Dreamcatcher presents the New Jersey premiere of The Most Deserving from Feb. 12 to March 1

Janet Sales
Janet Sales

SUMMIT — Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre, professional theater in Residence at Oakes Center in Summit, is producing the New Jersey premiere of Catherine Trieschmann’s The Most Deserving.

This comedy recently played Off-Broadway at The Women’s Project, after having made its debut at the Denver New Play Summit. The Most Deserving plays Feb. 12 through March 1, with talkbacks following the Feb. 15 and 22 matinees.

The Ellis County Arts Council, a motley assortment of art enthusiasts and reluctant community members, is giving away the largest artist grant in its history. The trouble arises when they all must agree on who is the most deserving of this gift. Backroom dealings, romantic entanglements and old grudges come into play as they struggle toward making their selection.

This recent Off-Broadway hit was called a “frisky new comedy” by The New York Times and “smart, hilarious, riveting” by The New Yorker.

The comedy will be directed by Laura Ekstrand of Livingston, and will feature Dreamcatcher ensemble members Noreen Farley of Clinton), Scott McGowan of Maplewood, Janet Sales of Montclair and Jason Szamreta of Rahway. Also featured are Julie Chen and André DeSandies.

The Most Deserving performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.  Tickets range from $20 to $35, with special rates for subscribers and groups.

Purchase tickets online at www.dreamcatcherrep.org or by calling Brown Paper Tickets at 800-838-3006. All tickets are $20 at the Thursday, Feb. 12 preview performance, and seniors pay only $20 on advance purchases only on Senior Sunday, the Feb. 15 matinée.

Performances are at Oakes Center, located at 120 Morris Avenue in Summit.  Parking is available in the lot behind the theater on Ashwood Avenue and at Summit Recreation Center on Morris Avenue. The facility is wheelchair accessible.

Assistive Listening devices for the hearing impaired and advance large print scripts are available by prior arrangement. To purchase tickets or for information on any of Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre’s programs, visit www.dreamcatcherrep.org or contact Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre at Oakes Center, 120 Morris Ave., Summit, 908-514-9654.