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A haunting and powerful drama of tradition, religion, war and secrecy.

written by Vincent Sessa
directed by Dana Benningfield

set design by Carrie Mossman
lighting design by Jill Nagle
sound design by Jeff Knapp
costume design by Patricia E. Doherty
Rose Riccardi*, Stage Manager
Jessica Parks, Properties


Deborah Baum*
Catherine Eaton*
Corey Tazmania Stieb*

*members of Actors Equity Association

Previews July 7, 2005 at 2pm and 8pm, July 8, 2005 at 8pm; tickets $20
Opening Night July 9, 2005 at 8 pm; tickets $35 including reception
Runs through August 14, 2005 Thursdays, Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 4pm & 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm; tickets $30
Discounts for Students, Seniors, Groups, Subscriptions

"A Child's Guide to Innocence" by Vincent Sessa, is as delicate and nuanced a drama as you'll find, its three actresses telling a sublime intergenerational tale beautifully... It's a lovely portrait of how ordinary lives can be defined by a few pivotal moments, of how the world's great events can have a profound impact at a very small, personal level. New York Times

Every now and then you get a glimpse of brillance from an emerging playwright. Last Saturday night, I saw such brilliance from Vincent Sessa... it is refreshing to see playwrights still digging deep into their soul to produce dramatic works like "A Child's Guide To Innocence". Even more refreshing is to see theatres like NJ Rep continue to take chances and succeed more often than not.  Upstage Magazine

"A Child's Guide to Innocence," by Vincent Sessa, is a beautiful and touching play, designed to move and delight an audience..."A Child's Guide to Innocence" is highly recommended as an emotional and intellectual pleasure. The LINK News

Under the resourceful direction of Dana Benningfield, three actresses have the task of playing all the roles... [Catherine] Eaton, whose impressive emotional range and expressive face drives her character through the decades, has great support from both [Corey] Tazmania and [Deborah] Baum, who have the added task of becoming others of various endearments. Perhaps it is the ordinary trials, changes, life and death that occurred in one family that inspired this warmly considered play.

It's first and foremost a saga of bonds that can never be severed - of words and deeds that resonate across time, of ordinary lives that have a profound influence... With her first full-length professional production, [director] Benningfield makes some intriguing choices - and reminds us that New Jersey Repertory remains a laboratory in which new works come to evolve, often right before our eyes. Asbury Park Press

Baum is accomplished in aging from an awkward 17-year-old girl to a 25-year-old woman, and back again to sweet 16. Tazmania shines as the supercilious Catherine, the feminist Joan, and the concerned Julia. But it's Eaton's play, and her handsome, wide face and earth-mother quality serves Francie, Frances and Francesca remarkably well. Star Ledger


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