Genesis Festival of New Plays



Genesis Festival of Plays is back for a three-day run of three new works that stand true to the theatre’s history of telling stories that highlight issues and start conversations across ethnic, racial and cultural spectrums. The Genesis Festival, is a playwright laboratory experience that consists of three separate shows of stage readings for the audience to enjoy and critique that will be held in the performance studio of The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center (NBPAC).

Free Admission For Crossroads Members

Crossroads 2019 - 2020 Members are entitled to 1 FREE ticket per Membership to each Genesis Festival performance. To redeem these tickets please contact the NBPAC Box Office by email at or over the phone at   (732) 745-8000.
Box Office Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Staged Readings of Plays

By Lisa B. Thompson

Dinner is an insightful and comedic look at the inter-cultural dynamics between African-Americans and Africans when two families meet to celebrate their children's unexpected engagement. This play asks not "who's coming to dinner" but what's on the political and cultural menu when the African Diaspora gathers to dine.

February 21, 2020 @ 7:30 PM

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Letters From Freedom Summer
By Ricardo Khan, Denise Nicholas and Sibusiso Mamba

Letters From Freedom Summer is a powerful, dramatic reminder of a time when young believers dared to venture across racial lines to gallantly and courageously face the threat of violence and even murder for the sake of a greater good. But also, for today’s America, it is a call for action.

February 22, 2020 @ 7:30 PM

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Iseult et Tristan
By Pia Wilson

Iseult et Tristan is an adaptation of the 12th century tragic romance centered on the adulterous love affair between Cornish knight Tristan and Irish princess/healer Iseult, who is set to marry King Mark of Cornwall. In this 21st century retelling of the story, a young, African-American boxer, Iseult, struggles with addiction and her love for her sister Margot's fiancé, Tristan — all while she pursues her dream of being a gold medalist at the Olympics.

February 23, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

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