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Bergen County Players Presents Neil Simon's FOOLS, Opening 10/20


As part of its 80th season celebration, Bergen County Players (BCP) will present Neil Simon's FOOLS, a "light, frothy, fairy tale for adults featuring Simon's brilliant use of vaudeville, slapstick, puns and wordplay." Under the direction of Iris Weinhouse, FOOLS will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from October 20th through November 10th.  Shows will be on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Tickets are $20 on Friday and Saturday and $16 on Sunday.

FOOLS opened on Broadway at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on April 6, 1981. Neil Simon described his play as a 'comic fable' ' it is a lighthearted simple show making it a wonderful family treat.  'It's a hilarious show but there are very telling insights into people and communities underneath the laughter,' explains Director Iris Weinhouse. 'I was in the play about 15-20 years ago and the audiences just loved it.'

FOOLS take place in 1891 in a simple, remote Ukrainian village. The young and eager Leon Tolchinsky (Matthew Rofofsky of Fort Lee) arrives at Kulyenchikov to answer an ad for a new schoolteacher. To his surprise he learns that the village suffers from a 200 year old curse of stupidity. To break the curse, Leon must educate Sophia (Kelly Camp-Force of  Wayne) , the lovely daughter of Dr. Zubritsky (James Lesko of Englewood) and his wife, Lenya (Michele Blum of Oakland). If Leon cannot educate her within 24 hours of his arrival, he too will fall victim to the curse.  Come meet all the colorful town characters: Snetsky, the Shepherd (Bob Rizzotti of Waldwick); The Magistrate (Peter Caust of Glen Rock); Slovitch, The Butcher (John Villa of Franklin Lakes); Mishkin, The Mailman (Harry Bates of New Milford); Yenchna, The Vendor (Andrea Pieper of New Milford); and Count Gregor Yousekevitch (Seth Kaplan of River Vale).

The production team includes director Iris Weinhouse from Hillsdale, a life member of BCP. Previously, Weinhouse directed Lovers and Other Strangers, The Bermuda Avenue Triangle and The Cocktail Hour.  She has performed for BCP in Arsenic and Old Lace (Aunt Abby) and Little Foxes (Birdie). Other production team members include Rhea Smith (Producer); Paul Reitnauer (Stage Manager); Michael Smith (Set Design and Construction); Ray Poquette (Lighting Designer); Rob DeScherer (Sound Designer); Cliff Dreispan (Sound Operation); Anne Giesemann (Light Operation);  Kathleen Ruland (Asst. to the Director): Jim DeBlasi (Publicity); Bunny Mateosian and Michele Roth (Costumes); Ellyn Essig (Décor); Michael Smith (Photography); Joanne Guarnaccia (Make-up and Crew); Leigh Adel-Arnold and Chris Nelson Program Notes & Bios); Lisa Dahlborg (Props and Crew); and Eileen Winkler (Member at Large).

- All performances of FOOLS take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
- Tickets for FOOLS are $20 (Fri. & Sat.) and $16 (Sun.) and can be purchased online at or by calling 201-261-4200, or by visiting the box office during regular box office hours. Visa, MasterCard or American Express cards accepted.
- Those interested in group sales of 20 or more tickets may call 201-262-0515.
- BCP will continue to offer a  'Questions & Artists' (Q & A) discussion following select performances. FOOLS Q & A will take place immediately following the October 26th performance. Admission is included in the ticket price.
- Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available for $14 by phone or walk up only. Student Rush is $5, cash only, starting 30 minutes before curtain with a limit of one ticket per student.
- Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot across the street, one half block north of the theater.

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