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Bergen County Players presents Veronica's Room

Alison Miller
Photos @ www.bcplayers.org

Oradell, NJ, February 5, 2019 - Bergen County Players (BCP) continues its 86th season with Veronica’s Room, written by Ira Levin and directed by Ellyn Essig.  Veronica’s Room runs February 16th through March 9th, with curtain at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. All performances will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell. 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.

In typical Ira Levin fashion, (Rosemary’s Baby, Deathtrap, The Stepford Wives, The Boys from Brazil) the plot features numerous twists and turns encircled by a sensation of supernatural mystery. Audiences will leave wishing the theatre provided seatbelts to keep them strapped in for this whirlwind frenzy of events.

“The question is where does the sanity end, and the insanity begin?” asks director Ellyn Essig of Cliffside Park. Growing up in Bergenfield, Ellyn recalls some of her fondest memories watching Chiller Theater and The Twilight Zone during Friday night sleepovers. “As much as this is a horror tale, it is also a reflection of conditions far more sinister from which we invent stories to navigate our own trauma, and the trauma handed down to us through our family line”.   Ellyn worked with her actors to co-write a history of precipitating events that would anchor the characters into a shared reality. Ellyn encourages her actors to find the truth behind the mask and the psychological issues behind the motivations. ?Horror is really difficult to pull off. It requires a commitment to honesty every step of the way. Such precise attention to authenticity earned Ellyn’s most recent production of Steel Magnolias the Perry Award for Outstanding Production of a Play (BCP) in 2018.

The cast includes Joanne Guarnaccia of Englewood Cliffs (Woman), Elizabeth Erdmann of East Hanover (Girl), Glenn Woertz of Alpine (Man), and Eric Holzer of Montclair (Young Man). “You’re going to LOVE hating us,”  offers actor Glenn Woertz, flashing an eerie smile.

The crew of Veronica’s Room includes Ellyn Essig (Director), Kathleen Ruland (Producer), Katie Lupfer (Stage Manager), Matthew Blum (Assistant to Director), Michael Smith (Set Design and Construction, Photography), Jody Laufer (Set Construction), Gerard Bourcier (Lighting Design), Robert DeScherer (Sound Design), Rick Essig (Sound Design), Lynne Lupfer (Décor Design), Maureen Mulvihill (Costumes/Makeup), Peter Simpson (Lighting Operator), Teri Noel (Sound Operator, Rhea Smith (Program Notes/Workday Photos), Rachel Alt (Props), Mic McCormack (Assistant to Décor), Darlene Slezak (Crew), Ken Slezak (Crew), Ron Siclari (Member at Large) and Alison Miller (Publicity).


  • All performances for VERONICA?S ROOM take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performances run February 16th through March 9th, 2019 with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.
  • Tickets for Veronica’s Room are $21 on Fridays and Saturdays and $17 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. Visa, Master Card, and American Express are accepted.
  • BCP's popular Questions & Artists talkback session will be held following the performance on Friday, February 22, 2019.
  • 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.
  • 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

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