Thursday, October 19, 2017

Award-Winning Show Next at Bickford Theatre with Four-time Daytime Emmy Award Winning Actress Kim Zimmer


  Kim Zimmer and Carl Wallnau in rehearsal for Bakersfield Mist.

The Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum will produce the award-winning comedy/drama Bakersfield Mist by Stephen Sachs from October 26 to November 5 under the direction of the Producing Artistic Director Eric Hafen. The play, which received the Elliott Norton Award for Best New Play in 2013, was a smash hit when it opened for a limited run on London’s West End. It contains Adult Language.

Leading the cast in the role of Maude Gutman is the very popular Kim Zimmer, a four-time Daytime Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Lead Actress. Kim will share the stage with Carl Wallnau, the celebrated Artistic Director of the Centenary Stage Company. He will play Lionel Percy.

Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking comedy/drama asks timeless questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Maude Gutman, a 50-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few dollars from a thrift store. At first she almost throws it away but instead convinces herself that it is a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollack worth millions. So to evaluate the painting, world-class art expert Lionel Percy travels from New York to Maude’s home in Bakersfield to determine whether it is authentic or not. What ensues is a fiery, entertaining, and wonderfully funny debate over class, truth, and what we perceive as valuable.

It is a play loved by both audiences and critics. When it opened in London, The Telegraph called it “…one of the best plays on now in London.” And during the run in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times said it was “a perfect marriage of emotion and ideas!” Vanity Fair praised Bakersfield Mist, proclaiming that it was “not to be missed” and the Orlando Sentinel gushed that it was “cleverly funny….”

Producing Artistic Director Eric Hafen has more than 35 years of theater experience having acted in or directed productions throughout the Northeast, including shows off-Broadway and in New Jersey. When asked about Bakersfield Mist, he said, “When I read the play, I knew that it was perfect for the Bickford Theatre because of our affiliation with the Morris Museum. Stephen Sachs tackles the large questions on creativity and the value of art with wit and humor. And our audience will love it.”

Playwright Stephen Sachs is the author of eleven plays produced both here and abroad and has received many awards not only for his plays, but also for his work as an artistic director and theatre director. As the co-founder and co-artistic director of The Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, he has won multiple awards including the prestigious Ovation award twice. And he has twice been a finalist for the PEN Literary Award for Drama.

Bakersfield Mist opens on Friday, October 27, at 8:00 PM with a Preview Performance on Thursday, October 26. The production runs through Sunday, November 5. 

Tickets for Bakersfield Mist are $45 for the General Public; $40 for Seniors; $38 for Museum Members; and $20 for Students (18 & under or with valid college ID). Group rates are available. There is a $3 service charge per ticket. The show contains Adult Language.

Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box Office. The Morris Museum’s Bickford Theatre is 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, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Walk-up hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Thursday, October 26 (Preview Performance) and November 2, 7:30 PM

Thursday, November 2, 2:00 PM

Friday, October 27 (Opening Night) and November 3, 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 28, and November 4, 8:00 PM

Sunday, October 29, and November 5, 2:00 PM

There will be a conversation with the cast and creative team on Thursday, November 2, following the evening performance.


Kim Zimmer headshotKim Zimmer of Verona, NJ. Television: The Guiding Light (CBS), One Life to Live (ABC), Santa Barbara (NBC), The Doctors (CBS); Episodic Television: Designing Women, Seinfeld, MacGyver, Models Inc., Babylon 5; Off-Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore; North American tour of Broadway’s Wicked; Regional Theatre: Connecticut Reperatory, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Barn Theatre (Michigan).

Carl Wallnau head shotCarl Wallnau of Hoboken. Artistic Director of Centenary Stage Company, Hackettstown, NJ; Professor of Theatre Arts and Chair of the Fine Arts Department of Centenary University. Broadway and National Tour: Titanic; Regional: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Centenary Stage, Hartford Stage, Bristol Riverside, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Arden Theatre, Asolo Theatre. Author: Mary Todd: A Woman Apart (Centenary Stage, NJ and Samuel Beckett Theatre, NYC).

About the Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum
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 Series, and other concerts. The theatre is an Equity Producing Theatre 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.

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