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Premiere Stages at Kean University Announces its 2009 Season

New Works make for an eclectic mix of Whole Foods, George Washington and Mad Poets

Union, N.J. - Premiere Stages at Kean University proudly presents a dynamic mix of new plays.

The season features Duck Crossing, a comedy that explores the question "What if Washington Never Crossed the Delaware?" and culminates with Any Other Name, the winner of the 2009 Premiere Stages Play Festival. Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods, an important play about the Lost Boys of Sudan, will be developed in a week-long workshop, and presented to the public as a staged reading. The season also features family-friendly and children-focused fare.

In the original comedy Duck Crossing by John Wooten, George Washington has set out across the Delaware River to attack the sleeping Hessians and turn the tide of war. One small problem…the river freezes over when George and his men reach halfway across. In the play, the rebels contemplate escaping from the icy river, knowing the future of the country hangs in the balance. Duck Crossing hits the water Thursday, July 16, in the Zella Fry Theatre and continues through Sunday, August 2.

Premiere Stages will collaborate with Liberty Hall Museum as part of the production of Duck Crossing, hosting an opening night pre-show reception for donors on July 16 on Liberty Hall grounds and a champagne toast with the cast following the performance. Liberty Hall will also offer tours and teas for patrons prior to performances.

Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods by Tammy Ryan will be presented in free staged-readings June 26-28. In this evolving work, Gabriel, an optimistic former “Lost Boy” from Sudan meets Christine, a suburban mother in desperate need of attention and adventure. What begins as an unlikely friendship soon becomes an unbreakable bond that forever changes the pair.

In September, Premiere Stages will produce Any Other Name by George Brant, a compelling and suspenseful thriller set in 1840s London. A struggling poet visits his idol in search of inspiration, but instead unleashes a mad hunger for fame. As art and ambition collide, how far will one man go to make a name for himself in a world where the truth cannot be trusted? This Premiere Stages Festival winner, selected from over 300 submissions, opens Friday, September 4 in the Zella Fry Theatre and continues through Sunday, September 20.

Premiere Stages’ Musical Fun Series features two of New Jersey’s finest Actors’ Equity Association theatre companies for young audiences. Running Rabbit Family Theatre will present Cow and the Beanstalk on Wednesday, July 8 and Thursday, July 9, and Sword in the Stone on Wednesday, July 22 and Thursday, July 23. Pushcart Players is back at Premiere with their production of Happily Ever After on Thursday, July 16.

Premiere Stages will produce a new holiday comedy in December in the tradition of Humbug. It is the perfect holiday outing for the entire family! For updates and a complete schedule, please visit the Web site, http://www.kean.edu/premierestages.

All performances will take place on the Kean University campus, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J. Premiere Stages offers affordable prices, air-conditioned facilities and free parking close to the theatres. Premiere Stages provides free or discounted tickets to patrons with disabilities. All Premiere Stages facilities are fully 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.

Premiere Stages is made possible in part through funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, TD Bank, The Provident Bank Foundation, The Turrell Fund, Continental Airlines, and through the generous support of patrons.