5/22/2008 - HCAC: Neil Simon's "Chapter Two"

THE COMPANY, a new Bergen County professional theatre group presents Chapter Two by Neil Simon, directed by Louis Scarpati and starring Bergen County residents Andrea Prendamano, Nancy Malleo, and David Russo, as well as Brian Parks who resides in Essex County.

Chapter Two is Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical comedy about a middle-aged writer who is trying to deal with life after his wife’s untimely death. His brother Leo, a theatrical press agent and born matchmaker, is determined to help George get out of his emotional tailspin by setting him up on unwanted and unsuccessful dates. Eventually, Leo comes up with Jennie Malone, and she actually turns out to be a winner. Unfortunately, George must struggle with contradictory impulses, on the one hand he would love to embrace a new life, but on the other hand he wants remain faithful to the memory of his deceased wife, whom he loved very much.

“Lovely whimsical and touching and . . . always funny. . . . Most of the time downright hilarious.”

– New York Post

The show opens at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center (39 Broadway, Hackensack NJ, 07601) on May 29 to a special preview for city officials and for the press and runs May 30, 31, & June 1, 5, 6, 7 for the public.

Tickets are $16. Tickets can be purchased before the show at the Hackensack Cultural Arts Center Box Office, 39 Broadway, Hackensack, NJ, or they can be purchased at the door. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and military personnel ($14) and groups of 10 or more ($12).

“Our goal is to have our audiences feel as if they are viewing ‘life in fiction’ through the works of America’s most celebrated playwrights,” said Scarpati, of Dumont, one of THE COMPANY’s founding members. “We’re very excited about coming to Hackensack. We bring with us laughter and entertainment. And we will create authentic, human behavior on the stage.”

For more information, you can email THE COMPANY at info.thecompany@gmail.com.

The Hackensack Cultural Arts Center, owned and managed by the Hackensack Recreation and Cultural Department, hosts a variety of artistic events, including theatrical productions, poetry readings, art galas and historical reenactments. The Arts Center also produces its own programming, including comedy nights and an annual children’s show in December.

For More Information Contact:
Louis Scarpati, Artistic Director