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William Paterson University Stages “A Matter of Dreams,” Winner of the New Jersey Playwrights Contest Play Series, From April 12 to 29

“A Matter of Dreams” by Judah Skoff will be staged in the Hunziker Black Box Theatre at William Paterson University in Wayne. The production is the winner of the eighth annual New Jersey Playwrights Contest Play Series and will run from April 12 to 29.

The play explores how cultural and religious beliefs affect our relationships. Adam, who has rejected his Jewish roots, meets Claire, a mysterious woman with troubling dreams. Together they embark on a psychosexual journey into the darkest parts of their desires. Adam’s best friend, Deena, struggles in her relationship with Noah, a Jewish cultural snob, in order to live a married Jewish life.

The cast features William Paterson alumni Hilary Goldman of Brooklyn, N.Y. as Deena, and Monica Trim of Hillsborough as Claire, as well as outside actors Aaron David Kapner of Astoria, N.Y. as Noah and Matt Rofofsky of Fort Lee as Adam. The production is directed by Edward Matthews.

Judah Skoff graduated from Brown University where he studied English and playwriting. His awards include the National Playwriting Competition, two New Jersey Governor's Awards in the Arts, and the New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest. His plays have been performed at theatres and festivals around the country, including the Abingdon Theatre, the Producer's Club, Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, the State Theatre of New Jersey, New York University, and Bergen Community College. He is currently a member of the Horse Trade Theatre Group's playwriting workshop, and was a participating artist at Backyart, a multidisciplinary artist's showcase in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where excerpts of one of his plays was produced. His writing has been published in Red Ochre Lit and Red River Review. Skoff was named a Berrie Leadership Fellow by the Russell Berrie Foundation, which recognizes the top twenty emerging Jewish leaders in Northern New Jersey. He lives in Hoboken with his wife Becky, an arts administrator.

Show times for “A Matter of Dreams” are 8 p.m. on April 12, 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28, and 3 p.m. on April 15, 22, and 29. Advance tickets are $18 general admission, and $10 for students, senior citizens, and William Paterson University alumni, faculty, and staff. An author reception will follow the performance on April 14 and a meet-the-author session will immediately following the matinee on April 15. For directions or to purchase tickets, please call the Shea Center Box Office at 973-720-2371.

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