Yasmine Beverly Rana’s play THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED to have Chicago production

2012-2013 New Jersey Emerging Women Playwright, Yasmine Beverly Rana’s, THE WAR ZONE IS MY BED will have a production in Chicago from August 14-September 7, 2014.

The War Zone is My Bed

Directed by Dani Snyder-Young performance will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 6pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 4541 N. Spaulding Avenue.

To learn more, visit Halcyon Theatre’s website

And check out the trailer on YouTube


Dania Ramos to Direct Two Readings on April 26, 2014

Dania Ramos

Dania Ramos

New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights Project (2011-2012) participant, Dania Ramos, will direct MEET THE GLASS FAMILY and THE SNOWMAN.

These plays are part of A PLAY DATE WITH MR. H ~ One Act Plays by Scott Huguenin which will take place on April 26, 2014, beginning at 4pm at RoxPAC – Investors Bank Theater 72 Eyland Avenue. Click here for directions.

4:00pm – All Audiences/All Ages
5:00pm – Intermission/Reception with light refreshments
5:30pm – Mature Audiences

Scott Huguenin wrote plays for adults and children. He started his career in the advanced playwriting class at Playwrights Theatre’s Creative Arts Academy in Madison, NJ, and had his work performed at Playwrights Theatre, 12 Miles West, The Festival of NJ Writers, Funny Bones Festival, the MultiStages New Works Festival and the Tada Youth Theatre in NYC.

Scott Huguenin

Scott Huguenin

For over 20 years, he taught enrichment programs and second grade in the Roxbury School District and at a private Catholic School in Sayreville, NJ, where he earned numerous “Teacher of the Year” awards for both his classroom work and extra-curricular clubs and shows he helped to create and run.

Scott passed away unexpectedly at the age of 47 in August 2012, leaving behind a loving family and a large body of plays. In 2012, his brother Marc published four volumes.

We will celebrate the life of this extraordinary man with a staged reading working with professional actors at RoxPac in Roxbury on Saturday April 26. Two pieces written for children and their families will be performed at  4 pm, with four additional pieces recommended for older audiences at 5:30. In between the two readings there will be a reception with light refreshments.

For more information and to reserve your seat, visit our website


2012-2013 NJ Emerging Women Playwright Yasmine Beverly Rana’s BLOOD SKY

Blood Sky Yasmine Beverly Rana2012-2013 NJ Emerging Women Playwright, Yasmine Beverly Rana, will have a production of her play BLOOD SKY at T. Schreiber Theatre in NYC, February 26 – April 6, 2014.

Along the Mississippi River, an animalistic call triggers a traumatic event for a young woman attempting to break free from her past.

BLOOD SKY is published in the critically-acclaimed anthology The War Zone Is My Bed and Other Plays by Yasmine Beverly Rana.

“Written with soulful realism and aching beauty.”  -Pat Taylor, The Tolucan Times

“Ms. Rana’s plays represent examples of post-modern theater akin to ancient theater with its primitive intensity and urgency.”  (Dasha C. Nisula, Slavic and East European Journal – on The War Zone Is My Bed and Other Plays).

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Spotlight on 2014 NJ Emerging Women Playwrights Project Participant Maryanne Melloan Woods

Maryanne Melloan Woods

Maryanne Melloan Woods

Maryanne Melloan Woods is a playwright, screenwriter and educator whose plays have been produced throughout the United States.  Raised in London and New Jersey, Maryanne received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Drew University and an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles.

Maryanne’s plays have been produced by theatres and programs such as HBO’s New Writers Project, the Mark Taper Forum, Foundry Theatre Works, The Joint Theatre Company and First Stage in Los Angeles, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, About Face and TheatreTweed in New York, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Alleyway Theatre in Buffalo and the Barn Theatre in New Jersey.

Maryanne has won the New England Theatre Conference’s John Gassner Playwriting Contest and the Venice (CA) Playwrights’ Festival.  She also received a playwriting grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Her play, Smells Like Gin, was the first play produced by Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey.  She has had residencies at the Dorset Colony House in Vermont and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

In her career as a tv writer/producer, Maryanne has written shows for networks incuding Showtime, NBC, ABC, Fox, the WB, Nickelodeon and ABC Family.   She’s also developed tv pilots for Walt Disney TV and Paramount.

She has taught screenwriting at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York, UCLA and the American Film Institute, and served as a panelist for tv writing seminars at NYU and the University of Wisconsin.  Maryanne was also a mentor/teacher for The Unusual Suspects, a playwriting workshop for at-risk teens in L.A.

Maryanne is the author of the non-fiction book, Rock and Roll Revealed.  She is currently working on a novel based on one of her tv pilots.

Spotlight on 2014 NJ Emerging Women Playwrights Project Participant Suzanne Trauth

Suzanne Trauth

Suzanne Trauth

Suzanne Trauth’s plays include iDream, supported by the National Science Foundation’s STEM initiative on science and technology, presented at Premiere Stages; Françoise, which received a staged reading at Luna Stage; and Katrina: the K Word, based on interviews with New Orleans’ survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and produced on university campuses throughout the US.  Ms. Trauth also directed a staged reading of the play at Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Her screenplays Solitaire and Boomer Broads have won awards at the Austin Film Festival and the Writer’s Network Competition and, most recently, she wrote and directed the short film Jigsaw. Ms. Trauth has co-authored Sonia Moore and American Acting Training and co-edited Katrina on Stage: Five Plays (Northwestern University Press). For TheatreFest, she directed, served as Associate Producer, and founded the experimental Next Stage. She co-produc ed and directed productions at the Ensemble Studio Theatre (NYC), the Whole Theatre, and 12 Miles West. Ms. Trauth served as Assistant Artistic Director and faculty member at the Sonia Moore Studio in NYC and performed for the American Stanislavski Theatr e. As part of a global initiative, she directed The Crucible for the Theatre-on-Podol in the Ukraine. She is a former member of the theatre faculty at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where she coordinated the BFA Acting Program.

Spotlight on 2014 NJ Emerging Women Playwrights Project Participant Chisa Hutchinson

Chisa Hutchinson

Chisa Hutchinson

Chisa Hutchinson earned a B.A. from Vassar College and an M.F.A from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  Her plays, which include DIRT RICH, SHE LIKE GIRLS,THIS IS NOT THE PLAY, SEX ON SUNDAY, TUNDE’S TRUMPET, THE SUBJECT, MAMA’S GONNA BUY YOU, SOMEBODY’S DAUGHTER, ALONDRA WAS HERE  and DEAD & BREATHING have been presented by such venues as the Lark Play Development Center, SummerStage, Atlantic Theater Company, Working Man’s Clothes Productions, the BE Company, Partial Comfort Productions, Mad Dog Theater Company and the Wild Project.  After being a Dramatists Guild Fellow, a Lark Fellow, a Resident at the William Inge Center for the Arts, a New York NeoFuturist and a staff writer for the Blue Man Group, she is thrilled to be one of the newest members of New Dramatists.  Chisa has won a GLAAD Award, the John Golden Award for Excellence in Playwriting, a Lilly Award and a New York Innovative Theatre Award, and has been a finalist for the highly coveted PoNY Fellowship.  A recent foray into screenwriting won her Best Narrative Short at the Sonoma International Film Festival, so she’s really looking forward to seeing how her first feature film, an adaptation of her play, THE SUBJECT, turns out.  By day, Chisa writes copy for a retail company.  To learn more about Chisa, visit www.chisahutchinson.com .

Announcing the Fabulous New Jersey Emerging Women Playwrights for 2014