Saturday, April 19, 2014


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Black Box Asbury Park presents a staged reading of

A new solo play by local one-name artist and playwright Donel

WHEN: Sunday, April 27, at 2:00 PM
Arttank, 529 Bangs Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ
TICKETS: $7 suggested donation. 
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A combination  of poetry and song, A NEW DAY is Donel’s critique of industrialized society and his conscious revolutionary transformation.  “This play is that most difficult of stage performances, the one man show.  Donel sings, poems, and narrates his way through what’s in his mind and heart, unedited.  It’s pure emotion and truth,” says Rich Quatrone, Producing Director of Playwrights on the Rise, a playwriting organization in residence at The Strand Theatre in Lakewood whose mission is to bring plays by young and demographically underserved writers to a larger audience, which gave this play’s first act a public reading earlier this year.  “What makes all this possible is Donel’s courage,” says Quatrone.  “All of this is an inspiration to me.”

“Donel is a wonderfully talented young writer who doesn’t seem bound by conventions in his creation of stories,” says Alexis Kozak, who runs Black Box’s New Play Initiative.  “He is part performance artist, part musician, part poet, part actor, part filmmaker, part playwright, part singer.  And he’s great at all of them.  And if that doesn’t make you love him, he is also pretty darn charming onstage.” 

Outside of his solo work, Donel is also preparing to shoot an original film he wrote this coming summer.  He also performs poetry and sings at local venues.  “He is a unique, young local voice that everyone should become aware of,” says Kozak.  The play has begun to find a national audience and will be featured in the Portland Fringe Festival, the Chicago Fringe Festival and the Boulder Fringe Festival.