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by Joan Cushing

3rd Reading in the 2011 FORUM series ~ Thursday, December 1 @ 7:00pm

Lizzie Bright is a unique coming-of-age play based on the true event of an island’s destruction in 1912. Peopled by a colorful cast of characters -  the crusty Mrs. Cobb, the wicked Mrs. Elia Hurd, a bully named Willis, a racist Sheriff, greedy church deacons, the puritannical Reverend Buckminster, and two 12-year old heroes: Lizzie Bright Griffin and Turner Buckminster III -  this lovely, heartbreaking, and very real story doesn't always go where you think it will, but in the end it goes to a movingly spiritual place.  

This reading will be held at The Growing Stage, at the Historic Palace Theatre, Route 183, 7 Ledgewood Avenue, Netcong, NJ. Click here for directions.

All tickets are general admission. There will be a talk-back following the reading.

Joan Cushing is best known for writing and performing political satire in Wash, DC, more recently Cushing is adapting children's books as musicals, receiving over 350 productions.  Works include Miss Nelson Is Missing! (winner, Nat’l Children’s Theatre Festival), Field Day, Junie B. Jones, Petite Rouge (NY Musical Theatre Festival), George and Martha,  all commissioned by Imagination Stage, and Diary of a Worm, A Spider & a Fly, commissioned by Oregon Children’s Theatre. Others: The Christmas Doll, Nat’l Youth Theatre Award for Outstanding New Musical, Tussaud, based on Madame Tussaud’s bloody pursuit of art, and Breast In Show, a brand new musical about breast cancer.  Representation by The Susan Gurman Agency.  See

Want to know more? Check out 5 Questions With Joan Cushing on our blog.

Appropriate for the entire family.

Directed by Lori B. Lawrence


Turner Ernest Buckminster III - Timothy Regan#
Reverend Buckminster - David Farrington#
Deacon Hurd/Sailor - Buzzy Roddy*
Mr. Stonecrop/Boy #1 - Paul Murphy*
Sheriff Elwell/Boy #2 - Eli Ganias*
Willis Hurd/Thayer - Scott Cagney
Mrs. Buckminster - Eilis Cahill*
Mrs. Deacon Hurd/Matron - Nora Hummel*
Mrs. Cobb/Mrs. Stonecrop - Bev Sheehan*
Elia Hurd - Bonnie Black*
Lizzie Bright - Najah Johnson*
Preacher Griffin - Tony Robinson*
Jacob Eason - Sahirah Johnson*
Stage Directions - Georgia Goetz+

* Members of Actors' Equity Association
# Equity Member Candidate
+ FDU Student


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