New Opening Date Announced for BCP's SORDID LIVES, 5/7 - 6/5

Bergen County Players (BCP) presents Sordid Lives, a "black comedy about white trash" by playwright Del Shores. The Opening date of the production has been changed to May 7th. Winner of 14 Drama League awards, including Best Production, Sordid Lives is a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and "coming out" in a Texas family as they all arrive for the matriarch's funeral.

Under the direction of Carol Fisher-Gertner of Teaneck, Sordid Lives will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from May 6th through June 5th, 2011 with shows at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays (no performances Memorial Day weekend). Tickets 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.

The play, which was also turned into a cult movie starring Delta Burke and Beau Bridges and
eventually a TV series on the Logo Network, was Shores' own coming-out manifesto featuring outlandish Southern Fried comedy amidst true human tragedy. His well meaning cast of characters, who in the end are simply looking for happiness, includes: Ty, who is working with his 27th therapist in three years; Ty's mother, Latrelle, who is wound way too tight; her trash- talking sex-flaunting sister LaVonda; Bitsy Mae Harling, a singer at the local bar; Ty's uncle Brother Boy, a cross-dressing country western singing homosexual; G.W., a cheating heart whose wounded wife, Noleta, turns "Thelma & Louise" on him; G.W.'s friends (Wardell and Odell); Brother Boy's oversexed therapist Dr. Eve; and Ty's Great Aunt Sissy, who picked the wrong day to give up smoking. The play discusses all the unmentionables: sex, infidelity, homosexuality, and of course, "what will the neighbors think". But through it all, Sordid Lives provides a bellyful of laughs with broad, outrageous humor and a few tears backed by a strong message of hope and understanding.

Sordid Lives is directed by Carol Fisher-Gertner of Teaneck who states, "I am so excited to be working on this show. The first time I read it I laughed the entire time. It is especially fun for me because I am from that part of the country. These characters at times really hit home." Fisher- Gertner is both a BCP performer and Director. Her directing credits include Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You (at BCP); The Trip to Bountiful, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Working (Player's Guild of Leonia); and I Never Saw Another Butterfly (The Player's Theatre Company). On stage at BCP, she was seen as Nurse Ratchet (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Sister Aloysius (Doubt), and Stella (Follies).

"I have been blessed with a wonderfully talented cast that I am sure will provide an evening of laughs for all," added Fisher-Gertner. Keith Guthrie, who plays Ty, is from Norwood. Sissy is played by Rachel Gordon of Paramus. Latrelle is played by Cheryl Woertz of Alpine, and LaVonda by Meg Renton of Ringwood. Bitsy May is portrayed by Paula O'Brien of Park

LITTLE FIREHOUSE THEATRE, 298 Kinderkamack Rd., Oradell, NJ, (201) 261-4200,

Ridge. Joe Di Bartolo of Wanaque takes on the role of G.W. Nethercott, with Helen Boyadjian
of Saddle River as his wife, Noleta. Will Nolan of Bogota plays Brother Boy, alongside sex therapist Dr. Eve, played by Sharon Podsada of Emerson. The cast is rounded out with Jonathan Deck of Norwood as Wardell, Chris Milone of Cliffside Park as Odell, and Janica Carpenter of Old Tappan as Juanita Bartlett .

The production team includes Kathie Robitz (Producer); Julia Heaney (Assistant to the Director); Marisa Dolkart (Stage Manager); Bill Cantor and Barbara Schwartz(Photography); Frank Avellino (Set Design); Joe Lanteri (Lighting Design); Michele Roth and Kathleen Ruland (Lighting Operators); Tim Meola (Lighting Assistant); Tim Larsen (Sound Design); Tom Lambrix and Josephine Peacock (Sound Operators); Bill Wetzel (Stage Décor); Anne Giesemann and Pat Bain (Props); Bunny Mateosian (Costumes); and Jennifer Cottone (Make-up). The running crew includes Steve Mintz, Zach Tait, Dante Pasquale Cianni, Gloria Bumbaco, and Zachary Gertner.

This production contains adult situations and language. Not appropriate for children.

All performances take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm (no performances Memorial Day weekend).

Tickets for Sordid Lives are $19 for Friday and Saturday performances and $16 for Sunday matinee performances, 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.

Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can call (201) 262-0515.

As it has for the past few seasons, BCP will continue to offer a "Questions & Artists" (Q&A) discussion following select performances. The Sordid Lives Q&A will kick off immediately following the Friday, May 13th performance. Admission is included in the cost of the ticket.

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 either online or through the box office for the special student price of just $14.00.

Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of
the theater.

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.

The Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-Equity, non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters.


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