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Young Playwrights Project

Building Communities Through Theater


(Eight Short Plays Inspired by Hurricane Sandy)
The NJ Rep Young Playwrights Project

1.   "Flesh, Blood, and Ice" by Mari Patient (Wendy Peace, David Sitler, Alex Gustafson)
2.   "Oblivious" by Matthew Markowski (Carolyn Popp, David Sitler, Wendy Peace, Tyler Bellmon)
3.   "The Maelstrom" by Chris Sprague (Devan Clark)
4.   "Nowhere Fast" by Hanisha Harjani (Wendy Peace, Devan Clark)
5.   "Through the Lens" by Kylie Shaye (Devan Clark, Tyler Bellmon, Carolyn Popp)
6.   "Turning the Corner" by Kelly Bourbon (Devan Clark, David Sitler)
7.   "Like A Tidal Wave" by Victoria Cartagena (Devan Clark, Alex Gustafson)
8.   "The Foundation We Build On" by Kyrstan Dougan (Wendy Peace, Tyler Bellmon)


Actors: Devan Clark, Alex Gustafson, Wendy Peace, Carolyn Popp, David Sitler

Director/Playwright Mentor: Joel Stone

Project Director: Wendy Peace

Project Staff: Wendy Peace, Sarah Congress, Joel Stone

Performance Dates: March 25th and 26th, 2014



Wendy Peace has been a member of New Jersey Rep since 2006, during which time she has appeared in numerous readings, Theatre Brut and two mainstage productions. Wendy has been brought in by William Alexander School in Brooklyn to provide one on one coaching to students applying to NYC's Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts, significantly increasing their acceptance rate. She has also participated in their student written play project. She has worked as a director/instructor for Piper Productions and the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival, and has taught television and commercial classes for children at Weist Barron Studios. Wendy has also coached hockey in Iceland, Norway and the U.S. She currently runs a hockey clinic for beginners in Brooklyn.

Joel Stone was a founding member and artistic director of Off-Off Broadway's The Theatre Asylum, which produced Sophocles' Electra, Horrors of Doctor Moreau and Babel-Babble. On May 17, 1998, his play Horrors of Doctor Moreau (published by Samuel French, Inc.) was the first Script-in-Hand reading presented by the newly-formed New Jersey Repertory Company. The following year, his short play The Age of Miracles was given its premiere at NJ Rep and went on to be a finalist at the Samuel French Short Play Festival. Also in 1999, NJ Rep presented Written in Stone, an evening of his short plays, including On the Subject of Black Widow Spider Venom, Groping for Faith, and The Speck of Dust in Bugsy's Eye (featuring Kim Hunter). In 2001, he co-wrote and co-produced One Night With You, a collection of six short plays about Elvis, created exclusively by NJ Rep playwrights. Over the years, he has directed Script-in-Hand readings of Mark Dunn's Oh Revoir, Mirabeau, Mario Fratti's Candida and Her Friends, Juan Mayorca's Way to Heaven (Himmelweg), Dorothy Fortenberry's Large as Life and Twice as Natural, Robert King's Destination Alaska, Tom Sime's Bloodletters, and Gino DiIorio's Release Point. He has written and directed plays for all four NJ Rep Theatre Brut Festivals, including Prairie Dogs (2004), Abilene (2004), Trouble on the PATH (2005), Seven4Seven (2006), and The Purgatory of Charlie Hustle (2008). From 2000-2002, he was in charge of theatre education for the New York City Board/Department of Education. In 2012, he completed his first book of non-fiction, The Master Craps Shooter.


ArtHelps is funded by The New Jersey Recovery Fund, hosted by the Community Foundation of New Jersey and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, is a joint effort between local and national foundations, New Jersey corporations, and individuals to support local nonprofit organizations working in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Fund provides flexible financial support to organizations focused on ensuring that recovery and rebuilding decisions address the long-term needs of the state and the local communities.


The programs of the Monmouth County Arts Council are made possible in part by funds from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, through the Monmouth County Historical Commission, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.  |