Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award Winners

Premiere Stages is proud to announce the winners of the 2022 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award. Kean University student Jennifer Pillaga (Class of ‘22 ) is the winner of the student award and Elaine Insinnia (Class of ‘68) is the winner of the alumnus award.

Jennifer Pallaga
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The House of Stars

by Jennifer Pillaga
Tuesday, January 18 @ 3:30 PM

You’re invited to the free virtual reading of The House of Stars!
The reading will be performed via Zoom.
A short Q&A with the playwright will follow.

Gloria has moved to the U.S from Guatemala, leaving behind her son (Mateo) under her brother’s (Leonardo) care. She lives with her mother (Alma) in a small apartment in Jersey City, NJ and both are caught by surprise when Leonardo appears at their door, alone. Gloria sets out to find a way to bring her son to her, but things get complicated when Mateo gets detained at a Texas Detention Center. Between having to deal with Leonardo’s unexpected arrival and doing everything she can to protect her son, Gloria makes decisions that put a wrench in her sibling relationship and lead to unforeseen consequences. 

Honorable Mention

Fox Club

by Chachi Rodriguez
Elaine Insinnia
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Belles Rebelle

by Elaine Insinnia

In 1895, May and Lydia marry in NY as man and wife. When Lydia votes illegally, her identity is discovered and she is arrested.  Despite being furious at Lydia for her carelessness and her infidelity to boot, rather than have her face trial, May allows Lydia to escape with her to her cousin’s cabin in rural Kansas. Will life on the prairie set the scene for these two fish out of water to reconcile? Will Lydia find the courage to return to NYC and face her fate? 

Honorable Mentions

A Nation of Wounded Soldiers

by Chris Grant


by Joelle Zazz

Belles Rebelle will be performed at Lantern Hill Senior Living at a date yet to be announced.

Consider a donation

The 2022 Bauer Boucher Award Readings will benefit the Kean Foundation. Donations will help support Premiere Stages education initiatives, particularly those that support emerging artists. Premiere Stages is committed to compensating all artists for their work. Please consider making a donation to the Kean University Foundation to cover program costs.

Thank you

We wish to express our gratitude to the Performer’s Unions:

  • Actors’ Equity Association
  • American Guild of Musical Artists
  • American Guild of Variety Artists
  • Sag-Aftra

through Theatre Authority, Inc. for their cooperation in permitting the Artists to appear on this program.

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