Teaneck New Theatre 2010 Season
Father Knows Best Radio Show
A Grand Night for Singing
My Favorite Husband
Shows by Name
"Mary, Mary" premiered on Broadway in 1961 and ran for 1,572 performances, becoming the decade’s longest-running non-musical. Barbara Bel Geddes earned a Best Actress Tony nomination for her portrayal of the title role.
In TNT’s production, quick-witted Mary is Westwood resident Hilary Holland, who also trod the TNT boards as Shelby in "Steel Magnolias." Hilary appeared as Ada in "Women Behind Bars" for Old Library Theatre and Agnes in "Gypsy" at Bergen County Players.
Prudent Bob is played by Mahwah’s Omar Kozarsky, making his TNT debut. Onstage appearances include "My Favorite Year", "Hamlet", "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Waiting for Godot." Omar is a founding member of Out of Order, an improv comedy troupe.
Hollywood star Dirk is portrayed by Gus Ferrari of Montclair. Previous TNT outings include "Night Watch", "Moon Over Buffalo" and "Lend Me a Tenor." Gus has appeared onstage, on television and on the screen throughout the New York/New Jersey area.
Self-assured Tiffany is Rebecca Lopkin, a Teaneck resident who made her TNT acting debut in "Love Letters." Elsewhere, Rebecca has portrayed Yente in "Fiddler on the Roof", Sunny Freitag in "Last Night of Ballyhoo" and Kathy in "The Pajama Game."
Obliging tax lawyer Oscar is Teaneck’s Elliot Pollack, who recently played David in "Morning’s At Seven" for TNT. Other onstage appearances include "Follies", "One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and "Come Blow Your Horn."
Director Marilyn Schilkie has been at the helm of numerous TNT productions, including the recent "Jerry’s Girls." Among Marilyn’s TNT directing credits: "Moon Over Buffalo", "Lend Me a Tenor", "Steel Magnolias" and several Agatha Christie plays. Elsewhere she has directed "Wizard of Oz", "Guys and Dolls" and "A Funny Thing Happened on The Way to the Forum."
Secaucus resident Elaine Enright serves as stage manager.
Tickets for "Mary, Mary" are $15; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for theatre parties of 10 or more. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200. Visit TNT’s web site at www.go-tnt.org for directions to the theatre and for online credit card ticket purchases through Theatermania (212 352-3101 or 1-866 811-4111).
Audience members who bring a non-perishable food item (not exceeding its expiration date) as a donation to St. Mark’s food basket receive $1.00 off the ticket price.
Coming next from TNT is Neil Simon’s "Chapter Two", which takes the stage April 16-25.
Director: ED GROSS
Assistant Director: DIANA GROSS
Set Designer: PATT TANNER
Producer: CAROL CAMPIONE
Stage Manager: JENNIFER TARDIBUONO
Teaneck New Theatre (TNT) presents Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two”, the second production of the theatre troupe’s 24th season. The hit comedy, directed by Westwood resident Ed Gross, will be staged April 16-25 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 Chadwick Road,Teaneck. (St. Mark’s is one block from Cedar Lane, near Holy Name Hospital.) Show times are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.
“Chapter Two”, a semi-autobiographical play based on Neil Simon’s relationship with actress Marsha Mason, chronicles the whirlwind courtship between widowed writer George Schneider and recently divorced actress Jennie Malone. Although George falls for Jennie almost at first sight, the memories of his happy marriage threaten to jeopardize his new romance. For her part, the vulnerable Jennie isn’t sure she’s ready to embark on a serious relationship. Two more characters add spice to the proceedings. George’s brother Leo is a brash press agent who’s married but has a roving eye. And Jennie’s actress-friend Faye Medwick is about to confront her own marital problems. But this is a Neil Simon play, so comedy almost always takes center stage.
Director Ed Gross, explaining why he wanted to direct this show, says, “I guess I’m just a Neil Simon kind of guy. One of my first acting experiences was in his ‘Star Spangled Girl’.” It was Simon’s hilarious “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” that drew Ed back into acting and brought him, for the first time, to Teaneck New Theatre. “I’ve always loved to make people laugh,” declares Ed, “and, with ‘Chapter Two’, I think that’s pretty much a sure thing.”
These are the actors Ed has selected to make “Chapter Two” audiences laugh. Mic McCormick of Tenafly is George, the writer who’s trying to start a new life. Midland Park resident Jill Haas plays Jenny, the appealing young woman who’s attempting to share that life. Nick Pascarella of Ho-Ho-Kus portrays Leo, the loving brother and ladies man. And New Milford’s Barbara Liebgott is cast as Faye, the supportive friend who’s contemplating an extra-marital liaison for which she’s not quite prepared.
Diana Gross of Westwood is assistant director. Patt Tanner of N. Haledon designed the set. Jennifer Tardibuono of New Milford serves as stage manager. Carol Campione is producer.
Tickets for “Chapter Two” are $15; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for theatre parties of 10 or more. Tickets for opening night only are two for the price of one. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200.
Audience members who bring a non-perishable food item (not exceeding its expiration date) as a donation to St. Mark’s food basket receive $1.00 off their ticket price.
Coming next from TNT: “It’s A Grand Night For Singing”, a musical revue showcasing the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein, takes the stage April 16-25 at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center.
Back (l-r) Len Eden Free, Ray Parker, Dawn A. Cardona, Randy Pradera, Gus Ferrari
Front (l-r) Elaine Enright, Gloria Barone, Alice Aiello (musical director), Vanessa Rappa, Beatriz Esteban-Messina
For its summer offering Teaneck New Theatre (TNT) presents A Grand Night for Singing, a musical revue showcasing the songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein. The revue, conceived by Walter Bobbie, is the third production of TNT’s 24th season. Teaneck resident Marilyn Schilkie directs. Alice Aiello of Weehawken is musical director. A Grand Night for Singing will be presented July 16-August 1 at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack. Curtain times are 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Among the Rodgers & Hammerstein favorites to be sung in inventive arrangements and imaginatively staged are “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Shall We Dance?” and “Something Wonderful” (The King and I); “The Surrey With the Fringe on Top” and “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’” (Oklahoma!); “A Wonderful Guy,” “Some Enchanted Evening” and “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair” (South Pacific); “If I Loved You” (Carousel); and “It Might as Well Be Spring” and “It’s A Grand Night for Singing” (State Fair). Also on the menu are popular classics and infrequently heard delicacies from Allegro, The Sound of Music, Flower Drum Song, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream and Cinderella.
Performing these enduring standards are the following musical theatre singers (in alphabetical order): Gloria Barone of Ft. Lee previously was onstage with TNT in 12 Angry Jurors, Fanny’s First Play, The Real Inspector Hound and Natural Affection. Dawn A. Cardona, a Garfield resident making her TNT debut, has been seen as Glinda in Wizard of Oz and Velma in Guys and Dolls. Elaine Enright of Secaucus appeared in Jerry’s Girls for TNT, and in Guys and Dolls, Pajama Game and Cole with the Park Players. Union City resident Beatriz Esteban-Messina trod the TNT boards in Jerry’s Girls, War of the Worlds, as Julia in Lend Me a Tenor, and in her Perry-nominated stint as Ethel in Moon Over Buffalo.
Montclair’s Gus Ferrari’s TNT outings include Mary, Mary; Night Watch; Moon Over Buffalo and Lend Me a Tenor. He was McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest for Machoola Productions. Community theatre credits for Len Eden Free, a Bergenfield resident making his TNT debut, include The Governor/Moor in Man of La Mancha and Big Jule in Guys and Dolls. Ray Parker of N. Arlington previously appeared with TNT as Carl in Morning’s At Seven and as George, the announcer, in War of the Worlds; Union City resident Randy Pradera is making his TNT debut. Haworth’s Vanessa Rappa was previously in Jerry’s Girls and played Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, both TNT productions.
Marilyn Schilkie’s numerous TNT directing credits include Mary, Mary; Jerry’s Girls; Moon Over Buffalo; Lend Me a Tenor; Steel Magnolias and several Agatha Christie plays. Alice Aiello has musically directed more than 50 musicals in community theatres and high schools. Teaneck resident Elliot Pollack serves as producer. Jennifer Tardibuono of New Milford is stage manager.
Tickets for A Grand Night for Singing are $18; $15 for students and seniors; and $12 for theatre parties of 10 or more. Opening night only: Two tickets for the price of one. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201)692-0200. For credit card ticket purchases through Theatermania call (212)352-3101 or (866)811-4111 or click:
FAMILY DRAMA RABBIT HOLE
Holy Trinity School
OCT 16th SAT - 8pm
OCT 17th SUN - 3pm
OCT 23 SAT - Matinee 2pm and 8pm
OCT 24 SUN - 3pm
OCT 30 SAT - NO PERFORMANCES
OCT 31 SUN - 3pm
Teaneck New Theatre (TNT) is presenting David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Leonia resident Peter Colletto directs the production, the fourth show of TNT’s 24th season. Rabbit Hole takes the stage October 16-31 at Holy Trinity School, 43 Maple Ave., Hackensack. (Holy Trinity School is one block from Sears.) Performances: Saturday, Oct. 16 at 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 17 at 3:00 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 23 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3:00 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3:00 p.m. Please note that the Saturday matinee is at 2:00 p.m.
Cynthia Nixon won a Tony Award as Best Actress in the original Broadway production of Lindsay-Abaire’s probing family drama, which also starred Tyne Daly and John Slattery. Rabbit Hole focuses on the aftermath of an event that irrevocably alters a family’s life. The happy marriage of Becca and Howie is in jeopardy as they struggle to come to terms with the accidental death of their four-year-old son Danny. Trying to be helpful (but not always in the best way) are Becca’s impulsive younger sister Izzy and outspoken mother Nat. Everyone, including Jason, the teenage boy involved in the accident, rebounds in his or her own way. With understanding, compassion and a touch of comedy, the play explores the characters’ changing relationships as they take tentative steps toward a hopeful future.
Midland Park resident Jill Haas plays the resolute Becca. Mic McCormack of Tenafly is the optimistic Howie. Mallory Hoernig, a Bloomfield resident, plays unpredictable Izzy. Carol Campione of Teaneck portrays volatile Nat. Lodi resident Frank Borrelli is the engaging Jason. And Molly Lopkin of Teaneck provides the voice of Danny.
Andy Rodriguez of Paterson serves as production coordinator. Teaneck resident Elliot Pollack is producer. Jackie Goodrich stage manages the production.
Tickets for Rabbit Hole are $15; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for theatre parties of 10 or more. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200. Visit TNT’s web site at www.go-tnt.org for directions to the theatre and for online credit card ticket purchases through Theatermania (212 352-3101 or 1-866 811-4111).
Coming in February 2011: Prelude to a Kiss, a romantic comedy by Craig Lucas, at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center.
TEANECK NEW THEATRE PRESENTS
Teaneck New Theatre (TNT) concludes its 24th season with a re-creation of
My Favorite Husband aired from July 1948 through March 1951 and is based on characters created by Isobel Scott Rorick. Written by Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll, Jr., “The Wills” was originally broadcast March 19, 1950 on CBS.
“The Wills” tells the tale of Liz and George Cooper, a happily married pair who have been invited to spend a weekend at the country lodge of another couple. Before they leave, Liz notices a few unsettling things that make her suspicious. For example: There’s only one return plane ticket, she’s just signed her will, and George is taking supplies (such as poison) not usually associated with a weekend getaway. Although Liz tries to put two and two together, it doesn’t add up. And that’s when the fun starts. What happens next won’t be revealed here!
Michelle Thomas-Hanson of Hackensack is Liz/Lucy. Teaneck resident Ron Schaumburg plays George. Mary Lee Smith, a Hasbrouck Heights resident, portrays Katie, the maid.
TNT’s 2011 onstage season kicks off in February at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center with the romantic comedy Prelude to a Kiss by Craig Lucas. For more information call (201) 692-0200.