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Monday, March 30, 2015

The Last Night of Ballyhoo next at Playhouse 22

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1997 Tony Award Winning Comedy to Run this Spring

Playhouse 22, East Brunswick’s Community Theater troupe, to present The Last Night of Ballyhoo, a comedy by Alfred Uhry, running April 17 – May 3.   

Directed by Marie Fiorello, the comedy is set in the upper class German-Jewish community living in Atlanta in December 1939. Hitler has recently conquered Poland, Gone with the Wind is about to premiere, and Adolph Freitag and his sister Boo and nieces Lala and Sunny - a Jewish family so highly assimilated they have a Christmas tree in the front parlor - are looking forward to Ballyhoo, a lavish ball sponsored by their country club.

P22_BallyhooPoster-FINAL-webbanner The Last Night of Ballyhoo was inspired by the playwright’s childhood memories of Atlanta. It was commissioned by the Olympic Arts Festival for the 1996 Summer Olympics and was staged at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre that year.  A year later it opened on Broadway and garnered a Tony Award for best play.  Uhry’s other work includes Driving Miss Daisy.  

All performances are Friday evenings at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Tickets are $22/adults and $20/seniors and students and can be purchased online at Playhouse22.org, by calling the Box Office at (732) 254-3939 or at the Box Office window. 

Playhouse 22 is conveniently located at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road, East Brunswick.

 

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The clock is ticking, so PLEASE donate now…or we may not be here in the future.

Expenses continue to rise, and Playhouse 22 is no exception to feeling the impact of a slow economy.  Right now a group such as ours relies solely on tickets sales and donations for revenue.  However, donations are down, and ticket sales do not cover additional, non-show related expenses.  Since moving to the East Brunswick Community Arts Center after the sale of our Dunhams Corner Road home of many years, the Township of East Brunswick has required Playhouse 22 contractually to give to the Township $2 of every ticket sold towards the maintenance of the building that our theater occupies.  In addition, we are also required to pay half of the total yearly utility costs incurred for the entire building, regardless of the select times our group occupies the theater-related to rehearsals and subsequent productions .  This equates to approximately $25,000 ongoing per year for both expenses for our group!!  To date, the maintenance fees alone we’ve paid amount to almost $40,000, spread over the last four years!  These are two very large ongoing expenses for a non-profit group such as ours, and greatly impact our operation.    We need your support to help keep pace, and we need it NOW!  Not only to ensure we can continue to bring to you the high level of affordable entertainment you’ve come to expect from us, but that we will be here to celebrate our 55th year of operation now, and  for years to come!

Donating is easy – and tax deductible – please click here to donate online.  Or, please send your check Playhouse 22 – PO Box 181, East Brunswick, NJ 08816. Finally, you can donate now by placing your gift in the envelopes provided and place in the designated area in our lobby.  Thank you so much for your help!

The Board of Directors,
East Brunswick Community Players/Playhouse 22

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