NJPAC Stage Exchange: <i>A Better Place to Be</i> by Stephen Fredericks

NJPAC Stage Exchange: A Better Place to Be by Stephen Fredericks

A new work by playwright Stephen Fredericks will be given a dramatic reading as part of the fourth season of NJPAC Stage Exchange, presented by NJPAC in collaboration with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.

Cutting-edge play development meets insightful community dialogue at NJPAC Stage Exchange, a collaboration of three professional New Jersey theaters and a talented trio of Garden State playwrights. Following readings and Q&As at NJPAC related to each Stage Exchange work, a world premiere production will be staged by each dramatist’s partner theater.

The starting point for Stephen Fredericks’ A Better Place to Be is his own genealogy. The playwright discovered that his grandmother had immigrated to the U.S. from Norway in the early 1900s when she was 14 years old, and went right to work as a domestic servant. His play will meld the story of his grandmother’s immigration with the story of a 14-year- old Syrian girl who flees to the U.S. as a refugee in the 21 st century. As he works on his script, Fredericks will meet with Syrian refugee families in Paterson to gather firsthand stories of their experiences.

Netcong’s Growing Stage: The Children’s Theatre of New Jersey is the partner theater for this new play.

This season’s Friday night Stage Exchange readings also include:

March 16: Darrah Cloud and Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown

May 25: Tanya Saracho and Two River Theater, Red Bank