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Black Box PAC Presents World Premiere of "Exposed" by Beth Henley


originally published: 04/19/2022

Black Box PAC Presents World Premiere of "Exposed" by Beth Henley

(ENGLEWOOD, NJ) -- Black Box PAC's 2022 Save Our Stages season continues with the world premiere production of Exposed, a new play by Beth Henley. The show runs at The Black Box Performing Arts Center from May 7-28. This fast-moving, poignant comedy follows five interconnected individuals on the Winter Solstice as they try to escape the pervasive loneliness of late 1990's Los Angeles.

Exposed was presented as a workshop by New York Stage and Film Company and The Powerhouse Theater at Vassar in July 2003.  

This premiere production of Exposed features the talents of BBPAC Repertory Actors Michael Gardiner, Kentrell Loftin, Danielle MacMath, Katie North, and Ilana Schimmel, under Artistic Director Matt Okin's direction.

Tickets are available for purchase online. This show is presented without an intermission. Late seating is at the discretion of the management. Masks required at all times, in addition to proof of vaccination required for all patrons. Please have valid ID ready to show with valid vaccination record. BBPAC reserves the right to adjust safety protocols as needed.

The Black Box Performing Arts Center is located at 49 East Palisade Avenue in Englewood, New Jersey.

Beth Henley is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and professor. Her plays include Crimes of the Heart (Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play), The Wake of Jamey Foster, The Miss Firecracker Contest, Am I Blue, The Lucky Spot, The Debutante Ball, Abundance, Control Freaks, Impossible Marriage, Family Week, Ridiculous Fraud, The Jacksonian, Laugh, and The Unbuttoning. Her plays have been produced on Broadway and across the country as well as internationally and translated into twelve languages. Ms. Henley's screenplays include Crimes of the Heart (nominated for an Academy Award), Nobodies Fool, The Miss Firecracker Contest, and David Byrne’s True Stories. Ms. Henley is a recipient of The American Theatre Wing 1998 Award for Distinguished Achievement in Playwriting, Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist for Crimes of the Heart and Ridiculous Fraud; Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award 2000; New York Stage and Film Honoree, 2007, ATHE Career Achievement Award, 2010, and the American Theater Award at the William Inge Festival, 2017.
 Originally from Mississippi, Ms. Henley now lives in Los Angeles and serves as the Presidential Professor at LMU/LA.

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Black Box Performing Arts Center (BBPAC), a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in Teaneck 2015 and relocated to 49 East Palisade Avenue in Englewood in 2019, and Black Box Studios (BBS), which has operated in Bergen County since 2007, together form Northern NJ’s premiere theater and performing arts school combo. BBPAC is a working professional theater run by The Black Box Rep Company, a group of collaborative artists engaging in collaborative, cutting-edge theater. The tight-knit community self-generates full seasons of cutting edge theater, reviving classics both old and newer, while also developing original works for the intimate stage. Many of these professionals double as teaching artists for Black Box Studios, running classes and workshops at the theater and at various schools and organizations in the area, for students currently ranging in age from 9 to 81. Our team is also focused on presenting other art forms within the space, such as comedy and music, as we host the emergence of a new and unique artistic community.

Exposed follows BBPAC's NJ regional premiere of legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader's The Cleopatra Club, one of his few works for the stage. The 2022 Save Our Stages season also featured the NJ premiere of Craig Lucas' Ode To Joy, short works from John Guare and Caridad Svich, and the regional premiere workshops of Eric Bogosian's 1+1 and Neil Labute's Ten x Ten, which both remain in active development.  

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