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COUNT DOWN by Dominique Cieri

16th Reading in the FORUM Soundings Series Mar 16, 2013 at 7pm

2012 New Jersey Emerging Women Playwright and winner of a 2009 NJSCA Fellowship in playwriting.

Carmela is a theatre arts educator working on a program at a residential group center for incarcerated young girls in a run-down town in Northeast New Jersey. The girls are tough and volatile as they are vulnerable and sensitive. Years of abuse and neglect have left them with layers of defenses, and their abuse has followed them to the group center. Unaware of what is happening in the place where she is teaching, Carmela tries to get the girls to cohere into a performing troupe, and when the truth is revealed, the resistant girls come through and show us all the true healing power of art and love.

Dominique Cieri is a playwright, teaching artist, and member of the Dramatists Guild. She is the recipient of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and New Jersey State Council on the Arts Individual Playwriting Fellowship 2003, and 2009.  A graduate of Rose Bruford College in Kent, England, and the recipient of the State University of New York Chancellor’s Medal of Excellence for Scholarship and Creative Activities, Ms. Cieri holds an MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College, Vermont. Ms. Cieri’s plays: Pitz & Joe, For Dear Life, Last Kiss, Count Down, Safe, and The Baby Killer Play, under development at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Her plays have been produced and developed in New Jersey, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.  Pitz & Joe is currently under contract with Warner Brothers with Josh Brolin. Her Essays on Arts and Education have been published in the New York Times, and Teaching Artist Journal. Dominique received the New Jersey Theatre Alliance Applause Award, 2010, for her artistry and dedication.  Current projects include the implementation of her work for addressing bullying through the art of playwriting; a year-long commitment to the development of new work from grant monies received by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey through the New Jersey Arts Council for the program ‘Women’s Playwrights Project.’

Dominique's play is part of our Youth Driven Theatre Program with plays either written by -- or for -- youthful audiences. YDT is a theatre experience driven by a youthful point-of-view; it’s sophisticated theatre for everyone. She is also one of the New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights as well as a Literary Artist Fellowship recepient.

This reading will be begin at 7:00pm and will be held at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Dreyfuss Theatre, 285 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ. Click here for directions. Click here for a printable map of the campus (the Dreyfuss Theatre is located in Building 9).

Be sure to check out our 5 Questions with Dominique Cieri interview

Directed by Rodney Gilbert

Carmela - Jane Keitel*
Hobbs - Jared Robinson
Neema - Najah Johnson*
Esi - Taira Nails
Tizzy - Victoria Waumans
Blanca - Jenelle Sosa*
Rashida - Eotree Thomas
Miriam - Hillery Brotschol
Amber - Alexandra Rivera*
Stage Directions - Michele Morgan

*Members Actors' Equity Association

Dominique Cieri

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