Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Bergen County Players (BCP) continues its 86th season with Veronica's Room

Photo (l-r)  Elizabeth Erdmann, Joanne Guarnaccia, Glenn Woertz, Eric Holzer.
Photo Courtesy Mike Smith.

Oradell, NJ, February 5, 2019 - Bergen County Players (BCP) continues its 86th season with Veronica's Room, written by Ira Levin and directed by Ellyn Essig. Veronica's Room runs February 16th through March 9th, with curtain at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on  Sundays. All performances will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. Tickets may be purchased  online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office during regular box office hours.

In typical Ira Levin fashion, (Rosemary's Baby, Deathtrap, The  Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil) the plot features numerous  twists and turns encircled by a sensation of supernatural mystery.  Audiences will leave wishing the theatre provided seatbelts to keep 
them strapped in for this whirlwind frenzy of events. The question is where does the sanity end, and the insanity begin?  asks director Ellyn Essig of Cliffside Park. Growing up in 
Bergenfield, Ellyn recalls some of her fondest memories watching  Chiller Theater and The Twilight Zone during Friday night sleepovers. 

As much as this is a horror tale, it is also a reflection of  conditions far more sinister from which we invent stories to navigate  our own trauma, and the trauma handed down to us through our family  line.? Ellyn worked with her actors to co-write a history of  precipitating events that would anchor the characters into a shared  reality. Ellyn encourages her actors to find the truth behind the mask  and the psychological issues behind the motivations. Horror is really  difficult to pull off. It requires a commitment to honesty every step  of the way.

 Such precise attention to authenticity earned Ellyn?s  most recent production of Steel Magnolias the Perry Award for  Outstanding Production of a Play (BCP) in 2018.

The cast includes Joanne Guarnaccia of Englewood Cliffs (Woman),  Elizabeth Erdmann of East Hanover (Girl), Glenn Woertz of Alpine  (Man), and Eric Holzer of Montclair (Young Man). You're going to LOVE  hating us, offers actor Glenn Woertz, flashing an eerie smile.

The crew of Veronica's Room includes Ellyn Essig (Director), Kathleen Ruland (Producer), Katie Lupfer (Stage Manager), Matthew Blum(Assistant to Director), Michael Smith (Set Design and Construction,  Photography), Jody Laufer (Set Construction), Gerard Bourcier 
(Lighting Design), Robert DeScherer (Sound Design), Rick Essig (Sound Design), Lynne Lupfer (Décor Design), Maureen Mulvihill (Costumes/Makeup), Peter Simpson (Lighting Operator), Teri Noel (Sound Operator, Rhea Smith (Program Notes/Workday Photos), Rachel Alt (Props), Mic McCormack (Assistant to Décor), Darlene Slezak (Crew), Ken Slezak (Crew), Ron Siclari (Member at Large) and Alison Miller (Publicity).

NOTE: This show contains Adult Language and Situations

*       All performances for VERONICA?S ROOM take place at The Little Firehouse
         Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County
         Players since 1949. Performances run February 16th through 
March 9th, 2019
         with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays
         at 2 pm.
*       Tickets for Veronica?s Room are $21 on Fridays and Saturdays and $17 on
         Sundays.  Tickets can be purchased online at, 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.
*       BCP's popular Questions & Artists talkback session will be held following
         the performance on Friday, February 22nd, 2019.
*       Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can email or call the main number and press #6.
*       Row K, Seats #1 and #2 are held to accommodate people with disabilities.
         They can be purchased by calling the box office at 
201-261-4200. These seats
         will be released for public sale two weeks prior to performance.
*       Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-
         half block north of the theater.

Calendar Listing: Veronica's Room runs Saturday, February 16th through
Saturday, March 9th. PERFORMANCES: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm;
Sundays at 2 pm. Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road,
Oradell, NJ. Free parking at the lot off Park Avenue one-half block
north of theater. Ticket prices are $21 on Fridays and Saturdays; $17
on Sundays. Group rates are available for groups of 20 people or
larger. For tickets, please call (201) 261-4200 or buy online at Student and group discounts are available.

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.

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