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PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players


By John Posada

originally published: 08/11/2023

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

(FREEHOLD, NJ) -- Center Players is concluding its successful 2022-23 season with a Signature Series production of A Black and White Cookie, an insightful new play by playwright/novelist Gary Morgenstein.  The comedic drama will run August 11-27, 2023 at Center Playhouse at 35 South Street in downtown Freehold, NJ.  Photographer John Posada was on hand to take photos.

Named “Best Play” in BroadwayWorld.com’s Regional Awards, A Black and White Cookie centers around Harold Wilson, a gruff, conservative African American in his early 70s who finally re-opens his Manhattan newsstand after the pandemic lockdown, but an exorbitant rent increase forces him to close after 30 years and retire. Enter Albie Sands, an eccentric white liberal in his 70s who persuades Harold to fight back. Overcoming their differences, Harold and Albie form an unlikely yet powerful friendship which shows there’s more that unites us than divides us.

Center Players’ Artistic Director Bernice Garfield-Szita will direct the play. She also directed the 2022 production of Morgenstein’s A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx, which was awarded “Best Original Play” at the 2022 Perry Awards by the NJ Association of Community Theaters (NJACT). After a sold out run at Center Playhouse, the production moved to Off Broadway in December 2022.

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

The cast features New Jersey actors Arthur Gregory Pugh, Jackie Kusher, Vince Fay, Jacynth Apora and Dale GenesisPerformances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Sundays at 2:00pm. Tickets are priced at $28-$30 and can be purchased at www.centerplayers.org or by calling 732-462-9093.

“We are thrilled to present another one of Gary Morgenstein’s poignant, socially conscious plays,” noted Garfield-Szita. “His characters and themes are penetrating reflections of today’s world and offer insightful and amusing observations which make for great theater.”



 
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Gary Morgenstein’s novels and plays have been featured in national media from the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Parade Magazine, the New York PostSports Illustrated and NPR.  This summer, A Black and White Cookie will make its West Coast premiere in Los Angeles at Sky Pilot Theater. An award-winning playwright, Morgenstein’s stage dramas include His Perry Award-winning (Best Original Play) poignant dramedy A Tomato Can’t Grow in the Bronx is about a working-class family in the tumultuous 1960s, while Free Palestine tackles the threat to academic freedom, antisemitism and political bullying triggered by the firing of a Jewish social studies teacher. Morgenstein’s latest work is the romantic dramedy Walking Charlie, about a widowed owner of a door factory and a recent immigrant who’s fled Venezuelan oppression, brought together by a pug dog named Charlie. His seven novels include the critically acclaimed dystopian political thrillers A Mound Over Hell and A Fastball for Freedom.

Here are more photos from the production.

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

PHOTOS from "A Black and White Cookie" at Center Players

Celebrating its 21st season at Center Playhouse, Center Players is a respected, award-winning organization, presenting high quality, engaging productions featuring local talent in downtown Freehold. In addition to their signature plays, the group also sponsors free play reading events and offers dinner and theater packages with several local restaurants.

John Posada is a New Jersey based photographer specializing in live theatre and music performances. For more than 10 years, John has photographed live music events where he mastered the techniques of timing and capturing fast moving action under challenging lighting conditions to capture that perfect moment that tells a story in a single image. Currently, John has photographed over 110 productions for over 70 different theatres and venues. Click here for John's website.


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