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Bergen County Players to Present HARVEY


Bergen County Players to Present HARVEY

Bergen County Players (BCP) continues
its 85th season with Mary Chase's Pulitzer Prize winning
comedy-of-errors, HARVEY. The play is co-directed by veteran
directors Jerry Hurley and Steve Bell and will be presented onstage
October 28th - November 18th. Performances will take place at the
Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell with
curtain at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. Tickets
may be purchased online at, by calling 201-261-4200
or by visiting the box office during regular box office hours.

Elwood P. Dowd may enjoy his martinis, but he is still a friendly and
likeable enough fellow...he just possesses one somewhat glaring
eccentricity. He claims his best friend is an invisible fairy known in
Irish folklore as a Pooka. And this Pooka, according to Elwood, has
taken on the form of a giant, six-foot three rabbit named Harvey.

Much to the horror of his sister, Veta, Elwood loves to tell everyone
he meets about his invisible Pooka friend. So hoping to spare her
daughter and the rest of the family from the embarrassment of his
eccentric behavior, Veta carts Elwood off to the local sanitarium to
have him committed...where her own eccentric behavior lands her in the
sanitarium instead of Elwood. What ensues is a comedy-of-errors that
forces Veta to question which reality is best - the often harsh
reality the rest of us live in or the "delusional" reality Elwood has
created for himself.

A Life Member, Past-President, and Board of Governors member, director
Steven Bell of Hackensack has been active with the Players for over
thirty years. He has directed numerous BCP productions, including The
Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, The Drowsy Chaperone, Ruthless! The
Musical, Urinetown, Modern Orthodox, Curtains, and The King & I, to
name a few. Steven also served as musical director for various shows,
including Cabaret, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,
Aladdin, Man of La Mancha, Beehive, The Music Man, and Company. As a
performer, he appeared in such shows as Guys and Dolls (Nathan
Detroit), Follies (Buddy - Perry Award Winner), Anything Goes
(Moonface Martin), City of Angels (Stine), Into the Woods (Baker) and
Forum (Pseudolous). Steven teaches vocal music at Teaneck High School,
and is the Artistic Director of the Teaneck Community Chorus.

Director Jerry Hurley is a life member who has been with the Bergen
County Players for over 40 years. He has performed onstage and
directed many shows including mysteries, comedies, dramas, radio
shows, and children's show, as well as worked backstage on the sets of
too many plays to mention. Jerry was a member of the Executive Board
as 2nd Vice President, Chairman of the Play and Casting Committee, and
served uncountable years as the head of BCP's Workshop Committee.
Jerry has always said that BCP fits very comfortably in the definition
of A COMMUNITY THEATER where, when help is needed on a show, members
are there with needles and thread, hammers and saws, paint and
brushes, and crews to help run the shows from backstage.

The talented cast of HARVEY includes Mara Karg of Nanuet, NY as Mrs.
Chumley, James Perlas of Cresskill as Doctor Sanderson, Sarah Medcalf
of North Plainfield as Veta Simmons, Matthew Rofofsky of Fort Lee as
Elwood P. Dowd, Iris Weinhouse of Hillsdale as Mrs. Chauvenet, Michael
Seymour of Leonia as E.J. Lofgren, Ed Gross of Westwood as Judge
Gaffney, Andrew Whitney of Ramsey as Doctor Chumley, Kathleen Flynn of
Ramsey as Myrtle Mae Simmons, Liz Gonzalez of Skillman as Miss Ruth
Kelly and Joseph O'Connor of Upper Saddle River as Duane Wilson.

The crew of HARVEY includes: Jerry Hurley (Co-Director), Steve Bell
(Co-Director), Ron Siclari (Assistant Director), Paul Reitnauer III
(Producer), Michele Roth (Stage Manager), Michael Smith (Set Design),
Rhea Smith (Set Décor), Allan Seward (Lighting Design), Jill
Hendrickson (Lighting Operation), Arno Austin (Sound Operation),
Jennifer Cottone (Publicity), Edie Orlando (Make-up), Lisa Dahlborg
(Properties), Susan Faccone (Properties), Michael Smith (Photography),
Margie Druss Fodor (Program Bios), Janica Carpenter (Member at Large)
and Randi Kestin (Crew).

All performances for HARVEY take place at The Little Firehouse
Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County
Players since 1949. Performances run October 28 through November 18,
2017 with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at

Tickets for HARVEY are $21 for Friday/Saturday performances and $17
for Sunday matinees, and can 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. Visa,
Master Card, and American Express are accepted.

BCP's popular Questions & Artists talkback session will be held
following the performance on Friday, November 3, 2017. 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 or call the main number and press #6.

Row K, Seats #1 and #2 are held to accommodate people with
disabilities. They can be purchased by calling the box office at
201-261-4200. These seats will be released for public sale two weeks
prior to performance.

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.

NOVEMBER 18. PERFORMANCES: Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm; Sundays at
2pm LITTLE FIREHOUSE THEATRE 298 Kinderkamack Road., Oradell, NJ. Free
parking at the lot off Park Avenue one-half block north of theater.
Tickets range from $17 - $21. For tickets, please call (201) 261-4200
or buy online at Student and group discounts are

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.

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