Thursday, April 30, 2015

CAUSTIC COMEDY TO OPEN @ BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS THIS SATURDAY

BERGEN COUNTY PLAYERS Presents the Final Show of its 2014-2015 Season -- The 2009 Tony Award-Winner for Best Play...

God of Carnage #1GOD OF CARNAGE
Written by Yasmina Reza
Translated by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Alyson Cohn

WHEN: May 2, and run through Sunday, May 31; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays at 2 PM. No performances the weekend of Memorial Day, May 22-24.
WHERE:
Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell
TICKETS: $21 for Friday/Saturday performances and $17 for Sunday matinees, and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, 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.

"A savvy and deliciously caustic new comedy!" - Chicago Tribune

Bergen County Players is thrilled to present the final mainstage production of its 2014-2015 season of shows, the 2009 Tony Award-winning play, God of Carnage, written by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton and directed by Alyson Cohn. The New York Times described Carnage as "[a] streamlined anatomy of the human animal... [The play] delivers the cathartic release of watching other people's marriages go boom."

A playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the matter.

Yasmina Reza's witty script starts out as a rancidly funny account of two couples tiptoeing around their mutual dislike. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the evening progresses, the gloves come off and the night becomes a side-splitting free-for-all.

The London production at the Gielgud Theatre was widely acclaimed, receiving the Olivier Award for Best New Play of 2009. The Broadway production won a Tony for Best Play and became the longest running comedy of the 2000s.

When asked about the themes of the production, Director Alyson Cohn of Wyckoff stated, "Playground politics—children live them and adults pretend to have outgrown them. But do we ever?" Alyson is a seasoned BCP director, helming the BCP productions of Boeing-Boeing; Glengarry Glen Ross; One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Angels in America: Millennium Approaches; Six Degrees of Separation; The Heidi Chronicles; Proposals; True West; Art; The Laramie Project; and Proof, which won the 2006 Perry Award for Best Production of a Play.

The talented cast of God of Carnage includes Larry Kadish (AlanRaleigh) of New Milford, Allyson Stevenson (Annette Raleigh) of Westwood, Scott Schneider (Michael Novak) of Congers, NY, and Angie Joachim (Veronica Novak) of White Plains, NY.

The crew includes: Kathie Robitz (Producer, Props), Michele Roth (Stage Manager, Assistant to the Director), Marci K. Weinstein (Set Design, D├ęcor, Program Notes), Greg Cilmi (Set Design and Construction), Allan Seward (Lighting Design), Rob DeScherer (Sound Design), Bunny Mateosian and Marian McCabe (Costume Design), Pat Bain (Props), Angela Grippo (Lighting Operation), Daniel Reid (Sound Operation), Christine Francois (Makeup Design), Larry Landsman (Publicity), and Alan Zenreich (Photography).

  • BCP's popular Questions & Artists talkback session will be held following the performance on Friday, May 8th. The session is included in the cost of the ticket to that performance.
  • Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can email groups@bcplayers.org or call the main number and press #6.
  • Advance discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available for $14 by phone or walk-up only, and student rush seats can be purchased for $5 (cash only) starting 30 minutes before curtain at every performance, pending seat availability. There is a limit of one rush ticket per student.
  • Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater.

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. The remaining Second Stage production is The Mouse That Roared (June 6th and June 7th).