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March 17, 2005
CONTACT: John Wooten
Premiere Stages

Premiere Stages at Kean University
Offers Interactive Readings for the Public

Patrons actively participate in the new play-selection process

UNION, N.J. ––Premiere Stages at Kean University will hold its first annual Spring Readings Series on March 31, and April 1 to 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Murphy Dunn Theatre on the Kean University main campus, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. The series is one component of the Premiere Stages Play Festival, which seeks to encourage and nurture emerging dramatists in New Jersey and the greater metropolitan area.

The Spring Readings Series allows playwrights to explore their work in front of an audience and to discover the strengths and weaknesses inherent in their scripts. Three plays will be selected from more than 250 submissions, given a professional reading and considered for expanded development as part of the Premiere Stages 2005 summer season. One play will be read each evening and the public is encouraged to actively engage in the new play-developmental process. Evaluation forms will be distributed, and patrons may participate in post-reading dialogues with the writers. One of the three plays will be selected for an Equity Staged Reading in June, and the most promising play will be awarded a fully produced Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) production in July.

“The public is afforded the unique opportunity to see three plays in a developmental forum, make suggestions and recommendations to the playwrights, and return a few months later to see two of the three plays produced under an AEA contract,” said John Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages. “Our patrons are an integral part of the process. The aim of the Festival is to empower writers to make the transition from page to stage, and the audience is crucial in helping them make that leap.”

Admission and parking is free. Call (908) 737-4360 for more information or visit