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 Twelfth Annual NJPC - Play Series. A full day of new plays – all FREE! Stay after the performances to meet the authors and provide valuable feedback to the judges. The winning author will have a full production of his/her play in December 2015.
The finalists plays and their performance times are:
ORVILLE STATION, by Frank J. Avella - 12:00 pm
PARALLEL LIVES, by Adam Siegel - 3:00 pm
LAST NIGHT, by Elisabeth Frankel - 6:00 pm
Winner of the Eleventh Annual NJPC - Play Series
Admission: $18.00 General Public •
$12.00 WPUNJ Community and Senior Citizens • $10.00 Students
Previews on Wed. 12/3/14-all tickets $10.00
Meet the author session follows the Sun. 12/7/14 matinee.
The President of the United States is taken hostage by an underground society that accuses him of trying to destroy the party system on which the country was built. During his interrogation he reveals secrets of corruption that he has lived with throughout his political career. To prove his innocence and love for the country he must retrace all of the steps in his career. In the background are the remnants of the American antiquity that lead to the downfall of a government and political system that no longer work for the people they were meant to serve. Trial and Treason is a timely and thought provoking piece in this age of the never-ending election process.
Starring Ben Jörgensen, best known as Kevin Sheffield on ALL MY CHILDREN, Chris Hughs on AS THE WORLD TURNS and his work in the major motion pictures THE BASKETBALL DIARIES and THE BREAK.
Winner of the Eleventh Annual NJPC - Musical Series
Admission: $25.00 General Public •
$18.00 WPUNJ Community and Senior Citizens • $10.00 Students
Previews on March 31 and April 1-all tickets $10.00
Meet the author session follows the Sun. 4/12/15 matinee.
This musical comedy is a microcosm of the loves, beliefs and hardships of everyday life in the saltwater tank. As Marty, the new owner of the micro shrimp kit, follows the steps outlined in the instructions, we see the micro shrimp society come to life. A society that is complete with beliefs that shrimp are meant for a greater good; the other side, from which no shrimp returns; and an unknown deity - a moving light source and a net. They also have sibling rivalry; gangs of no-goodniks and lovers who vow to spend their entire lives together. The system is challenged when one shrimp returns from the “other side” to reveal their true fate: they are but fish food, and the revolt begins. This is their struggle; this is their story! A fun, silly outrageous new musical with tunes that will swim around in your head long after you leave the theatre.
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 performances to meet the author(s) and provide valuable feedback to the judges. The winning musical will receive a full production in April 2016.
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 winners and readings are held in September and January. 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), 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), THE ALICE OF WARD 13, by Jonathan G Galvez (2014 Play Series), and FOOD, THE MUSICAL, book and lyrics by Donna Kaz, music by Gerald Stockstill (2014 Musical Series)
This year's Play Series winner is TRIAL AND TREASON, by S.W. Senek.
This year's Musical Series winner is MICRO SHRIMP, music, book and lyrics by Marcus Yi.
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.