Friday, May 24, 2024

You're invited to the Premiere Stages' Play Festival Reading Series!


Four free staged readings in four days

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Four playwrights headshots, three males and one female.

You're invited!

Play Festival
Reading Series

Bauer Boucher Theatre Center

June 6-10, 2024

You are invited to the 19th Annual Play Festival Reading Series, featuring the four finalists of the 2024 Premiere Play Festival.

 This is a FREE event.

Reservations are strongly encouraged!




The Totality of
All Things

Written By
Erik Gernand

Directed by
John J. Wooten

Thursday, June 6, @ 7:00 pm

Judith Benson is “teacher-famous” for the award-winning student newspaper she proudly oversees at her small Indiana high school, a program that extols truth and integrity in journalism. But when an anti-gay hate crime occurs one fall, everything Judith believes about inspiring the next generation of reporters, and the definition of truth itself, is called into question.

The Mallard

Written By
Vincent Delaney

Directed by
John J. Wooten

Saturday, June 8, @ 7:00 pm

Freya and Gillian are teachers who have offended their school board and lost their jobs. Davis and Reagan are yard sale fanatics in search of a priceless antique duck decoy, the Horace Crandall Mallard. What follows is a fierce, funny and escalating battle over a symbol that has wildly different meanings - intersecting the couple in a journey that far surpasses the quest for treasure.

The Ancestry Play

Written By
Alyssa Haddad-Chin

Directed by
Kate Moore Heaney

Sunday, June 9, @ 3:00 pm

Samia never knew her father, and her secretive Lebanese mother is more interested in watching Wheel of Fortune than providing answers. While she’s proud of her Arab American heritage, Samia wishes she knew more about her family history — until her friend does her DNA test without her consent, making Samia confront just how much knowledge about her ancestry she can handle.


Written By
Anthony Goss

Directed by
Korey Jackson

Monday, June 10, @ 7:00 pm

Workers at a local tire shop in Newark play chess as part of their daily morning ritual. But when their long standing workplace becomes the target of a business takeover, they scramble to avoid being put into the ultimate checkmate. A play about the effects of gentrification and the castles being built all around us, Castling provides a powerful study of loyalty and perseverance. 

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