New Date – Plays By People 2020

Part of the annual Stages Festival
Artist Christopher Saglimbene performing on stage at the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center.


We are excited to announce that a new date for our Plays By People event has been set! We have coordinated with our event partners, Premiere Stages at Kean University, and found a new date for the performance. Please join us Saturday, May 30th for Plays By People 2020.

Additionally, we are pleased to say that this event will still be part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual Stages Festival. For more information about the Stages Festival and the current status of performances, workshops, and other events, please visit their website.
Thank you for your continued support and understanding. Looking forward to seeing you at Plays By People in May!


Eileen Murray
Arts Access Program Director


As with all of the arts, live theatre enriches our lives, giving us opportunities to connect to other people and see the world through their eyes. Arts Access is thrilled to once again participate in the New Jersey’s largest celebration of live theater with New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual Stages Festival!

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 our member theatres.

Arts Access will be presenting Plays By People, an afternoon of staged readings of plays written by the Arts Access playwrights and performed by professional actors from Premiere Stages at Kean University. The playwrights will be an integral part of the staging process, offering direct feedback to the actors on how to best present their written work. They will also work with the director to create sound cues and staging. Through all of this, the Arts Access playwrights will gain important experience in regards to critique and performance. Learn more about this year’s featured plays and playwrights.


Please join us for

Plays By People

Saturday, May 30, 2020
4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
at the Robert Schonhorn Arts Center


“The Alliance is grateful that The Arts Access Program at Matheny is participating in the 2020 Stages Festival,” said John McEwen, Executive Director of the Alliance. “For 23 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 reserve your seat!


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.

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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