Play Festival Runner-up


June 15 - 17, 2018
written by Deneen Reynolds-Knott
directed by Jessi D. Hill

In this timely and provocative new play, Ava, an African-American woman living in New York, is forced to revisit feelings from the past while on a date. News of unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray’s funeral leads to the revelation that she was previously engaged to a white cop, detonating a night of accusations, interrogations and confessions.

Play Festival Winner


July 12 - 29, 2018
written by Craig Garcia
directed by John J. Wooten

Maryanne and James are forced to confront the possibility that their popular son is capable of a horrible act. As social media explodes over the incident, the couple struggles to hold their splintering family together.

NJPAC Stage Exchange Commission

Brick City

Sep 6 - 23, 2018
written by Nicole Pandolfo
directed by Jessi D. Hill

Jessie, a combative high school senior with a disability, and Darnell, the star player of his high school basketball team, find themselves together in extended study hall during the most important marking period in their lives. As their worlds collide, both discover that things aren’t always as simple as they may seem.

Liberty Live Commission

Black Tom Island

Oct 11 - 21, 2018
written by Martin Casella
directed by John J. Wooten

Based on an actual incident that took place in Jersey City in 1916, Black Tom Island explores the first documented terrorist attack on American soil through the lens of a fictionalized Slovak immigrant and his wife who may or may not be involved in the attack.

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