(LONG BRANCH, NJ) — New Jersey Repertory Company (New Jersey representative) presents the American premiere of Hummingbirds: a menacing comedy by Garrett Jon Groenveld. It’s a comedy drama set in the future, which may be closer than you think. Performances run August 4-28, Thursday through Sunday.
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Hummingbirds won the 2012 Global Age Project and the 2012 Internationalists Global Playwriting Awards (7 presentations in 7 countries – USA, Romania, Spain, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany and Singapore). This did not receive an English production, but is on tour in Romania (in Romanian) and was produced in Spanish in Zaragoza, Spain and two acclaimed productions in Mexico City, Mexico.
The cast includes Sophia Lucia Parola and Michael Irvin Pollard. The play is directed by SuzAnne Barabas, Artistic Director at NJ Rep.
The performances are from August 4-28, Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $55 and available for purchase online or by calling 732-229-3166 for reservations.
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The production team includes: Rose Riccardi (production manager), Patricia E. Doherty (costumes), Nick Simone (sound design), Jessica Parks (stage design/props), Jill Nagle (lighting design), Rachael Malloy (assistant stage manager), Janey Huber (assistant lighting designer), James Lockhart (master electrician), Brian Snyder (technical director), Blake Robinson (accessory assistant).
Michael Irvin Pollard returns to NJ Rep after previously starring in Lucky Me, Happy, Release Point, Night Train, Yankee Tavern, Dead Ringers, Apple, Ten Percent of Molly Snyder and Big Boys as well as several Théâtre Brut festivals and numerous stage readings. Other regional credits include performances at Shadowland Stages, Centenary Stage Co., Forestburgh Playhouse, Seven Angels Theatre, The Theater Project, Adirondack Theater Festival, Writer’s Theater of NJ, Depot Theatre, Pioneer Valley Summer Theatre, George Street Playhouse, and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he was a member of the professional actor training program. In New York, Michael recently starred in Pan Asian Rep’s acclaimed production of Dawn and is best known for his improvisation and sketch work comedy, with performances at various venues including West Bank Café, West Side Arts Center, the Avalon Theater and the Pearl Theater.
Sophie Lucie Parola was born and raised in New Jersey. She began her training at Brookdale Community College and has since studied at Stella Adler Studio, HB Studio and privately. some of her Favorite theatrical roles include Demetrius in Dream of a summer nightLady Anne in richard III with Hip To Hip Theatre, and Trish in The promotion at the New Jersey Repertory Company. Sophia also recently appeared on FBI: Most Wantedand stars of independent films Marijuana Minutesand Last Known Location. Sophia is also a professional red carpet host for the garden. State Film Festival and Cinequest Film Festival. Sophia would like to thank her family, friends, and mentors who continue to support her.
Garret Jon Groenveld (Playwright) is a poet and playwright living in San Francisco, California with a master’s degree in poetry and a master’s degree in playwriting from San Francisco State University. He also studied with Edward Albee at the University of Houston. He is one of the founding authors of PlayGround and one of the first member of the Writers in Residence program of the Playwrights Foundation. His game Letters had well-received productions in San Francisco and New York. His game, hummingbirdsis a winner of the 2012 GAP Festival from the Aurora Theater in Berkeley and the winner of the Internationalists World Playwriting Prize. This award included six presentations in six countries (including New York, Berlin and the Netherlands) and has resulted in productions all over the world, including an ongoing tour of Romania and an extended run in Mexico City, Mexico. His game, The void Nesters was in the 2014 Theater Resources Unlimited Reading series and had a production workshop in San Francisco in 2015. An open tour of the show premiered in San Francisco in 2016 and a tour is planned for 2019 with stops in LA, Chicago and New York.
SuzAnne Barabas (Director/Artistic Producer), was the artistic director of NJ Rep for the last 23 years. SuzAnne is a member of the Actors Equity Association, the Dramatist Guild and the Society of Directors and Choreographers.
New Jersey Directory Company is located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, New Jersey. The company was founded in 1997 by SuzAnne and Gabor Barabas. Its current headquarters is the Lumia Theater located on lower Broadway in Long Branch. The theater’s mission is to develop and produce new plays and make lasting contributions to the American stage. In two decades, NJ Rep has produced 140 pieces, 125 of which were world premieres. The theater has the additional distinction of having had many of its plays produced by other theaters across the country, totaling over 200 subsequent productions in the United States and abroad. In 2012 and 2018, NJ Rep received a National Theater Company Fellowship from the American Theater Wing which sponsors the annual Broadway Tony Awards in recognition of his contribution to the American stage repertoire. Only seven theaters have had this distinction. Additionally, the theater has presented more than 400 evolving readings and introduced 136 new works as part of its raw theater festivals which focus on visionary and avant-garde works. In May 2016, NJ Rep acquired new property, a 28,000 square foot school on 2 ½ acres and located just five minutes from its Main Stage Lumia Theater and two blocks from the Jersey Shore. The theater plans to gradually transform the school in stages into a cultural center that will house additional performance spaces, an art cinema, an art museum, a rooftop cafe, an arts education wing and residences. for out-of-town actors and playwrights. When completed, the center will feature a wide range of theatre, playwriting, art, sculpture, poetry, music and photography programs and serve as a catalyst for economic development and a foundation for cultural renaissance. from the community.