The Bauer

Premiere Stages is proud to announce the winners of the 2021 Bauer Boucher Playwriting Award. Kean University student Lucien Edme (Class of ‘21) is the winner of the student award and Megan Hoche (Class of ‘08, ‘10) is the winner of the alumnus award.


You’re invited!

The Bauer Boucher Award winners virtual readings are free and will be performed via Zoom. A short Q&A with the playwrights will follow each reading.

Lucien Edme, playwright

Lucien Edme


Tuesday, Jan 19 at 3:20 p.m. EST

In a middle school full of power-hungry tyrants in the making, Wesley Grande is a new kid at St. Thomas Public School who has planned to run for class president. Running with his best friend, Wesley plans to “bring power back to the underdog.” Only thing that stands in his way is the most popular girl in school running against him who urges him to “enlist an army.” In order to win the presidency, he brings in a precocious, “soon-to-be mogul” sixth grader as a campaign manager to help out. Wesley soon has to decide what matters more to him: Power or Respect.


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Megan Hoche, playwright

Megan Hoche

Forever Mom

Tuesday, Jan 26 at 7 p.m. EST

Linda is a full-time caregiver to her adult son, Kevin, who has intellectual disabilities. With Kevin consuming her days, things like travel, relaxation, and even aging seem like luxuries that are out of her reach. But, when a family member offers up a change, Linda begins to consider an alternative life for the first time—one without Kevin. With this decision comes panic, some unexpected visitors, and the occasional reckless daydream as the family considers a transition ahead.


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The 2021 Bauer Boucher Award Readings will benefit the Kean Foundation. Donations will help support Premiere Stages education initiatives, particularly those that support emerging artists. We’re committed to compensating all artists for their work. Please consider making a donation to the Kean University Foundation to cover program costs.


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We wish to express our gratitude to the following Performers’ Unions through the Theatre Authority, Inc.




About the

The Bauer Boucher Playwriting Awards

The awards recognize the work of Kean University’s playwrights. Premiere Stages accepts submissions for the Bauer Boucher each fall from any writers who are currently attending or have graduated from Kean University, and the Award-winning play is selected in January.


See the submission guidelines