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Friday, October 21, 2011

The Bergen County Players to present Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Victoria Steele of West Caldwell, Allyson Stevenson of Westwood
& Matt Rofofsky of Fort Lee & John Ade of New City, New York
The Bergen County Players (BCP) will present one of the most enduring masterpieces of American theater, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, a dark comedy about a dysfunctional couple confronting the self-deceptions and raw  pain of their marriage while hosting a chaotic, hilarious cocktail hour. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from October 22 through November 12, 2011, with shows at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays.

Tickets 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. 

On the quiet setting of a New England campus, George and Martha host
a late night cocktail hour where they humorously provoke and prod each other, building to the climactic end of refused truths and realized personal failures.  Audience members will be touched by the display of the honest tribulations that can ultimately corrupt a relationship, despite the efforts to remain together. 

Winner of three Tony Awards (including Best Play of 1963) and later
turned into a landmark film with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton,
the play is groundbreaking in vocalizing the real-life disappointments
that face every marriage.

Director Jacqueline McElroy-Poquette of Westwood, who has enjoyed a long career of success at BCP by directing and acting in over 35 productions, cautions that Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? contains adult language and themes.

The four leading actors are highly experienced and excited to be performing on the BCP stage. George and Martha, the married couple
whose marital troubles dominate the play's plot, are played by new members making their debut at BCP, John Ade of New City, NY and Victoria Steele of West Caldwell. John's previous theater credits include plays Elmwood Playhouse and Antrim Players, both in Rockland County, NY. Victoria has been honored with Perry Award nominations
for her roles in Layers and First Night.

Nick and Honey, the naïve and newly married couple who become unwitting witnesses to the savage marital war, are played by Matthew Rofofsky of Fort Lee, making his BCP mainstage debut, and Allyson
Stevenson of Westwood, a seasoned actor who has performed in the BCP
productions The Little Dog Laughed and Moonlight and Magnolias.

Providing support behind the curtain are Rhea Smith as Producer (Oradell), Marisa Dolkart as Stage Manager (Dumont), Anne Giesemann
on Props (Dumont), Ruth Morley on Costumes (Ridgewood), Kevin
Hammerran on Décor (Westwood), Ray Poquette on Lighting Design and
Operation (Westwood), Tim Larsen on Sound Design (Glen Rock), Michael Smith on Set Design (Oradell), and Sarah Weiss on Publicity (New Milford).

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.  Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.

* Tickets for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are $19 for Friday and Saturday performances and $16 for Sunday matinee performances, 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.

* Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can call
(201) 262-0515.

* As it has for the past few seasons, BCP will continue to offer a
Questions & Artists (Q&A) discussion following select performances.  The Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Q&A will kick off immediately following the Friday, October 28th performance. Admission is included in the cost of the ticket.

* 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 either
online or through the box office for the special student price of
just $14.00. 

* Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater.

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. 

Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.

The Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-Equity, non-profit community
theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the
enrichment of the community. 

LITTLE FIREHOUSE THEATRE, 298 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell, NJ, (201) 261-4200, www.bcplayers.org

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