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SALVATION ROAD by D.W. Gregory

15th Reading in FORUM Soundings Series Mar 15, 2013 at 7pm


From the Author of Radium Girls (performed at PTNJ in 2000) and The Good Girl Is Gone (performed at PTNJ in 2006).

Cliff Kozak, 17, and his sister Jill, 15, are brokenhearted over the disappearance of their college-aged sister into a religious cult. When they find out her possible location and that she might be eager to leave, but can’t get out, they go on a journey to “rescue” her. Salvation Road is an honest and balanced examination of how youngsters fall under the sway of cults, regardless of their intelligence and self-awareness, and how difficult it is for families to bring their children home. Winner of the 2011 American Alliance for Theatre in Education Playwrights in Our Schools Award.

D.W. Gregory writes in a variety of styles and genres, from historical drama to screwball comedy, but a recurring theme is the exploration of political issues through a personal lens. The New York Times called her “a playwright with a talent to enlighten and provoke” for her most produced play, RADIUM GIRLS (Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey), about dialpainters poisoned on the job in the 1920s. A resident playwright at New Jersey Rep, she received a Pulitzer nomination for the Rep’s production of THE GOOD DAUGHTER, the story of a Missouri farm family struggling to adapt to rapid social change. Other plays include THE GOOD GIRL IS GONE (Playwrights Theatre) , a black comedy about maternal indifference; OCTOBER 1962 (NJ Rep), a Cold War era psychological thriller; and MOLUMBY’S MILLION (Iron Age Theatre Co.), a comedy about the boxer Jack Dempsey, which was nominated for the 2011 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play by the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia. Her work has been developed through the support of the National New Play Network, the Maryland Arts Council, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and has been presented at the New Harmony Project, ShenanArts, The Playwrights’ Center, Theatre of the First Amendment, NYU’s HotInk Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Lark, Florida Stage, Geva Theatre, the Women’s Project, and the Young Vic, among others. Current projects include A GRAND DESIGN, a serio-comedy inspired by the D.C. sniper shootings of a decade ago, now in development with Theatre J of Washington, D.C.; and YELLOW STOCKINGS, a musical adaptation of Twelfth Night for young audiences. 

Be sure to check out our 5 Question Interview with D.W. Gregory

D.W. Gregory'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.

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).

Directed by John Pietrowski

Cast:
Cliff - Merritt Reid*
Jill/Simi/Clerk - Morgan Vasquez
Denise - Kristen Calgaro
Elijah/Father's Voice - Christopher Kloko
Sister Jean/Rebecca - Jane Keitel*
Brian Duffy - Danil Krimer

*Members Actors' Equity Assocation

 
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