Players Night: “Drood”

I knew it was a privilege to get cast in a production with the Bergen County Players, but I didn’t fully understand it until I experienced my first Players Night. Allowing BCP members to attend the final dress rehearsal as a free or half-price performance creates a magical and supportive launch for opening weekend. Performing for a crowd that eager, that tuned in to what it means to make theater happen, was like an evening-long stage dive, being held and carried by a crowd that appreciated and loved every nuance of what we were doing. The energy was infectious, addictive, delightful. I’m so grateful that my wife and son got the chance to first experience this completed production as part of this audience, and I’m flattered beyond words to have been welcomed into this troupe.

(For those of you who haven’t purchased tickets yet: you should really consider it. This cast is perfect. We open tonight and we run for a month.)

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Opening weekend for “Drood”!

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Some of you will recall that I made a pledge to my wife to take some time away from bardic this year and get involved in a community theater production. That commitment is about to bear fruit. This Saturday (September 8), The Mystery of Edwin Drood opens with the Bergen County Players in Oradell, NJ, and I will be playing the role of John Jasper (the villain–but am I in fact the murderer?) Click here for show details (it runs every weekend through Saturday October 7), or if you wish to order tickets.

Returning to theater work has been a demanding but highly enjoyable experience, and this is probably the biggest role I’ve ever had in a musical. If you’re not far and would like to enjoy a funny evening of music and melodrama, tickets are $24 each.