact the Hudson Theatre Works, at 646.522.5689, or at

Hudson County’s newest equity professional theater company, kicks off its PlayWorks reading series of new plays, with four New Jersey writers: Jeff Hughes, Joanne Hoersch, Damien Gray and Eric Conger.

All New Works to be Featured
Four Distinct Voices Reflect the Company’s Aesthetic
Hudson County’s Most Recent Cultural Attraction

“Hudson Theatre Works believes that the only way to build a professional theatre is to help to develop and produce new works. PlayWorks is the first step in this process.” says Frank Licato, Artistic Director of the company. “Even though these four plays are very different, they all deal with very deep human emotions.”

  • Jeff Hughes PlaywrightJeff Hughes won a Richard Rogers award for his book and lyrics to the musical Red Clay (music by Scott Ethier). His play, The Bar Down the Corner, opens the series on October 24th and tells the story of one man’s battle to hold onto his business and the life he knows in the face of redevelopment. Mr. Hughes will direct his own work.
  • Playwright Joanne HoerschOn November 7th Lauren Moran Mills, of the Woman’s Theatre Company in Parsippany,will direct Jackson Is Gone, by twenty-year theater veteran Joanne Hoersch. A couple’s dog is kidnapped, and among the consequences of their loss is “the world of the ancient touchstones [they] have always relied on for comfort and sustenance.” Ms. Hoersch is the recipient of a 1998 Columbia University fiction award and a New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant.
  • Damien GrayDamien Gray’s career has been worldwide, spanning every category from mainstream entertainment to experimental theater. His play, Elder Skelter, will be will be presented on November 14th. Directed by Mr. Licato, it reveals the dark secrets of a couple who have been abandoned by their only son.
  • Playwright Eric CongerThe series closes on November 21st with No Good Deed, written by Weehawken resident Eric Conger, and also directed by Mr. Licato. Mr. Conger, who is an actor and translator as well as a playwright, explores the conflict between a town’s commemoration of one of its citizens who died on 9/11 and his family’s personal grieving.

Founded by New Jersey residents Frank Licato, Gregory Erbach and Karen Brady, the Hudson Theatre Works is a new equity, professional-level non-profit theater company. It is committed to ensemble collaboration as well as artistic risk through its work with its permanent company, guest artists, partner institutions and the surrounding community. It will be dedicated to telling stories, both classic and contemporary, that mirror our lives and relationships. The sole criterion is that it reverberate with an audience.

Hudson Theatre Works’ primary focus is on bringing a living theater community to the areas of Hudson County and greater Northern New Jersey—through performance, outreach and theater arts education.