The acclaimed satire is cset to open on January 11th at Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell, New Jersey. “Write what you know”, they say. One thing the great playwright David Mamet knows is the inside story of Hollywood movies. Bergen County Players continues its “From Page to Stage” season with Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, a no-holds-barred look at the cutthroat world of the Hollywood film industry, over four weekends beginning Saturday, January 11th and concluding Saturday, February 1st.
Performed at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell, Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm and Sunday performances are at 2 pm.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, by calling
201-261-4200 or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road
during regular box office hours. Please note that this production
contains mature language and themes.
BCP’s Speed-the-Plow stars Michael Scelzo of Oradell as Bobby Gould, a
newly appointed studio “big shot.” James Parent of Dumont is Charlie
Fox, a long-time would-be producer looking for his first hit who
brings Gould a “can’t miss” buddy film with a big star attached. Gould
loves the idea and the two lick their chops as they discuss the ton of
money they’ll make. Enter Karen, Gould’s temporary secretary, played
here by Erin Cook of Bayonne. She tries to convince Gould instead to
back an “artsy” book whose money-making potential is questionable. A
wild battle over which film will get made ensues.
By the time Speed-the-Plow premiered on Broadway at the Royale Theatre
in a production by the Lincoln Center Theater on May 3, 1988, three
Mamet screenplays had been produced as major motion pictures,
including the classic Paul Newman film, “The Verdict.” The show was
nominated for Best Play of 1988 when the cast featured Joe Mantegna
(Gould), Ron Silver (Fox) and Madonna (Karen). Silver won the Tony
Award as the Best Actor in a Play. Successfully revived 20 years later
with a cast of William H. Macy, Elisabeth Moss and Raul Esparza,
Elyssa Good of USA Today said the show is “an electric night of
theater…with unpredictable tensions between sex and power, ideas and
ambitions, and gaining insight and getting ahead…”.
It should come as no surprise that Mamet created a brutal satire.
According to Peter Colletto, director of this new production, it
exposes Hollywood’s narrow-minded “greed is good” philosophy where the
studios feed the public’s appetite for mindless escapism - rather than
producing meaningful films.
In addition to director Peter Colletto, the production team for
Speed-the-Plow includes Rhea Smith (Producer/Program Notes), Joanne
Misha (Assistant to the Director), Michele Roth (Stage Manager),
Michael Smith (Set Design/Construction and Photography), Rosella
DeVincenzo (Set Décor), Robin Johnson (Scenic Painting), Ruth Morley
(Costumes), Rob DeScherer (Sound Design), Dan Giordano (Lighting
Design), Teri Noel (Lighting Operation), Cliff Dreispan (Sound
Operation), Alan Kellett and Annette Jacobs (Props), Andrea Pieper
(Makeup) and Ed Gross (Publicity).
• All performances for Speed-the-Plow 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 Speed-the-Plow are $20 for all evening performances, $16
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.
• Those interested in Group Sales of 20 or more tickets can call (201)
• As it has for the past few seasons, BCP will continue to offer a
“Questions & Artists” (Q&A) discussion following select performances.
The Speed-the-Plow Q&A will commence immediately following the January
17th, 2014 performance. Admission to the Q&A is included in the price
of the ticket.
• Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are
available for $14 by phone or walk-up only.
• Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street,
one-half block north of the theater.
Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-equity, non-profit community
theater company. Further information can be found at www.bcplayers.org.