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LONG BRANCH – New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch is proud to present “The Hummingbirds: A Comedy of Menace” written by Garret Jon Groenveld. Performances take place from August 4 to 28, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturday 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m. Customers can purchase tickets by calling NJRep at 732-229-3166 or from our website www.njrep.org. Please note that in order to maintain a safe space for our audience and staff, we encourage our audience to wear masks.

The Hummingbird Summary: Have you been unemployed for too long? At the Employment Office we can place you in a job that you may not be qualified for or a job that is not secure, but you will. Because if you can walk, you can work! A dramatic comic set in the future, which may be closer than you think.

The Hummingbirds won the Global Age Project 2012 and the Internationalists Global Playwriting Prize 2012 (7 presentations in 7 countries – USA, Romania, Spain, Mexico, Netherlands, Germany and Singapore).

The Hummingbirds did not receive an English production, but are on tour in Romania (in Romanian) and had a Spanish production in Zaragoza, Spain and two acclaimed productions in Mexico City, Mexico.

Michael Pollard

Michael returns to NJ Rep after starring in LUCKY ME, HAPPY, RELEASE POINT, NIGHT TRAIN, YANKEE TAVERN, DEAD RINGER, APPLE, TEN PERCENT OF MOLLY SNYDER and BIG BOYS as well as several raw theater festivals and numerous staged readings. stage. Other regional credits include performances at Shadowland Stages, Centenary Stage Co., Forestburgh Playhouse, Seven Angels Theatre, The Theater Project, Adirondack Theater Festival, Writer’s Theater of NJ, Depot Theatre, Pioneer Valley Summer Theatre, George Street Playhouse and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where he was a member of the professional acting training program. In New York, Michael most recently starred in Pan Asian Rep’s critically acclaimed production of DAYBREAK and is best known for his improv and comedy sketch work, with performances at various venues including the West Bank Café. , the West Side Arts Center, the Avalon Theater. and the Pearl Theatre.

Sophie Parola

Sophia was born and raised in New Jersey. She began her training at Brookdale Community College and has since studied at Stella Adler Studio, HB Studio and privately. Some of her favorite theatrical roles include Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lady Anne in Richard III with Hip To Hip Theater and Trish in The Promotion, here at New Jersey Repertory Company. Sophia also recently appeared on FBI: Most Wanted and stars in independent films Marijuana Minutes and Last Known Location. Sophia is also a professional red carpet host for the Garden State Film Festival and the Cinequest Film Festival. Sophia would like to thank her family, friends and mentors who continue to support her. www.sophiaparola.com

Garret Jon Groenveld is a poet and playwright living in San Francisco, California with an MA in Poetry and an MA in Playwriting from San Francisco State University. He also studied with Edward Albee at the University of Houston. He is a founding writer of PlayGround and an inaugural member of the Playwrights Foundation’s Writers in Residence program. His play “Missives” was well received by productions in San Francisco and New York. His play, “The Hummingbirds,” was the winner of the 2012 GAP Festival at the Aurora Theater in Berkeley and winner of the Internationalists Global Playwriting Prize. This award included six presentations in six countries (including New York, Berlin and the Netherlands) and led to productions around the world, including an ongoing tour in Romania and an extended tour in Mexico City, Mexico. “The Hummingbirds” had a workshop with Olympia Dukakis at the Lark and participated in the Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) reading series in 2015 (with Ellen McLaughlin). His play, “The Empty Nesters” was in the 2014 Theater Resources Unlimited Reading series and had a production workshop in San Francisco in 2015. An open tour of the show premiered in San Francisco in 2016 and a tour is planned for 2019 with stops in LA, Chicago and New York.

SuzAnne Barabas (director/art producer) has been the artistic director of NJ Rep for 23 years. SuzAnne is a member of the Actors Equity Association, the Dramatist Guild and the Society of Directors & Choreographers.

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