Monday, October 26, 2015

HUDSON THEATRE WORKS ANNOUNCES ITS FALL PRODUCTION OF WORLD PREMIERE PLAY

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JACKSON IS GONE
BY JOANNE HOERSCH, A 2012 NEW JERSEY STATE COUNCIL ON THE ARTS GRANT WINNER FOR PLAYWRIGHTING
DIRECTED BY FRANK LICATO

WHEN: November 4 thru November 21, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30PM and, Fridays & Saturdays at 8PM
WHERE: Theatre at Weehawken High School, 53 Liberty Place , Weehawken, NJ
TICKETS: $25 general admission. Brown Paper Tickets: 1-800-838-3006, www.brownpapertickets.org
For Students with Student ID and seniors 65 and older tickets pay$15 at all times.
Weehawken Residents with proof of address pay$15 every Wednesday and Thursday.
For transportation information please go to: http://www.weehawken-nj.us/transportation.html

Actors: Vincent Sagona, Ryan Scott, Jason Booth and Bonnie Black

In Jackson is Gone, Natalie and Sam Grayson are out for a quiet Sunday morning walk when they find themselves embroiled in an argument with a stranger who kidnaps their dog, Jackson. They report the incident to the police, and their case is assigned to a friendly but vaguely threatening sergeant who insinuates himself into the most hidden parts of their lives. The play examines the nature of irreparable loss, the consequences for our lives, and the slow disappearance from the world of the ancient touchstones we have always relied on for comfort and sustenance.

Joanne Hoersch (Playwright) 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. Her play Starring Elizabeth was part of Hudson Theater Works 2013 PlayWorks series and was also part of New Jersey Playwrights Theater 2014 reading series. Her one act Bunnies, based on her experiences as a Playboy Bunny, was part of the 2015 PlayWorks series. Prior to becoming a playwright, she was a fiction writer. She 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. She is a 2014 honorable mention in Glimmertrain for her short story Lilacs. She is currently working on a new play about the Romantic poet Percy Shelley.

Frank Licato (Director) is Artistic Director of Hudson Theatre Works where he recently directed Of Mice and Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, 3 Men by Mike Folie, which will be seen in the United Solo Festival this fall and BASH by Neil Labute. He has worked with such theatre luminaries as Joseph Chaiken, Peter Brook and Robert Brustein. As a director he received an Applause Award from the New Jersey Theatre Alliance and a Perry Award for Best Director for The Grapes of Wrath at the Chatham Playhouse. He was named Best Director by the Off-Broadway revue for his production of Sam Shepard’s Seduced. His production of Neil Labute’s The Shape of Things was selected as a regional finalist in the Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival. His production of Robert Clem's Fever was voted a top 10 show at the 2001 New York International Fringe Festival and his production of On the Waterfront was made into the award winning documentary, Waiting for Budd. He is a member of the Actors Studio Playwright and Director Unit.

Scenic and lighting design is by resident designer John Shimrock. Sound and music design is by resident musician Donald Stark, costumes by resident designer Ann Lowe, stage manager, produced by Gregory Erbach, a founding member of HTW.

Hudson Theatre Works is a not for profit, equity theatre 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 is dedicated to a rugged aesthetic and seeks to tell stories, both new and old, classic and contemporary, which reflect our lives, relationships and world today.

This program is made possible in part with 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 and Heritage Affairs, Thomas A. DeGise, County Executive, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

This program is also made possible by the City of Weehawken and Mayor Richard Turner and Weehawken School District.