LONG BRANCH – The New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch is holding open auditions for girls ages 12 – 14 on May 22 and May 23 from 4pm– 8pm for “Release Point” a world premiere by award winning playwright, Gino DiIorio. For additional information or to schedule an audition email [email protected] or call 732-229-3166 and ask for SuzAnne at ext 101.

“Release Point” is being directed by Joel Stone and stars NJ Rep regulars Michael Irvin Pollard and Jenny Vallancourt. The role being cast is a small, but pivotal role. The play deals with a family torn apart by a heinous act and the philosophic question “Is it possible that someone can forgive the unforgiveable? Is there a place at the table for those who have done great harm? Is there truly the possibility of redemption for us all?” A father (Pollard) and daughter (Vallancourt) confront these issues and more while trying to mend their relationship through the one thing that connects them … baseball.

NJ Rep is currently presenting the wildly funny spoof on Sherlock Holmes, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. Performances run through May 27 and are followed by the world premiere of “American Stare” by Tony Glazer, a contemporary comic-drama set in rural Florida.

The New Jersey Repertory Company is a professional, non-profit theater that operates year-round and is well-known for its dedication to the development of new plays for the American stage. In the past 15 years NJ Rep has produced over 90 plays with over 50 world premieres.

As a member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), a consortium of like-minded theaters throughout theU.S., NJ Rep has participated in 10 “rolling world premieres.” These premieres represent a pioneering concept that is revolutionizing how new plays are produced. NNPN’s founders were aware that not only was it very difficult to have a new play produced in the U.S. but that second and third productions were even less frequently seen. Through “rolling premieres”, an entirely new work is presented by three member theaters independently in three different cities within a twelve-month period, often propelling an unknown work toward further productions and publication.


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NJ Rep does not adhere to any specific style or philosophy, and seeks only to champion plays that engage and challenge audiences with compelling themes, and strives to extend the language and scope of theater. Many of the plays that first saw the light of day on one of its two intimate stages have gone on to be produced by regional theaters across the country, New York City, and overseas.

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