MADISON, NJ—”The Good Counselor,” a new play by Kathryn Grant G’06, won Premiere Stages’ 2010 Premiere Play Festival.  Grant began writing the play as a doctoral student in Drew’s Arts and Letters program.  It tells the story of a public defender who struggles to defend two neglectful mothers—one his client and the other his own.

“It’s been four years since I received my Doctor of Letters Degree from Drew and I still remember the thrilling conversations I had discussing the elements of my play and creative dissertation in Professor Carol Wipf’s Joy of Scholarly Writing class,” said Grant.  “Later on, I worked out structure, character definition and tone with the brilliant Rosemary McLaughlin (a professor of theatre arts) and also got some savvy about the story from Robert Ready (a professor of humanities and English, and convener of the Arts and Letters program) that worked its way into the dramaturgy.”

“The Good Counselor” will be performed in Kean University’s Zella Fry Theatre.  Evening performances beginning at 8:00 p.m. will be staged on July 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30 and 31.  Performances beginning at 3:00 p.m. will be held on July 18 and 25, and August 1.  Tickets are between $15 and $25.  Grant will participate in a post-show discussion on July 18.  For more information, visit 

Posted: June 15, 2010