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1st Reading in FORUM Soundings Series Dec 14, 2012 at 7pm

An ambitious young woman at a nonprofit organization hits upon an idea to connect international political prisoners as letter exchange partners. What seems to be a well-meaning program quickly gets caught up in the political intrigues and propaganda of China and the Middle East, and turns into a desperate situation for the head of the nonprofit who allowed the program to go ahead in the first place.

Pia Wilson is a 2011 Heideman Award finalist for her short play Turning the Glass Around and a semi-finalist in the 2011 Bay Area Playwrights Festival.  She is a 2012 resident with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace program, a 2009 playwriting fellow with the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and a member of the 2008 Emerging Writers Group at The Public Theater. She is also a member of The Passage Theatre Play Lab and a member of the 2009 Project Footlight team of composers and librettists. Her full-length play The Flower Thief was an August 2012 co-production between Horse Trade Theater Group and The Fire This Time play festival.  Her play Generation T was featured in The Classical Theatre of Harlem's Future Classics reading series in June 2012.  Her full-length drama Red Rooster was likewise a part of  the Future Classics reading series as well as the Emerging Writers Spotlight Series at The Public Theater in 2009. All the Pretty Girls was featured in The Looking Glass Theatre's Spring 2009 Writer/Director Forum. The River Pure for Healing was part of the 2008 Resilience of the Spirit play festival. Her play Tree of Life received a 2007 workshop production at The Red Room Theater.

Pia is a Literary Artist Fellowship recipient.

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 Pia Wilson interview!

Directed by Heidi Grumelot

Hakim - Laith Nakli
Tibetan Nun/Chinese Guard's Wife/Garneau's Wife - Bonna Tek
Nadine - Brittany Bellizeare
Mr. Garneau - Matt Wise
Soldier/Nadine's Father - Blaze Mancillas
Chinese Guard/Army Psychologist - Nick Maccarone
Stage Directions - Misha Calvert

The NJ Literary Artist Fellowship Showcase, now in its thirteenth year, is a partnership between the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Playwrights Theatre. Part of the NJSCA long-range plan to promote the work of New Jersey artists through performance and exhibitions, its intention is to present public showcases of the winners of  the prestigious NJSCA Literary Artist Fellowships in poetry, prose and playwriting. This year’s series is featuring the works of the 2009 Fellowship winners. The playwrights are being featured as part of Playwrights Theatre’s Forum Reading Series. Prose writers and poets will be featured in future readings in Hoboken, Long Beach Island, and at the Arts on Division Festival in Somerville, NJ.      

This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Pia Wilson

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