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Church and State - A Hilarious Look at Faith, Politics and Gun Control

CONTACT:    Andrea Pieper
PHOTOS AT www.bcplayers.org

Oradell, NJ, December 28, 2018 - Bergen County Players (BCP) continues its 86th season with Church and State written by Jason Odell Williams and directed by Carol Fisher.  Church and State runs January 12th through February 2nd with curtain at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. BCP's popular Questions & Artists talkback session will be held following the performance on Friday, January 18th. You can also meet the playwright, Jason Odell Williams, during our Talkback following the performance on Saturday, January 19th. 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.

Jason Odell William's play, Church and State, is witty, smart and timely, with a large serving of humor. It follows the tumultuous final days of the campaign of the very engaging Senator Charles Whitmore (Mic McCormack of Tenafly) running for reelection in North Carolina against the back drop of a school shooting in his home town.  It is the story of his struggle to understand and deal with many cherished beliefs he has always held dear against the mounting doubt he feels. It is well balanced and entertaining and will leave you pondering it long after you leave the theatre.  The cast also includes Allyson Stevenson (of Westwood) as Sara Whitmore, Leslie Darcy (of Oakland) as Alex Klein and Kevin Brady (of Hackensack) as Tom/Marshall.

Director Carol Fisher, of Teaneck, has directed numerous plays at BCP including The Last Night of Ballyhoo, A Shayna Maidel, Is There Life After High School and Sordid Lives. She also appeared as M'Lynn Eatenton in Steel Magnolias last season.  Fisher commented “I chose to direct this play because it tackles the subject of how to curb the escalating violence in our country and addresses the age-old question, "If God is all powerful why does he allow bad things to happen."  These are, of course, unanswerable questions but the playwright takes them on in an honest and humorous way.  It will make you laugh and at times cry but isn't that what life is all about?”.

The crew of Church and State includes: Rhea Smith (Producer), Michele Roth (Stage Manager), David Luke (Ass’t. to Director), Michael Smith (Set Design & Construction), Jody Laufer (Set Construction), Cliff Dreispan (Sound Operation), Kathleen Ruland (Sound Operation), Matthew Blum (Lighting Operation), Jennifer Cottone (Publicity), Katie Lupfer (Costumes), Ellyn Essig (Décor), Michael Smith (Photography), Rhea Smith (Program Notes), Iris Weinhouse (Make-up), Barbra Murtha (Props & Crew) and Janica Carpenter (Member-at-large).


  • All performances for Church and State take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. Performances run January 12 - February 2, 2019 with show times on Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm.
  • Tickets for Church and State 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, January 18, 2019.
  • Talkback with playwright Jason Odell Williams following the performance on Saturday, January 19, 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.
  • 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.

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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