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In Year One, a populist’s rise to
power exacerbates mounting political and social divisions. When Anna’s
brother Max arrives unexpectedly, harboring a dangerous secret, the family
matriarch is forced to choose between embracing a radical new country or
saving those she loves.
Erik Gernand’s play The Beautiful Dark
premiered to rave reviews in 2013 at Premiere Stages. The production was
nominated for an American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award and
the play was subsequently produced in New York and published.
The cast includes Premiere favorites Kathy
McCafferty (The Wake, 2019) and Kate Kearney-Patch (Foster Mom,
2017). New to the company is Kevin Loreque, most recently seen in Godfather of Harlem
with Vincent D’Onofrio and on Pose opposite Billy Porter; Kaitlyn
Lunardi, whose credits include The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and
Heights; and Eric Phelps, who played the title character
in Off-Broadway’s Pip’s Island.
A staged reading of the 2021/22 Liberty
Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family explores a family’s internal
divisions in response to the 1967 Plainfield, New Jersey riots. As tensions
reach an all-time high between Newark residents and police, racial and
civil unrest begins spilling into surrounding communities. Clif and Peach
moved their family to Plainfield for the promise of a better future, but as
the riots begin, the family contemplates a return to the South.
Premiere Stages Premiere Stages is made
possible in part through funding from W. John Bauer and Nancy Boucher, The
New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation,
The Shubert Foundation, The Dubose and Dorothy Heyward Foundation, The
Northfield Bank Foundation, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Union
Foundation, E.J. Grassmann Trust, Carol Shaffer-Koros and Robert Koros, The
New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Investors Foundation, The Union County HEART
Grant and through the generous support of individual patrons and local
organizations. Discover Jersey Arts is our marketing partner. Visit www.jerseyarts.com for more information
about other arts programming happening around the Garden State.
Premiere Stages is committed to producing topical plays and interactive
programs that reflect people of all ethnic and racial backgrounds,
religious groups, gender identities, ages, abilities, disabilities and