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Fall 2021 Semester

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Premiere Stages is committed to serving the cultural needs of northern and central New Jersey through the development and production of high-quality Equity theatre premieres, professional development and educational initiatives for the local and campus communities, and the support and cultivation of emerging playwrights and theatre artists. As the professional theatre company in residence at Kean University, Premiere Stages actively engages and enhances the specialized training programs at Kean, while embracing and serving a culturally diverse audience, underserved local youth, and a broad pool of gifted regionally-based artists.

For more information and a full calendar of our upcoming performances, please visit www.premierestagesatkean.com.

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Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family

By Tylie Shider
Directed by Othell J. Miller

OCTOBER 29-31, 2021

Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family explores a family’s internal divisions in response to the 1967 Plainfield, New Jersey riots. As tensions reach an all-time high between Newark residents and police, racial and civil unrest begins spilling into surrounding communities. Clif and Peach moved their family to Plainfield for the promise of a better future, but as the riots begin, the family contemplates a return to the South.

Tylie Shider is the recipient of the Liberty Live 2021/22 Commission. The Liberty Live commission is awarded biennially, in partnership with Kean University’s Liberty Hall.

The Liberty Live Commission program is made possible in part by a 2021 HEART (History, Education, Arts Reaching Thousands) Grant from the Union County Board of County Commissioners.

Performances of Certain Aspects of Conflict in the Negro Family will be produced under Premiere’s AEA production contract.

TIMES
7 PM - Friday and Saturdays
3 PM - Sunday

PRICE
$10 - suggested donation

VENUE
The Liberty Hall Academic Center

“Without organizations like Premiere Stages, new playwrights who bring fresh perspectives and ideas to the art form would rarely have their work see the light of day - much less get an opportunity to have fully staged, Equity production ...”

Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation