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Monday, May 11, 2015

‘God of Carnage’ now at Bergen County Players

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Bergen County Players is currently presenting the final mainstage production of its 2014-2015 season of shows, the 2009 Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Alyson Cohn.  God of Carnage will open on May 2, 2015 and run through Sunday, May 31, 2015 at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell (no performances Memorial Day weekend, May 22-24). The New York Times described Carnage as “[a] streamlined anatomy of the human animal... [The play] delivers the cathartic release of watching other people's marriages go boom."

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. Yasmina Reza’s witty script starts out as a rancidly funny account of two couples tiptoeing around their mutual dislike. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the evening progresses, the gloves come off and the night becomes a side-splitting free-for-all. The London production at the Gielgud Theatre was widely acclaimed, receiving the Olivier Award for Best New Play of 2009. The Broadway production won a Tony for Best Play and became the longest running comedy of the 2000s.

When asked about the themes of the production, Director Alyson Cohn of Wyckoff stated, “Playground politics - children live them and adults pretend to have outgrown them. But do we ever?” Alyson is a seasoned BCP director, helming the BCP productions of Boeing, Boeing; Glengarry Glen Ross; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches; Six Degrees of Separation; The Heidi Chronicles; Proposals; True West; Art; The Laramie Project; and Proof, which won the 2006 Perry Award for Best Production of a Play.

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The talented cast of God of Carnage includes Larry Kadish (Alan Raleigh) of New Milford, Allyson Stevenson (Annette Raleigh) of Westwood, Scott Schneider (Michael Novak) of Congers, NY, and Angie Joachim (Veronica Novak) of White Plains, NY.  Larry Kadish last appeared on the BCP stage in Boeing-Boeing, which he added to his list of previous BCP productions including Sideman, Murder in Green Meadows, Marvin’s Room, Art, Thumbs, Fuddy Meers, Table Manners, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Glengarry Glen Ross, and Angels in America, among others. Allyson Stevenson returns to our stage after 2012’s Boeing-Boeing. Previously she appeared in The Little Dog Laughed and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf for which she earned a Perry Award nomination. Angie Joachim is thrilled to be performing with BCP for the first time, after having performed on stages in both Northwest Connecticut and New Orleans. Her stage credits include Noises Off, Hairspray, Coyote on a Fence, A Flea in Her Ear, Cabaret, Over the Tavern, Dancing at Lughnasa, and A Chorus Line. Scott Schneider is also making his BCP debut in God of Carnage; his prior credits elsewhere include True West, 12 Angry Jurors, Of Mice and Men, and Othello, among others.

The crew includes: Kathie Robitz (Producer, Props), Michele Roth (Stage Manager, Assistant to the Director), Marci K. Weinstein (Set Design, Décor, Program Notes), Greg Cilmi (Set Design and Construction),  Allan Seward (Lighting Design), Rob DeScherer (Sound Design), Bunny Mateosian and Marian McCabe (Costume Design), Pat Bain (Props), Angela Grippo (Lighting Operation), Daniel Reid (Sound Operation), Christine Francois (Makeup Design), Larry Landsman (Publicity), and  Alan Zenreich (Photography).

firehouse_75a_small TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION

  • All performances for “God of Carnage” take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.  There are no performances the weekend of Memorial Day, May 22-24.
  • Tickets for “God of Carnage” are $21 for Friday/Saturday performances and $17 for Sunday matinees, and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted.
  • BCP's popular Questions & Artists talkback session will be held following the performance on Friday, May 8th. The session is included in the cost of the ticket to that performance.  
  • Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can email groups@bcplayers.org or call the main number and press #6.
  • Advance discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only, and student rush seats can be purchased for $5 (cash only) starting 30 minutes before curtain at every performance, pending seat availability. There is a limit of one rush ticket per student.
  • Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater.

Calendar Listing: GOD OF CARNAGE OPENED SATURDAY, MAY 2 AND RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY, MAY 31! PERFORMANCES: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at 2pm LITTLE FIREHOUSE THEATRE 298 Kinderkamack Road., Oradell, NJ. Free parking at the lot off Park Avenue one-half block north of theater. Tickets range from $17 - $21. For tickets, please call (201) 261-4200 or buy online at www.bcplayers.org. Student and group discounts are available.

The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932; today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season. The remaining Second Stage production is “The Mouse That Roared” (June 6th and June 7th).

Cast Photo: L to R: Larry Kadish, Angie Joachim,Scott Schneider, Allyson Stevenson

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