EAST BRUNSWICK – Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s community theater, presents Eve Ensler’s “Necessary Targets,” opening on Friday, Jan. 13.
The one-act play is based on interviews conducted by the playwright with numerous women in war ravaged Yugoslavia during the 1990s. The story focuses on two American women, an established psychiatrist and an ambitious young writer, who travel to Bosnia to help women refugees confront their memories of war. Though the two have little in common beyond the methods they use to distance themselves from their subjects, they emerge deeply changed as they confront their own fears in the face of violence, resiliency and war.
Directed by Walter H. Placzek, “Necessary Targets,” is part of Playhouse 22’s critically-acclaimed On The Edge Series. The series is an opportunity for directors to present lesser-known or smaller works that might not be suited to a full-scale production. The emphasis is on the play and the acting, not costumes, props or special effects. The shows are presented with the audience on the stage, right in the middle of the action, allowing a ringside view as the story unfolds around them.
The cast stars Colleen Cohan-Johnson as J.S. and Jaime Mazza as Melissa and features Christina Cruz, Suzanne Lawrence, Joy Salerno, Colleen Smith, and Carolyn Vicari.
All shows are Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. and closes on Jan. 22.
Limited general admission tickets are $12 and are available online at Playhouse22.org, by calling the Box Office at 1-732-254-3939 or at the Box Office window. Playhouse 22 is located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.
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