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Winner of the Tenth Annual New Jersey Playwrights Contest— “The Alice Of Ward 13” by Jonathan G. Galvez—to be Presented at William Paterson University from December 5 to 22

The New Jersey Playwrights Contest (NJPC) is celebrating its tenth anniversary season with “The Alice of Ward 13” by Jonathan G. Galvez, which will be presented at William Paterson University in Wayne from December 5 to 22 in the Hunziker Black Box Theatre on campus.

“The Alice of Ward 13” is a new comedic drama inspired by “Alice in Wonderland.” After five years in a withdrawn state, the main character’s condition changes as she interacts with an inexperienced nurse, a conflicted sister and a patient with unique ideas of her own. The story takes the audience on a strange journey through the looking glass and out of a rabbit hole.

The cast members include:

  • Amy Edelstein, a William Paterson alumna from New York City, as Daphne
  • Erika Longo, a William Paterson alumna from Wayne, as Nurse Beatty
  • Lauren Muraski of Carlstadt, as Catherine
  • Iraisa Ann Reilly of Egg Harbor, as Stacey

The staff members include:

  • Edward Matthews, producer and director
  • Shari Selke, production stage manager
  • Bill Motyka of Blairstown, set designer
  • Brian Collins of Bloomfield, lighting designer
  • Carol Sherry of Jamaica, N.Y., costume designer
  • Theo Metz, a William Paterson alumnus from Queens, N.Y., sound designer
  • Kayleigh Truman of North Bergen, technical director

Playwright Galvez is a member of the Dramatist Guild. He received his bachelor of arts in theater education from Wagner College and is currently pursuing his master of fine arts in playwriting at Hollins University. His work has been featured in the Strawberry One-Act Festival, the Shortened Attention Span Festival, the Sundog Theater, the Manhattan Repertory Theatre and the So Low Theater Festival.

“The Alice of Ward 13” will be performed December 5-7 at 8 p.m., December 8 at 3 p.m., December 12-14 at 8 p.m., December 15 at 3 p.m., December 19-21 at 8 p.m., and December 22 at 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the Shea Center Box Office in advance at 973.720.2371 or for $18 general; $12 senior citizens, William Paterson faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for non-William Paterson students.

For additional information, please contact the Shea Center Box Office by calling 973.720.2371 or visit