For this weekend only, the Bergen County Players' Second Stage will present James Prideaux's "The Autograph Hound" on Saturday 2pm and Sunday 7pm.
The Autograph Hound is a one-act, one-hour, three-person comedy that takes a revealing look at a wife who is an obsessive celebrity-chaser, a resentful husband who takes serious action against her compulsion and their young adult daughter who is caught between them.
Directed and produced by Westwood wife and husband team Jacqueline McElroy-Poquette and Ray Poquette, "The Autograph Hound" stars actors Helen Boyadjian (Saddle River), Kelly Camp-Force (Wayne), and Frank Osmers (Haworth).
Boyadjian was last seen on the Oradell stage as Noleta Nethercott in Sordid Lives and Witch Winifred/Peddler/Step-mother Gilda in Rapunzarella White. Camp-Force last appeared on stage as Sophia Zubritsky in Fools while Osmers portrayed Shelley Levene in Glengarry Glen Ross and Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof previously.
McElroy-Poquette has had a long career with the Players, having directed a mixture of dramas (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), musicals (From Screen to Stage, Follies in Concert) and comedies (Pygmalion, The Mikado).
The Autograph Hunter is Poquette's first production credit, having previously worked as a lighting designer for The Price, Rapunzel, Fools, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Haunting of Hill House and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
First produced off-Broadway at the Albee-Barr-Wilder Playwrights Unit, "The Autograph Hound" was first published in 1969, but three decades earlier, the title was used for a Donald Duck cartoon which features Donald Duck as an autograph hunter in Hollywood.
TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION:
- Tickets for The Autograph Hound are $10 for both performances, and can be purchased online at bcplayers.org, by calling 201-261-4200, or by visiting the box office during regular box office hours. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express cards accepted.
- Those interested in group sales of 20 or more tickets may call 201-262-0515.
- Discount tickets for students age 25 and under with proper ID are available as a $5 walk-up “rush” ticket starting 30 minutes before curtain.
- Parking is free at the Park Avenue municipal lot across the street, one half block north of the theater.
The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932. There are currently 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the nine productions presented each season.