Friday, May 20, 2022

FINAL READING in Meet the Artist New Play Readings Wednesday at Vivid Stage


Vivid Stage, formerly Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, in residence at Oakes Center will present its annual 

Meet the Artist New Play Reading Series: Brand New Day
Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich

WHEN: Wednesday, May 25, at 7:30 pm
Oakes Center, 
120 Morris Avenue in Summit
For touchless advance ticket purchases, go to 
our website. For more information, call 908-514-9654. The theatre at Oakes Center is wheelchair accessible. The parking lot is accessible from Ashwood Avenue, behind the theatre. For information on any of Vivid Stage's programs, please call 908-514-9654,

This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2022 Stages Festival, made possible by support 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.

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. There will be an opportunity for the audience to provide feedback to the team after every performance. 

Lydia’s daughter hasn’t returned home since a series of subway bombings in an unnamed city. Now Lydia’s forced to wait for the news with her annoying son-in-law, Donald, and a mysterious millennial photographer who won’t stop following her. A dark comedy about maternal impotence in a terrorist age.

Barbara Blumenthal-Erlich’s full lengths have been produced at the New York International Fringe Festival, off-Broadway Theatre Row (Prod. by Tony-award winner Arielle Tepper Madover), Northern Light (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), Overtime (San Antonio), Forward Flux (Seattle) Trustus (Columbia, S.C.), Trinity Rep (Providence), and more. A contributing writer to the national tour, THE GRIEF DIALOGUES. Plays have been developed in NYC at Playwrights Horizons, Roundabout, Second Stage, EST, ARACAworks, Stella Adler, and Rattlestick, and regionally at The Kennedy Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva, Victory Gardens, Route 66 Theatre, Collaboraction, Elephant Theatre, The Blank, Hangar, among others. She won the 2016 Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Julie Harris Playwriting Award, the Israel Baran Award, and was a runner up in contests that include the Sundance Playwriting Lab, O’Neill Playwrights Conference, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, the Heideman Award and Princess Grace Fellowship. Her play SISTER SISTER was nominated for Edmonton’s Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award and STILL LIFE was nominated for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award and given honorable mention on The Kilroy List. Plays published by Smith & Kraus' "Best of" anthologies for 2016-18.

Vivid Stage will require all visitors to show proof of vaccination; masking will be optional for the readings. Proof of vaccination may include a valid paper vaccination record, a photo of a valid vaccination record, the NJ Docket App, or equivalent app from your state. 

About Vivid Stage:

Vivid Stage was founded in 1994 as Dreamcatcher Rep and is a non-profit professional ensemble of actors who build community with the audience by sharing contemporary, life-affirming stories that challenge, energize and entertain. Our work has at its heart a belief in the essential goodness of people and the power of live performance to connect people through our shared humanity. We expose theatregoers to ideas and lives like and unlike their own with the intention of awakening their imaginations and creating empathy for others. We deepen the experience of all our patrons with personal contact through receptions, talkbacks, and interactive programs.

The company’s activities include mainstage productions, improvisational comedy and cabarets, new play readings and a variety of educational and senior outreach programs.

Vivid Stage’s programs are funded by 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 and many other corporations, foundations and individuals.  Vivid Stage is an Equity Producing member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Vivid Stage, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated under the laws

of the State of New Jersey.