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Monday, July 13, 2015

Bergen County Players 2015-16 Season to open with ‘Guys and Dolls’

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Long considered one of America’s foremost community theater groups, the Bergen County Players is proud to announce its 2015-16 season, an ambitious, passionate and playful year of audience pleasing musicals, innovative plays and special events for its 83rd consecutive season. From toe-tapping musicals to hilarious comedies to intense dramas, BCP has garnered a reputation for outstanding quality productions at affordable prices. As audiences have been anxiously anticipating, the new season kicks off with the Tony Award-winning musical, Guys and Dolls.

Tickets for Guys and Dolls and the rest of the 2015-16 season are available online and by phone starting Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The box office, located at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, NJ, will open on Thursday, August 13, 2015 for walk up sales or by calling 201-261-4200. (Dates subject to change, please visit our website for updates). Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available by calling the box office number (extension 6) or by emailing groups@bcplayers.org.

ON THE MAINSTAGE

Guys and Dolls
September 12 - October 10, 2015
Book by Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, Music and Lyrics by Frank Loesser,
Directed by Dottie Fischer
Tickets are $24 (all performances)
It’s hard to believe that this much-beloved show is celebrating its 65th birthday! Whether you’re seeing it for the first time or have attended any of its multiple star-studded Broadway productions, we invite you to visit with the memorable Damon Runyon characters of Nathan Detroit, Sky Masterson and Miss Adelaide while enjoying the indelible Frank Loesser songs “If I Were a Bell”, “The Oldest Established...”, “A Bushel and a Peck” and “Luck be a Lady”. So don’t miss this chance to once again “sit down and rock the boat” as we open our season with this multiple Tony Award-winning musical!  “…it is the place we dream about whenever we think of Runyon and Loesser or anyone else who painted New York as a nocturnal paradise where ideas and emotions are spelled out
sky-high on blinking signs…” - NY TIMES.

Getting Away With Murder
October 24 – November 14, 2015
Written by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth, Directed by Ellyn Essig
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday
While certainly better known for their musicals, Company and Merrily We Roll Along, co-playwrights Stephen Sondheim and George Furth also scored a hit with this killer of a comedy thriller! When members of a group therapy circle arrive to find their therapist murdered and evidence that one of them did it, they must work through their neuroses and discover the killer before, one by one, they are bumped off. “This is the first time that Sondheim, the master craftsman of the musical theater, has attempted a straight play. The man who concocted barbershop murders in Sweeney Todd, fractured fairy tales with Into the Woods and wrote anthems for presidential Assassins has always had a sense for the macabre. An avid game enthusiast as well, he gets the chance here to combine vocation and avocation.” - NY DAILY NEWS.
** Contains smoking, gunfire, physical violence and mature language.

Pinocchio
November 28 - December 20, 2015
Adaptation and Lyrics by Jim Eller, Based on the Book by Carlo Collodi, Music by Jim Eller and Jeanne Bargy, Directed by Terri Caust
Tickets are $14 (all performances)
75 years ago the Disney movie was released. Now, the Prince Street Players version of this time-honored story set in Italy will enthrall youngsters between the ages of 3 and 12, along with their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins (and even non-relatives!). Pinocchio is a boy-sized puppet built by the caring puppet maker, Geppetto, and is brought to life by the Blue Fairy as a reward for Geppetto's remarkably generous spirit. After singing and dancing his way through many adventures, Pinocchio learns that no love is greater than that of a parent for a child. And after the show, all of the characters will be available for autographs and pictures!

Good People
January 9 - January 30, 2016
Written by David Lindsay-Abaire, Directed by Peter Colletto
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday
Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, the Pulitzer Prize winner for Rabbit Hole and lyricist for Shrek The Musical, has created a sense memory dramedy about two friends from South Boston who date briefly in high school and then grow up and go their separate ways. He leaves ‘Southie’ and becomes a successful doctor, while she stays in the neighborhood and faces difficult everyday challenges.  What happens when they meet again after 30 years, when she comes to him desperate for work? This intimate and often humorous look at how luck, class, race and the choices we make ultimately affect our lives was nominated for
Best Play of 2011 and is “…thoughtful, moving and richly entertaining.” - USA TODAY.
** Contains mature subject matter and language.

Leading Ladies
February 13 - March 5, 2016
Written by Ken Ludwig, Directed by Lynne Lupfer
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday
From the brilliant mind who created Lend Me a Tenor and Moon Over Buffalo, this hilarious comedy finds two desperate English actors performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in Amish country (you read that correctly). When they hear that an old lady in a nearby town is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. But when they get there, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces!  "Ludwig's newest farce is so funny, it will make sophisticated and reasonable men and women of the 21st century cackle till their faces hurt." – HOUSTON PRESS.

Enchanted April
March 19 - April 16, 2016
Written by Matthew Barber, Directed by Iris Weinhouse
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday
Think “Real Housewives of Britain Spending the Summer in an Italian Villa”. OK, maybe not. But you’d be surprised to see the assortment of oddball characters appearing in this stage adaptation of a novel written more than 90 years ago, including two frumpy wives, a grand dame, one husband who is a cad and another a pompous oaf, a glamorous countess and a manic Italian maid. “Call it a feminist's novel, a chick flick or simply a woman's play, Enchanted April is still a story with sufficient sexual resonance to appeal just as much to men.” - NY POST.

A View from the Bridge
April 30 – May 22, 2016
Written by Arthur Miller, Directed by Jacqueline McElroy-Poquette
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday
Eddie Carbone is an Italian-American longshoreman living in Brooklyn with his wife and orphaned niece. He is protective of the young woman and finds himself at odds with his wife’s cousin, an illegal immigrant, when the cousin begins to date the girl. Intertwining and evolving relationships among everyone living in the house cause conflicts that eventually lead to deadly consequences and it is “…like watching a runaway train hurtle towards you and being unable to move.” - THE GUARDIAN OF LONDON. This universal story of love, hate, jealousy and revenge has been adapted for film, TV and even opera and is the recipient of numerous Tony, Drama Desk and Olivier Awards.

SECOND STAGE SHOWS

The Irish Curse
February 27 – February 28, 2016
Written by Martin Casella, Directed by Ray Yucis
Tickets are $11 (all performances)
A basement meeting hall in a Catholic church is the setting for this wickedly funny play about a self-help group for men with certain “shortcomings” regarding their anatomy. From its blistering language to its brutally honest look at sex and body image, the 90 minute production performed without intermission is “one of the best plays of the year! Truly original, truly hysterical and truly touching. You will be enthralled!” - TALK
ENTERTAINMENT. ** Contains intense adult themes and strong language.

An Evening of One Act Plays
June 4 – June 5, 2016
Written by Current and Former BCP Members, Directed by Frank Osmers
Tickets are $11 (all performances)
Within our ranks at BCP are some amazingly talented writers, some of whom have already had plays published and performed. We are extremely proud to present a series of them for your enjoyment, covering a wide spectrum of entertaining and thought-provoking subjects. Don’t miss this opportunity to say, “I was there!”, before these plays start winning major awards! ** Contains mature content and language.

TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION
•        All performances take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. All tickets for the musical, Guys and Dolls are $24 (all performances). Tickets for the family holiday show, Pinocchio, are $14 (all performances). All other Mainstage tickets are $21 on Fridays and Saturdays and $17 on Sundays. Second Stage tickets are $11.
•        As it has for the past few seasons, the Players will continue to offer a Q & A ("Questions & Artists") discussion following select performances.  These popular "talk-backs" will take place on the first Friday evening of each Mainstage show. Admission is included in the cost of the ticket.
•        Those interested in schedules, discount offers and purchasing tickets for the 2015-16 season can log onto BCP's website at
www.bcplayers.org, visit the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell or call (201) 261-4200.  Visa, Master Card, and American Express accepted.
•        Those interested in Group Sales or benefit theater parties can call
(201) 261-4200 (mailbox #6)
•        Student Rush tickets are available for $5 for students age 25 and under with valid ID, 30 minutes prior to curtain. One ticket per ID. Cash only. Students can also guarantee their seats in advance through the box office for the special student price of just $14. Student Rush tickets are not available for the family holiday show.
•        Parking is free for our patrons at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater, as well as street parking on Kinderkamack Road and various side streets, all within easy walking distance.
 

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