Play inspired by Superstorm Sandy hits stage in Lakewood this weekend

     A scene from PL@Y. Photo courtesy of Daniel Effenberger.

    A scene from PL@Y. Photo courtesy of Daniel Effenberger.

    A play written by two Jersey Shore locals during a nearly two week electrical blackout following Superstorm Sandy opens in Lakewood Friday. 

    The curtain will rise at the historic Strand Theatre for one performance Friday and two Saturday. 

    PL@Y explores the uniquely 21st century way that people interact with technology and each other, according the Music Is The Medicine Foundation Communications Director Daniel Effenberger. 

    “It’s a heartwarming, hilarious tale of Ashley, a young woman whose obsession with technology leads her down the proverbial rabbit hole to a strange and distant land,” said Effenberger. “Ashley encounters colorful characters as she tries to find her way back home in a music and dance filled comic romp for the whole family.”

    The play features original songs by The Amboys, who will be performing live.

    Music is the Medicine Foundation is a locally run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has raised over $50,000 for various charities including the Ashley Lauren Foundation, Memorial Sloan- Kettering Hospital, the Wounded Warrior Project, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Oceans of Love, Providence House, and Hurricane Sandy relief. 

    All proceeds from the performance will benefit the Ocean County arts community. 


    The Strand Theatre is located at 400 Clifton Ave in Lakewood.


    Friday, November 21 at 8 p.m.

    Saturday, November 22 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. 


    Tickets are available at, by phone at 732.730.5925, or at the box office on performance days.

    General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. A preferred seating package, including pre-show appetizers and drinks at the theatre along with premium lodge seating, is $25. 

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