Wednesday, November 25, 2009

It's not too late...Youth Troupe Deadline Extended to December 13

Back by popular demand, Playwrights Theatre's Youth Troupe will return to our class offerings this year!

Youth Troupe (for students in grades 6-8) is a long-term production and performance project for students with a strong interest in creating theatre.

During Troupe sessions, students will work collaboratively, under the direction of Jim DeVivo, Playwrights Theatre's Director of Education, to conceive, write and present an original performance piece based on a predetermined theme. Youth Troupe is in part a training program, as students will build skills that prepare them for continued involvement in theatre. It is also a unique forum for exploring thoughts and opinions, and expressing them creatively through a structured art form.


Above all, the process is fun, rewarding, and requires a great deal of dedication, discipline, and energy. The ideal Troupe candidate is a young person who is enthusiastic about theatre, interested in growing as an artist, eager to learn, has a cooperative spirit, and believes that he/she has something valuable to contribute to the company.

Applications are available online via our account with the website SurveyMonkey - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=3W3d_2bXvW6CzTHlIuQRcsdA_3d_3d

Applications must be received by December 13, 2009. After that time, Jim DeVivo will contact applicants to schedule an interview with both the student and parent(s) to further discuss the program and the applicants' interested in joining.

Youth Troupe is scheduled to run for 15 Saturdays beginning January 23, 2010 and ending with a public presentation on May 8, 2010. (No class on April 3.) Troupe meets from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on those days; however, the final day will also include the presentation at 2:00 pm. The cost for the prorgam is $475.00 for the 15 sessions and performance. Scholarships for students with financial need may also be available.

Questions? Contact Jim DeVivo at 973.514.1787 X14 or jdevivo@ptnj.org

Friday, November 20, 2009

Murder, Too by David Wiltse

A staged reading of "Murder, Too" by David Wiltse will take place on Saturday, November 21 at 7pm. Real life husband and wife, Jay O. Sanders (John Goodman’s biker buddy “Ziggy” on Roseanne) and Maryann Plunkett (Tony-winner, Me and My Girl) will play a husband and wife in Wiltse’s new murder comedy.

About the Playwright: David Wiltse is the author of 13 plays and 12 novels. A production of Sedition starring Playwrights Theatre’s John Pietrowski, was done at Playwrights Theatre in 2008. Another Wiltse play, The Good German, was produced in this theater in 2006.

About the Director: For Playwrights Theatre: Sedition, The Good German, Circumference of a Squirrel, Sunrise at Monticello, adapted & directed Jim Lehrer’s Flying Crows and The Special Prisoner (w/William Schallert). Elsewhere: Death of a Salesman (w/Frankie Faison), Bluff (w/John Astin), The Value of Names (w/Jack Klugman), The Price (w/Orson Bean & Stephanie Zimbalist), All My Sons (w/Richard Benjamin & Paula Prentiss), The Gin Game (w/William Schallert), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (w/Paula Prentiss & Prentiss Benjamin), Macbeth (w/Frankie Faison), Spread Eagle (w/Ed Asner, Sharon Gless, Jamey Sheridan, Fred Savage).

The Light by Ken Scarborough

Tonight's FORUM reading of "The Light" by Ken Scarborough will be directed by John Pietrowski. It begins at 7pm with a discussion to follow with Ken and John.

About the Playwright: Ken Scarborough has won four Emmys for his television writing: as a staff writer for Saturday Night Live, as the Head Writer for the PBS series Arthur, and as a writer for Between the Lions. Ken currently serves as Head Writer and Creative Producer for Martha Speaks, a children’s television series he developed for PBS. The Light is his first play.

About the Director: John Pietrowski is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre, where he has directed numerous world premiere productions of plays in his 19-year tenure. A winner of the Agnes E. Nixon playwriting award at Northwestern University for two of his plays, he has had readings and productions of plays at theatres in New Jersey and New York. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies Department, he also holds an Masters of Public Administration in non-profit management from Seton Hall University, and teaches at both Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall University.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Class Dismissed by Jeffrey Sweet

"Classed Dismissed" by Jeffrey Sweet continues the FORUM reading series tonight at 7pm.

About the Playwright: Jeffrey Sweet has had 13 plays produced at the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theatre of Chicago where he is a resident writer. He has previously worked with director James Glossman on productions of The Value of Names (at George Street), Bluff and Immoral Imperatives. Jeff’s play, With and Without, played at the Bickford. He wrote Something Wonderful Right Away, an oral history of Second City. He serves on the Council of the Dramatists Guild.

About the Director: For Playwrights Theatre: Sedition, The Good German, Circumference of a Squirrel, Sunrise at Monticello, adapted & directed Jim Lehrer’s Flying Crows and The Special Prisoner (w/William Schallert). Elsewhere: Death of a Salesman (w/Frankie Faison), Bluff (w/John Astin), The Value of Names (w/Jack Klugman), The Price (w/Orson Bean & Stephanie Zimbalist), All My Sons (w/Richard Benjamin & Paula Prentiss), The Gin Game (w/William Schallert), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (w/Paula Prentiss & Prentiss Benjamin), Macbeth (w/Frankie Faison), Spread Eagle (w/Ed Asner, Sharon Gless, Jamey Sheridan, Fred Savage).

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Beggar at the Feast by Fengar Gael

The third week of FORUM continues tonight at 7pm with "Beggar at the Feast" by Fengar Gael, directed by John Pietrowski. FORUM is a staged reading series featuring the work of some of the country's best writers with intimate discussions between author and audience following each performance.

About the Playwright: Fengar Gael plays have been produced at the InterAct Theatre, New Jersey Repertory, Moxie Theatre, Seanachi Theatre, and MultiStages. She is a recipient of the Craig Noel Award for Outstanding New Play for Devil Dog Six, the Playwrights First Award for Opaline, and commissions from South Coast Repertory and the National New Play Network. She is working on a musical, Soul on Vinyl, and her play, The Usher’s Ball, will be produced in New York at CAP 21 next summer.

About the Director: John Pietrowski is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre, where he has directed numerous world premiere productions of plays in his 19-year tenure. A winner of the Agnes E. Nixon playwriting award at Northwestern University for two of his plays, he has had readings and productions of plays at theatres in New Jersey and New York. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies Department, he also holds an Masters of Public Administration in non-profit management from Seton Hall University, and teaches at both Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall University.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Red Masquerade by Jack Wade

Join us for a reading on Saturday, November 14 at 7pm of Jack Wade's Red Masquerade. Make your reservations online or contact the box office at 973.514.1787 X10.

About the Playwright: Jack Wade's previous plays include Blood Ties (Hedgerow Theatre) and Last Stand on the Miracle Mile (Actor’s Center, of Washington, D.C.) He has designed lighting and /or scenery for over 200 theatrical and dance productions An Associate Chair and Professor of Theatre at SUNY New Paltz, he is a recipient of the Theatre Crafts International Award for outstanding achievement in theatrical design and technology and is a member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.

About the Director: James Glossman - For Playwrights Theatre: Sedition, The Good German, Circumference of a Squirrel, Sunrise at Monticello, adapted & directed Jim Lehrer’s Flying Crows and The Special Prisoner (w/William Schallert). Elsewhere: Death of a Salesman (w/Frankie Faison), Bluff (w/John Astin), The Value of Names (w/Jack Klugman), The Price (w/Orson Bean & Stephanie Zimbalist), All My Sons (w/Richard Benjamin & Paula Prentiss), The Gin Game (w/William Schallert), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (w/Paula Prentiss & Prentiss Benjamin), Macbeth (w/Frankie Faison), Spread Eagle (w/Ed Asner, Sharon Gless, Jamey Sheridan, Fred Savage).

The Toymaker's War by Jennifer Fawcett

Come in from the cold tonight and see a staged reading of "The Toymaker's War" by Jennifer Fawcett. It begins at 7pm with a discussion to follow with the playwright. Tickets can reserved by calling 973.514.1787 X10 or online. $10 for tonight's reading or purchase a FORUM pass for $25 and see all the remaining FORUM readings (Nov. 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21 and Dec. 16).

About the Playwright: Jennifer Fawcett's work has been developed and produced at theatres in the US and Canada including the Kennedy Center, the Lark Play Development Center (NYC), Halcyon Theatre (Chicago), Waterfront Theatre (Vancouver), Summerworks Theatre Festival (Toronto) and the Adirondack Theatre Festival. She was the NNPN Emerging Playwright-in-Residence at Curious Theatre Company (Denver), and is the recipient of the National Science Playwriting Award from the Kennedy Center ACTF and a Creation Fund Award from the National Performance Network.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Lost Boy Found In Whole Foods by Tammy Ryan

Tammy Ryan's "Lost Boy Found In Whole Foods" continues the FORUM reading series tonight at 7pm.

About the Playwright: Tammy Ryan’s plays include A Confluence of Dreaming (finalist, 2008 Julie Harris Playwriting Award), The Music Lesson (2004 AATE Distinguished Play Award), and Dark Part Of The Forest (winner 2006 Premiere Stages Playwriting Festival). Lost Boy Found In Whole Foods was developed at the New Harmony Project and Premiere Stages Playwriting Festival this summer and will be presented at the National New Play Network’s 2009 National Showcase of New Plays in Atlanta in December.

About the Director: John Pietrowski is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre, where he has directed numerous world premiere productions of plays in his 19-year tenure. A winner of the Agnes E. Nixon playwriting award at Northwestern University for two of his plays, he has had readings and productions of plays at theatres in New Jersey and New York. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies Department, he also holds an Masters of Public Administration in non-profit management from Seton Hall University, and teaches at both Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall University.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Risk by Yasmine Beverly Rana

The second week of the FORUM reading series begins tonight at 7pm with "Risk" by Yasmine Beverly Rana. Tickets are $10 for one reading or purchase a FORUM pass for $25 and see all the plays you want in the FORUM series. Reserve online or call the box office at 973.514.1787 X10.

About the Playwright: Yasmine Beverly Rana's The War Zone is My Bed and Other Plays will be published by Seagull Books. The volume will include Blood Sky, Returning, and Paradise, all presented in Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey’s Reading Series. Yasmine is a founder and Resident Playwright at Nora’s Playhouse in New York, a new theater company celebrating the voices and stories of women artists. www.norasplayhouse.org. Her plays have been produced at Johns Hopkins University, Brooklyn College, Second Stage Theater, La MaMa E.T.C, among others.


About the Director: is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre, where he has directed numerous world premiere productions of plays in his 19-year tenure. A winner of the Agnes E. Nixon playwriting award at Northwestern University for two of his plays, he has had readings and productions of plays at theatres in New Jersey and New York. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies Department, he also holds an Masters of Public Administration in non-profit management from Seton Hall University, and teaches at both Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall University.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Spread a Little Good Will This Season

For the 6th year in a row, Playwrights Theatre will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots, gentlly used coats for Jersey Cares and pet items for Randolph Municipal Pound. In the lobby of Playwrights Theatre, there are 3 marked collection boxes. Items can be dropped off Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm. The last day for donations is Friday, December 11, 2009.

Marine Corps Reserve TOYS FOR TOTS
The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Please donate new and unwrapped toys.

Randolph Municipal Pound
The Randolph Township Municipal Pound makes every effort to find homes for their animals, including placing them with no-kill shelters. Items the shelter needs: dry or canned dog or cat food, dog runs, rabbit hutches, used clean blankets, towels and small rugs, toys for cats and dogs.

14th Annual Jersey Cares Coat Drive
The goal of the 14th Annual Coat Drive is to collect and distribute 35,000 "gently used" winter coats to at-risk men, women, children and infants. Please donate your gently used winter coats.


Monday, November 9, 2009

Youth Troupe at Playwrights Theatre


Back by popular demand, Playwrights Theatre's Youth Troupe will return to our class offerings this year!

Youth Troupe (for students in grades 6-8) is a long-term production and performance project for students with a strong interest in creating theatre. During Troupe sessions, students will work collaboratively, under the direction of Jim DeVivo, Playwrights Theatre's Director of Education, to conceive, write and present an original performance piece based on a predetermined theme. Youth Troupe is in part a training program, as students will build skills that prepare them for continued involvement in theatre. It is also a unique forum for exploring thoughts and opinions, and expressing them creatively through a structured art form.

Above all, the process is fun, rewarding, and requires a great deal of dedication, discipline, and energy. The ideal Troupe candidate is a young person who is enthusiastic about theatre, interested in growing as an artist, eager to learn, has a cooperative spirit, and believes that he/she has something valuable to contribute to the company.

Applications are available online via our account with the website SurveyMonkey - http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=3W3d_2bXvW6CzTHlIuQRcsdA_3d_3d

Applications must be received by November 20, 2009. After that time, Jim DeVivo will contact applicants to schedule an interview with both the student and parent(s) to further discuss the program and the applicants' interested in joining.

Youth Troupe is scheduled to run for 15 Saturdays beginning January 23, 2010 and ending with a public presentation on May 8, 2010. (No class on April 3.) Troupe meets from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm on those days; however, the final day will also include the presentation at 2:00 pm. The cost for the prorgam is $475.00 for the 15 sessions and performance. Scholarships for students with financial need may also be available.

Questions? Contact Jim DeVivo at 973.514.1787 X14 or jdevivo@ptnj.org

Friday, November 6, 2009

NOT WHAT YOU THINK by Joe Sutton

On stage Saturday, November 7, join us for a reading of "Not What You Think" by Joe Sutton. Among the scheduled performers are Len Cariou (Tony-winner, original Sweeney Todd, Little Night Music) who will play George Orwell.

About the Playwright: Joe Sutton's plays about topical issues include Voir Dire (nominated for the Pulitzer), As It is in Heaven, and Restoring the Sun. Joe’s plays have been produced by such theatres as the New York Theater Workshop, Seattle Rep, and, most recently the Old Vic which produced his play Complicit. Joe is a recipient of fellowships from NYFA, the NEA, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. When not in rehearsal, Joe resides in Montclair, NJ with his wife Anne and their sons James and Nicholas.

About the Director: For Playwrights Theatre: Sedition, The Good German, Circumference of a Squirrel, Sunrise at Monticello, adapted & directed Jim Lehrer’s Flying Crows and The Special Prisoner (w/William Schallert). Elsewhere: Death of a Salesman (w/Frankie Faison), Bluff (w/John Astin), The Value of Names (w/Jack Klugman), The Price (w/Orson Bean & Stephanie Zimbalist), All My Sons (w/Richard Benjamin & Paula Prentiss), The Gin Game (w/William Schallert), Mrs. Warren’s Profession (w/Paula Prentiss & Prentiss Benjamin), Macbeth (w/Frankie Faison), Spread Eagle (w/Ed Asner, Sharon Gless, Jamey Sheridan, Fred Savage).

Reserve your tickets online or by calling the box office at 973.514.1787 X10

THE EXCEPTIONALS by Robert Clyman

On stage tonight, 7pm, a reading of Robert Clyman's "The Exceptionals."

About the Playwright: Robert Clyman's plays have been produced Off-Broadway and at regional theatres, including the Alley Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, San Jose Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre at George Street Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey and L.A. Theatre Works in addition to touring Scotland. His awards include a Eugene O’Neill Summer Conference Fellowship, Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award Geraldine Dodge Fellowship, New Jersey State Arts Council Award and an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship He was nominated for an Outer Circle Critics Award for best script in 2008.

About the Director:
John Wooten is the Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages, a professional Equity theatre dedicated to the development of American dramatists. He has directed numerous world premieres and is a resident director for the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. John’s plays have been produced Off-Broadway, in London, Australia, India, South Africa, Canada and in regional Equity theaters across America. Published by: Dramatists Play Service, Samuel French, Playscripts Inc. and Dramatic Publishing Company. John teaches Playwriting and Inside Television at Kean University. His film Cat in the Pan recently premiered at the Montreal Film Festival.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

FRATERNITY reading tonight

Come see the staged reading of "Fraternity" by Samuel Brett Williams tonight at 7pm, directed by John Pietrowski.

About the playwright: Samuel Brett Williams hails from Hot Springs, Arkansas, where he was raised in a strict southern Baptist environment. His plays have been developed at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Lark Play Development Center, Naked Angels, Yale University, and P73 Productions. Brett's plays have been produced at Cherry Lane Theatre, Ars Nova, Stageworks/Hudson, Mile Square Theatre, the D.C. Center and New Oreleans Theatre Experiment.

About the Director: John Pietrowski is the Artistic Director of Playwrights Theatre, where he has directed numerous world premiere productions of plays in his 19-year tenure. A winner of the Agnes E. Nixon playwriting award at Northwestern University for two of his plays, he has had readings and productions of plays at theatres in New Jersey and New York. A graduate of Northwestern University’s Performance Studies Department, he also holds an Masters of Public Administration in non-profit management from Seton Hall University, and teaches at both Fairleigh Dickinson and Seton Hall University.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

FORUM begins this week


FORUM: 14 Staged Readings of New Plays

All readings begin at 7pm

Attend 1 reading for $10 or attend up to all 14 readings with a FORUM pass for only $25

Playwrights Theatre announces the return of the popular roundtable reading series FORUM with staged readings of 14 innovative new plays by some of the country's best writers with intimate discussions between author and audience following each performance.

On tonight's schedule is "Super" by Lia Romeo, directed by Artem Yatsunov.

About the Playwright: Lia Romeo earned her B.A. from Princeton University and her M.F.A. in playwriting from Rutgers University. She was last year's Emerging Playwright-In-Residence at Playwrights Theatre. Her short plays have been produced in fourteen different states and internationally, and she has world premieres of two new full-lenth plays coming up this season in Kansas and California. She is also the author of the humor book 11,002 Things To Be Miserable About, available in bookstores nationwide.

About the Director: Artem Yatsunov is one of the founding members of the troupe StrangeDog Theatre, http://www.strangedogtheatre.com/, with whom he has been directing for over a year now. Some of his past credits include: subUrbia by Eric Bogosian (Jersey City); Bootstraps (Luna Stage) and New.Tricks! (Playwrights Theatre) by Ben Clawson. Up next, he's directing the world premiere of Omnivores by Ben Clawson, opening the day after Thanksgiving, right here at Playwrights Theatre. Montclair State University Alum.

To reserve your tickets, call our box office at 973.514.1787 X10 or reserve online.

Click here for directions to the theatre.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

NaNoWritMo Is Coming....

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a month-long adventure where your goal is to write a 175-page (50,000) word novel between November 1-November 30. It's a wild, crazy and extremely fulfilling process. It's fun. It's free. It's fabulous. Click here to find out all the details.

Blocking Scenes, Measuring Costumes and Handling Props

Rehearsals are going well for "Our Dad Is In Atlantis". The first seven scenes have been worked through and blocked. The actors will be measured for their costumes today and the Assistant Stage Manager has become the "official paper airplane engineer & contractor". Bet you didn't know that such a position existed in theatre?

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

William Westhoven's Jersey Stages

Be in "the know" of what is happening on the plethora of stages in New Jersey by following theatre columnist and business editor of the Daily Record, William Westhoven's Jersey Stages blog.

Adult classes

Are you looking for a creative way to express yourself? Well, then look no further. Playwrights Theatre has classes for adults that will let your inner artistic side shine.

Playwriting Workshop September 14 - November 23 and November 30 - February 1

Acting & Performance Workshop October 6 - December 15 and March 2 - May 11

Writing Prose Narrative October 15 - November 12

Reading, Writing, Response February 25

Click here for all the details and to register

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival Contest & Festival

We are accepting submissions for the 27th Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival and Contest. We have a new category this year---PODSTAGES!




Plays are accepted in the following divisions:

Elementary (4-6)
Junior High (7-9)
High School (10-12)
Rewrites (10-12)
Podstages (10-12)

Did you know that we have an entire blog dedicated to the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest & Festival? Yup. Click here to check it out!

Questions? Contact Jim DeVivo, Director of Education at Playwrights Theatre at 973.514.1787 X14 or via email at jdevivo@ptnj.org

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

NNPN


Did you know that Playwrights Theatre is part of NNPN (National New Play Network) which consists of nonprofit theatres across the US that develop, produce and advocate for the continued life of new plays.

Check out the NNPN member theatres by clicking here.

Be sure to take in a show at one of these theatres if you are in the area and tell them that Playwrights Theatre says "hi".

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Plays Without Borders: 2009-2010 Season

Our 24th Mainstage season is being called "Plays Without Borders" and opens in October with the NJ premiere of Our Dad Is In Atlantis from Mexican playwright, Javier Malpica (translation by Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas).

The season continues with the East Coast premiere of a comedy Two Jews Walked Into a War...by Seth Rozin.


The final show of the season will be Mahida's Extra Key To Heaven by Russell Davis.

For complete details visit our website: http://www.ptnj.org/NPD/SeasonScheduleA.htm

Monday, June 29, 2009

Volunteer!


Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community. We have lots of different volunteer opportunities available: data entry, ushering, postcard distribution, concession stand, maintaining the theatre and much more! Why not give us a call (973.514.1787 X10) or an email today to find how you can help kick off our 24th season. We'll see you at the theatre!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Jazzfest 2009


The New Jersey Jazz Society presents Jazzfest this weekend June 5 and June 6, featuring Curtis Sigers and The DIVA Jazz Orchestra. Also performing are Houston Person Quartet, Trio da Paz, Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks, Allan Vaché, Benny Goodman Tribute Big Band, Rio Clemente Trio with Laura Hull.

Jazzfest 2009 will be held at the Drew University campus in Madison, NJ.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Documentary on Hal Prince


On June 6, check out the documentary on Hal Prince director and producer extraordinaire. In 2006, Harold Prince received a Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater. He has won 21 Tonys (no other individual has accomplished this) and is credited with more than 50 plays, musicals and operas.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Madison Artist Studio Tour

On Sunday, June 14, 2009 the Madison Arts and Culture Alliance (MACA) will sponsor the "Madison Artist Studio Tour". This event will take place from 11:00am to 5:00pm, rain or shine. Twenty artists, photographers and fine craftspeople who live and/or work in Madison will be participating in this event. The Madison Artist Studio Tour, organized to introduce and promote the visual artists in the borough, will cover the participating artists' studio and exhibition spaces throughout the Rose City. Visit the MACA website for more details.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

More Fun Than Bowling


What could be more fun that bowling? Find out in 12 Miles West Production by Steven Dietz through June 7. 12 Miles West is in residence at Playwrights Theatre, 33 Green Village Road, Madison, NJ.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

NJYP in the news


The New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival will be held at Kean University on Monday and Tuesday, May 19-20. Elizabeth Martin of The Neighbor News just did an article on two of the young playwrights, Salonee Shah and Lindsay Wang. Check it out!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Orlando International Fringe Festival



If you have never been to a Fringe Festival---GO!!! Buy the pass and see tons of original theatre pieces in a plethora of cool venues. Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is going on May 14-25. For more info, visit their website.

Monday, May 4, 2009

The Thing That Ate My Brain...Almost


Support theatres that develop new plays! Live in, near, around Providence, RI? Then check out Perishable Theatre's production of "The Thing That Ate My Brain...Almost" by Amy Lynn Budd. This "Neo-Burlesque Sci-Fi Feature" runs through May 10. For more information, visit their website.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Check out PlayPenn

Do you love seeing how a new play unfolds? Then check out PlayPenn in Philadelphia. This annual two-week conference hosts playwrights from around the nation to develop their plays in a collaborative workshop environment with directors, writers, dramaturgs and writers.

Mother's Day Gift Idea

Mother's Day is just around the corner....May 10th to be exact. Wondering what to get mom this year? Why not treat her to dinner and theatre tickets? If you're not sure what show she'd like to attend, give her a gift certificate then she can choose the show, the date and the time and you can sit back and reap the benefits of being the kid that gave her the best Mother's Day gift!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Never Ending Story

Playwrights Theatre's stage manager, Danielle Constance, is currently performing in "The Never Ending Story" at The Growing Stage in Netcong. She is very, very funny especially as the gnome "Urgl"; has amazing puppetry skills as "Moria" the turtle and wears a beautiful set of fairy wings as the "Fairy Queen". It's a 90 minute production that is great for both kids and adults. Photo credit: Alex Sarian Photography

Script Frenzy


Script Frenzy is a month long international writing event where novice and experienced writers grabs their pens, paper, laptops and crank out 100 pages of scripted material during the month of April. What you write is up to you so long as it is a stage play, screen play, TV show, comic book, short film or graphic novel script. If you're feeling adventurous, there are two days left....could you write 100 pages in two days? It would seem that most folks have waited till now to dig in and get it done so you wouldn't be that far behind. If not, put it on your calendar for next year.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Playwrights Theatre Education Director to Receive Award

Jim DeVivo, Playwrights Theatre's Director of Education, will receive a New Jersey Governor's Award in Arts Education for Distinguished Service in Theatre Education by the Speech and Theatre Association of NJ. The Governor's Awards are sponsored by the NJ Department of Education and NJ Arts Education Partnership. In May, Jim also will be inducted into the Liverpool Central School District's Fine Arts Hall of Fame as an Alumnus of the district. Photo credit: Alex Sarian Photography

Friday, April 24, 2009

Need Headshots or a Website?

Playwrights Theatre's staff members are also playwrights, directors, actors and photographers. Alex Sarian who works in our Education Department is also a photographer and website designer. For more information on Alex, check out his webpage

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Recyle Your Books

If you love to read, but are running out of space to house your books....check out our "Take a Book, Leave a Book" shelf in the lobby. Bring some books to leave and pick up some to read while you are here. You'll be helping to spread good reading to others while you recycle. What's not to love about that?

We're located at 33 Green Village Road in Madison, NJ

26th Annual NJ Young Playwrights Festival Winners Announced

Playwrights Theatre is pleased to announce the winners of the 26th Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest. From the nearly 370 plays submitted by young writers throughout the state, a panel of theatre professionals has selected four High School plays, four Junior High School plays and four Elementary Schools plays. The 26th Annual New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest Festival will be held on May 18 and May 19 as part of a partnership between Playwrights Theatre and Premiere Stages at Kean University.

The plays will be presented at the University Center's Little Theatre at Kean University on Monday, May 18 at 10am for the Elementary and Junior High Division winners and on Tuesday, May 19 at 10 am for the High School Division winners' plays. The readings will feature professional actors and directors and reservations can be made by calling Jim DeVivo at 973-514-1787 X14. Admission to the readings is free, but reservations are required, as seating is limited.