New Play-Reading Festival


The Growing Stage Proudly Presents

Our 4th Annual New Play-Reading Festival

ROUND 2 of Readings

February 27th through March 1st, 2015
Plink and Plunk
About the New Play-Reading Festival:

Did you ever wonder how new plays are chosen for production? Here’s your chance to find out–and, if you wish, participate in the process!

In our New Play-Reading Festival, four brand-new plays for young audiences, chosen from 100 submitted works, will be read by professional and community artists in a casual setting.  Following each reading, the entire family can participate in discussion of the work with our professional team. One of the four plays will be selected to become a fully mounted production in 2016! Bring the family for this unique theatre event!

 2014 – 2015  New Play-Reading Selections:

The Box of Robbers Higgins

by Jeffrey Higgins
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 4:00PM
A little girl named Martha is accidentally left home alone one day. When she goes up to the attic in search of her dollhouse, she discovers an old chest belonging to her uncle. Curiosity leads Martha to unlock the chest, and she is astonished by what she finds waiting inside.

Cave BoysAnne Negri pic

by Anne Negri

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:00PM

In September of 1940, after Germany’s recent occupation of France, a ragtag group of teenage boys in southern France find a hole in the ground that leads to an underground cave. Instead of treasure, they discover mysterious drawings on the cave walls.  They soon learn that they have stumbled upon the most significant site of prehistoric art known to modern humans.  As they attempt to hold onto the secret of the cave, the boys discover new things about each other and their responsibility to their home.


BluGloria Clunie pic

by Gloria Bond Clunie

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 1:00PM

In this two-act drama, Blu, a talented eighth grade artist, battles the bullying that threatens to turn his technicolor world – grey.  As his older brother Scott teams up with friends to search Blu’s room for a missing journal, they discover clues that help them understand what happened to Blu, and reveal the important legacy he leaves for his family and community.  With humor and tragedy, BLU touches issues that would be most appropriate for older junior high and high school students.


The Book of DCody Daigle pic

by Cody Daigle

Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30PM

D is a young outcast who escapes into a world of stories. He keeps a book, The Book of D, to grapples with the tough things in his life — his parents’ divorce, his lack of friends, and the reasons for everything. When he makes a new friend, Blu, who introduces him to Greek mythology, friendship becomes a new story for D to write.

 Interested in attending the readings?  Please contact the Box Office at (973) 347-4946 or e-mail: for further info!

We gratefully acknowledge The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation for its support of the 2014 New Play-Reading Festival.

 Past New Play Reading Selections include:
And Then Came Tango (2014 WINNER, 2015 Main Stage Production) by Emily Freeman
The Secret Life of Hubie Hartzel  (2013 WINNER, 2014 Main Stage Production) by Susan Rowan Masters
City of Ember (2013) by Merissa Stewart
What We Lost Along the Way (2013) by Corrine Esme Glanville
Julie of the Wolves (2013) by Brian Guehring
With Two Wings (2012 WINNER, 2013 Main Stage Production) by Anne Negri
Lizzie Bright and Buckminster Boy (2012) by Joan Cushing
Convivencia (2012) by R. N. Sandberg
Theatre For Your Mother – The Little Red Riding Hood Show (2012) by Russell Davis