Schedule of the event and playwrights, in their own voice:
E Minor Seventh by Timothy Nolan: “Man starts to play a song he remembers from high school, reminds him of Woman, who taught it to him when they were sixteen. Neither knew how to be with the other, him being shy and awkward, her being in an unstable living situation. Before they can figure out how they really feel, she has to leave. When he goes to find her many years later, he finds an awful truth.”
Fractured Ferry Tale by Ken Levine: “This play is about a father who travels back to the past to rekindle and heal his relationship with his son.”
Hope Sings, Nocturnal by Ken Preuss: “Three people cross paths in the days after a tragedy: music, friendship, and hope emerge.”
Tiny Secrets Notes by Marj O'Neill-Butler: “Is there solace in holding onto grief? After her father's death, Diane visits her mother to comfort and heal her, by taking over her father's loving ritual.”
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Moon Drops by Carol Cambell, Domnica Radulescu, and Nikaury Rodriguez: “The play follows goddesses from diverse traditions and mostly BIPOC humans through a myriad of traumas on the natural and socio-emotional world. It tells the stories of women facing a barrage of intersectional traumatic events who find healing and support from unpredicted sources and in the love and empathy towards each other.”
On Robots and Raindrops by Monica Cross: “In the not-so-distant future, Billie finds herself prescribed an in-home companion robot to help her cope with loneliness and the recent loss of her wife, Susan.”
Random Acts of Kindness by James C. Ferguson: “At a time when stress is high I think it's important to remember that empathy and kindness make us all stronger.”
Relativity and Me by Len Cuthbert: “In a subway station, a young mother meets her great grandmother for the first time. The story and characters of Relativity & Me appear to be about physical healing, real healing involves something far greater.”
Skull against the Sky by Rex McGregor: ”After suffering a nervous breakdown, Georgia O’Keeffe hasn’t done any painting in over a year. While recuperating at her husband Alfred Stieglitz’s family home at Lake George, she finds love and laughter in the company of an old friend, Jean Toomer. But is this enough for her?
Love in the Time of Mass Incarceration by Boris Franklin and Tequia Gladden (Stormy Monday) asks if the love of a young couple can survive the social and physical pressures of mass incarceration in this arresting story pitting dreams against harsh reality.
“This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2021 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission; and Fund for the New Jersey Blind. www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages”