PEAPACK, NJ - Brad Goldman, a former Matheny resident who currently lives independently in Morristown will be one of five playwrights presenting a staged reading during the Matheny Medical and Educational Center's Arts Access Program.  The program, hosted by New Jersey Theatre Alliance, empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries. 

The readings will be presented from 3-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, at the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center on the Matheny campus, located at 65 Highland Avenue in Peapack.  This event is part of the Alliance’s Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual theatre festival that provides free and discounted theatre events for all ages throughout the month of March.

Goldman, will share Brad’s Story, which a portion of his autobiography. He also owns his own greeting card company, BRADesigns and is a motivational speaker.  The other plays to be presented are: Rock Opera by Chris Saglimbene; Hospital Bed by Rasheedah Mahali; Adventures Waiting to Happen by Jessica Evans; and My Life and Matheny by Michael Arin.

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The Stages Festival offers dozens of performances, workshops, classes, and events at theatres, art centers, libraries, schools, senior centers, and other community venues throughout the state. The program was developed to encourage New Jersey’s residents to attend their local professional theatres by making the experience affordable, accessible, and fun. Since its inception 20 years ago, the program has served over 190,000 people.

 “The Alliance is grateful that Arts Access is participating in the 2018 Stages Festival,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “We are especially excited to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of Stages, which has provided theatrical experiences for thousands of residents, regardless of age, across New Jersey. These efforts would not be made possible without the wonderful help of our partners such Arts Access.”

Says Eileen Murray, Arts Access Director: “We provide the creative freedom for the artists to express themselves, but it is the artists who bring this work to life.”

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