WESTFIELD—Westfield Community Players (WCP) will begin their 2013-2014 season with the Neil Simon comedy, Barefoot in the Park. The play opens Oct. 5, for a limited four-weekend run and features WCP actor Brian Remo as lawyer Paul and Debbie Campanali, making her WCP debut as his spirited wife, Corie.
Other WCP actors, Russ Ortiz and Ken Webb will appear as Victor Velasco and the Telephone Repairman, respectively. Zita Geoffroy-Heinz will also be making her WCP debut in the role of Corie’s mother, Mrs. Banks. A special appearance will be featured in the role of the Delivery Man. This show is being directed by Steve Lemenille and produced by Kay Macrae.
As one of Simon’s earliest and most popular comedies, this light-hearted romance between a straight-laced lawyer and his impetuous free-spirited wife begins where most romantic comedies end, bringing reality and humor to the life that happens after two people fall in love and get married. Set in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s, Barefoot in the Park opens with newlyweds Paul and Corie moving into their fifth-floor walkup apartment. Adjusting to married life soon becomes complicated by a leaking skylight and their eccentric neighbor Victor Velasco, who must go through their apartment in order to get to his own. When Corie hatches a plot to get Victor together with her mother Ethel Banks, the dinner party goes awry with hilarious results.
“Westfield Community Players gives audiences a chance to laugh with the whole family,” says Lemenille. “Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park is the quintessential situation comedy, complete with zippy one-liners and wacky next-door neighbors. Whether you grew up watching The Honeymooners or Dharma and Greg, you’ll recognize the easy, breezy style that Neil Simon first perfected in this comedic gem.”
Westfield Community Players ‘ production of Barefoot in the Park is being produced under Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Opening night performance is Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. It will continue Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. and Closing Night, Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. In addition, one Sunday matinee is scheduled for Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets are only $20. The theatre is located at 1000 North Avenue West, Westfield, NJ. Discounts are available for students (only for matinees), and for currently serving members of the Armed Forces. Group discounts are available for groups 20 or more. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the WCP Box Office at 908-232-1221, or visit www.westfieldcommunityplayers.org.
Westfield Community Player’s 2013-2014 Season will continue with Regrets Only in January directed by Maurice Moran and produced by Sally Brown, Butterflies Are Free in March,directed by Wanda S. Maragni and conclude with A Streetcar Named Desire in May, directed by Brian Remo and produced by Steve Lemenille.
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