Thursday, July 20, 2023



Vets and Rookies

The Theater Project’s New Play Fest combines work

by adult authors and young playwrights

WHEN: July 28-30. Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

WHERE: Burgdorff Center, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood, NJ

TIX: $32 with discounts for students and seniors

The Theater Project presents Kaleidoscope Kabaret, its annual showcase of new work, July 28-30. Audiences are invited to see a variety of short plays by members of the company’s Playwrights Workshop whose work has been performed in Canada, Great Britain, New York and around the US. This year’s event also includes three plays by high school/college playwrights, past honorees of The Theater Project’s annual Young Playwrights Competition. The Kabaret includes music performed by guest musicians, including playwright/recording artist Gail Lou.

A live playwrights forum will cap each evening, where audiences can dialogue with some of the published/frequently produced TTP member playwrights represented in the Kabaret: Nick DeMarco of Toms River, Gail Lou of Teaneck, Lynn Marie Macy of Cranford, and Joseph Vitale of Randolph. Vitale is a recent recipient of a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Three student playwrights will also see their work showcased: Brennan Columbia-Walsh of Nutley, (Montclair Kimberly Academy/Yale University) Nicole Beltre of Teaneck (Teaneck High School), and Ben Glickman of Livingston (Newark Academy).

“The Kabaret is a terrific way to experience the work of several different playwrights and 16 actors and singers in a single evening,” says Theater Project artistic director Mark Spina. “We are proud of all our writers, and it is great to see how well our young playwrights are doing here and in their subsequent careers – the Young Playwrights program, like the Kabaret, is more than 20 years old, so we’ve been able to watch writers develop and move on to bigger stages.”

Tickets are $32 with discounts for students and seniors:

Gaining regional recognition as an incubator for new work and as a showcase for NJ artists, The Theater Project is known for its ongoing projects during the pandemic and beyond, including its annual Young Playwrights Competition, ARK (Actors Reading with Kids) program and its podcast, “The Theater Project Thinks About…” which provides backstage insights from practitioners to patrons. Information about all these programs is available on the website.

Young playwrights Nicole Beltre, Brennan Columbia-Walsh, Ben Glickman

Adult authors Nick DeMarco, Joseph Vitale, Lynn Marie Macy, Gail Lou