Thursday, August 26, 2021

Meet the Artists of Premiere Stages' Year One!


Meet the artists of Year One!

Artwork for Year One a play by Erik Gernand. A pair of black boots stand next to a growing sapling

A New Play by Erik Gernand

Directed by John J. Wooten

September 9-26

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.

The Company

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 In the Heights; and Eric Phelps, who played the title character in Off-Broadway’s Pip’s Island.

Written by Tylie Shider

Directed by Othell J Miller

October 29-31

A staged reading of the 2021/22 Liberty Live Commission.

Certain 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.


Safety Protocols

As Premiere Stages move towards welcoming you back to our theatres, the following safety measures will be in place to keep you and our staff safe and healthy.


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