Plays By People

March 27, 2021
The Arts Access Program at Matheny in partnership with Premiere Stages at Kean University presents Plays by People. This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2021 Stages Festival.

You're invited!

Plays by People is free and will be performed via Zoom. A short Q&A with playwright Cheryl Chapin, moderated by John J. Wooten, will conclude the event.

Date & Time
Saturday, March 27 @ 4 p.m. EST
Show title
Plays by People
Written by
Arts Access contributor Cheryl Chapin
Short works of prose, monologues, theatrical scenes and poetry:
  • Tea & Venom
  • Tea & Me
  • Ghostly Acquaintances
  • The Seasons
Show Type

Staged reading

Plays By People past reading

Plays by People

This annual event will feature a reading of plays and poems written by an Arts Access playwright and performed by professional actors from Premiere Stages at Kean University. The virtual presentation will also showcase pieces of visual art by Arts Access creators.

The Arts Access contributors will be an integral part of the process, offering direct feedback to the actors on how to best present their work, work with the director to create sound cues, staging, and visual elements, and will gain important critique and experience as performers, writers, and visual artists.

Headshot of Cheryl Chaplin

About Cheryl Chapin


Cheryl has won a number of awards for her art. Recently, Gallery 24/7 selected one of her original digital paintings for its public art project, Art on Traffic Control Boxes. Her work has also been exhibited at the Wallace Art Gallery in Overlook Hospital, Summit, NJ; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ; and Johnson & Johnson in Raritan, NJ. Cheryl has composed numerous poems and essays, and some have been featured in Arts Access’ annual arts celebration, Full Circle.

Consider a Donation

Matheny Arts Access

Plays by People will benefit Matheny Arts Access. Matheny’s Arts Access program empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, participants can take part in the visual, performing and literary arts. Regardless of their disability, clients are provided with the tools and materials needed to produce complete pieces of work.

Thank you!

to our sponsors

Plays by People 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. For more info, visit

Special Thanks

We wish to express our gratitude to the following Performers’ Unions through the Theatre Authority, Inc.

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