Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Dreamcatcher Rep’s New Play Readings & Meet the Artist Continues on Zoom

Presented by New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival and Meet the Artist / new play readings on Zoom!

WHEN: Wednesday, May 6, 7 PM
WHERE
: Zoom. Although the readings will take place online this year, there will be an opportunity for the audience to provide feedback to the team.
TICKETS: $10 must be purchased by 6pm on May 6. Tickets can be purchased at www.dreamcatcherrep.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006. A link to the performance will be sent thirty minutes prior to its start.

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The May 6 reading, Steve Harper’s Black/Out Stories, is supported in part by Stages Online, a partnership with New Jersey Theatre Alliance to bring theatre content into homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stages Online is made possible by generous funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Bank of America,The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission; and Fund for the New Jersey Blind.

Black/Out Stories is directed by Mark Spina, Artistic Director of The Theater Project. The play is the narrator's search for a pattern in black people's coming out experiences that will somehow illuminate his own, and help him to understand his place in the larger community. Highly personal, sometimes painful and sometimes funny, interviews with a variety of people willing to share their coming out stories are laced with the writer’s own quest for peace and clarity.

Steve Harper is a writer and actor. He served as producer on the CBS show God Friended Me. He was co-producer on the upcoming HBO Max series Tell Me Your Secrets and wrote for ABC’s American Crime (created by John Ridley) and two seasons on the USA network’s Covert Affairs. His original web series SEND ME - about time traveling black people - premiered on BET.com to 1.66 million views and garnered a 2016 Emmy nomination for series lead Tracie Thoms. His plays have been workshopped and produced in New York, L.A. and in between. As an actor, he’s worked in theater, film TV and commercials. Steve coaches writers and artists through his company Your Creative Life.

The new play reading series is a chance for the audience to participate in the development of new works, both to hear the plays read by professional actors and also to discuss the projects with the playwright, director and actors afterward.