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2015 Past Productions


Great Kills
by Kate Cortesi; directed by Kel Haney

June 19 through 21, 2015
A high school achiever's college application reveals a secret from her past, sending her Staten Island family into a tailspin. But is this ambitious young woman traumatized by violence, as her essay claims, or by a culture of achievement that has trained her to market herself at any cost?


By the Water
by Sharyn Rothstein; directed by Adam Immerwahr

July 16 through August 2, 2015
Hurricane Sandy wields its force upon the home of Marty and Mary Murphy, threatening to destroy not only the life they have built together but the neighborhood that they grew up in. Will Marty manage to save his neighborhood and his home, or are the secrets unearthed by the storm too powerful to overcome? Premiere Stages is proud to present the New Jersey Premiere of this gripping and affecting play, described by the New York Times as "drawn with acute sympathy and in gritty detail."


The People Before the Park
by Keith Josef Adkins; directed by John J. Wooten

September 3 through 20, 2015
1856. New York City. A hard-working man and his son live in a respectful African-American community called Seneca Village. However, their solitude and safe haven are threatened when the City decides to remove the community from their homes to create the world-renowned Central Park.


Liberty Live: My Lord, What a Night
by Deborah Brevoort; directed by Kel Haney

November 13 through 15, 2015
In 1937, legendary African American singer Marian Anderson gave a concert in Princeton, New Jersey. She was later refused a room at the Nassau Inn, and civil rights supporter Albert Einstein invited Anderson to stay at his home. Based on actual events, My Lord, What a Night provides a thought-provoking account of that night. 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.