(JERSEY CITY, NJ) – The staff of the Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) has moved the remaining programs scheduled for its 2022 New Play Festival to an online format. Due to COVID-19 affecting some team members, productions taking place during Week 3 (Thursday May 19, 2022) and Week 4 (Thursday May 26, 2022) are now accessible via Zoom on www.jctcenter.org.
“COVID has become an element of our world that requires us to take extra precautions to protect our supporters,” said Olga Levina, artistic director of the JCTC. “Our team wants to ensure that all of our producers, patrons and performers stay safe while wrapping up our Festival with quality virtual presentations. We encourage attendees who were planning to visit us in person to join us on Zoom to experience our final performances, which we are extremely proud to preview. Until we can guarantee a safe reopening of our theater, we are committed to maintaining our daily operations through online and hybrid formats. »
Centered around the timely theme of FORCE, the Festival – which kicked off on May 5, 2022 and will run until Thursday, May 26 – kicked off with five short pieces presented online. The virtual plays were to be followed by three full weeks of live performances at JCTC Studios, including the final two full plays which will now be presented online. In total, the festival will feature 10 new plays by 11 emerging playwrights who together represent the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Slovenia and Romania. All events include a Q&A and discussion with the playwrights; admission is free with a suggested donation of $25.
This event is part of the New Jersey Theater Alliance Stage Festival 2022, made possible through support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, an agency partner of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; New Jersey Historical Commission.
The remaining shows taking place online include the following:
2022 New Play Festival Week 3: Short Series – Thursday May 19, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.. In line: Click the link here. The third week of the New Play Festival presents a series of short plays directed by Lynne Marie Rosenberg and Michelle Chan. A question-and-answer session and discussion will follow the performance.
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A universal question by Kathleen Maule Holen (USA, Hays, KS)
Two lovers and a bear by Tjaša Ferme (Slovenia and USA, New York, NY)
The men of the mechanical age by Ioana Cosma (Romania, Pitesti, Arges)
Unconventional by Kristin Cotts (USA, Washington, DC)
Fourth week of the New Play Festival 2022: I did not know by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield – Thursday May 26, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. In line: Click the link here. The New Play Festival 2022 ends with the full play, I did not knowwritten by Doc Andersen-Bloomfield (UK, Oxford and USA), and directed by Jessica Silsby Brater, Ph.D. A Q&A and discussion will follow the performance.
Told from Yarl’s Wood Detention and Removal Center (for female asylum seekers) in England, Aaneseh recounts her gruesome and sometimes amusing journey as a teenage refugee girl, posing as a boy, and all those who she meets during her journey from Syria to England. Little Did I Know is a realistic drama about the difficult lives refugees must face to free themselves from war, terror and dictatorship. It focuses on the gruesome and sometimes even humorous journey of a young girl, pretending to be a boy, in order to secure freedom and peace for her family. She eventually reaches England, only to be held in a women’s detention and removal center for asylum seekers.
Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization committed to inspiring conversations about important issues of our time through the arts. Co-founded by Executive Producer Olga Levina, an immigrant from Belarus, the Jersey City Theater Center (JCTC) produces and presents universal yet locally relevant works with a focus on social justice and human rights.
Since 2006, JCTC has provided a platform for all artistic voices to be heard. When we share stories through the arts, we spark meaningful dialogue that leads to greater understanding and respect. And, as a result, we build better communities together.