Teaneck New Theatre 2012 Season
Shows by Name
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Teaneck New Theatre (TNT) will present staged readings of one-act plays by local playwrights as the third production of TNT’s 26th season. These psychological thrillers in the Hitchcock/Twilight Zone genre are directed Lisa Dascoli of Totowa. Performances run October 12, 13 and 14 at the Ethical Cultural Society of Bergen County, 687 Larch Ave., Teaneck, N.J. Curtain time is 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Here’s what’s on the program.
Strays, by Joe Del Priore: Several elderly men have gone missing over a period of years. Where are they? A detective seeks out a celebrated university professor for help in solving the mysterious disappearances. The detective is played by Wendy Tiburcio of Elmwood Park. The professor is Brenda Sherman, a Bergenfield resident.
Last Rights, by Katheryn White: Four women pay their respects to a deceased man they all knew well. But maybe he wasn’t who he seemed to be, in more ways than one. The cast includes Rick Monaco of Lake Hiawatha, Oriana D’Agostino of River Edge, Leyda Torres of Belleville, Lisa Simoes of Union, Mary Jane Bray of Ramsey, Jason Rivera of West New York, and Jim Wirsz of Philadelphia.
Customer Service, by Robert J. Daria: A gangster stops off at a bakery and is waited on by Kate, a sweet Southern girl. Then things take an unexpected turn. The gangster is Scott Manginelli of Elmwood Park. Kate is played by Leyda Torres, a Belleville resident.
#4 Three Gables Run, by Shane Mullery: An exquisite house designed by a master architect comes on the market after an ill-fated, late-night encounter between the eccentric owner and a passerby. What really happened that night? The cast includes Scott Manginelli, Mark Gordon, Nancy Price of Hackensack, Jim Wirsz, Jason Rivera, and Rick Monaco of Lake Hiawatha.
Michelle Thomas-Hanson of Hackensack serves as narrator and stage manager.Tickets for performancesare $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.
A. R. Gurney’s comedy about a marriage and a dog.
March 2-11, 2012
Teaneck New Theatre (TNT)—in association with The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center (HCAC)—is set to stage A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia, an enchanting comedy about what happens when a dog enters the lives of a happily married couple. Directed by Westwood resident Ed Gross, Sylvia is the first production of TNT’s 26th season. Performances run from March 2-1l at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack. Showtime is at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Who is Sylvia? Sylvia, it so happens, is a very exceptional dog. To set the scene: With the kids grown up, Greg and wife Kate have moved from the suburbs to Manhattan. Kate is on track in a new career, but Greg is disillusioned with his work. A welcome change comes Greg’s way when he meets up with Sylvia (originally played by Sarah Jessica Parker), an appealing young dog with a mind of her own. The two have an instant affinity, and Greg begins to see life differently thanks to this impertinent, unkempt pooch. Not so Kate, whose initial wariness of Sylvia grows as Greg becomes increasingly obsessed with his new best friend. Attempting to sort things out are Greg’s dog park pal Tom, Kate’s old society chum Phyllis, and a marriage counselor named Leslie. Will Greg be lured back to the real world? Can détente be established between Kate and Sylvia? Those dilemmas play out in unexpected ways in this hilarious and moving comedy.
The artful pup Sylvia is portrayed by Heather Drew of New Milford. Heather recently made her TNT debut in a staged reading of If We Are Women. She has also appeared onstage in college theatre and elsewhere, as well as in student and indie films. Besotted dog owner Greg is Tenafly resident Mic McCormack. Previous TNT appearances: Howie in Rabbit Hole, George in Chapter Two and Jason in Romantic Comedy. In New York, Mic has worked at Circle in the Square, Playwrights Horizons and off-Broadway.
Playing frustrated Kate is Barbara Liebgott of New Milford. Barbara’s TNT roles include Faye in Chapter Two, Melissa in Love Letters and Norma in Plaza Suite. Elsewhere, Barbara was seen as Maggie in Jake’s Women and Penny in You Can’t Take It With You. Tom/Phyllis/Leslie are all Adam M. Wolf, a Tenafly resident. Adam, making his TNT debut in three diverse roles that showcase his voice and comedy talents, has studied at The New School, HB Studio and Stella Adler.
Director Ed Gross has helmed TNT productions of Chapter Two and a radio re-creation of Father Knows Best for WFDU-fm. Among Ed’s TNT acting credits are Andy Ladd in Love Letters, Sam Nash in Plaza Suite, and radio episodes of Suspense and The Great Gildersleeve.
Diana Gross of Westwood serves as assistant director. Carol Campione of Teaneck produces the show. Teaneck resident Eva Piccioni is stage manager. Michael Smith, an Oradell resident, designed the set.Tickets for Sylvia are $15; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for theatre parties of 10 or more. Opening night only: Two $15 tickets for the price of one. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200.
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TEANECK NEW THEATRE PRESENTS ARTHUR MILLER’S THE PRICE
Teaneck New Theatre (TNT)—in association with The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center (HCAC)—is proud to present Arthur Miller’s The Price, a drama about family relationships. Peter Colletto of Leonia is the director. The Price, the second production of TNT’s 26th season, takes the stage from June 22-July 1 at The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, 39 Broadway, Hackensack. Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays.
The New York Times called The Price “…one of the most engrossing and entertaining plays that Miller has ever written. It is superbly, even flamboyantly theatrical…”
To set the stage: Meeting after a 16-year estrangement are Victor Franz, a policeman ready to retire, and his older brother Walter, a successful surgeon. Victor had been a promising student who gave up his education to support their father when he lost his fortune (and his confidence) during the Depression. Walter went his own way and never looked back. They are meeting again because the building still storing their late father’s furniture is to be torn down. Also in the picture are Victor’s wife Esther, a woman at loose ends who envisions an easier life for herself and her husband, and Gregory Solomon, a feisty, philosophical furniture dealer still going strong at almost 90 years of age. As Esther and Victor contemplate their future, and Gregory vacillates on the value of the furnishings, the resurrected past invades the present. Submerged feelings surface as Victor and Walter attempt to come to terms with one another, and with the price each has paid for decisions made long ago.
Ron Siclari of Oradell is the conflicted Victor Franz. Secaucus resident J. Edmund Fond plays resolute Walter Franz. Jill Haas of Midland Park portrays the loyal but restless Esther Franz. Ed Gross of Westwood is the humorously resilient Gregory Solomon.
Michael Smith, an Oradell resident, is the set designer. Carol Campione of Teaneck serves as producer.
Tickets for The Price are $15; $12 for students and seniors; and $10 for theatre parties of 10 or more. Opening night only: Two $15 tickets for the price of one. For reservations and information, call TNT at (201) 692-0200.