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Premiere Stages Presents the 2008 Student Readings Patrons are encouraged to support and provide feedback to aspiring Kean University playwrights

UNION, N.J. – Premiere Stages at Kean University will hold its annual Student Readings on Wednesday, January 23 in the University Center Little Theatre, located on Kean’s Central Campus at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J.

All plays being presented were written in the fall by Kean University playwrights. The plays will be read in two sessions on January 23. From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., select scenes from plays in progress will be read and discussed. At 7 p.m., three short plays will be read in their entirety, and a Q & A with the playwrights will follow. The plays will be read by a combination of student actors and professional Equity performers.

The Premiere Student Readings are modeled after the Premiere Spring Readings, which feature the best new plays in the region. Three plays, selected from hundreds of submissions, are given professional readings in April, two of which will be selected for expanded development by Premiere Stages in the summer. The Student Readings and the Spring Readings are the catalysts for the Premiere Stages Play Festival, which has a mission to encourage and nurture emerging dramatists in New Jersey and the greater metropolitan area. The readings give participating playwrights the opportunity 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 three plays in a developmental forum, make suggestions and recommendations to the playwrights, and help support the creation of a new work for the stage,” said John Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages. “Our atrons are an integral part of the process. The aim of the festival is to empower writers to make the transition from page to stage. The audience is crucial in helping them make that leap.”

All readings are held in the Little Theatre, located in the University Center. Admission and parking for the Premiere Student Readings Series is free. Please call 908-737-4092 for more information or visit www.kean.edu/premierestages. The Premiere Stages Play Festival is possible in part through funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.