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Bergen County Players, inc.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                        
Eric Holzer


Gut-Busting Comedy To Be Presented by BCP At Oradell’s Little Firehouse Theatre Thru March 5

Oradell, NJ, January 28, 2022 – Bergen County Players (BCP), one of America’s longest-running little theater companies, is excited to present the knockout, mile-a-minute, show-within-a-show-stopping MOON OVER BUFFALO, opening on February 12. Under the direction of Rachel Alt, this slapstick farcical romp written by America's preeminent comic playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor) "packs more comic genius onto the stage than anything in recent memory!” (USA Today). Performances will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, February 12 thru March 5 (Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2pm). Tickets to MOON OVER BUFFALO, priced at $22 for Fridays/Saturdays and $18 for Sundays, may be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, or by leaving a message with the box office at 201-261-4200.

Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway, seven in London's West End, and many of his works have become a standard part of the American repertoire.  His 28 plays and musicals have been performed in over 30 countries in more than 20 languages, and are produced throughout the United States every night of the year.

Set in a theater green room in 1953 Buffalo, NY, MOON OVER BUFFALO is a “comedy [that] has audiences rolling in the aisles.” (New York Post) With over-the-top comic antics, running gags, and hilarious misunderstandings, the trials and tribulations of fading stars George and Charlotte Hay are on full display as they try to keep things together before a famed director arrives to see them perform. From pregnant trysts, unexpected love triangles, and a drunk leading man, anything and everything can and does go wrong. Two-time Tony-nominated MOON OVER BUFFALO wowed Broadway audiences and was by far the year’s “…funniest, most enjoyable lighthearted play.” (Entertainment Weekly).

MOON OVER BUFFALO will be directed by Rachel Alt of Ridgefield. Rachel’s previous directing credits include Circle Mirror Transformation, Cymbeline, Winter’s Tale, and Twelfth Night. “My objective was to bring this comedy of mistaken identity, drunkenness, infidelity, and slamming doors to its knees with deftly performed double takes, slow burns, and pratfalls,” says Alt. “I personally enjoy self-effacing, physical comedy over nearly all others. When I read the script I couldn’t stop laughing, and I still laugh when I’m watching rehearsals.”

The talented cast of MOON OVER BUFFALO includes veteran performers Jody Laufer of Hawthorne, Janet Gaynor-Matonti of River Edge, Emily Gardner of Mahwah, Dan Loverro of Paterson, Mara Karg of Nanuet, NY, Eric Holzer of Bloomfield, Patrick Little of Hackensack, and Paige Marian of Woodland Park.

Jody’s appearances on the BCP stage include roles in Guys and Dolls, Rumors, The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, and The Irish Curse. Janet’s credits at the Little Firehouse Theatre include It’s Only a Play, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, The Man Who Came To Dinner, and Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Dan last appeared at BCP in The Lion in Winter and audiences have also enjoyed him in Pippin, It’s Only A Play, Spamalot, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Emily is making her BCP debut in MOON OVER BUFFALO, with some of her previous credits including Gypsy, Beau Jest, Boeing Boeing, and An Inspector Calls.

Patrick is also appearing at BCP for the first time. Past credits include Shadowlands, Love Letters, Sideman, You Can’t Take It With You, and Almost Maine. Paige likewise is making her debut appearance at BCP, but has been seen elsewhere in Beauty and the Beast, Jesus Christ Superstar, First Date, and Legally Blonde. Eric’s credits at the Little Firehouse Theatre include Veronica’s Room, 33 Variations, Pippin, and The Lion in Winter (Perry Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play). Mara last appeared on the BCP stage in Harvey, with other BCP credits including The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940, You Can’t Take It With You, To Kill a Mockingbird, and A Shayna Maidel (Perry Award winner for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play).

The production team is comprised of Rachel Alt (Director), Christine Francois (Producer), Kathleen Ruland (Assistant Director), Barbra Murtha (Props), Gerard Bourcier (Set Design/Lighting Design), Jody Laufer and Gerard Bourcier (Set Construction), Ellyn Essig (Set Décor/Mentor), Jim Lupfer (Sound Design), Randi Kestin (Lighting Operator), Cliff Dreispan (Sound Operation), Maureen Mulvihill (Costume Designer), Cathie Mick, and Karen Markle (Costumes), Dan Loverro (Covid Marshall) Richard Frant (Photography), David Luke (Crew Chief), Richard Field and Terri Noel (Crew), Marci Weinstein (Program Notes), and Howell Mayer (Member At Large).

Acting on its desire to keep its members and patrons safe, new and upgraded MERV filters have been installed on all HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) units, as well as UV lights on all HVAC units to help eradicate airborne pathogens. BCP will continue to follow CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines and will adhere to the following protocols. All cast, theater volunteers and audience members must be fully vaccinated. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination will be required of everyone upon entry. Face coverings will be required in all public areas of the theater including lobby areas, restrooms and when seated during the performance.


  • 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 Moon Over Buffalo are $22 for Friday and Saturday performances, and $18 for Sunday performances. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org or by calling 201-261-4200 to leave a message with the box office.
  • Those interested in Group Sales or benefit theater parties can call (201) 261-4200 (option #6)
  • BCP offers seating to accommodate patrons who are mobility impaired and can transfer from a wheelchair. These seats can be purchased by calling the box office at 201-261-4200 and 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 at every performance, pending seat availability. There is also a $5 Student Rush discount beginning 30 minutes before curtain for every performance. Not available online. There is a limit of one discount ticket per student ID.
  • A new program is now available for qualified non-profit organizations to use one performance of each production as a fundraising event.  The group will book all 200 seats at a deeply discounted price and then resell the tickets at a price of their choosing, with the difference in price kept by the group. The available date is the Thursday of each show’s final weekend. Interested groups can email fundraising@bcplayers.org for more information.
  • Parking is free for our patrons at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater, as well as street parking on Kinderkamack Road and various side streets, all within easy walking distance.

Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org

The Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-Equity, non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community

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