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May 24, 2005
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Kean University Hosts Annual Pride Theatre of New Jersey
with Presentation of The Soldier Dreams

UNION, N.J. ––– “Matchbook”… “Ottawa”… “German doctor”… These are the baffling last words of David, a young man dying of AIDS. David’s dysfunctional family gathers at his bedside, trying to unravel the mystery of his life even as it slips away. This is the storyline of The Soldier Dreams, a warm, touching, darkly funny play written by Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, which earned two Dora Mavor Moore Awards for outstanding achievements in Toronto theatre.

Kean University will present the New Jersey premier of the play as it hosts Pride Theatre of New Jersey, a celebration of gay pride held annually in June which features a theatrical production. Performances will be held on June 2, 3, 4, 10 and 11, at 8 p.m.; and June 12, at 2 p.m., in the Murphy-Dunn Theatre, located in Vaughn-Eames Hall, on the University’s campus, at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J.

Directed by Maureen Clarke, adjunct professor in Kean’s Department of Theatre, and produced by Kean student Joe Zehnder, the production features Rachel Evans, adjunct professor in the theatre department, and students Susan Halmi, Michael Mosher, Christine Sanders, Matt Scapicchio, George Seylaz, and Adam Vadasz. The show runs about an hour and 15 minutes, with no intermission.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $7 for students and senior citizens. Group rates are available. For groups larger than 10, tickets are $5 per person. There are no advance reservations; all tickets must be purchased at the door prior to the performance.

Pride Theatre of New Jersey was established in 1993 as Kean University Gay Pride Theatre by a group of concerned students led by the late Dr. James R. Murphy, founder of the Kean theatre program. Its purpose is to celebrate all life and lifestyles, and to enlighten audiences about the normalcy of alternative choices. It reflects the lives, loves, hardships and triumphs of all people, whether they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual.

Pride Theatre of New Jersey is currently administered by Dr. E. Teresa Choate, co-chair of Kean’s Department of Theatre. Each year, a student producer is chosen from applicants by the advisor and the previous year's producer.

For maps and directions, please visit the Kean Web site at For a campus map, visit Vaughn-Eames is marked “VE” on the map, and is near the parking lot at the right. Enter from Morris Avenue or North Avenue.