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Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces its 2008 Season

UNION, N.J. – Premiere Stages at Kean University is proud to present a dynamic mix of new plays and New Jersey premieres. The season includes a new comedy, a Pulitzer-prize winning premiere, a world premiere holiday production, a staged reading of an evolving play, and musical productions and special initiatives for children and students.

The 2008 season opens with future president James Madison battling a divided delegation and a determined widow in his search for a more perfect union in the hilarious new comedy – Madison. In commemoration of Union’s Bicentennial event, Premiere Stages will collaborate with the Liberty Hall Museum as part of the production. Premiere Stages will hold an opening night pre-show reception for donors on July 17 on the grounds of Liberty Hall and a champagne toast with the cast following the performance. Liberty Hall will also offer tours and teas for patrons prior to performances. Patrons of the museum will receive $5.00 off each ticket to Madison with proof of entry and patrons of Premiere Stages will receive $5.00 off museum tours when they bring in a Premiere Stages ticket stub. Call 908-737-4092 for more information. Madison opens Thursday, July 17, in the Zella Fry Theatre and continues through Sunday, August 3.

Next up is the New Premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer-prize winning play, Rabbit Hole. The play charts a couple’s bittersweet search for the light of day after a life-shattering accident leaves them drifting perilously apart. A beautifully and thoroughly engrossing play, Rabbit Hole was hailed by the critics in New York. “A startling, heartfelt and potent new play.” – The Associated Press. The play opens Friday, September 5 in the Zella Fry Theatre and continues through Sunday, September 21.

Tickets for productions range from $15 to $25, and special group rates are also available. By purchasing a “Premiere Package,” patrons get ten dollars off both productions, plus free admission to the Staged Reading of The Big Tent (June 26-28), a darkly comic play about the no-holds-barred game of right wing politics that can only be waged and won under “The Big Tent”.

Premiere Stages is also proud to announce numerous events that are specifically tailored to families. The Musical Fun Series features two of New Jersey’s finest Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) theatre-production companies for young audiences. Running Rabbit Family Theatre will present Rapunzel on Thursday, July 10, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Treasure Island on July 15 though July 17 at 10:30 a.m. Pushcart Players is back at Premiere with their production of Dear America on July 25, at 11 a.m. All Musical Fun performances will be presented in the Little Theatre, with ticket prices ranging from $10 to $12.

Premiere Stages will also present a new holiday farce in December that promises to be the perfect holiday outing for the entire family. Stay posted to our Web site for title and details! Premiere Stages also offers Camp Premiere, a fun and interactive camp experience for high-school students, which runs from Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 31. Camp Premiere is dedicated to fostering a creative and nurturing environment for young actors and writers. Campers gain practical experience while putting together their own show with the guidance of seasoned professionals. The original plays will then be performed at a showcase open to the public. The camp costs $295. Scholarships are available to students who have the aptitude but not the resources required for participation.

All performances will take place on Kean University campus, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking in close proximity to the theatres. To order tickets, get on our mailing list, and/or to request a season brochure, please call the Kean Stage Box Office at 908-737-SHOW. For groups, call Paul Whelihan at 908-737-4077. To reserve a spot in Camp Premiere or to inquire about the Premiere Residency Program, please call 908-737-4092, or visit Premiere Stages online at Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Bank of America, Continental Airlines, and through the generous support of patrons. Premiere Stages offers free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities.

All Premiere Stages facilities are wheelchair accessible spaces. Please call for a list of sign-interpreted, audio-described or open-captioned performances. Assistive listening devices and large print programs are available at all times. Publications are available with advanced notice in alternate formats.