PEAPACK NJ - New Jersey Theatre Alliance presents staged readings from plays written by five playwrights in the Matheny Medical and Educational Center’s Arts Access Program.  The program empowers individuals with disabilities to create art without boundaries.  2018 marks the milestone 25th anniversary of the Arts Access Program.

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 atop Highland Avenue in Peapack.  The event, entitled “Plays by People,” is part of the Alliance’s Stages Festival, the state’s largest annual theatre festival that provides free and discounted theater events for all ages throughout the month of March. 

The five original plays featured will be: Brad’s Story, an autobiographical play by Brad Goldman; Rock Opera, a romantic musical comedy by Chris Saglimbene; Adventures Waiting to Happen, a whimsical comedy by Jessica Evans; My Life and Matheny, a quick glimpse into the creative world of playwright Michael Arin; and Hospital Bed, a series of medical mishaps by Rasheedah Mahali.

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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.”

For more information or to make a reservation for this free performance, log onto http://artsaccessprogram.org/event/stages-festival/ call (908) 234-0011, ext.412; or email heather@artsaccessprogram.org. To receive a full schedule of events for The Stages Festival, please visit www.stagesfestival.org.