New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents Hudson Theatre Works’ PlayWorks readings of new plays online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the Alliance’s Stages Festival, the Hudson Theater Works will be releasing a YouTube video of “Bird In a Box,” by Weehawken resident Joanne Hoersch.
There is nothing more important to the long-term vitality of American theater as an art form than the nurturing of new voices. The artists behind PlayWorks consider their efforts the first step in this process.
PlayWorks presents readings of new plays by contemporary, usually local playwrights, giving them an opportunity to share their work and include the audience in the creative process.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Playworks is releasing a version on Wednesday, May 27 online. Residents can view the readings on their Youtube channel, at: https://youtu.be/OyZXsYvCvAA. Normally, the play would have been shown on stage in Weehawken prior to COVID-19.
The link will become active on Wednesday, May 27 at 7 p.m., according to PlayWorks. Donations will be going to the Weehawken Emergency Service Volunteers. For more information or to donate, residents can go online to http://wvfas.org.
The play “Bird in a Box” by Joanne Hoersch features two sisters with two very different memories of their shared childhood. The reading will feature Hoersch and Gloria Lamoureux, directed by Frank Licato, produced by Adrian Wattenmaker with music by Donald Stark and Zachary Licato.
An esteemed local playwright
Hoersch is resident playwright at Hudson Theatre Works. Hoersch received her Bachelor’s of the Arts in drama from Emerson College. She studied fiction at Columbia University, where she was the recipient of a Woolrich Fellowship for creative writing, and completed her Masters of the Fine Arts at The New School.
In 1998, she received a grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts, for fiction writing.
Hoersch’s first full length play, “Jackson Is Gone” was produced by Hudson Theatre Works. She received her second grant from the NJ State Council on the Arts in 2012 for playwriting for her play.
In 2012, and 2013, Hoersch’s plays based on the lives of Mary and Percy Shelley, “Jackson is Gone” and “Shelley,” were given round table readings at The Lark Theatre. She was also a semi-finalist for the Heekin Foundation’s national fiction competition.
Hoersch is a member of the NJ Women Playwrights Program. Through their sponsorship, she received a staged reading at Jersey City Theatre Center of her play “Bunnies.” That play is based on her real-life experiences working as a Playboy Bunny in the 1970s, which was produced in celebration of Women’s Month in March of 2019.
Frank Licato is an award-winning artistic director, also from Weehawken, who worked on the play. The play is to receive a full production at Hudson Theatre Works in the fall, depending on the pandemic.
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