ODE TO JOY
by Craig Lucas
WHERE: Black Box Performing Arts Center, 49 E. Palisade Ave., Englewood
TICKETS: General Admission $35; seniors/students $30
Courtesy of the renowned author of Prelude to a Kiss and Reckless, Ode to Joy is the hysterically funny and shockingly poignant story of Adele, a painter, looking back on the two tumultuous loves of her life. In this, she discovers both the limits of her powers and the true depths of her gifts. Hailed as "hilarious and enlightening" by Entertainment Weekly, "Craig Lucas has a gift of gab."
This new production of Ode to Joy features the talents of Danielle MacMath, Sean Mannix (Winner of 2021 BroadwayWorldNJ Award - Best Supporting Actor in a Play), and Ilana Schimmel. Matt Okin serves as Director, with Michael Gardiner as Assistant Director.
Black Box Performing Arts Center (BBPAC), a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in Teaneck 2015 and relocated to 49 East Palisade Avenue in Englewood in 2019, and Black Box Studios (BBS), which has operated in Bergen County since 2007, together form Northern NJ’s premiere theater and performing arts school combo. BBPAC is a working professional theater run by The Black Box Rep Company, a group of collaborative artists engaging in collaborative, cutting-edge theater. The tight-knit community self-generates full seasons of cutting-edge theater, reviving classics both old and newer, while also developing original works for the intimate stage. Many of these professionals double as teaching artists for Black Box Studios, running classes and workshops at the theater and at various schools and organizations in the area, for students currently ranging in age from 9 to 81. Our team is also focused on presenting other art forms within the space, such as comedy and music, as we host the emergence of a new and unique artistic community.
Ode to Joy follows Black Box PAC's encore presentation of Eric Bogosian's 1+1, Neil Labute's Ten x Ten, and short works by John Guare and Caridad Svich. Also slated for this season is a play by legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader. Follow @BlackBoxPAC on socials for updates!