“Joe Hill and The Wobblies,” a play with music, is coming March 25 in Weehawken

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on March 25 in Weehawken.
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The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on March 25 in Weehawken.

Playwright Randy Noojin will present a reading of his new play, “Joe Hill & The Wobblies,” as part of the annual Hudson Theatre Works play reading series, PlayWorks.

The performance, suitable for high school age audiences and older, will be part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual theatre festival that provides free and discounted theatre events for all ages throughout the month of March.

The performance will be 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 25, at 80 Hauxhurst Ave., Weehawken. For transportation information please go to
http://www.weehawken-nj.us/transportation.html
A donation of $10 is suggested, and reservations are not necessary.

A man of the people

The play features the music of Joe Hill and is directed by David Kronick. It is the story of a young Swedish immigrant who uses his songwriting to fight for a revolution of the working class in the American West.

Randy Noojin has acted in hundreds of plays regionally and in New York at Circle Repertory, La Mama E.T.C., Hudson Theatre Works, Circle-in-the-Square Downtown, The Circle Rep Lab, The Kraine, The 45th Street Theatre, The Flamboyan, Alice’s 4th Floor, West Bank Theatre Downstairs and The Drilling Company.

On television, Randy has appeared on “Boardwalk Empire,” “Royal Pains,” “The Americans” and in the films “Molly’s Game,” “Expire, “Caseworker,” “Die Barkley” and “The Bench.”

He was nominated for a Best Actor ariZoni Award for his performance of Martin in Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia” at Actor’s Theatre of Phoenix, directed by Marshall W. Mason. He has played Hank Williams in numerous productions of “Hank Williams: Lost Highway, including at Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, Mill Mountain Playhouse and New Stage in MS.

He holds an MFA in Performance from Arizona State University. Randy’s critically acclaimed multimedia solo shows “Seeger”, and “Hard Travelin’ With Woody” premiered at The New York International Fringe Festival and continue to tour nationwide.

PlayWorks presents readings of new plays by contemporary, often local playwrights, giving them an opportunity to share their work and include the audience in the creative process.
Plays are performed by professional actors and each reading is followed by a audience discussion with the author, giving our supporters a rare opportunity to become an important part of the creative process and to engage the playwright with questions, comments and their personal insight into the work.

The cast includes Chris Tipp as Joe Hill, Greg Erbach as Otto Appelquist, Ashley Nease as Hilda Erickson, Amanda Ladd as Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and, as the Wobblies: Richard Mover, Al Ramos, Alice King, Emily Tetzlaff,
James Lurie, and George Sheffey.

For more information or questions, go to www.hudsontheatreworks.org or hudsontheatreworks@gmail.com.  The events will take place at Hudson Theatre Works, 80 Hauxhurst Ave., Weehawken.  To receive a full schedule of events for The Stages Festival please visit www.stagesfestival.org.

“The Alliance is grateful that Hudson Theatre Works is participating in the 2019 Stages Festival,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance.  “For 23 years, Stages has provided theatrical experiences for thousands of residents, regardless of age, across New Jersey. These efforts would not be made possible without the wonderful help of our partners such as Hudson Theatre Works.”