Monday, December 17, 2018


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SOUNDINGS Reading Series

WHEN: January 3rd through January 17th, 7 PM 
Rose Hall, 10 King’s Rd., Madison, NJ
TICKETS: free with a suggested donation of $10.00 (or what you can). Donations can be made at the door or through the Writers Theatre website at
Writers Theater of New Jersey also offers a 7-Play Pass for a donation of $25; 14-Play Pass for a donation of $35 and a Big Read Pass for unlimited readings for a donation of $50 which includes guaranteed entry to all reading events including: Soundings Series, New Plays New Jersey, New Jersey Women Playwrights Reading, and Mile Square Playground. The dates and locations of these other reading series can be found on the WTNJ website.

The Writer’s Theatre of New Jersey is kicking off their 2019 season with a series of new play readings in the new Madison Community Arts Center venue. This Winter Madison will be filled with writers eager to hear their pages come to life in front of an audience. There will be 15 plays in 15 days.

Soundings Reading Series is designed to test a fairly developed play in front of an audience. The playwrights receive five hours of rehearsal with professional actors and a director, before their pieces are presented to the public. All readings are followed by a discussion with the author and director, guided by Artistic Director John Pietrowski.

“We have a great deal of variety in the plays we are working on this year,” said John Pietrowski, Writers Theatre’s Artistic Director. “Eleven of the 15 plays are written by award-winning New Jersey Writers, including six recipients of the NJ State Council on the Arts Playwriting Fellowship. Five of the plays are written by Artistic Directors of theatres inside and outside of the state: John Wooten of Premiere Stages, Deb Margolin of Split Britches, Eric Peterson of Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington Vermont, Stephen Fredericks of The Growing Stage, and Laura Ekstrand of Dreamcatcher Theatre.”

“Parents of children age 12 and up should take special note of the Tuesday, January 8 reading—A Better Place to Be, by Stephen Fredericks of The Growing Stage. It’s a very moving play about the immigrant experience, which will be fully produced at The Growing Stage in February.”

Jan 3: “Fading Grace” John Wooten
Jan 4: “Love’s Executioner” Deb Margolin
Jan 5: “Miss Keller Has No Second Book” Deb Hiett
Jan 6: “Water Water Everywhere” Eric Peterson
Jan 7: “Paper Soldiers” Nicholas Glossman
Jan 8: “A Better Place To Be” Stephen Fredericks
Jan 9: “The Lucky Ones” Lia Romeo
Jan 10: “Ways To Be Happy” David Lee White
Jan 11: “New York City 523” Joseph Gallo
Jan 12: “Vatican Falls” Frank J. Avella
Jan 13: “Gospel According to SB” Barsky Susan
Jan 14: “In Real Life” Stacie Lents
Jan 15: “It’s A Beautiful Wound” Rich Orloff
Jan 16: “A Certain Age” Laura Ekstrand
Jan 17: “Five Husbands” Ben V. Marshall

For more information on the individual plays and playwrights and for tickets, please visit the theatre’s Soundings page

For more information on any of Writers Theatre’s programs, please visit, or contact Writers Theatre at P.O. Box 1295, Madison, NJ, 07940, 973-514-1787 x20 or

Writers Theatre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit, professional (Actors’ Equity) theatre and a community of professional playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators that provides opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences. Our New Play Development Program is a multi-step process through which playwrights, theatre artists, and audiences collaborate to bring selected texts from rough draft to finished production.
Our Education Programs introduce students of all ages and backgrounds to the possibilities inherent in thinking and communicating creatively. Writers Theatre’s New Jersey Writers Project provides hands-on workshops led by professional writers-in-residence to students in schools and community centers throughout the state. We place an equal emphasis on Development and Educational activities, and encourage our community and audiences to participate fully in both.
We are honored that, every year since 2003, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) has designated Writers Theatre as a Major Arts Institution. This means that the Council considers Writers Theatre to be “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey.”
Funding for our activities comes from: the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., The Victoria Foundation, and many corporations, foundations and individuals.
Writers Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.