Based on the shootings at the University of Iowa in 1991, the Fourth State of Matter explores the incidents and forces that drove a gifted Chinese astrophysics student to murder his dissertation advisor and several... [read more]
Dream Up Festival
The Fourth State of Matter – World Premiere
Written by: Joseph Vitale
Directed by: Bob Angelini
Based on the shootings at the University of Iowa in 1991, the Fourth State of Matter explores the incidents and forces that drove a gifted Chinese astrophysics student to murder his dissertation advisor and several other students.
Saturday- September 3- 5pm
Sunday- September 4- 5pm
Running time: The Fourth State of Matter is 90 Minutes $12.
Joseph Vitale received his B.A. in English Literature from Rutgers University, where he graduated magna cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. While at Rutgers, he received the Alpha Psi Omega Award for playwrighting for his first play, The 49th Cup, which was produced at the Rutgers-Newark Theater Workshop. He has a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and a master’s degree in Liberal Studies from the New School for Social Research. He spent fifteen years in journalism, working as a reporter for the Bergen Record newspaper and as an editor for United Features Syndicate and Channels magazine. He joined New Jersey Monthly in 1987, eventually serving as the magazine’s executive editor. He has been published in The Boston Herald, the San Francisco Review of Books, and several magazines. From 1977 to 1979 he was a theater critic for the New York Arts Weekly. He is currently the Executive Director of College Advancement and Planning and Vice President of the County College of Morris Foundation. In addition to his work at Rutgers, he studied playwriting at HB Studios in New York, working with playwrights Dick Longchamps and William Packard. He is currently a member of the Theater Project Writers Group in New Jersey. Vitale is the author of six plays, The 49th Cup, A Reasonable Facsimile, The Company, Murrow (which was optioned by David Susskind in 1985), The Interpreter, The Fourth State of Matter, and one novel, Image. Staged readings of The Interpreter were held at the ReVision Theater Company in Asbury Park, N.J. in February 2010, and at the County College of Morris in December 2010. He is currently working on his seventh play.
Bob Angelini is making his acting and directorial premiere in New York City with this production of Joe Vitale's "The Fourth State of Matter." Bob began directing with the West Park Players of Ocean Township High School in New Jersey in the spring of 1996. In his tenure at the school, Bob has directed over 30 musical and dramatic productions including , "A Chorus Line", "Into the Woods", "Curtains", "Ah, Wilderness!", "The Miracle Worker" and "Our Town." Bob was awarded the "Best Director" award for his work in "The Laramie Project", "Cats" and "Les Miserables" by the Count Basie Theater in Red Bank, NJ. Bob's credits include: Film: "Project Nim" (Lab Tech), James Marsh, Dir.; Regional: "The Full Monty" (Reg) ReVision Theater, NJ; Cabaret: "Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens" (Walter), Cabaret For Life; Community: "To Whom It May Concern" (Homeless Man), "Picnic" (Alan), Atlantic Stage Company. Bob has also appeared in several New Jersey college, community and civic theater productions over the last 30 years.