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298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ 07649


Bergen County Players, inc.


«  »June 2024



Jennifer Cottone


Oradell, NJ, March 13, 2023 – Bergen County Players (BCP), one of America’s longest-running little theater companies, is excited to present the dark family satire BARBECUE, opening on March 25, 2023. BARBECUE is a raucous and fearless take on the classic American family story in a way not seen before onstage. Performances will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, March 25 thru April 22 (Friday and Saturday evenings at 8pm, and Sunday afternoons at 2pm). Tickets to BARBECUE, priced at $24 (evenings) and $21 (matinees), may 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.

Under the direction of Peter Colletto, we Join the O’Mallery family as they gather to share some barbecue and straight talk with their sister Barbara, whose addictions and recklessness have forced her siblings to stage an intervention. The event soon becomes raucous and unpredictable as stereotypes collide with hard realities.  Written by Robert O’Hara, Barbecue is a comedic satire that skewers familial relationships and racial biases, with a twist just before intermission that makes the audience rethink everything that happened in Act 1.

Director Peter Colletto is a life member and has directed numerous main stage productions for BCP – Rumors, It’s Only A Play, Good People, Speed-the-Plow, Table Manners, The Odd Couple (Female Version), Fuddy Meers, Lend Me a Tenor (which generated multiple Perry Award nominations), The Solid Gold Cadillac and The Price.  In addition, he has worked as, either a director, an assistant to the director, a stage manager, consulting director, or lighting designer for many BCP and other theater company productions.  Peter has also served as chairperson of our Play and Casting Committee and has served as a member of our Play Reading Committee. He had been a theater and film production teacher for more than 35 years.

The talented cast of BARBECUE includes Arno Austin of Bergenfield, Hope Harley of Teaneck, Tonette Smith of Tappan, NY, Vivette Alston of Dayton, Leslie Smithey of Briarcliff, NY, James Lugo of Congers, NY, Jenna Stewart of River Vale, Elaine D'Addezio of New Providence, Cheryl Woertz of Alpine and Allyson Stevenson of Westwood.

The production team is comprised of Peter Colletto (Director), David Luke (Producer), Nick Nappo (Producer), Joanne Misha (Asst. Director), Michele Roth (Stage Manager), Katie Lupfer (Member at large), Lynne Lupfer (Set Design/Décor), Bunny Mateosian (Costumes), Gerard Bourcier (Lighting Designer), Randi Kestin (Lighting Operator), Rob DeScherer (Sound Designer), Andrew Whitney (Sound Operator), Laura Dinoia (Props), Jessica Lohsen (Crew), Ken Slezak (Crew), Darlene Slezak (Crew), Edie Orlando (Hair & Makeup), Michael Smith (Photography), Larry Kaiser (Dialect Coach), Jennifer Cottone (Publicity), Reginald Bennett Jr. (Publicity), Elisabeth Julia (Social Media), Marci K. Weinstein (Program Notes), Sharla Herbert (Headshot Board), Edie Orlando (Hair/Makeup) and Elaine D'Addezio (Hair/Makeup).

Acting on its desire to keep its members and patrons safe, BCP will continue to follow CDC and State of New Jersey guidelines and will adhere to the following protocols. Masks and vaccination are highly recommended but not required.


  • 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 Barbecue are $24 for Friday and Saturday performances, and $21 for Sunday performances. 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.
  • 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. 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.

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.

Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.

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