Deborah Wins 2015 Liberty Live Commission at Premiere Stages

Premiere Stages at Kean University announced that Deborah Brevoort is the recipient of the 2015 Liberty Live commission to write a new play titled “My Lord, What a Night.”

Based on actual events, “My Lord, What a Night” provides an account of the night legendary singer Marian Anderson gave a concert in Princeton and was later refused a room at the Nassau Inn because she was black. Deborah’s thought-provoking new play begins when civil rights supporter Albert Einstein invites Anderson to stay at his home, an event that threatens to divide the community, but ultimately forges a lifetime bond between two of the Garden State’s most fascinating people of the 20th century. Director Kel Haney, who previously helmed the 2013-2014 Liberty Live Commission, returns to direct.

A unique partnership between Premiere Stages and the Liberty Hall Museum, Liberty Live celebrates New Jersey history with professional theatrical productions, museum tours, interactive displays, workshops for children, and talk-backs with local historians. Every two years, Premiere Stages commissions a New Jersey playwright to create a new play about an event or events that helped to shape history in the Garden State.

There will be three free interactive readings of “My Lord, What a Night” on Nov. 13-15, in the Miron Student Center Little Theatre at Kean University. It runs Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. Admission is free, though reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve seats, call the box office at 908-737-SHOW (7469) or email ticket@kean.edu. For more information, visit Premiere Stages online at www.kean.edu/premierestages