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NJTV News Story On Leaking Oil Tank Becomes ‘Theater Of The Absurd’

The play ‘Terra Incognita’ explores a couple’s expensive battle against pollution on their property

The tale of a New Jersey couple and their struggle to deal with an underground tank leaking oil into their property has metamorphosed from an investigative news story to a one-hour play.

“Terra Incognita,” performed at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, is the result of two collaborations. One was between NJTV and several news partners on “Dirty Little Secrets,” an investigation into New Jersey’s history of toxic pollution, and the other between the state television network and StoryWorks from the Center for Investigative Reporting.


Brenda Flanagan, who reported the story for NJTV, called Bob Sandberg’s play “total theater of the absurd.” She said the play showed the emotional difficulties of the couple in a way her version could not, while giving those who see it useful information.

For at least one member of the audience in New Brunswick, the play hit close to home. She said it showed her she has to do something about the oil tank on her property.

Read the full story on NJTV News, a content partner of NJ Spotlight.

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