Friday, April 19, 2024

Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series Begins

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series will kick off with a reading of “Abducted” by Michele Aldin Kushner. The reading will take place on Wednesday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown on the campus of Centenary University. The Women Playwrights Series readings are free to attend with donations welcome and advanced reservations have a $5 fee. For those who are unable to attend in-person, the Women Playwrights Series readings will also be live-streamed, free of charge, through the Centenary Stage Company website. For more information, go to www.centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company’s box office at (908) 979-0900. 

Michele Aldin Kushner’s recent play “Radio Galaxy,” has been optioned and is in development with commercial producers. “Abducted” was read at The Barrow Group and the WorkShop Theater Company, New York City. Her play, “The Text Of Sex” premiered in FringeNYC and was a semi-finalist for Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series. Another of her works, “The Baby Game” is the recipient of the Fulton Theatre’s 2012 Discovery Project New Play Contest and “Advanced Women” is the 2009 recipient of the Todd McNerney Playwriting Award. It took part in the 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival and The Great Plains Theatre Conference Playlabs 2010. Other plays have been at FringeNYC and around the country.

“Abducted” gives audiences the story of a successful businesswoman and mother of two grown children, Diane. Diane is getting her things in order. As she prepares for “departure” from her present life, her daughter fights to get her psychiatric help. Her boyfriend wants to reclaim the woman with whom he fell in love, and her son wants to go with her. Is this departure being forced upon her or does she wish to live life on her own terms? 

The reading will feature the acting talents of Rosie McCooe, Clark Scott Carmichael, Ashley Kowzen, Christopher Rice and Michael Jay. The reading is directed by Lauren Moran Mills.