New Jersey Playwrights Contest

Exquisite Potential

Staged Readings of the Finalists from the
Eleventh Annual NJPC - Play Series

February 4-6, 2014
All performances at 7:00 pm,
Hunziker Black Box Theatre

FREE Admission

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.

Tuesday 2/4/14 - THE BABY GAME, By Michele Aldin Kushner Wednesday 2/5/14* RESCHEDULED TO:
Sunday, 2/9/14 at 6:30 PM - TRIAL AND TREASON, By S.W. Senek
Thursday 2/6/14 - PUT THEM AWAY, By James Christy

Mother Eve's

Staged Readings of the Finalists from the
Eleventh Annual NJPC - Musical Series

February 11-13, 2014
All performances at 7:00 pm,
Hunziker Black Box Theatre

FREE Admission

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.

Tuesday, 2/11/14 - MICRO SHRIMP, By Marcus Yi
Wednesday, 2/12/14 - FAIRY TALE, Music & Lyrics by John D. Bronston, Book & Additional Lyrics by Joshua Robinson
Thursday, 2/13/14* - ACADEMIA NUTS, By Becca Anderson, Julian Blackmore and Dan Marshall

Food, the musical

Winner of the Tenth Annual NJPC - Musical Series

Food, the musical
Book and Lyrics by Donna Kaz
Music by Gerald Stockstill
Directed by Edward Matthews

June 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 2014 at 7:00 pm
June 15, 22, & 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Hunziker Black Box Theatre

Admission: $25.00 General Public • $18.00 WPUNJ Community and Senior Citizens • $10.00 Students
Press Opening on June 12 - all tickets $10.00
Meet the author session follows the Sun. 6/15/14 matinee.

FOOD, THE MUSICAL, is a culinary feast of song and comedy featuring 5 short musicals all about food. The Costco Contessa tapes her own TV show, unveiling her secrets to making delicious meals from bulk ingredients. A man convicted of aggravated assault learns how to make a soufflé as part of his anger management class. And breakfast in the Ethel Merman home is a lot more than Ernest Borgnine bargained for during their 32-day marriage. Songs about suppertime, soup, and celebrity chefs provide tasty morsels in between each of the short musicals. Come and satiate your appetite for entertainment!

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Disenchanted Tink

About the Contest

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).



Disenchanted Crazy Hair

This year's Play Series winner is THE ALICE OF WARD 13, by Jonathan G Galvez.

This year's Musical Series winner is FOOD, THE MUSICAL, book and lyrics by Donna Kaz, music by Gerald Stockstill.

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.

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