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2024 Vivid Summer Solos

(Weekly Reading Series in July)

July 1, 10, 17, 24 @ 6:30PM

Visual Arts Center of NJ (on the lawn)

68 Elm Street, Summit, NJ 07901

Bring a comfy lawn chair and your favorite snack
to enjoy a summer eve with us.

(Rain/Extreme Heat Location: Oakes Center)

Monday, July 1, 2024

A collection of short romantic comedies by Vivid's Artistic Director Laura Ekstrand, showcasing the talents of some outstanding actors. It's not a Solo, but sometimes ya gotta break the rules...

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Told from the point of view of the world's most famous painting, this true-crime whodunit begins with the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum in Paris. Police question everyone from J.P Morgan to Pablo Picasso but cannot crack the case. Soon the story travels back in time to 1503, introducing us to the visionary artist Leonardo da Vinci, the apprentice who would become his lover, and the secrets behind the creation of La Gioconda. Along the way, the woman in the portrait solves mysteries that have baffled fans and stumped scholars for centuries: Why Leonardo never delivered the painting to the man who commissioned it. Who she is. And why she's smiling. Equally Divine is a time-hopping, gender-bending drama about art, inspiration, and becoming who we are.

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Everything 44-year-old Alice thought she knew is turned upside-down when an emergency CAT scan reveals that she’s six months pregnant. A dark comedy performed by one actress playing forty roles, Alice faces the most wrenching decision a woman can make, in her odyssey through doubt, a broken health-care system, the complexities of reproductive rights, and the infinite unpredictability of parenthood. An O’Neill finalist and Jane Chambers Award Honorable Mention, What I Thought I Knew is adapted from Cohen's acclaimed memoir—winner of Oprah magazine’s 25 Best Books of Summer and Elle Literary Grand Prize for Nonfiction.

Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Gina Femia is a playwright. William Shakespeare is a playwright, too - maybe you've heard of him? Through the lens of different Shakespeare plays, and juxtaposing him with the abusive relationships that defined her coming of age, Gina discusses how her experience with the Bard has shaped her origin story as a playwright.

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