15th Annual
Spring Reading Series

at the Bauer Boucher Theatre Center


You are invited to our 15th Annual Spring Reading Series, featuring the four finalists for the 2019 Premiere Play Festival, selected from 659 submissions. Talk-backs follow each free reading. Readings will be directed by John J. Wooten, Producing Artistic Director of Premiere Stages.


Admission is free; seating is limited and reservations are strongly recommended. Please email premiere@kean.edu or call 908-737-4077 to reserve. All unclaimed seats at the time of curtain will be released to the wait list.


Email premiere@kean.edu

Call (908) 737-4077


Staged Reading with John Wooten and director
Headshot of Amy Berryman

Amy Berryman

Thursday, March 14 at 7 pm


written by Amy Berryman

In the not-so-distant future, climate change has intensified and scientists are recommending that we colonize elsewhere. Cassie, a NASA botanist, returns from her year-long deployment in space and is shocked to find her sister, Stella, a former NASA architect, engaged to an Earth Advocate. As the twins grapple with questions of rivalry and love, humanity hangs in the balance.


Kari Bentley-Quinn

Friday, March 15 at 7 pm


written by Kari Bentley-Quinn

In a Cape Cod town, Michelle and her mother Fran run a small shop where they sell beach gear, souvenirs, snow globes, and the best fudge around. Also working in the shop are Michelle's son, Tommy, back from his second stint in rehab, and Lauren, home from college to tend to her ailing mother. As the summer blends into winter, a bond between Tommy and Lauren forms that threatens to change everyone forever.


Vincent Delany

Saturday, March 16 at 7 pm


written by Vincent Delaney

What happens when your best friends lose their home but refuse to leave it? And how much do we really owe (or know?) our neighbors? Foreclosure takes a sharply comic look at a modern collapse that shows no sign of ending.


Tammy Ryan

Sunday, March 17 at 3 pm

The Wake

written by Tammy Ryan

In life, Colleen was a force of nature. Six months after her death, her sisters Maggie and Rosemary rent a beach house in Florida to scatter her ashes, only to find themselves and their respective partners staring down a hurricane. As the strong winds and rain bands begin, strange encounters with wildlife signal something more is going on. Filled with humor and heart, The Wake explores grief, family, and America’s shifting cultural and environmental climates.