Monday, May 23, 2022

Vivid Stage New Play Reading Collaborations in June: NJ Play Lab, NJPAC Stage Exchange


Vivid Stage, formerly Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, will present new play readings in collaboration with other New Jersey arts organizations. 

Vivid and NJ Play Lab will present a reading of 

And Every Creeping Thing 

by Eric Craft
June 1, 7:30 pm 
WHERE: Oakes Center at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit 
TICKETS: $10 and
 may be purchased here.

In this office comedy of biblical proportions, corporate politics clash with spiritual and artistic fulfillment in a story from before time itself. In the beginning, the angels are hard at work designing and managing logistics for Creation, but in the Department of Beasts, an unbalanced food chain threatens to destroy the world before it even starts. One little angel’s passion project may just hold the key to saving Creation, and the creatures that may just be the world’s secret hope. Bugs.

Eric Craft is a playwright, director, actor, educator, and floral designer proudly based in New Jersey. He has written two full-length plays and a full-length musical, The Blank Page, for which he wrote the book and lyrics and self-produced out of college. His play And Every Creeping Thing was produced virtually by the Hold Space Theatre Collective and was a finalist at The Shawnee Playhouse new works festival. He has written multiple one-act plays and monologues which he developed and directed while teaching at The Allegra School of Music and Arts in Hillsborough, New Jersey. He holds a B.A. in Theatre Studies from Montclair State University.

The New Jersey Play Lab (NJPL) is a home for NJ-based playwrights of all career levels who seek collaboration, methodology, and excellence in their work. At each and every point of engagement at the NJPL, whether through developmental residencies, play development forums, or dramaturgical services, the focus is on providing the knowledge and opportunity to move forward in one’s artistic and professional journey.

Soft Animals
by Erin Mallon

WHEN: June 7, 7:00 PM
NJPAC’s Chase Room, One Center Street, Newark
$5, and may be purchased here.

This comedy with heart asks, what would your life be like if you couldn’t feel physical pain? If your body had a mind of its own? What if you never fell asleep? How about if you remembered every single thing you’ve ever felt, thought or experienced? Four medical misfits sign up for a three-day workshop to tackle their issues. Can a former male nurse and self-professed “woo-woo” guide them toward healing? Or… perhaps they aren’t the ones most in need of a cure.

Erin Mallon is a playwright, author, and narrator of over 550 audiobooks with a special affinity for the romance genre. She is a six-time Earphones Award Winner and a five-time Audie Award Nominee. Her audio play, These Walls Can Talk, is a 2021 Independent Audiobook Award Winner for Humor. The Natural History Series is Erin’s debut trio of romantic comedy novels: Flirtasaurus,(July 2020) Lovebug, (February 2021) and Sharkbait (coming Fall 2021). Erin’s plays have been presented with Urban Stages, New Georges, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Collective, Cherry Picking, Great Plains Theater Conference, Samuel French #OOB Short Play Festival, Project Y Theater, Dreamcatcher Rep, Mile Square Theatre and more. Erin’s other full-length plays include Good Riddance, Soft Animals, Hand Me Down, Stunning Displays of Prowess, Skin Hungry, The Other White Meat, Come Find Me and These Walls Can Talk 2: The Narwhal Strikes Back!

Cutting-edge play development meets insightful community dialogue at NJPAC Stage Exchange, a collaboration of professional New Jersey theaters and talented Garden State playwrights. Following readings and Q&As at NJPAC related to each Stage Exchange work, a world premiere production will be staged by the dramatist's partner theater.

For information on these or any of Vivid Stage's programs, please call 908-514-9654, or visit

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.