Thursday, March 10, 2016

Full Cast and Creative Team set for 'My Mother, My Sister & Me' at the Morris Museum's Bickford Theatre

The Morris Museum has announced the complete casting for its spring play, My Mother, My Sister & Me. This world premiere stars longtime Broadway favorite Loni Ackerman (Sylvia Fenster). The cast also includes Laura Ekstrand (Arlene Abrams), Stephanie Windland (Robin Abrams), Gary Littman (Danny Abrams), Scott McGowan (Heshy Mankowitz), Ethan Berman (Marco Lopez), and introducing Paris Mercurio as Holly Abrams. 

My Mother, My Sister & Me was written by former Bronx native and current New Jersey resident, Sherri Heller and will be directed by Eric Hafen, Producing Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre. The play will run twelve times at the Bickford Theatre from April 7 through April 24, 2016.

My Mother, My Sister & Me is the story of an indestructible working-class Jewish family in the Bronx that is valiantly surviving the ever changing Sixties Cultural Revolution. The play opens in a two-bedroom-fourth-floor-walk-up just East of the Grand Concourse and fifteen blocks from the Mecca of all hope – Yankee Stadium. We are in the home of the Abrams Family, a front-of-the-building apartment with a clear view of 163rd Street and the cultural chaos that is engulfing New York and the rest of world.

It is Monday morning, July 21, 1969, six hours after Neil Armstrong has walked on the moon, fourteen days before Woodstock opens in Bethel, three weeks before Mick Jagger is shot on the set of Ned Kelly and Jim Morrison is arrested and dragged off of a plane in Phoenix, while 250,000 people demonstrate in the Nation’s Capital against the Vietnam War and Russia defiantly performs its first public nuclear test in Eastern Kazakh.

The Abrams Family is preparing for what looks to be a normal day. Grandma Sylvia is cooking, Holly is dreaming of her first kiss with the gorgeous Marco Lopez, Robin is plotting her escape to Woodstock Nation, Arlene, their Mom, is rehearsing how she is going to announce her huge promotion at a Corporation that now needs her in New Jersey while unbeknownst to the lot, Danny, Arlene’s estranged husband, is contemplating a capital crime so egregious he could take down part of the Bronx with the rest of them.


Thursday, April 7 & 14 at 7:30PM; Thursday, April 21 at 2:00PM
Friday, April 8, 15 & 22 at 8:00PM
Saturday, April 9, 16 & 23 at 8:00PM
Sunday, April 10, 17 & 24 at 2:00PM
Audio described performance available on Thursday, April 21 at 2:00PM


$45 General Public; $40 Seniors, Museum & Theatre Guild Members; $33 Groups (10+); $20 Students (under 18 or w/valid college ID).

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Bickford Theatre is an integral part of the Morris Museum, located at 6 Normandy Heights Road in Morristown, NJ, and offers free parking and full accessibility. Box Office hours for phone sales are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 5:00pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00am to 5:00pm.


Paris Mercurio of Scotch Plains, NJ (Holly Abrams)- attends Union County Academy of Performing Arts; training at the Paper Mill Youth Theatre and New Jersey Youth Theatre

Loni Ackerman of Upper Grandview, NY (Sylvia Fenster)- Broadway: Evita, Cats, The Magic Show, So Long,174th Street, No, No, Nanette, George M!; Off-Broadway: Starting Here, Starting Now (Original Cast), Diamonds, The Petrified Prince, Brownstone and Dames At Sea 

Ethan Berman of Westfield, NJ (Marco Lopez)- attends Westfield High School; training at New Jersey Youth Theatre

Laura Ekstrand of Livingston, NJ (Arlene Abrams)- Bickford: Social Security; Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher Rep; NJ Regional: Passage Theatre, 12 Miles West, The Theater Project, Luna Stage, Pushcart Players

Stephanie Windland of New York, NY (Robin Abrams)- National Tour: Theatreworks USA; NJ Regional: Writers Theatre of NJ; Other NJ: Barn Theatre, FDU Theatre

Gary Littman of New York, NY (Danny Abrams)- Bickford: Moonlight and Magnolias, Chapter Two; NJ Regional: Premiere Stages, Centenary Stage; Off-Broadway: Davenport Theatre, Lion Theatre, Jewish Repertory; Regional: Flat Rock Playhouse, Northern Stage, Penobscot Theatre, New Repertory, Florida Studio Theatre

Scott McGowan of Maplewood, NJ (Heshy Mankowitz)- Bickford: Social Security, I Do! I Do!, Mack & Mabel, Sherlock Holmes-Knight’s Gambit; NJ Regional: Dreamcatcher Rep, Surflight Theatre, What Exit?; Regional: Kennedy Center, Old Castle Theatre

Creative Team

Director: Eric Hafen, Producing Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre
Playwright: Sherri Heller of West Orange, NJ
Scenic Designer: Jim Bazewicz of Succasunna, NJ
Lighting Designer: Roman Klima of Howell, NJ
Costume Designer: Frances Harrison of Morristown, NJ
Properties Designer: Danielle Pietrowski of Long Valley, NJ
Production Stage Manager: Yumi Matsuura of Morristown, NJ

About The Bickford Theatre

The Bickford Theatre is a professional theater that produces and presents year-round entertainment, including a Main Stage Series, two Children’s Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase, and other concerts. The theatre is a Senior Member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, a not-for-profit organization of 30 professional theaters throughout the state, and works in conjunction with Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). From its beginnings in 1994 to the present, tens of thousands of theater-goers from across the tri-state area have enjoyed the Bickford Theatre’s many entertaining and diversified offerings in theatre, music and dance.

About the Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is an award-winning, community-based arts and cultural institution which serves the public through high caliber exhibitions in the arts, sciences and humanities. The Museum also offers educational programs, family events, and is home to the Bickford Theatre and its wide range of performing arts offerings. Continuously serving the public since 1913, the Morris Museum has been designated a Major Arts Institution and has received the New Jersey State Council on the Arts’ Citation of Excellence, among other awards. The first museum in New Jersey to be accredited, the Morris Museum was re-accredited in 2013 by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Morris Museum is a Blue Star Museum, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families, from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Location & Hours

The Museum is located at 6 Normandy Heights Road (at the corner of Columbia Turnpike) in Morristown, NJ, and is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00pm. In addition, the Museum is open evenings from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the second and third Thursday of the month. Admission to the Museum is $10 for adults and $7 for children, students and senior citizens. Admission is always free for Museum members. For more information, call (973) 971-3700, or visit

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