Premiere Stages at Kean University presents ‘Plays by People’

Cheryl Chapin

UNION, NJ — Premiere Stages, the professional theater company in residence at Kean University, in partnership with Matheny’s Arts Access Program and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, will present “Plays by People” on Saturday, March 27, at 4 p.m. on Zoom. “Plays by People” will feature short works of prose, monologues, theatrical scenes and poetry by Arts Access contributor Cheryl Chapin. Featured works include “Tea & Venom,” “Tea & Me,” “Ghostly Acquaintances” and “The Seasons.” The virtual presentation will also showcase visual art by Arts Access creators.

“We are so pleased to continue our long collaboration with Matheny Arts Access as part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Festival,” said John J. Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages. “This presentation of Cheryl’s fine work is just the beginning of an expanded commitment with Matheny to share the work of Arts Access artists with a broader audience.”

Chapin has won a number of awards for her art. Recently, Gallery 24/7 selected one of her original digital paintings for its public art project “Art on Traffic Control Boxes.” Her work has also been exhibited at the Wallace Art Gallery in Overlook Hospital, Summit; Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton; and Johnson & Johnson in Raritan. Chapin has composed numerous poems and essays, and some have been featured in Arts Access’ annual arts celebration, Full Circle.

There is no charge for “Plays by People,” but advance registration is required. For more information and to register for the reading, visit www.premierestagesatkean.com.

“Plays by People” will benefit Matheny’s Arts Access Program, which empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. Through the use of innovative systems and techniques, participants can take part in the visual, performing and literary arts. Regardless of their disability, clients are provided with the tools and materials needed to produce complete works. To make a donation, visit https://artsaccessprogram.org/.

This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2021 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; the Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; the OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl Jr. Trust; the New Jersey Historical Commission; and the Fund for the New Jersey Blind. More information can be found at www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages.

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