Important Information

regarding the Spring Readings at Kean


In compliance with recommendations made by the CDC for public gatherings, the 2020 Spring Readings will now be closed to the public.

Premiere Stages at Kean University appreciates your patience and understanding as we navigate through the current situation.

We look forward to sharing three of these exceptionally promising new plays with you in an expanded form of development as part of the 2020 season!




John J. Wooten
Producing Artistic Director



Claire Fort and Shelley Fort in rehearsal for Amy Berryman's Walden. Both ladies are standing, and reading the scripts while acting out with facial expressions and hand gestures

The readings will now be held as private focused readings for the playwrights.

Songbird's playwright

Rachel Luann Strayer

Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.


by Rachel Luann Strayer

directed by John J. Wooten

Jess is an up-and-coming singer/songwriter who she doesn't want to talk about why she abandoned her career. In fact, she doesn't want to talk about it so badly that she hasn't spoken in months. Jess's sister, Brit, thinks a beach trip to their old family vacation spot is just the trick to get Jess to open up. As tensions rise and a young visitor arrives seeking her help, Jess knows there are words that have to be spoken; she's just hoping she has the right ones.

Scab's playwright

Gino Diiorio

Thursday, March 12 at 7 .m.


by Gino Diiorio

directed by John J. Wooten

Gilda, a middle-aged woman, has to train Eduardo, a young Mexican man, how to be a shop foreman when her factory plant moves to Mexico. Over the course of a week, they discover that their assumptions regarding personal expectations and cultural differences are not always correct.

Lyons Pride's playwright

Bleu Beckford-Burrell

Friday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

Lyons Pride

by Bleu Beckford-Burrell

directed by Melissa Maxwell

The Lyons household is struggling to stay afloat but doesn’t find itself lacking in pride. A family play, about living, love, identity and overcoming life challenges, Lyons Pride explores what it means to be Jamaican in America and the similarities many families share as immigrants.

My Mother the Sun's playwright

Massimo Monfiletto

Saturday, March 14 at 7 p.m.

My Mother the Sun

by Massimo Monfiletto

directed by Kareem Fahmy

When her mother goes missing in the desert between the US/Mexico border, Solana must journey out with a group of activists to bring her back. As her past begins to haunt her, she must undertake an extraordinary transformation in the hopes of keeping her family together.

Year One's playwright

Erik Gernand

Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m.

Year One

by Erik Gernand

directed by John J. Wooten

In 1933 Germany, Anna struggles to keep her family afloat during the first year of Adolph Hitler’s rise to power. When her brother Max arrives unexpectedly from Berlin, Anna’s life is thrown into even greater turmoil when the true reason for his visit is uncovered and she’s forced to choose between family and country.


This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2020 Stages Festival, a state-wide celebration of theatre. Visit to learn more.