New Jersey Repertory Company

Address

179 Broadway
Long Branch, NJ 07740
County: Monmouth
http://www.njrep.org

Contact

Dr. Gabor Barabas

Grant Amount

$70,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For our Main-Stage Series of seven new plays and our Second-Stage Series of twenty developmental readings of new works. For our Theatre Brut Short-Play Festival featuring 20 new plays on a specific theme, and our Diversity Initiative that nurtures the work of playwrights from diverse backgrounds and seeks to broaden the diversity of our audiences.

Organization Background

Our theater was founded in 1997 with the following mission: To develop and produce new plays and to make a lasting contribution to the American Stage. We also strove from the beginning to be a catalyst in the redevelopment of our community. Since then we have produced 98 plays of which 79 have been world-premieres. Many of the plays that we have introduced have been subsequently produced by regional theaters across the country as well as in New York City. We have presented over 325 developmental readings of new plays and have focused on nurturing the work of young and previously unproduced writers. For ten years we have been a member of the National New Play Network, a consortium of 26 theaters throughout the U.S. committed to producing new works. As a core member of NNPN we have helped to pioneer an innovative model for how new plays are produced via the concept of a 'rolling world premiere' where three theaters partner to present a new play within 12 months in three different cities. Our founders were SuzAnne Barabas (Artistic Director) and Gabor Barabas (Executive Producer), a husband and wife team with extensive experience in play production and theater management. Prior to New Jersey Rep they founded the Cincinnati Repertory Company (1970), ART of Philadelphia (1975), and Peanut Butter Theatre, a luncheon theater for children (1983). SuzAnne also founded the Arts Access program at Matheny Medical and Educational Center in Peapack, NJ for severely disabled children and adults. In 2012 we received a National Theater Company Award from the American Theatre Wing, sponsor of the Annual Tony Awards.

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