Thursday, April 14, 2011


New Jersey Rep Presents the World Premiere of

By John Biguenet
Directed by SuzAnne Barabas

WHEN: April 28 – May 29*
The New Jersey Repertory Company, 179 Broadway, Long Branch
TICKETS: $40; previous $35; Opening night with reception $60. Discounts available to seniors, students and groups of 10 or more.

*Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00 PM; Saturdays at 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM; Sundays at 2:00 PM. Special reduced price previews are on Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. Opening night with reception is Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 PM. There is no matinee April 30.

There is something mysterious about trains that has crept into our collective consciousness. Perhaps it is the idea of boarding a railroad car and then passively sitting back as it speeds down tracks that cross borders and are seemingly immune to barriers of terrain. Unfazed by day or night, snow or rain, up snow-peaked mountains, over lakes and tumbling rivers, through isolated forests, and meadows painted with flowers, rushing and clattering past the darkened windows of abandoned buildings, factories and tenements, and above deserted streets, providing a glimpse into the underbelly of foreboding and unfamiliar cities and towns. And then of course there are the anonymous passengers, wending their way to unknown destinations.

Night Train begins with Alex, a well-dressed, well-heeled banker, played by Michael Irvin Pollard, riding the midnight train alone in his first-class compartment. His starting point and his destination are unclear, but we know that he will arrive by morning, anxious to rejoin his young wife. Into his compartment barges Max, a gregarious stranger played by Philip Lynch, who claims that he is seeking refuge from a noisy second-class compartment nearby.

Like the speeding train, the play takes many twists and turns and when Max introduces Alex to the sultry and mysterious Marta, played by Maria Silverman, we know that we have boarded a train where all our expectations will be derailed and where our final destination will remain shrouded by the drifting smoke of the locomotive until the final jarring stop. .

Free on-site parking and easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.