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Monday, January 30, 2012

Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers next at the Bergen County Players


Bergen County Players (BCP) presents Last of the Red Hot Lovers, an uproarious comedy by Neil Simon, who won a 1970 Writer’s Guild of America award for this, his ninth, of more than 30 classic stage plays. Under the direction of Jerry Pettinati, Last of the Red Hot Lovers will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from February 18 through March 10, 2012, 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. 

The plot revolves around Barney Cashman, who has been happily married to his high school sweetheart for close to 30 years. But as that milestone anniversary approaches, the sexual revolution of the 1960s is burgeoning all around him. Though he’s a kind and gentle man, with no history of adultery, Barney decides to try and take advantage of the new sexual mores before opportunity passes him by. The question: Will Barney’s libido liberate or humiliate him? The answer may lie in the women – experienced Elaine, actress Bobbi and family friend Jeannette – he tries to seduce.

Nominated for four Tony Awards, Last of the Red Hot Lovers is the kind of comedy anyone who’s ever been in love – or lust – can appreciate!

Last of the Red Hot Lovers is directed by Jerry Pettinati of Fair Lawn. Jerry has been a member of BCP for more than three decades and is a former BCP president. He started directing in 1974 and has helmed more than 20 productions on the BCP stage, including Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife.

The nebbish Barney is played by Mike Scelzo of Fair Lawn. Mike has appeared in several of BCP’s past mainstage productions of Simon’s work, including Plaza Suite, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Sexpot Elaine is played by Janet Gaynor-Matonti of Ramsey. She was last seen at BCP in Who Am I This Time?, and previously in Steel Magnolias and Prelude to a Kiss. 

The free-spirited actress Bobbi is played by Nicole Aleles of Rutherford. Nicole is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Theatre Arts, and is an Equity Membership Candidate. 

Moralist best friend to Barney’s wife, Jeannette, is played by Debbie Buchsbaum of River Vale. Debbie last appeared on the BCP stage in Plaza Suite. Earlier BCP credits include Bermuda Avenue Triangle and Hansel & Gretel.


The production is co-produced by Ron Siclari of Oradell and Al Wander of Harrington Park.

The set is designed by Steve Moldt of Cresskill, with props by Pat Bain of Englewood and Anne Geisemann of Dumont, and d├ęcor by Ellen Essig of River Vale. The swinging sixties costumes are designed by Ruth Morley of Ridgewood, with make-up by Marilyn Pettinati of Fair Lawn. Michelle Roth of New Milford serves as stage manager, with Allan Seward of Rockland County handling lighting design and Rob Descherer of Woodcliff Lake designing the sound.

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 Last of the Red Hot Lovers 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 Last of the Red Hot Lovers Q&A will kick off immediately following the Friday, February 24th 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. 

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