Madox residents, if you’re a fan of theater, you’re probably already well aware that being in buzzing Jersey City, there’s no need to trek all the way to New York City to catch some quality plays. Now with a new series of staged readings happening at the Merseles Theater at 339 Newark Avenue in Jersey City, which is about a mile and a half from your Madox apartment, that couldn’t be more true.
Readings are currently scheduled through March 25, which will feature readings from both established and emerging playwrights to give visitors a taste of all that’s happening in the theater world. Plus, the readings are timely because March is Women’s History Month, and the plays that are being offered celebrate the resilience and determination of women.
The festival is a product of a partnership between the Jersey City Theater Center and the Writers Theatre of New Jersey. The next reading will be on March 8 at 7:30 p.m., when “Paterson Falls,” by Rosemary McLaughlin, will be read. This play investigates the Paterson Silk Strikes in 1912-13.
A stage reading by Stacie Lents will take place on March 16 at 7:30 p.m., which is a work of fiction based on interviews with prisoners at the Women’s Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center (WERDCC) in Vandalia, Missouri. The play is an astute and often humorous look at the lives of these women as they deal with issues associated with their incarceration.
All of the plays only cost a $5 donation per person, and the complete schedule of events can be found at jctcenter.org.
Merseles Theater – Jersey City Theatre Center
339 Newark Avenue, Jersey City