Wednesday, October 1, 2014


WHERE: Weehawken Water Tower, 4100 Park Ave., Weehawken
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Molly BomayƩ
by Michael Puzzo
Directed by Frank Licato

When Molly and Monty broke up, she left and he got the apartment. But since Monty can't afford to pay the rent on his own, he rents out a  tiny, semi private makeshift room. Nobody stays very long and with each prospective renter Monty must relive the breakup one more time. 

Featuring Ivette Dumeng, Kristen Lazzarini, Aaron Weiner

by Joanne Hoersch
Directed by Adrian Wattenmaker

At  the NY Playboy Club in the summer of 1973, four Bunnies gather together at the end of their shift to discuss the night's experiences; the puzzling aspects of men, the nascent feminist movement, and the inherent sexism of a company that no longer wants to employ you after the age of thirty. The gift of Playboy, they realize, is an unplanned band of sisters, black, white, Native American, who learn to help and encourage each other to overcome the company's, as well as society's, attitudes towards age and beauty.

Featuring Kara Young, Nicole Balsam, Summer Dawn Hortillosa, Madeline Barr

Michael Puzzo is a writer, actor, producer and member of the LAByrinth Theater Company since 1997.  Productions of Mr. Puzzo's plays include:  Spirits of Exit Eleven (The Lion Theatre), The Slashers Lament (The New Ohio), Lyric is Waiting (Irish Repertory Theater), My Soul the Pavement (Prittivi Theater), The 11am Girl Says "Goodnight", (Access Theater ) and The Dirty Talk (CSNY).  His work has been published by Dramatist Play Serive, Smith & Kraus, Indie Theater Now and New York Theater Experience.


Playwright Joanne HoerschJoanne Hoersch  is a recipient of a 2012 grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts for her play, Jackson is Gone, which was also selected for a roundtable reading at the Lark Theatre and was first read in the PlayWorks series. Her play Starring Elizabeth was given development readings at HTW's PlayWorks and NJ Playwrights Theater.  She is also a fiction writer and has received a Woolrich fellowship for fiction from Columbia University was a semi-finalist in the Heekin Foundation's national short story contest and was a 1998 grantee from the NJ State Council on the Arts for her short story, Josie Going Places. Her story, Lilacs was a runner up in Glimmer Train's 2014 short story contest. She is currently working on two new plays; one based on the life of the Romantic poet Percy Shelley, the second an extended dialogue between Sigmund Freud and his famous patient, Dora. 

HUDSON THEATRE WORKS believes that there is nothing more important to the long-term vitality of the American theatre as an art form than the nurturing of new voices. PlayWorks is the first step in this process. PlayWorks presents readings of new plays giving the playwright an opportunity to share their work and include the audience in the creative process.

Plays are performed by professional actors and each reading is followed by a audience discussion with the author, giving our supporters a rare opportunity to become an important part of the creative process and to engage the playwright with questions, comments and their personal insight into the work.

Plays that started life at PlayWorks include Jackson is Gone by Joanne Hoersch, recipient of a New Jersey State Council on the Arts grant for playwrighting; Eric Conger's Beautiful Boy, part of the Walnut Street Theater's 2013-2014 season in Philadelphia;  Stand Up Man by Derek Murphy, presented in Belfast at C21 Theater; and 3 MEN by Mike Folie, a part of Hudson Theatre Works 2014 season.

This program is made possible by the City of Weehawken and Mayor Richard Turner and in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Department of State.  A partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. Degise, County Executive and the Board of Chosen freeholders.