Arts Across America: Voices of New Jersey

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The Alliance is proud to partner with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for the live-streamed video series, Arts Across America. Four New Jersey artists connected with theatres from the membership of New Jersey Theatre Alliance will be featured. Suzzanne Douglas, an actor and singer representing Crossroads Theatre Company in New Brunswick, will perform music and spoken word poetry accompanied by a live bass player.

Playwright Tony Meneses, representing Two River Theater Company in Red Bank, will share excerpts from his play twenty50, a political thriller about immigration and the American Dream.

Playwright Tylie Shider, representing The Theater Project in Union, will share excerpts of his new play, The Sign in My Window, a piece he wrote during the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, about cosmopolitan-neighbors who discover they have dissenting opinions about how to protect their homes during an uprising.

Lewis Merkin, composer and performer, will collaborate with a young artist to share a duet from A Thousand Faces, a song between a deaf father and his hearing son, written for a deaf performer. The development and production of A Thousand Faces at Skyline Theatre Company in Fair Lawn was awarded a 2019 Innovator Award from the Cultural Access Network Project, a partnership between New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.