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November 9, 2004
CONTACT: John Wooten
Premiere Stages
(908) 737- 4360

Premiere Stages Seeks Scripts from New Jersey Playwrights
Premiere Stages Play Festival offers emerging dramatists the opportunity to develop their work

UNION, N.J. ––Premiere Stages, the new Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) theatre program at Kean University, is currently accepting play submissions for the Premiere Stages Play Festival from professional playwrights born or currently residing in New Jersey, as well as in the surrounding areas of New York, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Those individuals selected to participate in the festival will receive a cash award and a public reading of their work in the Murphy-Dunn Theatre at Kean University. Plays may also be selected for a weeklong workshop in June or a fully produced AEA production in July in Kean’s Wilkins Theatre.

“We are looking for plays that offer fresh perspectives on contemporary issues,” said John Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages. “We invite playwrights and patrons from New Jersey and the surrounding metropolitan areas to join us in encouraging and developing original work for the stage.” The Premiere Stages Play Festival will coincide with a playwriting class for Kean University students, which will culminate with public readings of the students’ work by AEA performers and Kean University students. The participating playwrights will mentor the students to create an ideal model of a professional theatre program in an institution of higher learning.

There is no fee required to submit a play to the Premiere Stages Play Festival. To request entry guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Laura Kelly, producing assistant, Premiere Stages at Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. 07083.