Winner of the Tenth Annual NJPC - Play Series
Admission: $18.00 General Public •
$12.00 WPUNJ Community and Senior Citizens • $10.00 Students
Press Opening on December 5 - all tickets $10.00
Meet the author session follows the Sun. 12/15/13 matinee.
After five years in a catatonic state, Catherine’s condition is about to change thanks to an inexperienced nurse, a conflicted sister, and a crazy patient with ideas of her own. This comedy-drama takes the audience and Catherine on a strange journey through the looking glass and out the rabbit hole.
Comedies and dramas, one-acts and full-lengths…Oh my!...Get a peek at the works of three up-and-coming New Jersey playwrights as you enjoy staged readings of the finalists from the Eleventh Annual NJPC - Play Series. Each evening is a different play - come to one or all three (they’re FREE!). Stay after the performance to meet the author and provide valuable feedback to the judges. The winning author will have a full production of his/her play in December 2014.
Get your toes tapping and fingers snapping as you enjoy staged readings of three NEW musicals from up-and-coming composers, lyricists and book writers. The three finalists from the NJPC Musical Series will each get one chance to wow the audience – come to one or all three (they’re FREE!). Stay after the performance to meet the author(s) and provide valuable feedback to the judges. The winning musical will receive a full production in June 2015.
Winner of the Tenth Annual NJPC - Musical Series
Admission: $25.00 General Public •
$18.00 WPUNJ Community and Senior Citizens • $10.00 Students
Press Opening on June 5 - all tickets $10.00
Meet the author session follows the Sun. 6/15/14 matinee.
A Lasting Impression is a new musical about the impressions we make through love on those close to us; and through art on those we may never meet. Josh reveals the story of the two sisters, Kali and Simone, using taped interviews and pictures to guide us through his memory; Kali, a manic musician, with her band creates the music as the story unfolds; and Simone, a young artist, brings the emotional journey to life through her visual art as she creates her masterpiece before our very eyes.
Reviews of DAYBREAK, the winner of the Eighth Annual NJPC-Musical Series:
Press for EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, the winner of the Ninth Annual NJPC-Play Series:
The New Jersey Playwrights Contest (NJPC) supports the work of emerging New Jersey playwrights and composers by showcasing their work to the public through staged-readings and a full production of the winning play and musical. Unpublished scripts by New Jersey residents are solicited in the summer and through a rigorous process that includes the staged-reading series, one play and one musical are selected to receive a professionally designed and directed production the following fall and spring semesters.
All playwrights residing in the state of New Jersey are eligible to enter the NJPC-Play Series. Residents of NJ, NY and the tri-state area are eligible to enter the NJPC-Musical Series. Students and members of the local community, who have the time and energy to commit to a production, are invited to participate in the process. Open auditions for the play winner are held in October. Auditions for the staged readings are held in December/January and then again in February for the musical winner. Casts vary widely depending upon the reading or show but often include undergraduates from a variety of majors, alumni and other members of the University community as well as local community actors or semi-professional performers. Occasionally professional actors are employed on an as needed basis. The artistic and technical staffs for all NJPC shows consist of fulltime and part-time theatre professionals working in the northern New Jersey area.
Previous winners of the annual NJPC are: NINE MONTHS, INSIDE OUT by S. W. Senek (2005), TUESDAY IN JERSEY WITH ANDY, by Dennis Russo (2006), END OF THE WORLD BUTTON, by S.W. Senek (2007), MARGOT FRANK: THE DIARY OF THE OTHER YOUNG GIRL, Book & Lyrics by Lori Mooney & Diana Rissetto, Music by Cooper Cerulo, Michael Sangiovanni & Warren Helms (2008), IT'S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS, by Caytha Jentis (2009), BUICK BECOMES ELECTRA OR THE TORRID ZONE, by Stanley Werse (2010), DISENCHANTED!, by Dennis Giacino (2011), A MATTER OF DREAMS, by Judah Skoff (2012 Play Series), DAYBREAK, by Bobby Cronin, with additional lyrics by Brett Teresa (2012 Musical Series), EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, by Stephen Kaplan (2013 Play Series) and MOTHER EVE’S SECRET GARDEN OF SENSUAL SISTERHOOD, Book by Uma Incrocci, Erica Jensen, Kirk McGee, Lyrics by Uma Incrocci, Music by Christian Pedersen (2013 Musical Series).
This year's Play Series winner is THE ALICE OF WARD 13, by Jonathan G Galvez.
This year's Musical Series winner is A LASTING IMPRESSION, by Zoe Sarnak.
The NJPC is coordinated by Edward Matthews and Shari Selke of the University Performing Arts Department, and is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.