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NJ Rep Presents The NJ Premiere of "middlemen"


(Long Branch, NJ) -- New Jersey Repertory Company is proud to announce the New Jersey Premiere of "middlemen", written by David Jenkins and directed by Marc Geller, on November 7 through December 8, 2013 at 179 Broadway in Long Branch.

Ripped from the headlines, this highly topical play deals with the cynicism and corruption that has come to characterize our financial institutions and Wall Street. Amid the drone of industrial air conditioning and the buzz of fluorescent lights, middle manager Stan and fiscal analyst Michael toil away on an exhaustive annual report in their desolate sixty-floor office tower. One-by-one, their co-workers have mysteriously disappeared, but neither really seems to care about anything, except that no one bought milk for their break-room and one of them may have been responsible for the collapse of Bolivia.

David Jenkins is a New York based playwright and founding member/Artistic Director of Human Animals. His plays have been shortlisted for the O'Neill, P73 and developed by the Lark Theater and IRT, and EST. His first play, "middlemen", was produced in New York to critical acclaim, translated into Belarusian by the Belrus Free Theatre, and premiered in Santiago, Chile in the spring of 2011. After its run at NJ Rep, it will be presented at the Oslo International Theater in Norway in 2014. His play "Post Office" was named one of "The Top Ten Off-Off Broadway Productions of 2011" by the late Tom Murrin of "Paper Magazine". As an actor, he has worked on stages throughout the country, including San Francisco's ACT and Yale Rep. He holds an MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program. David's plays include: "middlemen", "Small Claims", "Post Office", "Laissez-Faire" and the forthcoming "Pinewood". He was a finalist for Page 73's 2013 Fellowship and recently taught a scene study class at New York State's Fishkill Correctional Facility with Rehabilitation through the Arts.

David Friedlander ("Michael Aaronson") will be making his first appearance with New Jersey Repertory Company in "middlemen". His previous regional theater credits include "Stones in His Pockets" (The Majestic Theater, MA), "Twelfth Night" (Mountain Playhouse, PA), "Amadeus", "The Little Prince", "Stones in His Pockets", "Romeo and Juliet", and "Cyrano de Bergerac" (PlayMakers Repertory Company, NC).

Duncan Rogers ("Stanley Cahill") is a founding company member of NJ Rep and originated the role of Tim Grant in "Naked by the River" and participated in the company's first script in hand reading in 1998. Other roles include: Sidney Brustein in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window", Mark in "Still Life" and Sterling in "Mauritius" with The Women's Theater Company and over a dozen productions at the Bickford Theater in Morristown, NJ. Off Broadway credits include: "The Wild Duck" and "Little Eyolf" at the Century Center for the Performing Arts, and productions at the Connolly Theater, the Sanford Meisner Theater, and Theater for the New City.

Marc Geller most recently directed the world premieres of "Noir" and "Donna Orbits the Moon" for NJ Rep. Other directing credits include: "Two-Headed" at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, "Souvenir" at StageWorks/Hudson and the world premieres of the Off-Broadway shows "Ascension" (Lion Theatre), "Acts of Love" (Kirk Theatre) and "Adjoining Trances" (Beckett Theatre) in New York City.

Performances are Thursdays, Fridays at 8:00 pm; Saturdays at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 2:00 pm November 7-December 8. Special reduced price previews are on Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8 at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm, and Saturday, November 9 at 3:00 pm. Opening night followed by a reception is Saturday, November 9 at 8:00 pm.

Tickets are $40; Previews are $35; Opening night with reception is $50. Discounts are available for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more. NJ Rep is a year-round, professional, non-profit theater located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch only minutes from the Jersey Shore. Free on-site parking is available and there is easy access from NJ Transit (North Jersey Coast Line) and Academy Buses.

Contact the NJ Rep Box Office at 732-229-3166 or visit www.njrep.org to reserve your seats online.

New Jersey Rep is a member of the National New Play Network, The New Jersey Theater Alliance, Theater Communications Group, and the Monmouth and Long Branch Arts Councils. Support for NJ Rep is provided in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey, the Baumol Family Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, the Investors Foundation, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, the Darien Family Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Dramatists Guild Fund, Actors Equity Foundation, ERBA Company, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the American Theatre Wing.


originally published: 2013-10-07 12:49:48




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