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PRESS CONTACT: Jennifer Cottone
201-290-9429 - Publicity@bcplayers.org
Photos: www.bcplayers.org

Oradell, NJ, October 18, 2017 - 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 www.bcplayers.org, 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 2pm.
  • Tickets for HARVEY are $21 for Friday/Saturday performances and $17 for Sunday matinees, 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.
  • 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 groups@bcplayers.org 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.

Calendar Listing: HARVEY OPENS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28 THROUGH SATURDAY, 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 www.bcplayers.org. Student and group discounts are available.

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.

To schedule press interviews, photos, press comps or for additional information, please contact Jennifer Cottone at 201-290-9429 or by e-mail at PUBLICITY@BCPLAYERS.ORG. Photos and press information are also available at www.bcplayers.org.

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