Family's Beliefs and Traditions Surface in Premiere of A Child's Guide to Innocence at NJ Rep July 9-Aug. 14

News   Family's Beliefs and Traditions Surface in Premiere of A Child's Guide to Innocence at NJ Rep July 9-Aug. 14
 
The New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch presents the world premiere of Vincent Sessa's A Child's Guide to Innocence, opening July 9 and continuing to Aug. 14.
Catherine Eaton (left) and Deborah Baum in A Child's Guide to Innocence
Catherine Eaton (left) and Deborah Baum in A Child's Guide to Innocence

Previews began July 7 at the resident Equity theatre devoted to new voices.

A Child's Guide to Innocence "explores the very nature of innocence itself as it follows the lives of three generations of Italian-American women," played by Catherine Eaton, Corey Tazmania and Deborah Baum, according to NJ Rep.

"The journey begins in 1944 in a typical Brooklyn grocery store," the company announced. "Over a 50 year span we watch as a legacy of hope and strength is passed from one generation to the next. At first glance the play seems to be the story of one individual family; rather it is a universal document of our changing times."

Dana Benningfield directs the play, billed as "an exploration of tradition, war, religion and secrecy, and how these issues affect our lives."

The creative team includes set designer Carrie Mossman, lighting designer Jill Nagle, sound designer Jeff Knapp and costume designer Patricia E. Doherty. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 4 PM and 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. Tickets are $30, with discounts available to students, seniors, and groups.

NJ Rep is at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, NJ. For reservations or information, call (732) 229-3166 or email info@njrep.org. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.njrep.org and through Theatermania.com.

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New Jersey Repertory company is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the association of professional theatres of New Jersey, the Monmouth County Arts council, the National New Play Network, the Long Branch Arts Council and Theatre Communications Group.

The primary mission of NJ Rep is "to develop and produce new plays with diverse themes. It is also devoted to creating an atmosphere where classics can take on a fresh look and forgotten plays can find a home."

NJ Rep offers playwrights the opportunity to develop their new works in a creative setting. In addition to NJ Rep's Main Stage productions, 25-30 staged readings are presented each year. "These readings give playwrights a chance to hear their play, discuss it with an audience and further develop it as needed," according to the company.

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