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Liberty Live: My Lord, What a Night

By Deborah Brevoort; Directed by Kel Haney

October 13 - 16, 2016
Thursday at 10:30 am; Friday at 8 pm; Saturday at 3 pm & 6 pm; Sunday at 3 pm & 6 pm

The 1882 Carriage House at Liberty Hall Museum
1003 Morris Avenue, Union

Tickets $15 - $100

Call 908-737-7469 or click here to purchase.

For more information on our exclusive benefit event Friday, October 14, please click here.

Based on actual events, My Lord, What a Night provides a thought-provoking account of the night legendary singer Marian Anderson spent at the home of Albert Einstein. What begins as an event that threatens to divide the Princeton community ends with a lifetime bond between two of New Jersey's most fascinating people of the 20th century.

About the Playwright

Deborah Brevoort is the author of numerous plays, musicals and operas. She is best known for her play The Women of Lockerbie, which is performed throughout the US and internationally after winning the silver medal in the Onassis international playwriting competition. She is a two-time winner of the Frederick Loewe Award in musical theatre for King Island Christmas with David Friedman and Coyote Goes Salmon Fishing with Scott Richards. Her plays, which have been produced at Virginia Stage, Purple Rose, Barter Theatre, Capital Rep, Mixed Blood, Centenary Stage and others, include The Poetry of Pizza, The Comfort Team, The Blue-Sky Boys and The Velvet Weapon. Her plays are published by DPS, Samuel French, Applause Books and No Passport Press. She was commissioned by American Lyric Theater to write the opera libretto for Embedded (composer: Patrick Soluri), which won the Frontiers competition at Ft. Worth Opera where it will be produced in 2016. Other operas include Steal a Pencil for Me (composer Gerald Cohen) and new adaptations of Die Fledermaus and Mozart's Impresario for the Anchorage Opera. Blue Moon Over Memphis, her Noh drama about Elvis Presley, is being produced Noh-style by Theatre Nohgaku who will tour it internationally in 2016. Crossing Over, her Amish Hip Hop musical written with Stephanie Salzman is currently in development. Deborah teaches at Goddard College, Columbia University and NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing program. She is an alumnus of New Dramatists, one of the original company members with Perseverance Theatre in Alaska and a co-founder of Theatre Without Borders. She was raised in Ridgewood, NJ and now lives in North Bergen.

About Liberty Live

Liberty Live is a unique new partnership with the Liberty Hall Museum (www.kean.edu/libertyhall) that features a production of a new play that celebrates New Jersey history, tours of the Museum, interactive displays, workshops for children and talk-backs with local historians.

This arts program is made possible in part by a HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Liberty Live is/has been funded by The Westfield Foundation, The New Jersey Historical Commission, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.



2017/2018 Liberty Live Submissions – NOW OPEN

Aspiring and established playwrights are invited to submit proposals for new one-act plays 45 to 60 minutes in length to Premiere Stages. Playwrights must be current residents of New Jersey. The commissioned writer will be awarded $1000, and the script will be developed in 2016-17 and professionally produced in October 2018 at Kean University’s Liberty Hall Museum. Premiere seeks proposals for plays that explore events of historical significance and celebrate New Jersey’s rich and diverse history.

A shortlist of the submitted proposals will be selected as finalists and playwrights will be interviewed. Proposals are due by September 19, 2016. The winning proposal will be selected by October 31, 2016, and that playwright will be commissioned to write a play based on the submitted proposal. Upon completion of the first draft, the playwright will receive a $1000 award. The winning play will be developed from October 2016 through November 2017, and three staged readings will be held in November 2017 at Premiere Stages. Community leaders, historians, school administrators, and patrons will be invited to attend the readings to provide feedback and solidify partnership opportunities. From November 2017 through October 2018, Premiere Stages will work with the playwright to continue to develop the play. Premiere Stages will also forge collaborations and partnerships with organizations and groups statewide. The project will culminate with a fully produced Equity production at Premiere Stages in October 2018.

For full submission guidelines, please Click Here.

For any questions regarding the submission guidelines please email pfsubmit@kean.edu or call 908-737-4092.