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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 31, 2008

(Mahwah) – The theater program of Ramapo College of New Jersey will present One Touch of Venus April 11, 12 and 16 – 19 at 8 p.m. and on April 13 at 7 p.m. in the Sharp Theater on campus.  Maria Vail Guevara, a professor of theater at the college will direct this production, based on the book by S.J. Perelman and Ogden Nash.

A delightful Broadway musical, One Touch of Venus is filled with big dance numbers, witty dialogue and bursting with screwball comedy.  Set in Manhattan, the play satirizes American suburban values, conformity, artistic fads, and sexual attitudes and makes fun of New Jersey.

The play centers on a statue of Venus, which comes to life and falls hopelessly in love with the first man she sees, a timid barber named Rodney Hatch.  Poking fun at American icons and pop images of the period, the play is delightfully surreal, filled with slapstick and wit.  Originally produced on Broadway in 1943, One Touch of Venus combined the talents of composer Kurt Weill, poet Ogden Nash, Marx Brothers screenwriter J.S. Perleman and legendary director Elia Kazan and ran for 567 performances starring the legendary Mary Martin as Venus.  This rarely produced musical includes the familiar hits “Speak Low” and “That’s Him.”
Ramapo College students performing in One Touch of Venus include:

Jason Arena
Matt Armenti
Tommy Biggiani
Jackie Byrne
Gina Cirillo
Ashley Cohen
Chelsea Collins
Matthew DiCorcia
Gregory Eifers
Christian Fernandes
Emily Golden
Heather Gonci
Joe Guadara
Katelyn Hutzel
Joe Kiely
Tom Mazzarella
Ashlie Miller
Jennifer Mirro
Jenna Myers
Eric M. Pertgen
Adam Posluszny
Keri Rand
Noelle Springer
Jackie von den Steinen

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Piscataway, NJ
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Park Ridge, NJ
Green Brook, NJ
Wantage, NJ
Middlesex, NJ
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Sussex, NJ
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All performances will be in the Sharp Theater, located in the Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts on the campus of Ramapo College.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  For ticket information, contact 201.684.7844.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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