Shakespeare in the Park - Various Bergen County Parks

Summer 2019

 

Thurs 7/11- Teaneck 8pm Othello (cancelled due to weather)
Fri 7/12- Teaneck 8pm Othello 
Sat 7/13- Teaneck 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Sun 7/14- Teaneck 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Tues 7/16- TEANECK RAINDATE (Teaneck 8pm Othello- rescheduled from 7/11)
Wed 7/17- Englewood 8pm Othello 
Thurs 7/18- Teaneck 8pm Othello 
Fri 7/19- Teaneck 8pm Othello 
Sat 7/20- Teaneck 8pm Othello 
Sun 7/21- Ridgewood 4pm Othello 
Tues 7/23- TEANECK RAINDATE 
Wed 7/24- Englewood 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Thurs 7/25- Teaneck 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Fri 7/26- Teaneck 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Sat 7/27- Teaneck 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Sun 7/28- Ridgewood 4pm Romeo & Juliet 
Tues 7/30- TEANECK RAIN DATE 
Wed 7/31- Englewood 8pm Othello 
Thurs 8/1- Teaneck 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Fri 8/2- Teaneck 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Sat 8/3- Teaneck 8pm Othello 
Sun 8/4-Teaneck 8pm Othello 
Mon 8/5 TEANECK RAINDATE 
Wed 8/7- Englewood 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Thurs 8/8- Tenafly 7pm Romeo & Juliet 
Sun 8/11- Tenafly 4pm Othello 
Wed 8/14- Englewood 8pm Romeo & Juliet 
Wed 8/21- Englewood 8pm Othello

 

Locations

Englewood - Englewood Library, 31 Engle Street, Englewood, NJ 07631
 
Ridgewood - Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
 
Teaneck - Votee Park Teaneck Rotary Club Band Shell, Palisade Ave, Teaneck, NJ 07666
 
Tenafly - Davis Johnson Park and Gardens 137 Engle Street Tenafly, NJ 07670
 

Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors- without whom these productions would not be possible:
 
 
Thank you to our host communities for their financial support:
 
Englewoood, Tenafly, Ridgewood
 
Othello

Othello

Zach Abraham
Zach Abraham (Brabantio/Lodovico) is very happy to be returning to Bergen County's summer Shakespeare in the Park, produced by Black Box Studios. He appeared in last years inaugural season in both Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek) and Macbeth (Duncan/Old Man/Doctor).Previous Black Box credits include The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia? (Ross Tuttle), The Seagull (Sorin), and Buried Child (Father Dewis). Other appearances are, Off Broadway: Queen of No Hearts (Dick Filbert); New Jersey Theater: The Odd Couple (Felix Ungar), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Vice Principal Panch), The 39 Steps (Clown 2), South Pacific (Luther Billis), Memphis:The Musical (Mr. Simmons), The Graduate (Mr. Braddock), The Music Man (Charlie Cowell), Hairspray (Mr. Spritzer/Mr. Pinky/Principal/Security Guard), August: Osage County (Sheriff Gilbeau). On film he has appeared in 28 Minute Epic (Cornelius), Of Dionysus (Michael), In My Eyes (Professor), Wallace (Principal Whitley), Miss Freelance (Randy). Television and New Media roles include Jake's Unemployment Summer Episode 3 (Unemployed Person), and Evil Lives Here Episode 404 (Teacher).
 
Sam Cancelarich
Sam Cancelarich (Senator/Ensemble) has been performing since elementary school. Sam's performances include appearing in numerous musicals and dramas. Recent favorite roles include Jon in Tick, Tick Boom, Ash in Evil Dead, Margaret Mead in Hair, Dr. Parker in Bat Boy and Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd. His role as the Rabbi in Soul Searching performed in NYC was especially gratifying. Sam is an avid reader and collector of graphic novels. Sam is honored to be a part of the Black Box Performing Arts Center and would like to thank everyone involved with Shakespeare in the Park.
 
Michael Gardiner
Michael Gardiner (Iago) is a NY/NJ-based actor, director, and teaching artist, as well as Co-Managing Director of The Black Box Rep Company. Company Credits (selected): Macbeth (Macbeth), ...Cuckoo's Nest (RP McMurphy), Hand to God (Jason/Tyrone), Peer Gynt (Peer Gynt), Buried Child (Dodge), Sweat (Jason), Twelfth Night (Director). Off-Off Broadway: Rise of the Goatman (Theater for the New City). Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon) at The Philipstown Depot Theater, The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) with Hudson Shakespeare Co. Michael holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He wishes to thank his family, mentors, and Larissa for their unending support.www.michael-gardiner.com
 
Cassandra Guglielmo
Cassandra Guglielmo (Desdemona) is ecstatic to be back with Black Box Studios, joining them for their second season of Shakespeare in the Park, as a newly proud member of their Rep Company! Most recently she was seen leading the workshop of RisingSunNYC's How to Bury Someone Who Has Not Died. Previous Black Box credits include: Junie B. Jones (Junie B.), Significant Other (Grandma Helene), and How To Transcend a Happy Marriage (Jenna). Select NYC Credits: Beltsville/Rockville Part One: Rise of the Goatman (Theater for the New City), The Wizard of Oz (AlphaNYC), Detroit '67 (AMDA). Love and thanks, forever and always to every teacher she's given a parental title to, her Black Box family, Kristy and Salem. For Frances, Grace and Ellie.
 
Alex Arjuna Hughes
Alex Arjuna Hughes (Michael Cassio) is thrilled to be returning to the wonderful BBPAC ensemble for a summer of Shakespeare! This marks his fourth engagement with the company following, Disgraced, Significant Other, and most recently, Sweat. Other recent theatre credits include, Ideation, Splinter and Crack, and The Lady from the Sea. He is the co-creator, director, and writer of multiple award-winning web-series. He is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School at Tisch School of the Arts. Othello is dedicated to Lulu.
 
Kentrell Loftin
Kentrell Loftin (Othello) is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where he studied theatre and had the opportunity to perform in, Angels in America, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Hair: The Musical, Trouble in Mind, One Man Two Guvnors, Three Sisters, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Upon graduating, he has had the opportunity to perform with the Stowaways Improv Group and A Dream Play with the Egg and Spoon Theatre Collective, and recently in Sweat with Black Box Studios. For the first time, the great outdoors will be his stage.
 
Danielle MacMath
Danielle MacMath (Emilia) is happy to return for the second year of Shakespeare in the Park in Bergen County! She was recently seen portraying Louisa May Alcott in HERstory, an educational tour for Women's History Month. Credits with Black Box Studios include: Wendla in Spring Awakening, Laura in Significant Other, Jeanie in Hair, May/Grace/Mother in Junie B. Jones, Sara in Soul Searching (at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe) and Melinda/Mandy in ...Rise of the Goatman (at Theater for the New City). Other credits include Cornelius in Cymbeline (Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company) and Mary Warren in The Crucible (FDU). Danielle is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she studied Theater, Literature, and Education. Love to my ever supportive family. www.DanielleMacMath.com @DanielleMacMath (Twitter) @DanielleMacMath (Instagram)
 
Arthur Gregory Pugh
Arthur Gregory Pugh (Montano/Ensemble) is honored to be a part of Shakespeare In The Park! Recently seen in BBPAC's production of Sweat, Arthur is a professional voice-over talent who has done commercials for the NY Red Bulls and the FDNY, Arthur took improv classes with John Swist of QuickThinking Improv in NYC to enhance his VO skills, but it steered him more into the field of acting and landed him a role as Mr. Irving in the independent film "Downshift". He's appeared in music videos by Jadakiss ("Ain't Nothin' New") and Dyme-A-Duzin ("That Chicken") and on an episode of Investigation Discovery's "True Crime with Aphrodite Jones". Other theatre credits include Fences (Troy Maxson), A Soldier's Story (Sgt. Waters), Radio Golf (Roosevelt Hicks), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (John Prentice, Sr.) and was "The Homeless Man" in Larry Americ Allen's Shakespeare's Lost Masterpiece. You can keep up with all things AGP at www.ArthurGregoryPugh.biz.
 
Larissa Terese
Larissa Terese (Bianca) is beyond excited to return for the second summer of Black Box PAC's Shakespeare in the Park, having been seen last year in Macbeth (First Witch) & Twelfth Night (Maria). She is a proud member of the Black Box Repertory Company serving as both an actor and Special Events Coordinator. She is from Buffalo, NY, with a BA in Theatre Arts from FDU. BBPAC credits: Spring Awakening (Ilse), Significant Other (Vanessa), Junie B. Jones (Lucille), & Dog Sees God (Van's Sister). FDU credits: Spring Awakening (Thea), Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes), Merrily We Roll Along (Meg/Featured Ensemble), Lysistrata (Myrhinne) & A Midsummer Night's Dream (First Fairy). Endless love and gratitude to Mike, Matt, & the Black Box Rep Co. "For mom and Bob."
 
Conor Wilson
Conor Wilson (Roderigo) A new graduate of the College of William & Mary with a BA in Theatre, Conor is honored and excited to be working with Black Box Studios again, after last summer's successful production of Hair, where he played Berger. College credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Chess (Anatoly), The Grand Duke (Prince), Swings Wings (Freddie), The Addams Family (Uncle Fester), Kiss Me, Kate! (Paul), and Avenue Q (Nicky). Conor would like to thank his Ma and sister for their unconditional love and support!)
 
Matt Okin
Matt Okin (Artistic Director), founded Black Box Studios in 2007 and opened The Black Box Performing Arts Center in November 2015. Recent directing credits include: Sweat, How To Transcend A Happy Marriage, Significant Other, Spring Awakening, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's NestHair; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (teens), Talk Radio; Griller; Peer Gynt; Buried Child; Hand To God; Heathers The Musical: High School Edition (teens); Disgraced; Cloud 9; Skip & Rivkah's Not-So-Kosher Interactive Wedding Experience; The Goat Or, Who Is Sylvia?; Blood Brothers A Musical; Evil Dead The Musical; Bad Jews; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (teens); True Groove Productions' Diana & Navy & The Golden Tooth (workshop); The Pillowman; and Passing Strange (all at BBPAC); the Off-Broadway premiere of This Time, A New Musical Romance (at Theater For The New City, as well as BBPAC); and the BBS Ensemble's Falsettos "In Concert", House Of Blue Leaves, and Next To Normal (bergenPAC), among many others. As a playwright, director, and composer, Matt's original musicals include: Out Of Whack: The All-Kids Rock Musical (devised, at Theater For The New City), Soul Searching (45th Street Theater, DR2 Theater, D-Lounge, and the NYMF), Generations (various NYC venues and NYMF), and A Match Made In Manhattan: The Interactive Jewish Wedding Experience (NYC and national tours). His original plays, produced both in New York and on national tours, include: Beltsville/Rockville Part One: Rise of the Goatman (Theater for the New City); One Innocent WomanSecond Chances, Twist Of Faith, Walter Liked To Sit In His Big Backyard, Cherry Hill, The Ugly Wife, and Pigs. Matt received a BFA in Dramatic Writing from New York University's Tisch School Of The Arts. He has two daughters, Rachel and Arielle.
 
 

 

 

Romeo and Juliet

 
Stacy Cancelarich
Stacy Cancelarich (Lady Capulet Stacy Cancelarich has been performing for the past four years at Black Box Performing Arts Center. Most recently, as a member of the Adult Acting class, her roles included: Kimberly Akimbo in Kimberly Akimbo, Lymon Willis in Ballad of the Sad Café, Masha in Vanya & Sonia & Masha and Spike, Chicklet in Psycho Beach Party and the Doctors' in Reckless. Stacy is also a member of the Improvisation Class at Black Box. A native of Teaneck, Stacy is also a Psychotherapist, Mixed Media Artist, and has been spontaneously performing in her kitchen for most of her life. True random fact: She can do an uncanny impersonation of the Munchkins from "The Wizard of Oz". Stacy is thrilled to be part of Shakespeare in the Park. Special thanks to Sam Cancelarich for leading me to "the stage", Joe Cancelarich for his never-ending support, and Matt Okin and Mike Gardiner for their inspiration and encouragement.
 
Jason Felix
Jason Felix (Tybalt is an actor in both theatre and film. Raised in a Colombian/ Dominican household and a member of The Black Box Rep Company; Jason's BBPAC recent credits include One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Chief Bromden), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Shakespeare in the Park’s Twelfth Night (Antonio), Eric Bogossian's Talk Radio (Kent) and Griller (Terrence), Dog Sees God (Van), Evil Dead: The Musical (Jake). He was also Assistant Director/Production Designer for Hand To God, Production Designer for Disgraced and Production Stage Manager/Lighting Design/Op for HAIR: The American Tribal Love Rock Musical. He has been in the Netflix series "Friends From College" and "Jason Swagger", in feature film "Crossing The Line" directed by Andre Degas. Jason is blessed to be a part of such a wonderful production and being involved with such an awesome ensemble of actors whose inspiring nature never cease!
 
Adrianna Fenu
Adrianna Fenu (Abraham/Page) joins Black Box for her third year of performances! She is a Closter resident and is going into 8th grade. Past performances include: Fools, ...Spelling Bee, Heathers The Musical High School Edition, Working, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical, The Wizard of Oz (Dorothy) and Cybermare. Adrianna enjoys singing, ballet, jazz, tap and running track in her spare time. She would like to thank her twin sister, Sienna, little brother, Demetrius and her parents for all of their love and support!
 
Sara Giacomini
Sara Giacomini (Romeo) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Romeo and Juliet for the second season of Shakespeare in the Park. Last summer, she was seen as Viola in Twelfth Night. Most recently, Sara was seen as George in Curious George: The Golden Meatball at The Growing Stage. She a proud member of the Black Box Performing Arts Center Repertory company, where she has taken part in numerous productions, including Significant Other (Kiki), Hand to God (Jessica), Junie B. Jones: The Musical (Junie B.), and Spring Awakening (Thea), among others. She serves as the Rep Company's Education and Administrative Director, as well as a teaching artist at BBPAC. BA in MT from FDU. Sara would like to thank her family, both Matts, Mike, and her fellow Rep Co members. "Never apologize for your art." saragiacomini.com
 
Cassandra Guglielmo
Cassandra Guglielmo (Peter) is ecstatic to be back with Black Box Studios, joining them for their second season of Shakespeare in the Park, as a newly proud member of their Rep Company! Most recently she was seen leading the workshop of RisingSunNYC's How to Bury Someone Who Has Not Died. Previous Black Box credits include: Junie B. Jones (Junie B.), Significant Other (Grandma Helene), and How To Transcend a Happy Marriage (Jenna). Select NYC Credits: Beltsville/Rockville Part One: Rise of the Goatman (Theater for the New City), The Wizard of Oz (AlphaNYC), Detroit '67 (AMDA). Love and thanks, forever and always to every teacher she's given a parental title to, her Black Box family, Kristy and Salem. For Grandma Helene's grandson Jordan and E.
 
Alex Arjuna Hughes
Alex Arjuna Hughes (Mercutio) is thrilled to be returning to the wonderful BBPAC ensemble for a summer of Shakespeare! This marks his fourth engagement with the company following, Disgraced, Significant Other, and most recently, Sweat. Other recent theatre credits include, Ideation, Splinter and Crack, and The Lady from the Sea. He is the co-creator, director, and writer of multiple award-winning web-series. He is a graduate of Atlantic Acting School at Tisch School of the Arts. Romeo and Juliet is dedicated to Squeaky.
 
Kentrell Loftin
Kentrell Loftin (Friar Lawrence) is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where he studied theatre and had the opportunity to perform in, Angels in America, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Hair: The Musical, Trouble in Mind, One Man Two Guvnors, Three Sisters, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Upon graduating, he has had the opportunity to perform with the Stowaways Improv Group and A Dream Play with the Egg and Spoon Theatre Collective, and recently in Sweat with Black Box Studios. For the first time, the great outdoors will be his stage.
 
Danielle MacMath
Danielle MacMath (Benvolio) is happy to return for the second year of Shakespeare in the Park in Bergen County! She was recently seen portraying Louisa May Alcott in HERstory, an educational tour for Women's History Month. Credits with Black Box Studios include: Wendla in Spring Awakening, Laura in Significant Other, Jeanie in Hair, May/Grace/Mother in Junie B. Jones, Sara in Soul Searching (at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe) and Melinda/Mandy in ...Rise of the Goatman (at Theater for the New City). Other credits include Cornelius in Cymbeline (Powerhouse Theater Apprentice Company) and Mary Warren in The Crucible (FDU). Danielle is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she studied Theater, Literature, and Education. Love to my ever supportive family. www.DanielleMacMath.com @DanielleMacMath (Twitter) @DanielleMacMath (Instagram)
 
Arthur Gregory Pugh
Arthur Gregory Pugh (Lord Capulet) is honored to be a part of Shakespeare In The Park! Recently seen in BBPAC's production of Sweat, Arthur is a professional voice-over talent who has done commercials for the NY Red Bulls and the FDNY, Arthur took improv classes with John Swist of QuickThinking Improv in NYC to enhance his VO skills, but it steered him more into the field of acting and landed him a role as Mr. Irving in the independent film "Downshift". He's appeared in music videos by Jadakiss ("Ain't Nothin' New") and Dyme-A-Duzin ("That Chicken") and on an episode of Investigation Discovery's "True Crime with Aphrodite Jones". Other theatre credits include Fences (Troy Maxson), A Soldier's Story (Sgt. Waters), Radio Golf (Roosevelt Hicks), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (John Prentice, Sr.) and was "The Homeless Man" in Larry Americ Allen's Shakespeare's Lost Masterpiece. You can keep up with all things AGP at www.ArthurGregoryPugh.biz.
 
Ellen Revesz
Ellen Revesz (The Nurse/The Prince) is chuffed to return for BBPAC's second season of Shakespeare in the Park. She took part in the inaugural season, where she performed Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and Hecate in Macbeth. Other BBPAC credits include Sweat, Spring Awakening, Talk Radio/Griller (in Rep), and the epic production of Peer Gynt. Ellen appeared as Kate in the premiere production of The Grand Tour, winner of the 2017 NJ Playwrights Contest. She performed the role of Katherine Stockman in Enemy: Project Ibsen, both Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Other favorite performances: Almost, Maine; The Threepenny Opera; Gypsy. Ellen has a BA in theatre from Western Connecticut State University. Big thanks to Mom, Dad, and Adam for all the amazing support, and to Alaska and Dixon for being the best cats ever.
 
Ben Shanblatt
Ben Shanblatt (Chorus/Montague/Apothecary) is a guitarist, educator, composer, and actor based in New Jersey. Ben has been working with Black Box for over 5 years and has loved every second of it! Most recently, Ben was seen as Spider/Frederick Ossinpuff in Beltsville/Rockville Part 1: Rise of the Goatman, performed at The Theater for the New City. Other selected credits include HAIR (Guitarist/Tribe member), Sprouted (Guitarist/co-composer), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Mitch Mahoney/Musician/Asst. Musical director), and Twelfth Night (Musical director/Ensemble/Musician). Currently, Ben is going into his second year at The New School's School of Jazz and Contemporary Music program, majoring in Jazz Studies with a focus on Jazz Guitar. Ben wishes to thank his family, friends, and mentors for providing both support and inspiration. @ben.shanblatt.music
 
Larissa Terese
Larissa Terese (Juliet) is beyond excited to return for the second summer of Black Box PAC's Shakespeare in the Park, having been seen last year in Macbeth (First Witch) & Twelfth Night (Maria). She is a proud member of the Black Box Repertory Company serving as both an actor and Special Events Coordinator. She is from Buffalo, NY, with a BA in Theatre Arts from FDU. BBPAC credits: Spring Awakening (Ilse), Significant Other (Vanessa), Junie B. Jones (Lucille), & Dog Sees God (Van's Sister). FDU credits: Spring Awakening (Thea), Urinetown (Little Becky Two-Shoes), Merrily We Roll Along (Meg/Featured Ensemble), Lysistrata (Myrhinne) & A Midsummer Night's Dream (First Fairy). Endless love and gratitude to Mike, Matt, & the Black Box Rep Co. "For mom and Bob."
 
Conor Wilson
Conor Wilson (Paris) A new graduate of the College of William & Mary with a BA in Theatre, Conor is honored and excited to be working with Black Box Studios again, after last summer's successful production of Hair, where he played Berger. College credits include: The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Chess (Anatoly), The Grand Duke (Prince), Swings Wings (Freddie), The Addams Family (Uncle Fester), Kiss Me, Kate! (Paul), and Avenue Q (Nicky). Conor would like to thank his Ma and sister for their unconditional love and support!)
 
Michael Gardiner
Michael Gardiner (Director) is a NY/NJ-based actor, director, and teaching artist, as well as Co-Managing Director of The Black Box Rep Company. Company Credits (selected): Macbeth (Macbeth), ...Cuckoo's Nest (RP McMurphy), Hand to God (Jason/Tyrone), Peer Gynt (Peer Gynt), Buried Child (Dodge), Sweat (Jason), Twelfth Night (Director). Off-Off Broadway: Rise of the Goatman (Theater for the New City). Regional: The Importance of Being Earnest (Algernon) at The Philipstown Depot Theater, The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) with Hudson Shakespeare Co. Michael holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Communication from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He wishes to thank his family, mentors, and Larissa for their unending support.www.michael-gardiner.com