Artie the Culture Vulture TheaterNovember 14, 2017

A stage set for two. “Paradise,” a new, two-person play by Laura Maria Censabella, tests what we think we know about science, Muslim culture and the power of mentor relationships.

Two outsiders – a gifted Yemeni-American teenager and her disillusioned biology teacher – form an unlikely scientific partnership in the hope of securing her a scholarship. But when conflicts arise over religion, science and the boundaries of mentorship, their capacity to alter the course of each other’s lives becomes greater than either had imagined.

Join Jesse and Dave in West Orange as they talk to the team behind the gripping new drama, on stage through November 19. For tickets and more information, visit

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Jesse is a digital content producer living in New York. His work has been seen in Entertainment Weekly, People, The New York Times,, and 92nd Street Y. He is also the editor and founder of Stage Rush. Jesse is also a chicken fried steak connoisseur and loves a good roller coaster. | Dave Tavani is a freelance video story teller and photographer. In addition to contributing to Jersey Arts, Dave works mainly for nonprofit and arts organizations in the Philadelphia area. His recent clients include Visit Philadelphia, The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, McCarter Theatre Center, Philadelphia Magazine, The Food Trust, Association for Public Art, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and basset hound.