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April 25, 2005
CONTACT: John Wooten
Premiere Stages
(908) 737- 4360

Premiere Stages at Kean University Launches
Kean Student Readings Series
Patrons actively participate in the new play-selection process

UNION, N.J. ––– Premiere Stages Play Festival at Kean University will hold its first annual Kean Student Readings Series on May 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. in the Murphy Dunn Theatre at Vaughn-Eames Hall, located on the main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. The plays represent the work of the University’s playwriting students and the public is encouraged to actively engage in the new-play development process. Evaluation forms will be distributed and patrons may participate in post-reading dialogues with the writers. The readings feature a cast of students and Actors’ Equity Association professionals.

The mission of the Premiere Stages Play Festival is to encourage and nurture emerging dramatists in New Jersey and the greater metropolitan area. The Kean Student Readings Series allows student playwrights to explore their work in front of an audience and to discover the strengths and weaknesses inherent in their scripts.

“The public is afforded the unique opportunity to see new plays in a developmental forum and make suggestions and recommendations to the playwrights,” 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 for the Kean Student Readings Series is free. Call (908) 737-4360 for more information or visit