New Play Festival continues at JCTC with emphasis on strength

The Jersey City Theater Center kicks off week two of the 2022 New Play Festival on Friday, May 13, with selected works centered around the theme of strength. The festival is organized by Catalina Florina Florescu, Ph.D. and kicked off on Thursday, May 5.

“We live in times of war and intense change,” said Olga Levina, executive producer of JCTC. “How can we increase the emotional, mental and physical capacity to withstand the great force of daily trauma and the external pressure of our rapidly changing world? What is the source of your strength? These were the questions we asked ourselves as we approached this year’s festival.

“We dedicate this entire edition of this festival to our Ukrainian friends, who have shown the world their strength, beauty and resilience, and we are committed to helping them in any way possible. There is strength in life. love, there is joy in being together and there is the assurance that only we can overcome unspeakably painful times,” she said.

The second week of the festival begins Friday, May 13 and will feature a full-length play, “Woman with a Parasol”, written by Molly Kirschner de Montvale and directed by Hamutal Posklinksy. A question-and-answer session and discussion will follow the performance. Doors open at 7 p.m.

“Woman with a Parasol” tells the story of a neighborhood cat who frequents three homes and replaces something missing in each. The story is about interdependence, where a young man needs strength to love a cat that doesn’t belong to him; a couple takes a child to a polluted world; and a woman must choose to avoid a conventional life at the cost of giving up her child to pursue her dreams. The common thread is that they must find the strength to achieve their desires and this can cause harm to those closest to them.

The festival continues Thursday, May 19 with The Short Series, featuring a series of short plays directed by Lynne Marie Rosenberg and Michelle Chan with a Q&A and discussion to follow.

The series includes “A Universal Question” by Kathleen Maule Holen of Hays, KS, “Two Lovers and a Bear” by Tjaša Ferme of Slovenia and New York, NY, “The Men from the Mechanical Age” by Ioana Cosma of Romania, Pitesti, Arges, and “Unconventional” by Kristin Cotts of Washington, D.C.

JCTC Studios is located at 165 Newark Ave., Jersey City. You can enter at Barrow Street. Tickets for the New Play Festival are available at www.jctcenter.org.

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