New Play Festival / Strength / Staged Reading
Jersey City Theater Center at Jersey City Theater Center
Jersey City, NJ
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2022 New Play Festival Week Two: Strength / In-person / Jersey City
Friday, May 13, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. E.T. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
Location: JCTC Studios, 165 Newark Ave, Jersey City (enter at Barrow St)
New Play Festival Week Two showcases a full-length play, Woman with a Parasol, written by Molly Kirschner (United States, Montvale, NJ), and directed by Hamutal Posklinksy. A Q&A and discussion will follow the performance.
Woman with a Parasol tells the story of a neighborhood cat who frequents three different households, taking the place of what is missing in each. It takes strength for a couple to bring a child into a world like ours: a polluted world with a limited lifespan. It requires strength for an abandoned young man to love, particularly to love a cat that belongs to someone else, which he can’t possibly keep. Strength is also what drives a woman’s decision to eschew a conventional life to pursue her artistic dreams, even at the cost of forsaking her child. In this tale of interconnectedness and unspeakable emotional distances, the characters struggle to find the strength necessary to fulfill their desires, and in the process, cause harm to those closest to them.