Bergen County Players Celebrates its 85th Season

Bergen County Players, the New Jersey Association of Community Theater's "2015 Community Theater of the Year", is proud to announce its 85th consecutive season, running from September 2017 to June 2018. From entertaining musicals to hilarious comedies to intense dramas, BCP has garnered a reputation for outstanding quality productions at affordable prices.

As audiences have been anxiously anticipating, the new season kicks off with the Tony Award winning musical, Spamalot. Tickets are on sale online at www.bcplayers.org or by phone at 201-261-4200. The box office, located at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, NJ, will open on Thursday, August 17th for walk up and phone sales. Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available by calling the box office number (extension 6) or by emailing groups@bcplayers.org.

ON THE MAINSTAGE
SPAMALOT
September 16 - October 14, 2017
** No performances on Sept 29-30
Music by John Du Prez, Eric Idle and Neil Innes
Lyrics and Book by Eric Idle
Directed by Jacqueline Poquette
Tickets are $24 (all performances)

This side-splitting parody of the legend of King Arthur and his clueless Knights of the Round Table is for all fans of absurd musical comedy, not just those who are members of the Monty Python cult! A three-time Tony Award winner (including Best Musical of 2005), "I defy anyone to go and not have a really fun evening. It's the silliest thing I've ever seen..." John Cleese, Founding Member, Monty Python's
Flying Circus.

HARVEY
October 28 - November 18, 2017
Written by Mary Chase
Directed by Jerry Hurley
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday

The 1944 Pulitzer Prize for Drama was rightfully awarded to this delightful and gentle comedy about Elwood P. Dowd, a regular guy who likes to spend time with his friend Harvey. Nothing unusual there, except Harvey happens to be a six foot rabbit! "...a delectable mid-century chestnut with an idiosyncratic personality that still sparkles." THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

CINDERELLA
December 2 - December 17, 2017
Music by Jeanne Bargy and Jim Eiler
Lyrics and Book by Jim Eiler
Directed by Bill Kaufman
Tickets are $14 (all performances)

The Prince Street Players version of this timeless classic starts with a Fairy Godmother asking her two helpers to identify the neediest person in the kingdom. They introduce her to Ella, and with magic wand in hand, Godmother throws in a dash of belief, a sprinkle of magic and a pinch of true love. Voila! Cinderella has her life changed for good in this frothy, fast-paced musical, specifically created for young audiences!

OTHER DESERT CITIES
January 13 - February 3, 2018
Written by Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Dottie Fischer
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday

It's Christmas Eve, 2004, and the Wyeth family is gathered together in Palm Springs awaiting the arrival of daughter Brooke, a writer who after a six year absence is finally returning home. Combining emotionally charged recriminations, revelations and shifting loyalties with sparkling wit, this Pulitzer Prize finalist is "A boldly conventional yet altogether gripping work that knows individual psychology as keenly as it understands the world around it." NEWSDAY

STEEL MAGNOLIAS
February 17 - March 10, 2018
Written by Robert Harling
Directed by Ellyn Essig
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday

Chronicling the life of six women in the northwestern Louisiana parish of Chinquapin over a three year period, this warm "dramedy" is set in a home-based beauty salon. The witty and insightful dialogue focuses on their strong friendships but also exposes their conflicts, fears, and relationships with men. "...a truly unforgettable production full of sass, style and sisterhood...equal parts hilarious and entertaining."

THE STAGE REVIEW

AND THE WINNER WAS...
March 24 - April 21, 2018
No performances on March 30-31 and April 1
Concept by Ray Yucis
Directed by Ray Yucis
Tickets are $24 (all performances)

A unique original revue celebrating the music from shows that have won the Tony Award as Best Musical...from Kiss Me, Kate to The Music Man to Hamilton. A talented company of singers/dancers/actors will lead you through a tour of Tony history in a casual, cabaret-like environment. Great songs...great entertainers...great fun!

IT'S ONLY A PLAY
May 5 - June 3, 2018
No performances May 13 and May 25-27
Written by Terrence McNally
Directed by Peter Colletto
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday / $17 Sunday

This uproarious joke-a-minute comedy finds a producer, director, playwright, two actors, critic and even a bellman with theatrical aspirations nervously awaiting the reviews of a new Broadway play while attending an opening night party at an upscale Manhattan apartment. The multi-Award winning Terrence McNally (Master Class, Ragtime, Love! Valour! Compassion!) has written "a razor-toothed parody of that most insular showbiz species, Broadway theater folk, (as) an affectionate valentine to them." THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Second Stage
GEORGE IS DEAD, Written by Elaine May
TALKING CURE, Written by Ethan Coen
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 2:00pm
Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 7:00pm
Directed by Paul J. Reitnauer III
Tickets are $11 (all performances)

A pair of one act plays that comprised parts of the scintillating trilogy Relatively Speaking. In George Is Dead, multiple-Award winner Elaine May (of the famed Nichols & May comedy duo) presents Doreen, the widow of George, who is too hilariously spoiled and superficial to grieve. Can anyone be that monumentally self-absorbed, even in a farce? Happily, yes!

Ethan Coen, creator of such brilliant films as "Fargo" and "The Big Lebowski", turns his dark-comedy skills toward the stage with a bitingly funny tug-of-war between a postal worker incarcerated in a mental hospital and the therapist trying to treat him. "Packed with nifty zingers!" NY TIMES

WHILE SHAKESPEARE SLEPT, Written by Tim Kelly
WHEN SHAKESPEARE'S LADIES MEET, Written by Charles George
Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 8:00pm
Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:00pm
Directed by Terri Caust
Tickets are $11 (all performances)

In the first of these two 30 minute one-act plays, Will suffers a bout of self-doubt and gets a job at an inn, where some of his characters plague his dreams until he returns to playwriting. Then, Juliet has just fallen in love with Romeo, and the other ladies of the Bard's imagination convene to enlighten her on the best method of conducting a romance.

TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION
• All performances take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298
Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since
1949. All tickets for the musical Spamalot are $24 (all performances).
Tickets for the family holiday show, Cinderella, are $14 (all
performances). All other tickets are $21 on Fridays and Saturdays and
$17 on Sundays and Second Stage tickets are $11.
• A new program is now available for qualified non-profit
organizations to use one performance of each production as a
fundraising event. The group will book all the seats in the house at
a deeply discounted price and then resell the tickets at a price of
their choosing, with the difference in price kept by the group. The
available date is the Thursday of each show's final weekend.
Interested groups can email fundraising@bcplayers.org for more
information.
• As it has for the past few seasons, the Players will continue to
offer a Q & A ("Questions & Artists") discussion following select
performances. These popular "talk-backs" will take place on the first
Friday evening of each Mainstage show. Admission is included in the
cost of the ticket.
• Those interested in schedules, discount offers and purchasing tickets for the 2017-18 season can log onto BCP's website at www.bcplayers.org, visit the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell or call (201) 261-4200. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted.
• Those interested in Group Sales or benefit theater parties can call (201) 261-4200 (mailbox #6).
• Student Rush tickets are available for $5 for students age 25 and under with valid ID, 30 minutes prior to curtain. One ticket per ID. Cash only. Students can also guarantee their seats in advance through the box office for the special student price of just $14.00. Student Rush tickets are not available for Spamalot or Cinderella.
• Parking is free for our patrons at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater, as well as street parking on Kinderkamack Road and various side streets, all within easy walking distance.

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