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Starting with its first production in July of 1985, Bill Mastrosimone's The Undoing, Passage has produced a remarkable series of works. Click on the links above to get the details of prior seasons, or enjoy the slide show.

A production history of the theatre from its founding in 1985 through the 2012 Season can be downloaded by clicking this link:

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  • A Theatre is Born
    A Theatre is Born

    Passage artists take to the streets to announce the new theater, "Celebrating the New American Play". This shot was taken one block north of the Mill Hill Playhouse.

  • Afghan Women
    Afghan Women

    Bill Mastrosimone has premiered many of his plays at Passage. This is 2003's Afghan Women, directed by Jonathan Bernstein.

  • The Stonecarver
    The Stonecarver

    Dan Lauria graced Passage's stage in the 2007 revival of Bill Mastrosimone's classic drama, directed by Julie Boyd. The production went on to an off-Broadway run.

  • Blinding Light
    Blinding Light

    A couple reenact 50 years of marriage in a 7 minute tour-de-force; a scene from the 2000 world premiere of Bill Mastrosimone's Blinding Light, directed by Julie Boyd.

  • Roebling Steel
    Roebling Steel

    1992's world premiere by Jim McGrath, directed by Stephen Stout, was performed in an abandoned factory building in the Roebling Complex.

  • Avenue X
    Avenue X

    1995's hit musical by John Jilon and Ray Leslie. Directed by Stephen Stout. Featuring Gwen Stewart and Forrest McClendon

  • In Mahalia's Light

    2004's world premiere Gospel Musical starring Queen Esther Morrow, directed by Mercedes Ellington.

  • Love and Communication
    Love and Communication

    2010's world premiere by Princeton playwright James J. Christy, directed by resident director Adam Immerwahr.

  • Love and Communicaton
    Love and Communicaton

    The play was developed in Passage's Play Lab and opened to critical acclaim. Chris Stack and Julianna Zinkel (L to R).

  • Love to All, Lorraine
    Love to All, Lorraine

    2006's one woman show starring Elizabeth Van Dyke as Lorraine Hansbury.

  • Paul Robeson
    Paul Robeson

    Tony-award winner Chuck Cooper starred in 2002's revival of Philip Hayes Dean's play about Paul Robeson along with Cary Gant, directed by Jeffrey V. Thompson.

  • Rosemary and I
    Rosemary and I

    2003 was the second production, and NJ premiere, of Leslie Ayvazian's Rosemary and I.

  • Rosemary and I
    Rosemary and I

    Playwright Leslie Ayvazian also starred in the production, directed by Blair Brown.

  • Willie B Came into the Sun
    Willie B Came into the Sun

    2004's world premiere of Jean Sterrett's Vietnam war drama, directed by Bob Kalfin.

  • Willie B Came into the Sun
    Willie B Came into the Sun

    The play won the 2001 Award of Distinction from the Onassis International Cultural Competition.

  • Blood: A Comedy
    Blood: A Comedy

    The hit of the 2009 season was a play written by David Lee White and directed by Adam Immerwahr. Chris Coucill, June Ballinger and Charlotte Northeast pictured.

  • Bust
    Bust

    Lauren Weedman's one woman show was the hit of the 2009 Solo Flights Festival and ran in rep with companion piece No You Shut Up!

  • The Deacons - Workshop
    The Deacons - Workshop

    Yusef Komunyakaa's first play, The Deacons, received a workshop production featuring Tony award winner Chuck Cooper and Peter J. Fernandez.

  • The Deacons
    The Deacons

    The world premiere of Yusef Komunyakaa's The Deacons took place in 2007, directed by Kemati Porter and featuring Gerard Catus, Letecia Moore and Count Stovall.

  • The Devil's Music
    The Devil's Music

    Miche Braden stars as blues singer Bessie Smith in this 2007 hit production, which moved on to the George Street Playhouse and off-Broadway.