Bergen County Players (BCP) presents one of the most enduring masterpieces of American theater, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, a dark comedy about a dysfunctional couple confronting the self-deceptions and raw pain of their marriage while hosting a chaotic, hilarious cocktail hour. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will be performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell from October 22 through November 12, 2011, with shows at 8pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm on Sundays. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours.
On the quiet setting of a New England campus, George and Martha host a late night cocktail hour where they humorously provoke and prod each other, building to the climactic end of refused truths and realized personal failures. Audience members will be touched by the display of the honest tribulations that can ultimately corrupt a relationship, despite the efforts to remain together.
Winner of three Tony Awards (including Best Play of 1963) and later turned into a landmark film with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the play is groundbreaking in vocalizing the real-life disappointments that face every marriage. Director Jacqueline McElroy-Poquette of Westwood, who has enjoyed a long career of success at BCP by directing and acting in over 35 productions, cautions that Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? contains adult language and themes.
The four leading actors are highly experienced and excited to be performing on the BCP stage. George and Martha, the married couple whose marital troubles dominate the play's plot, are played by new members making their debut at BCP, John Ade of New City, NY and
Victoria Steele of West Caldwell. John's previous theater credits include plays Elmwood Playhouse and Antrim Players, both in Rockland County, NY. Victoria has been honored with Perry Award nominations for her roles in Layers and First Night.
Nick and Honey, the naïve and newly married couple who become unwitting witnesses to the savage marital war, are played by Matthew Rofofsky of Fort Lee, making his BCP mainstage debut, and Allyson Stevenson of Westwood, a seasoned actor who has performed in the BCP
productions The Little Dog Laughed and Moonlight and Magnolias.
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. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
* Tickets for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? are $19 for Friday and Saturday performances and $16 for Sunday matinee performances, and can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, 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 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Q&A will kick
off immediately following the Friday, October 28th 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 ofjust $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.
Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.