February 28th, 2019 - March 17th, 2019


How To Transcend A Happy Marriage


By Sarah Ruhl

Directed by Matt Okin

At a dinner party in New Jersey, two couples discuss polyamory as brought up by the introduction of a new temp, Pip, in Jane's office. When they invite Pip and her two male partners, discussion turns to action and the exploration of unexplored desire turns animalistic, and then Jane's daughter sees it all. How to Transcend a Happy Marriage blurs the lines of monogamy and asks how deeply friends, lovers, and strangers connect.
Schedule: Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 8PM, Sunday: 2PM
Tickets: $30 Adults  /  $25 Students & Seniors
Tickets can also be purchased at the venue.
How To Transcend A Happy Marriage is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.
Brian Arya
Brian Arya (Michael) This is Brian's first time on the Black Box PAC stage. How To Transcend... hits particularly home for him because of his love for Shakespeare and pistachios. Brian has a sincere aversion to writing bios and almost copied Jamie Foxx's Wikipedia Page, verbatim. Since spring 2017, Brian has served as the host and executive producer of the Fox game show "Beat Shazam."
Sara Brown
Sara Brown (Pip) is a Houston native. She holds a BFA in acting from Brooklyn College, and has trained at the Freeman Studio, the Gaiety (National Theater School of Ireland), and UCB. Recent credits include Great Falls by Lee Blessing at the Actor's Theater Workshop, Woe is Me by Rachel Nalebuff at the Public Theater, and Alexis Roblan's You Feel So Far Away Right Now at KO Fest. She’s thrilled to be making her debut with Black Box Studios. She loves her mom so so much.
Shari Cohen
Shari Cohen (George) is thrilled to be returning to the BBPAC stage. She just completed a run as "Tanya" in the hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia!. Recent theatre credits at BBPAC include Hand To God (Margery), and The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? (Stevie) Other recent theatre credits include Footloose (Vi), Hairspray (Velma), Godspell (Sonia), and Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie). Shari is an attorney and a former television news reporter, most recently reporting for WWOR-TV in Secaucus, NJ. Shari would like to thank Matt for the opportunity to perform in this amazing role. She would also like to thank her incredible children Skylar, Zack and Alexa and her husband Noam for their love and support.
Isaac Conner
Isaac Conner (Paul) is a stage, screen, and voice actor/director, based in NYC since the beginning of 2018. Prior to being a NYC actor, he left CA in 2010 to be closer to family in rural PA. There, he worked in computer programming, founded Billtown Burlesque, worked with the majority of the region's theatre companies and college media departments, was an adjudicator for the region's high school awards, and began his professional acting career by traveling regularly to the major cities of PA's neighboring states. Previous roles include 1776 (Ben Franklin), Dinner With Friends (Tom), Assassins (Leon Czolgosz), and his favorite role as Rev. John Hale (The Crucible).
Cassandra Guglielmo
Cassandra Guglielmo (Jenna) was most recently seen at Black Box as Grandma Helene in Significant Other. Select other credits include Junie B. Jones: The Musical (Black Box PAC), Beltsville/Rockville Part One: Rise of the Goatman (Theater For The New City), In The Heights!, The Odd Couple (Female Version), and You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown! Thank you always to Dan and every teacher she has given a parental title. So much love to my Black Box Family.
Josh Olumide
Josh Olumide (Freddie) Born in Framingham Massachusetts, Tokunbo Joshua Olumide (a.k.a Josh) started pursuing an acting career in his junior year of high school. That same year, he was cast in his school play, which solidified his career decision. The next year, he received his very first credit in the movie, "Detroit". Wanting lean more about acting, he enrolled into the conservatory program at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in the Fall of 2016. Three months after graduating in May of 2018, he was given the opportunity to play Demetrius in a road tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. He is very excited to now be working with Black Box Studios.
Lisa Tiger
Lisa Tiger (Jane) has been studying at Atlantic Acting School. Most recently she was seen as Misty in Blind Justuce at the Manhattan Repertory Theater. Previous BBPAC credits include: Griller (Michelle), Buried Child (Hallie), Blood Brothers (Mrs. Lyons) and Next to Normal (Diana) in conjunction with the BergenPAC.
Daniel Yaiullo
Daniel Yaiullo (David) is happy to be a part of this show among such a warm, committed, and talented bunch. Recent credits include Adam & Brian (presented by The Playthings Theatre), Gruff! at Long Island Children's Museum, and Dress of Fire, alongside Austin Pendleton, at 13th Street Rep. He will be seen next in Women Behind Bars, also at 13th Street, followed by Fourteen Little Red Huts, which will travel to Russia in June as part of the International Platonov Festival. Daniel is a graduate of the New Studio in Broadway at NYU Tisch and has studied in Oxford at the British American Drama Academy.
Steve Eiman Steve Eiman (Production Design / Stage Manager) is a classical musician from New Jersey. He hold a BM in Performance from Christopher Newport University, where alongside his musical studies, he worked in professional theater. Notable credits include RENT: The 20th Anniversary Tour, Mamma Mia! Farewell Tour, and Styx: North American Tour (2016). Additionally, he has also worked at Busch Gardens Williamsburg, where he was a member of the crew for the opening year of Britmania! and revival of The Starfright Orchestra (2017).
Michael Gardiner Michael Gardiner (Assistant Director) is a repertory member of Black Box Studios in Teaneck, NJ. Past Credits (selected): Beltsville/Rockville Part 1: Rise of the Goatman (Sean/Joey), Hand to God (Jason/Tyrone); ...Cuckoo's Nest (RP McMurphy); Macbeth (Macbeth); The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio); Buried Child (Dodge); and Peer Gynt (Peer Gynt). He wishes to thank his mentors, family, and Larissa for their unending 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: 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 grad school-age daughters, Rachel and Arielle.