Turning - Special Event

Staged Reading

Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 PM
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960

By Darrah Cloud

In the heart of 1930s Newark, a group of scrappy young women began to train in backyard gyms for what would become the experience of a lifetime.

Playwright Darrah Cloud brings their stories, once lost to history, back to vibrant life in the new play "Turning", which will be presented on March 2 at NJPAC as par of the NJ Stage Exchange Program, in collaboration with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.  Inspired by the real life stories of Hackettstown resident and 1st US Gymnastics Team member, Ada Lunardoni, team members Consetta Caruccio, Jennie Caputo, Margaret Duff, Irma Haubold, Marie Kibler, Adelaide Meyer, and Mary Wright, and the memoirs of Jesse Owens.

Staged reading will be held at the NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER.

Directed by Thomas Edward West
CSC Program Director - Women Playwrights Series - Catherine Rust


Ada - Brianna Morris
Mary - Alycia Kunkle
Jenny - Emaline Williams
Jesse - Landon G. Woodson
Narrator - Becky Engborg

To learn more about the NJPAC Stage Exchange 2018 and a full listing of related events click here.

About the Playwright:

Darrah Cloud is currently working on the musical adaptation of Willy Holtzman’s play, Sabina, with composer Louise Beach, to be produced at The Cell in NYC in Winter 2018, and American Siddhartha with director Nick Demos and composer David Newman (Durga Das). Recent productions include: Our Suburb, premiere Theater J, Washington, DC, 2014, Joan the Girl of Arc, premiere Cincinnati Playhouse, 2014, What’s Bugging Greg?, The Stick Wife, The Mud Angel, Dream House, Braille Garden, and The Sirens. Musical productions include Heartland, The Boxcar Children, Honor Song for Crazy Horse, and the stage adaptation of Willa Cather’s O Pioneers!, filmed starring Mary McDonnell for American Playhouse. She has won numerous awards, including the Macy’s Prize for Theatre for Young Audiences, an NEA, and a Rockefeller. She has had over 10 movies-of-the-week produced on CBS and NBC, is a proud alum of the Iowa Writers Workshop and New Dramatists, and conducts A Howl of Playwrights, a new play development group in Rhinebeck, NY.