24-Hour Theatre Festival To Benefit Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts

GALLOWAY –The Stockton’s School of Arts and Humanities will present a 24-hour theatre festival entitled “Play in a Day” for Hurricane Relief, on Saturday, Dec. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Theatre.

The event, open to the public, will feature five new short plays written, directed and rehearsed over a 24-hour period.

Admission is two food items, excluding glass, cellophane and opened containers. There is also an encouraged donation of $10 per person ($5 for students). Items sought include canned fruit, bottled water, baby food, pet food, canned foods such as tuna, salmon, Spam and chicken; food items in plastic jars such as peanut butter and jelly and “shelf stable: milk products like condensed milk and Parmalat.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Stockton Student Relief Emergency Fund.

John Perovich, associate director for residence education, participated in a similar event while pursuing his master’s degree at New York University, and thought the idea was ripe for Stockton.

“I was thinking about what we could do to raise funds and collect resources for victims of this terrible storm,” Perovich said. “This seemed like something that could help people and at the same time be a lot of fun.”

According to Perovich, five playwrights will be given a list of available actors and props. Then beginning on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m., they will have 24 hours to bring their creations to the stage. Participants in the project include a mix of students, Stockton staff and community members.

The playwrights include students Jacob Wolos of Galloway, Stephanie Allen of Forked River, and Michael Meinberg of North Middletown. Community member include James Landau of Linwood, and Perovich, of Mays Landing.

Directors are students Tyler Riley of Burlington; and Kate Sparacio of Galloway; alumni Patrick Judd of Philadelphia; and community members Donna Freidel of Sewell, and Dave Somers of Leeds Point.

Actors are students Nick Zebrowski of Forked River; Kaitlin Butulan of Browns Mills; Taylor Cawley of Cape May Court House; Daniel Cerullo of Little Egg Harbor; Anastasia Sarnese of Hammonton; Leticia Santos of Jersey City and Danielle Kearney of Old Bridge; Alumni/staff members Brian Pluchino and Steve Radwanski both of Egg Harbor Twp; staff member Christy Cunningham of Galloway; former staff member Debbie Scheibler of Camden; and community members Nicole Giapoutzis of Hammonton; Louise Seitman of Egg Harbor Township; and Rosemary Molloy of Little Egg Harbor.

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