It’s Coming Together!


By Jennifer Chauhan

Last night, I drove home up the Garden State Parkway in a euphoric daze singing along to, of all things, “Party in the USA,” by Miley Cyrus. I had just left Project Write Now’s studio, where we had held a rehearsal for our upcoming fundraising event, “Come Together: A Performance + Party,” to be held next Friday, October 13, at the Two River Theater.

With our adult and teen writers, a percussionist, and a guitar player, we forged ahead as best we could in our cozy studio, chairs on top of each other, musicians tucked between desks. One by one, our writers stood and read the pieces they’ve been writing and rewriting for the past few weeks––their personal stories of loss, love, perseverance, and discovery. We practiced our lines, paused, played around with musical interludes, and read again. We laughed at our missteps and encouraged one another to keep going, to move past missed lines and near falls.

As someone who has a (long time ago) background in performing, I delighted in each and every one of these moments. There is something truly magical about the creative process that moves words off the page and onto the stage.

We are so excited to share these stories with you at the beautiful Two River Theater next Friday night (7 p.m. to 11 p.m.). As those of you who came to the event last year know, something transformational happens when we come together and share pieces of ourselves in a meaningful way. It’s a reminder that we are not alone in our experiences—that we can, even for just a moment, feel connected not only to one another but also to something larger than ourselves.

And if the amazing performance is not enough, we will also have delicious food from our friend Chef Chino Albans of The Danish Cafe and music from the super-talented Austin Vuolo. The evening will begin with a cocktail hour and end with a post-performance party.

Tickets are on sale here for $150. All proceeds go to our community programs, including writing workshops and services for schools and mission-based nonprofits and an after-school writing studio for local middle and high school students. Some of the organizations we partner with include Red Bank Middle School, The Community YMCA, Lunch Break, Long Branch High School, Henry Hudson Regional School, Shore House, Count Basie Theatre, Red Bank Regional High School, and the Red Bank Public Library.

We hope you will join us for an experience that shows what PWN does best: bring people of all ages and backgrounds together through storytelling.

Jennifer Chauhan is executive director and co-founder of Project Write Now.