Plays By People 2021

Part of the annual Stages Festival

Close up of artist Cheryl Chapin in the auditorium at the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center.

Part of the annual Stages Festival

Live theatre enriches our lives, giving us opportunities to connect to other people and see the world through another’s eyes. After a year of quarantine and social distancing, that connection to others is more precious and appreciated than ever before! Arts Access is excited to once again participate in the New Jersey’s largest celebration of live theater with New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual Stages Festival, which is returning this year with a combination of virtual and in-person events.

The Stages Festival is a state-wide spring festival of free and low-cost theatre events including performances, classes, workshops, and play readings. The Stages Festival is designed to showcase the diversity and excellence of New Jersey theatre, to break down barriers of cost and access, and to introduce new audiences to the work of member theatres.

Arts Access will once again be presenting Plays By People, featuring readings of works from the Arts Access writers and dramatists and performed by professional actors from Premiere Stages at Kean University. This year’s event will be presented virtually, via Zoom. The event will showcase the work of Arts Access playwright Cheryl Chapin. Cheryl will be an integral part of the staging process, directing the actors on how to best present her written work. She will also work with the director to create sound cues and staging.

Please join us for

Plays By People

Saturday, March 27, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
on Zoom

“The Alliance is grateful that The Arts Access Program at Matheny is participating in the 2021 Stages Festival,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “For 24 years, Stages has provided theatrical experiences for thousands of residents across New Jersey. These efforts would not be made possible without the wonderful help of our partners such as Premiere Stages at Kean University.”

Plays By People is a FREE event, but be sure to RSVP for the event link!

About the Stages Festival

The New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s 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.

The Festival began as a one-week program for young people and their families. As it grew in popularity, the NJ Theatre Alliance expanded it to a full month of performances, workshops and programs for theatre lovers in all the stages of their lives. The Stages Festival is New Jersey’s largest celebration of live theatre.

This event is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2021 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Bank of America; The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey; OceanFirst Foundation; the George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust; New Jersey Historical Commission; and Fund for the New Jersey Blind.

2021 Stages Festival Sponsors


Arts Access is grateful to the following organizations for their generous support of this event and other projects from Arts Access.

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