Sunday, August 7, 2016


4 AM (Facebook)

4 A.M.

WHEN: Thursday August 11 at 7:30pm, Friday August 12 at 7:30pm, and Sunday August 13 at 2:00pm.
Directing Lab in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, Drew University, 36 Madison Ave., Madison
TICKETS: $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens who do not live in Madison. For senior citizens that live in Madison, tickets are free.
Madison seniors should call the Madison Senior Center at 973-593-3095 for more information on their free tickets.
Tickets to this event are limited and reservations are required, walk-up seating will likely be limited.
To reserve seats, please call 973-514-1787 x31 or visit visit, or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or

What keeps you up at night? Writers Theatre of New Jersey and the Madison Recreation Department, as part of the Rose City Initiative, will explore that question as the Summer Youth Theatre performs Jonathan Dorf and Alison Wood’s musical, 4 A.M.  Alison Wood, who wrote the music and lyrics, was born and raised in New Jersey.  The NJ Premiere will be presented by Madison area performers ages 14 -22.

The show features characters who find themselves wide awake at 4 A.M., as they struggle with loneliness, love, and the frustrations of life as a teenager.  They each think they’re the only ones who can’t sleep, but the show lets us know that we all struggle sometimes.  As director Danielle Constance said, “Everyone, no matter how cool, put together, happy, or confident they appear, feels alone sometimes.  Everyone, no matter how old or young, feels unimportant or insignificant at some point.”  While highlighting these trials and tribulations, this musicalalso points towards the joys of life discoveries and finding ones place in the community.

In addition to working with theatre professional Danielle Constance, and Madison musician Brian Lang, the Summer Youth Theatre students will also be working with Guggenheim award-winning choreographer and performance artist, Claire Porter.  Ms. Porter has traveled all over the world performing her Portables, hilarious spoken word pieces mixed with dance that tell incredible stories and have won her international acclaim.  Writers Theatre believes that pairing young artists with more experienced ones allows the students to learn from the established artists and come to understand that their own work is no less important or valuable than that of the professionals they’re working with.

Recommended for ages 13 and up.