Playwrights Theatre will present two programs during the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival. The Stages Festival is a month-long, state-wide celebration of theatre and the performing arts—a project of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and its membership.
Katrina On Stage 5 Plays
A staged reading with professional actors of selections from plays from Katrina On Stage edited by Suzanne M. Trauth and Lisa S. Brenner. Ms. Trauth is a professor of theatre at Montclair State University where she coordinates the BFA Acting Program. She is co-author of Katrina: The K Word, one of the plays included in the book. Ms. Brenner is an assistant professor of Theatre Arts at Drew University in Madison and the co-author of Katrina: The K Word. In 2009, Drew University granted her the Faculty Leadership Civic Engagement Award for her work on Katrina: The K Word, among other projects.
Selections will be read from:
“Many of the play selections in Lisa Brenner and Suzanne Trauth’s book came from a Katrina play reading weekend we held at PTNJ in the Fall of 2008 just prior to our production of John Biguenet’s Rising Water, during which we included a staged reading of Katrina: The K Word. We wanted to take the opportunity of the publishing of Suzanne and Lisa’s book to keep the memory of this terrible tragedy alive,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director. “While New Orleans is slowly recovering from the storm, the city is a long way from being whole and productive. It’s very easy in this short news cycle to forget what is going on. We hope a continued look will remind us that things like this cannot happen again, and that we need to take care of people who were affected by this and similar tragedies. The authors deal with the situations with a great deal of respect, but there is also a lot of humor and heroics presented in the plays that provide a vivid and well-considered point of view of a very complicated event in our history. We’ve put together a great company of highly skilled professional actors to assist us with the reading and we also hope the audience will stay for a discussion with the authors afterwards.”
Trauth and Brenner’s book Katrina On Stage Five Plays will be on sale at the reading. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Porch 7th Ward Cultural Organization in New Orleans, LA, which conducts diverse creative programming for all ages.
Readings from Playwrights Theatre Adult Playwriting Class
Playwrights Theatre runs an ongoing year-round playwriting workshop for adults where plays are shared in a nurturing and supportive environment. Lead by Playwrights Theatre’s Artistic Director John Pietrowski (a recent recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship), students range from beginners to highly experienced writers who have received NJSCA Playwriting Fellowships and who are writers and performers in their own right.
Professional actors will present ten-minute selections from ongoing works from the workshop and will include: Ed Shakespeare (prior NJSCA Fellow, from Lavalette, NJ), Jewel Seehaus-Fisher (prior NJSCA Fellow, from Highland Park, NJ), Claire Porter (nationally-recognized dancer and performance artist, from Teaneck, NJ), Gregory Cole (Bernardsville, NJ), Stephen Catron (Mendham, NJ), David Allan Crosset (Far Hills, NJ), Ruth Darcy (Chatham, NJ), Roberta Francis (Chatham, NJ), Paula Freed (Sea Bright, NJ), Elaine Lane (Irvington, NJ), Alan Silberberg (Valley Cottage, NY), and Devon Villacampa (Randolph, NJ)
“The writers of these plays come from all walks of life. Some are professional theatre artists, some are teachers and former teachers, as well as students, business people, and community activists. All share a love of the art and craft of playwriting, and these plays, humorous and moving, present wide-ranging and well-written takes on both contemporary and historical subjects. The evening will be an enjoyable example of community-based art,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director.
The Stages Festival takes place every March with discounted and/or free tickets to performances, workshops and events statewide, and with programming suitable for ALL age groups (not just the little ones). The event provides wonderful opportunities to experience the magic of live theatre with everyone in your family - and your extended family of friends. The Stages Festival is a cosponsored project of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information about the Playwrights Theatre and the Creative Arts Academy Summer Camp, please visit www.ptnj.org or call 973.514.1787 X10.