Thursday, January 25, 2018

Accomplice by Rupert Holmes now at the Bickford

The Bickford Theatre's production of Accomplice starts tonight.The play, directed by Bickford Theatre Producing Artistic Director Eric Hafen, will be performed from January 25 – February 4, 2018.  Written by award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes (photo), Accomplice was his second play to win the coveted Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award. 

The story begins in Dartmoor, England at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor, and both adultery and murder are in the air. But we will soon learn that all is never as it seems in this electrifying game of trickery and misdirection. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted…and precisely who is the title character of Accomplice?  Adult situations and content.

“Accomplice is part thriller, part comedy, part guessing game…my favorite part about Rupert’s play is the unexpected.  Great fun."  -  Eric Hafen.

The cast includes:

Tait Ruppert of Convent Station, NJ - Broadway:  Candida (Circle in the Square); NJ Regional:  Alliance Repertory Company; Other Regional:  Cherry Lane Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Shakespeare & Co.; Film/TV: Getting On, Arli$$ (HBO), Fat Actress (Showtime), The Suite Life (Disney)
Emaline Williams of Wharton, NJ  - NJ Regional:  The Growing Stage, Alliance Repertory Company, Incubator Arts; Other Regional:  Castle Shakespeare Company
Mike Newman of Wyckoff, NJ - NJ Regional:  Centenary Stage, East Lynne Company, Hudson Warehouse, The Theatre Project; Other Regional:  Actors’ Shakespeare Company, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, American Theatre Company
Lilli Marques of East Hanover, NJ - NJ Regional:  Woman’s Theatre Company, Alliance Repertory Company, 12 Miles West, The Theatre Project, TheatreUnder the Stars; Other Regional:  Grove Street Playhouse, Theatre Studio, Murder to Go.

Collaborating again as part of the creative team:
Director:  Eric Hafen, Producing Artistic Director, Bickford Theatre
Production Stage Manager:  Leanne Long-Hulin of Lincoln Park, NJ
Scenic Designer:  Jim Bazewicz of Succasunna, NJ, Chair of Theatre Department at Drew University
Lighting Designer:  Roman Klima of Holmdel, NJ, Master Lighting and Sound Designer for many theatres in NJ.
Costume Designer:  Fran Harrison of Morristown, NJ, handles costuming for theatres in NJ including Women’s Theatre Company, Chatham Playhouse, Summit Playhouse, Alliance Repertory
Properties Designer:  Dani Pietrowski of Long Valley, NJ
Playwright: Rupert Holmes of New York
Original Music:  Rupert Holmes
 of New York

Preview Performance, Thursday, January 25, 7:30PMOpening Night, Friday, January 26, 8:00PMSaturday, January 27 and February 3, 8:00PMSunday, January 28 and February 4, 2:00PMThursday, February 1, 2:00PM and 7:30PMFriday, February 2, 8:00PM
Special Events:
There will be an Opening Night cast party for Bickford Theatre subscribers and members of the press on Friday, January 26.  Playwright Rupert Holmes will be in attendance this evening.

There will be a post-performance chat with the cast and creative team on Thursday, February 2.

Park Avenue Club Dinner - Saturday, February 3
Savor a wonderful meal at the Park Avenue Club in Florham Park, followed by Accomplice at the Bickford Theatre.  Enjoy a discounted rate at this exclusive club.  There are two seatings at 5:30PM (limited availability) and 5:45PM. Call 973.971.3706 to get pricing information and to make your reservation.
$45 General Public; $40 Seniors; $38 Museum Members; $33 Groups (10 or more); $20 Students (with a valid student ID).  There is a $3 service charge per ticket.
Tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford TheatreBox 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.

Accomplice logo designed by Sarah Gonzalez, Graphic Designer, Morris Museum
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 Theatreseries, a Jazz Showcase, and other special performances and concerts. The theatre is an Equity Producing Theatre member of the New Jersey TheatreAlliance, 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 and 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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