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LONG BRANCH – The 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 are August 4 through August 28, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Visitors can purchase tickets by calling NJRep at 732-229-3166 or by visiting our website at www.njrep.org. Please note that we encourage our audience to wear masks to ensure a safe space for our audience and staff.

Summary of the hummingbirds: 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 do it. Because if you can walk, you can also work! A comic drama set in the future that may be closer than you think.

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

The Hummingbirds has not received an English language production but has toured in Romania (in Romanian) and was produced in Spanish in Zaragoza, Spain and two acclaimed productions in Mexico City, Mexico.

Michael Pollard

Michael returns to NJ Rep having previously appeared 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 Theater Brut Festivals and numerous scenic readings . Other regional notables include appearances 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 the Park, where he was a member of the Professional Actors Training Program. In New York City, Michael most recently appeared in Pan Asian Rep’s critically acclaimed production of DAYBREAK and is best known for his improv and sketch comedy work, performing at a variety of venues including the West Bank Cafe, the West Side Arts Center and the Avalon Theater and the Pearl Theater.

Sophia Parola

Sophia was born and raised in New Jersey. She began her education at Brookdale Community College and has since studied at Stella Adler Studio, HB Studio and privately. Some of her favorite theater 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 the New Jersey Repertory Company. Sophia also recently appeared on FBI: Most Wanted and starred in the indie 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 San Francisco, California-based poet and playwright with an MFA in poetry and an MA in drama from San Francisco State University. He also studied with Edward Albee at the University of Houston. He is a founding writer for PlayGround and a founding member of the Playwrights Foundation’s Writers-in-Residence program. His play Missives was well received in San Francisco and New York. His play The Hummingbirds is a 2012 GAP Festival winner 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 of Romania and an extended performance in Mexico City, Mexico. The Hummingbirds had a workshop with Olympia Dukakis at Lark and was in the 2015 Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) Reading Series (with Ellen McLaughlin). His play The Empty Nesters was featured in the Theater Resources Unlimited Reading series in 2014 and had a production workshop in San Francisco in 2015. In 2016, an open-ended tour premiered in San Francisco, and a tour is planned for 2019 with stops in LA, Chicago and New York.

SuzAnne Barabas (Director/Artistic Producer) has been the Artistic Director of NJ Rep for the past 23 years. SuzAnne is a member of the Actors Equity Association, the Dramatist Guild and the Society of Directors & Choreographers.

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