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About the Contest
The New Jersey Playwrights Contest (NJPC) supports the work of emerging New Jersey playwrights and composers by showcasing their work to the public through staged-readings and a full production of the winning play and musical. Unpublished scripts by New Jersey residents are solicited in the summer and through a rigorous process that includes the staged-reading series, one play and one musical are selected to receive a professionally designed and directed production the following fall and spring semesters.
All playwrights residing in the state of New Jersey are eligible to enter the NJPC-Play Series. Residents of NJ, NY and the tri-state area are eligible to enter the NJPC-Musical Series. Students and members of the local community, who have the time and energy to commit to a production, are invited to participate in the process. Open auditions for the winners and readings are held in September and January. Casts vary widely depending upon the reading or show but often include undergraduates from a variety of majors, alumni and other members of the University community as well as local community actors or semi-professional performers. Occasionally professional actors are employed on an as needed basis. The artistic and technical staffs for all NJPC shows consist of fulltime and part-time theatre professionals working in the northern New Jersey area.
Previous winners of the annual NJPC are: NINE MONTHS, INSIDE OUT by S. W. Senek (2005), TUESDAY IN JERSEY WITH ANDY, by Dennis Russo (2006), END OF THE WORLD BUTTON, by S.W. Senek (2007), MARGOT FRANK: THE DIARY OF THE OTHER YOUNG GIRL, Book & Lyrics by Lori Mooney & Diana Rissetto, Music by Cooper Cerulo, Michael Sangiovanni & Warren Helms (2008), IT'S ALL ABOUT THE KIDS, by Caytha Jentis (2009), BUICK BECOMES ELECTRA OR THE TORRID ZONE, by Stanley Werse (2010), DISENCHANTED!, by Dennis Giacino (2011), A MATTER OF DREAMS, by Judah Skoff (2012 Play Series), DAYBREAK, by Bobby Cronin, with additional lyrics by Brett Teresa (2012 Musical Series), EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, by Stephen Kaplan (2013 Play Series), MOTHER EVE’S SECRET GARDEN OF SENSUAL SISTERHOOD, book by Uma Incrocci, Erica Jensen, Kirk McGee, lyrics by Uma Incrocci, music by Christian Pedersen (2013 Musical Series), THE ALICE OF WARD 13, by Jonathan G Galvez (2014 Play Series), FOOD, THE MUSICAL, book and lyrics by Donna Kaz, music by Gerald Stockstill (2014 Musical Series), TRIAL AND TREASON, by S.W. Senek (2015 Play Series), and MICRO SHRIMP, music, book and lyrics by Marcus Yi (2015 Musical Series).
This year's Play Series winner is JERUSALEM IS BEAUTIFUL, by Elisabeth Frankel.
This year's Musical Series winner is BLINDSIDED BY A DIAPER, Book by William Squier and Dana Hilmer, Lyrics by William Squier, Music by Jeffrey Lodin, Based on the Random House publication by Dana Hilmer.
The NJPC is coordinated by Edward Matthews and Shari Selke of the University Performing Arts Department, and is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Winner of the Twelfth Annual NJPC - Musical Series
Blindsided by a Diaper
Book by William Squier and Dana Hilmer
Lyrics by William Squier • Music by Jeffrey Lodin
Based on the Random House publication by Dana Hilmer
March 31* & April 1,2, & 7,8,9, 2016 at 7:00 pm
April 3** & 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm
Shea Center for Performing Arts
Admission: $25.00 General Public •
$18.00 WPUNJ Community and Senior Citizens • $12.00 Students
*Preview on March 31-all tickets $12.00
**Meet the author session follows the Sun. 4/3/16 matinee.
Blindsided By A Diaper is a new musical comedy about the changes that take place when first-time parents go from being a couple to being a family. The musical follows Lisa and Jeff on a rollercoaster ride through 9 months of pregnancy in Act One and the first 3 months of caring for their new baby in Act Two. Along the way the couple has to contend with a barrage of well-intentioned, unsolicited advice from other parents eager to share their experiences (especially the horror stories!) – allowing many essays from the collection on which the show is based to be woven into Jeff and Lisa’s tale to form a musical tapestry that’s funny, touching and surprisingly honest.
To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday
By Michael Brady
Tues.-Sat., November 17-21, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Sun., November 22, 2015 at 3:00pm
Fri., November 20, 2015 also at 11:00 am
Hunziker Black Box Theatre
Admission: General Public $15 • WP faculty, staff, students, alumni and senior citizens $10
Directed by Jerry Beal
In this compassionate, humorous, and whimsical tale of a father in denial over his wife’s death and a daughter desperate for her father’s help, we navigate the harsh realities of loss and the human condition.
Reviews of DAYBREAK, the winner of the Eighth Annual NJPC-Musical Series:
Press for EXQUISITE POTENTIAL, the winner of the Ninth Annual NJPC-Play Series:
Review and Press for MICRO SHRIMP, the winner of the Eleventh Annual NJPC-Musical Series: