Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Cast Announcement for 2nd SOMA backStage Reading Series!


Casting Announced for 2nd Annual

SOMA backStage Reading Series


Filled with Broadway professionals and cast with SOMA-area locals, the SOMA backStage Reading Series provides a platform for new plays and musicals to be showcased in a public presentation.  You will get the unique opportunity to see these new works in their earliest form and provide feedback to help shape the future of their development.





By: Kristoffer Diaz

Adele and Burt throw a dinner party for their dearest friends. The George Washington Bridge and Brooklyn Battery Tunnel have collapsed into their respective rivers. The steak is on the stove.

Matinee performance will be followed by a talkback!





By: Oliver Houser (music, lyrics, & book) & Hunter Bird (book)

On the outside, high school junior Jes Holt is doing everything she’s supposed to. On the inside, she’s never felt more alone and longs for something she can’t name. But when Jes meets Cody, Jes’s world comes alive. Set against the backdrop of the greatest drug crisis in our country’s history, She Reached for Heaven is an original coming-of-age story about the devastations of addiction, and one woman’s journey to choose life rather than escape it.

Matinee performance will be followed by a talkback!


I hope you’ll come and join us for what is sure to be a thrilling and special theatrical experience.  There is nothing quite like the energy that is felt when a new piece gets in front of an audience for the first time.  Your support is instrumental to the development of these new and exciting works.

In the spirit of connecting local artists and the community, the cast for each reading this year includes aspiring young actors from the broader South Orange-Maplewood (SOMA) community.  These individuals were cast in their roles after participating in an open casting call amongst hundreds of submissions.


Reserve your seats now! Tickets are free with a $15 suggested donation.

The rain didn't stop us from another SOLD OUT Broadway in the Park concert! THANK YOU for coming out to celebrate Mother's Day with us!



We are so excited to have partnered with the South Orange Performing Arts Center!  SOMA Stage and Artistic Director Dana Spialter have been selected to represent the Broadway branch of the newly formed Creative Community Brain Trust.  The CCBT is a committee of five advisors and industry experts that will guide SOPAC toward inclusively excellent, radically creative, and community-powered programming.

To learn more about the Creative Community Brain Trust, click here!