The DENIZEN Theatre is thrilled to announce their Summer Reading Series, a trio of free outdoor performance in the courtyard at Water Street Market in New Paltz, NY 

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Need to know

Friday, July 16 at 7PM

Saturday, July 17 at 7PM

TBD Sunday, July 18 at 7PM (Raindate)


Kicking off the series is the regional premiere of Need to Know by Jonathan Caren (The Recommendation, The Sinner S.3 & S.4). 

Need to Know details a young couple's use of the internet to uncover everything they think they know about their new neighbor until they realize the apartment walls are thin and he might be able to hear everything. 


Jonathan Caren


Jonathan’s plays include Canyon (IAMA/Latino Theater Co, dir. Whitney White) The

Recommendation (Windy City Playhouse, The Flea, Old Globe, IAMA, Craig Noel

Award, Jeff Award/Chicago, Ovation Award/LA, NAACP nom), Need to Know (Rogue

Machine) and Four Woke Baes (2019 Edinburgh Fringe).  Dramatist Guild Fellow,

MacDowell Fellow, SPACE Fellow, member of Primary Stages and CTG’s writers’

groups. Awards: New York Stage & Film, Lecomte De Nouy & Theater Publicus Prize

for Dramatic Fiction.  TV: The Sinner S.4 & S.3, Rise, a million little things, Gypsy

B.F.A, The Juilliard School.

Dead and buried

Friday, August 6 at 7PM

Saturday, August 7 at 7PM

TBD Sunday, August 8 at 7PM (Raindate)


Next on the lineup is dramedy Dead and Buried written by James McLindon (Distant Music, Salvation).

Dead and Buried, set in a small New England town at Halloween, tells the story of a young woman who seeks work at the local graveyard while searching for something missing in her life.


James McLindon


James is a member of the Nylon Fusion Theatre Company in New York. His plays have been produced or developed at theaters across America and around the world including the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference (selection and six-time semifinalist), Lark, PlayPenn, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, hotINK Festival, Irish Repertory, CAP21, Samuel French Festival, Victory Gardens, Hudson Stage Company, Abingdon, New Repertory, Lyric Stage, Detroit Rep, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Seven Devils, Telluride Playwrights Festival, Ashland New Plays Festival, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Colony Theatre, Theatricum Botanicum, Circus Theatricals, and Arkansas Rep. They have been published by Dramatic Publishing, Smith & Kraus, Applause Books, and Original Works Publishing.


Friday, August 27 at 7PM

Saturday, August 28 at 7PM

TBD Sunday, August 29 at 7PM (Raindate)


A world premiere by Elizabeth Heffron. 




Elizabeth Heffron is a Seattle-based playwright and teacher. Her plays include Bo-Nita, which received its world premiere at Seattle Repertory Theatre and won the ‘Best Storytelling’ award at the 2019 United Solo Festival in NYC. It was produced at DENIZEN Theatre in January 2020 and can be seen this September at 1st Stage in Virginia. Other full-length works include Portugal, a play about nuclear energy workers, and Mitzi’s Abortion (A Saint’s Guide to Late-Term Politics and Medicine in America) which premiered at ACT Theatre in Seattle and has been produced across the country.