Wednesday, March 23, 2016

BICKFORD THEATRE ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR SPRING PLAY BY LOCAL PLAYWRIGHT

My Mother, My Sister and Me Logo

My Mother, My Sister & Me
by former Bronx native and current New Jersey resident, Sherri Heller
directed by Eric Hafen, Producing Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre

This world premiere stars longtime Broadway favorite Loni Ackerman (Sylvia Fenster). The cast also includes Laura Ekstrand (Arlene Abrams), Stephanie Windland (Robin Abrams), Gary Littman (Danny Abrams), Scott McGowan (Heshy Mankowitz), Ethan Berman (Marco Lopez), and introducing Paris Mercurio as Holly Abrams.

WHEN: April 7 through April 24, 2016. Thursday, April 7 & 14 at 7:30PM; Thursday, April  21 at 2:00PM; Friday, April 8, 15 & 22 at 8:00PM; Saturday, April 9, 16 & 23 at 8:00PM; Sunday, April 10, 17 & 24 at 2:00PM; Audio described performance available on Thursday, April 21 at 2:00PM
WHERE:
Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, 6 Normandy Hgts. Road, Morristown
TICKETS:  $45 General Public; $40 Seniors, Museum & Theatre Guild Members; $33 Groups (10+); $20 Students (under 18 or w/valid college ID).
Tickets may be purchased online at morrismuseum.org, by phone at (973) 971-3706, or in person at the Bickford Theatre Box 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

It’s the summer of 1969 – Man on the moon, Woodstock, mini-skirts and Motown and in the Bronx, and boy is it hot! Change is everywhere for thirteen year old Holly Abrams. Gramma Sylvia rules the roost, older sis Robin rebels in bell-bottoms and Mom and Dad may split up for good. Will Holly get her first kiss from Marco Lopez? Amid the quickly changing Bronx’s cultural and social landscape, witness the struggles, hopes and dreams of the Abrams family in this warm-spirited comedy about family.

Cast

Paris Mercurio of Scotch Plains, NJ (Holly Abrams)- attends Union County Academy of Performing Arts; training at the Paper Mill Youth Theatre and New Jersey Youth Theatre

Loni Ackerman of Upper Grandview, NY (Sylvia Fenster)- Broadway:  Evita, Cats, The Magic Show,  So Long, 174th Street,  No, No, Nanette, George M!; Off-Broadway:  Starting Here, Starting Now (Original Cast), Diamonds, The Petrified Prince, Brownstone  and Dames At Sea 

Laura Ekstrand of Livingston, NJ (Arlene Abrams)- Bickford:  Social Security; Artistic Director of Dreamcatcher Rep; NJ Regional:  Passage Theatre, 12 Miles West, The Theater Project, Luna Stage, Pushcart Players

Stephanie Windland of New York, NY (Robin Abrams)- National Tour:  Theatreworks USA; NJ Regional:  Writers Theatre of NJ; Other NJ:  Barn Theatre, FDU Theatre

Gary Littman of New York, NY (Danny Abrams)- Bickford:  Moonlight and Magnolias, Chapter Two; NJ Regional:  Premiere Stages, Centenary Stage; Off-Broadway: Davenport Theatre, Lion Theatre, Jewish Repertory; Regional:  Flat Rock Playhouse, Northern Stage, Penobscot Theatre, New Repertory, Florida Studio Theatre

Scott McGowan of Maplewood, NJ (Heshy Mankowitz)- Bickford:  Social Security, I Do! I Do!, Mack & Mabel, Sherlock Holmes-Knight’s Gambit; NJ Regional:  Dreamcatcher Rep, Surflight Theatre, What Exit?; Regional:  Kennedy Center, Old Castle Theatre

Ethan Berman of Westfield, NJ (Marco Lopez)- attends Westfield High School; training at New Jersey Youth Theatre

Creative Team

Director:  Eric Hafen, Producing Artistic Director of the Bickford Theatre
Playwright:  Sherri Heller of West Orange, NJ
Scenic Designer:  Jim Bazewicz of Succasunna, NJ
Lighting Designer:  Roman Klima of Howell, NJ
Costume Designer:  Frances Harrison of Morristown, NJ
Properties Designer:  Danielle Pietrowski of Long Valley, NJ
Production Stage Manager:  Yumi Matsuura of Morristown, NJ

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 Theatre series, a Jazz Showcase, and other concerts. The theatre is a Senior 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.