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Written by Jared Kelner - Directed by Gerry Appel


A PROMISE TO YOUR MOTHER premiered in NYC at the 2015 Off-Off-Broadway Thespis Theater Festival on 9/17/15 - 9/20/2015

The show was preformed again in Rahway, NJ at the UCPAC The Loft Theater on 11/13/2015 - 11/15/2015



Love, when focused, can overcome the tragedies in life

A PROMISE TO YOUR MOTHER explores the lives of those left in the wake of one man's heinous crimes. Malcolm made national news when a vengeance-filled father of a girl Malcolm was accused of raping, crashed his car into Malcolm’s, killing Malcolm and his wife. The tragedy sparks a series of revelations that will forever entwine the lives of Malcolm’s 14 year-old daughter, his twin brother, a  young mother with a haunting past and her 15 year-old derelict son.  


One person reacts to the touch of evil in their youth by spreading that evil throughout their dark, sinister life. Victim becomes demon.
Another person learns from that touch of evil in their youth and helps others suffering from similar circumstances. Victim becomes healer.
In the painful, twisted maze of A PROMISE TO YOUR MOTHER, four victims yearn for a safe place – a place to connect, to share, to trust. 

 As you witness their journey, consider this: What if it were you? Which road would you take?

Thank you FEARLESS PRODUCTIONS for the amazing support and generosity throughout this journey. I am humbled and honored to be connected with such a passionate and dedicated group of artists.
FEARLESS PRODUCTIONS  ( strives to create entertaining theatrical productions that walk on the very edge of the edge, leap enthusiastically with our hearts on our sleeves, and dare to be daring. We recognize that the responsibility of true art is to firmly grasp the attention of our audience for as long as we are asking for it. We accept this challenge with the courage that only comes with doing exactly what we feel we were born to do... Simply put... Our NAME is our MISSION STATEMENT.



Jared studied acting in CA, NY and NJ and has appeared professionally on Stage, TV and Film. Favorite roles include Alan in WHAT DO THEY BECOME?,  Howard in RABBIT HOLE, George in GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS & Epstein in BILOXI BLUES. Jared recently appeared in the film MADELEINE directed by UK-Based Ollie Verschoyle. Jared is honored to have his second play brought to life by an incredible cast under the guidance of a talented and generous Director. Thank you Rachel, Kayla, Justin & Gerry for your commitment to this play. I am indebted to you all.  Jared would like to thank his son and daughter for their never ending support and especially thank his wife for loving him and giving him the opportunity to spend so much time in LaLa Land.  Finally, a massive Thank You for the support of Brian Remo, Kristin Barber and Kara Wilson from Fearless Productions. We are so fortunate to be part of the Fearless Productions family  (


Gerry Appel has directed hundreds of plays and musicals at several Off Broadway and regional theatres.  His acting and directing training took place at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Circle in the Square Theatre School, Catholic University and Montclair State University.  He has studied with Madeleine Thornton Sherwood (Broadway’s Original Cast of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Sweet Bird of Youth) and Nikos Psycharopoulos (longtime Artistic Director of Williamstown Theatre Festival).  As Artistic Director of the Brook Arts Center, Gerry helped to draw such diverse talent as the American Repertory Ballet and the Amazing Kreskin while raising over $4 Million to convert this vaudeville theatre into an arts incubator.  As a director and/or producer, Gerry has worked with Marc Shaiman, Christine Ebersol, Annie Golden, Jennifer Tilly, Paige Price and many others.  Currently, Gerry is the owner/director of Playhouse Acting Academy, a Central New Jersey school for actors of all ages.



Jared Kelner

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