LONG BRANCH, NJ – U.S. Representative Frank Pallone, Jr. and Monmouth University President and former US Navy Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II will appear at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch to discuss their experience and perspectives on some of the complex issues raised by the theater’s current production of “Sunlight” by Sharr White. Congressman Pallone will engage in a talkback with the NJ Rep audience immediately following the 8:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, July 31. President Gaffney will speak following the 8:00 p.m. show on Thursday, August 5. Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider will be the guest for another date to be announced imminently. For reservations and information, call 732-229-3166, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit www.njrep.org. A National New Play Network world premiere, “Sunlight” runs through Sunday, August 8, at New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway in Long Branch.

Monmouth University alumni, staff, faculty and their guests will receive a discounted ticket price of $30 for the August 5 performance. Military personnel and full-time students ages 15 – 25 from any institution are admitted for $10 to any performance excluding Saturday evenings, thanks to an anonymous gift to the theater. Regular tickets are $40; $36 for seniors (65+); and $25 for groups of ten or more, and for students on Saturday evenings.

Unfolding in real time, “Sunlight” takes place on a university campus in an uproar over the recent actions of its once-lionized liberal president, Matthew Gibbon. He has shut down the law school newspaper for reporting on an act of outrage he may or may not have committed in response to the news that his estranged son-in-law and former protégé—the law school’s popular, conservative dean—had a hand in drafting gravely controversial interrogation policies for the Department of Defense. In the resulting collision of the legal, the political, and the intensely personal, “Sunlight” raises provocative questions regarding the nexus of academia, ideology, and government; about the First Amendment, habeas corpus, and the Geneva Conventions; and about the viability of American idealism in a post-9/11 world.

New Jersey Repertory Company is a professional, non-profit theater whose mission is to develop and produce new plays for the American stage. is supported by The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, The Edgerton Foundation, The Baumol Family Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, and The New Jersey State Council on the Arts.