Staged Readings Of 3 Short Plays Planned

CRANFORD—The Friends of the Cranford Public Library will present script-in-hand, staged readings of three short plays on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue. Admission is free and all are welcome.

The plays will be read by members of the Theater Project, one of New Jersey’s most acclaimed professional theater groups. The afternoon will begin with “Osso Buco” by Paula Freed. In “Osso Buco,” a middle-aged man struggles to find common ground between his mother and his new girlfriend while dining in an upscale Italian restaurant. Ms. Freed is a psychoanalyst, sculptor, prose writer, and playwright. A reading of her ten minute play, “Liebestod,” was performed at the Black River Playhouse in Chester, New Jersey as part of New Jersey Playwrights Theatre.

“Osso Buco” will be followed by “Widowmaker” by Ed Lataro, in which a man tracks his former girlfriend down to an isolated mountain cabin and confronts her about her disappearance. Ed Lataro writes theatrical plays and screenplays. He received an honorable mention in the Writer’s Digest Magazine Playwriting Contest. He has a Master’s degree in counseling from Montclair State University.

The third play, “In the Clearing,” by Joseph Vitale, concerns three octogenarians who meet each evening in a secluded clearing in a public park to while away the hours and engage in a favorite forbidden pastime, smoking. Vitale, a semi-finalist at the 2012 Eugene O’Neill Theater/National Playwrights Conference, is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. In September, his work will be part of the One Act Competition at the Manhattan Repertory Theater.

The readings will be followed by a discussion among the authors, actors, directors, and members of the audience. The Theater Project is located at the Burgdoff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood. For more information about the Theater Project, visit


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