Event Cancelled – Plays By People 2020

Part of the annual Stages Festival
Plays By People 2020 event cancellation announcement.

Part of the annual Stages Festival


We regret to announce that this year’s Plays By People event has been cancelled. With the continued impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our communities, the New Jersey Theatre Alliance recently made the difficult decision to cancel all live Stages Festival events. Though we are disappointed to share this news, we know that it is the best thing to do to protect the health and wellbeing of our artists, collaborators, supporters, and staff.

Despite the cancellation of Plays By People 2020, we are excited to bring you new, innovative online content and events. This week, we premiered our first online art exhibit (go check it out next!) featuring inspiring artwork from many of our visual artists. Be sure to keep an eye out for other new content being announced soon.

Thank you for your support and understanding. We look forward to bringing Plays By People back in 2021!


Eileen Murray
Arts Access Program Director

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 2020 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. www.njtheatrealliance.org/stages

2020 Stages Festival Sponsors

George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust
Fund for the New Jersey Blind

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


Gertrude L. Hirsch Charitable Trust

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