Kean’s Premiere Stages Receives Grant

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UNION – Premiere Stages, a theatre company in residence at Kean University, recently received a $1,000 grant from The Provident Bank Foundation. The donation will help support the company’s 2010 season, which opened this past weekend. The season will include a new drama, a new play in co-production with Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey, and the development of a new comedy.

“Funds from The Provident Bank Foundation will help Premiere Stages produce a season of all original works, providing the participating playwrights with the time, resources and development they need to ready their work for the stage,” said John Wooten, producing artistic director of Premiere Stages. “Without support from The Provident Bank Foundation, these artists would not be afforded the opportunity to develop and explore their work, and many great plays would never be seen.”

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This year, Premiere Stages will be presenting an interactive reading of “The Jag,” the debut of “The Good Counselor,” and returning by popular demand as a full production, “Lost Boy Found in Whole Foods.” The 2010 season opened on June 25th and runs through September 19th.

“We are so pleased to support Premiere Stages at Kean University in its mission to serve the cultural needs of northern and central New Jersey through its theatre productions, and its cultivation of emerging playwrights and theatre artists,” said Kendall Warsaw, executive director of The Provident Bank Foundation.


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