TORN ASUNDER by Nikkole Salter


 Midtown Direct Rep: THEATER at the WOODLAND is a series of readings of new plays and musicals in development presented on Sunday evenings in the Parlor at The Woodland, right in the center of Maplewood Village. The readings include lively post-show discussions with the cast and creative team, fostering a fun and collaborative environment that allows the audience to be a part of the development of vital new works. Many of the plays presented by this reading series have gone on to major productions off-Broadway, in regional theaters, and beyond. 

by Nikkole Salter
Directed by Janeece Freeman

Playwright Nikkole Salter

Playwright Nikkole Salter

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Midtown Direct Rep (MDR) continues its 2016-17 staged reading series, Theater at The Woodland, with a presentation of TORN ASUNDER by Nikkole Salter, directed by Janeece Freeman Clark. This staged reading will be performed for one night only on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 7pm in the Parlor at The Woodland (60 Woodland Rd. Maplewood, NJ), where MDR is the resident theater company. The reading is $15(in advance), $20(at the door) and open to the public. Student/Senior discounts are available.

Prince George’s County, MD, 1860. Hannah, a relatively contented enslaved woman, has her world rocked when her master dies and she, for the first time, is separated from her family, new husband, and baby. But, just as she begins to lose all hope to ever see her husband and child again, the suceded south falls to the Union, the enslaved are freed with the 13th Amendment, and Hannah has the opportunity to put her family back together…if she can find them. TORN ASUNDER dramatizes true stories of newly emancipated African Americans trying to overcome the ever-present vestiges of instiutional slavery to reconnect with their families. Based on the research of Prof. Heather Andrea Williams. (Commissioned by Prof. Heather Andrea Williams and Prof. Kathy Perkins of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

About Playwright Nikkole Salter
Hailed by Variety as thoroughly convincing, Los Angeles-born, OBIE Award-winning actress and writer Nikkole Salter arrived onto the professional scene with her co-authorship and co-performance (with Danai Gurira) of the Pulitzer Prize nominated play, IN THE CONTINUUM (ITC) for which Ms. Salter received an OBIE Award (2006), and the NY Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award for Best New American Play (2006), the Seldes-Kanin fellowship from the TheatreHall of Fame, and the Global Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations.  Since then, Ms. Salter has written 6 full-length plays, been produced on 3 continents in 5 countries, and been published in 12 international publications.  Her work has appeared in over 20 Off-Broadway, regional and international theatres, and the Crossroads Theatre production of her play REPAIRING A NATION (Kilroys Honorable Mention) was aired on the second season of the WNET program “Theatre Close-Up.  Ms. Salter is a 2014 MAP Fund Grant recipient, a Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference semi-finalist, a two time Playwright’s of New York (PoNY) Fellowship nominee, is currently working on commissions from Woolly Mammoth,  NJPAC/Luna Stage, and was selected to write the screen adaptation of Claude Brown’s New York Times Bestselling novel, Manchild in the Promised Land.

Ms. Salter is an active member of the Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the Dramatists Guild, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Theatre Communications Group.  She received her BFA in theatre from Howard University and her MFA from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program under the tutelage of Zelda Fichandler and Ron Van Lieu.

About Director Janeece Freeman Clark

For several years, Janeece could be seen as Miss Molly on PBS’s Emmy Award winning childrens television series: Dittydoodle Works. Her theater credits include Broadway: Urinetown the Musical (Little Becky). Off Broadway: The Ark (Egyptus), Africa Plumbridge (Africa), and A Band of Angels (Ella). Regional: Footloose (Rusty), Godspell (Joanne), The Wiz (Dorothy), Smokey Joes Café (Brenda), Ain’t Misbehavin (Charlayne), Constant Star (Ida.B.Wells), and A Midnight Star (Lila) Janeece directed the world premiere of A Night In New Orleans (The story of a young Louis Armstrong) with music by Allen Toussaint, lyrics by Murray Horwitz and a book (based on the book by Mary Pope Osborne) by William Osborne. Other directing credits include: West Side Story, The Wiz, Godspell, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aida, Annie, Into the Woods, Tarzan, and the Music Man. As an educator Janeece is in residence at New Jersey Performing Arts Center where she leads the Musical Theater Department. Through a partnership with the Johnny Mercer Foundation and NJPAC, Janeece assisted in writing and implementing the curriculum for a Musical Theater Writing program that takes place in Urban Neighborhoods throughout New Jersey. She lives in South Orange where she is raising a family with Broadway’s Dwayne Clark (now appearing in The Color Purple). She is also a co-founder of Vanguard Theater Company, which is committed to producing transformational theater dedicated to diversity, community engagement and professional artistic mentorship.

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2016-17 Season

October 23, 2016 at 7pm
The Burdens
by Matt Schatz

November 20, 2016 at 7pm
We Will Not Describe the Conversation
by Eugenie Carabatsos

December 11, 2016 at 7pm
Torn Asunder
by Nikkole Salter

February 12, 2017 at 7pm



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