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What if Washington Never Crossed the Delaware?
Premiere Stages set to sail with the New Comedy Duck Crossing

UNION, N.J. - Premiere Stages at Kean University officially opens its 2009 season with John Wooten’s new play, Duck Crossing.

In this comic take on history’s most famous river crossing, George Washington set out to cross the Delaware for a surprise attack on the Hessians. One small problem…the river freezes when George and his men reach halfway across. The professional cast includes Broadway veteran Brian Sutherland as Washington.

"The Crossing was the high water mark of the revolution. If Washington had not made it to Trenton on that Christmas morning, we’d all likely be speaking with English accents," said John Wooten, Premiere Stages’ producing artistic director.

Duck Crossing runs from Thursday, July 16 through Sunday, August 2 in Kean University’s Zella Fry Theatre. Friday, July 31 and Sunday performances begin at 3 p.m.; all other performances begin at 8 p.m. In collaboration with Premiere Stages, Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will host tours and teas preceding matinee performances and offer discounted museum tours for patrons with a Premiere Stages ticket stub. Museum patrons will receive $5.00 off each ticket to Duck Crossing with proof of entry. Tickets range from $15 to $25. A special catered wine event will be held at the Liberty Hall prior to the performance on opening night. For information about the pre-show reception, please call (908)-737-4092.

For tickets or other information, please call the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at (908)-737-SHOW (7469), or visit Premiere Stages online at www.kean.edu/premierestages. Photos are available upon request. For groups, call Paul Whelihan at (908)-737-4077.

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 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.