Genre: Drama
Written Richard Dresser, Directed by Joe Cacaci

New Jersey Repertory Company, located at 179 Broadway in Long Branch, is thrilled to announce the World Premiere of Closure by Richard Dresser. Previews begin June 25 and will run through July 19 for a limited engagement.


When Jane and Peter’s daughter mysteriously disappears while on spring break, Detective Roy Hadley steps-in to save the day, but the Detective may have plans of his own, complicating this intriguing drama set on an exotic tropical Caribbean isle.


The cast includes: Wendie Malick of TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland and Just Shoot Me and Gary Cole of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, HBO’s Entourage and Veep as well as the cult classics Office Space and Pineapple Express.


Appearing alongside Wendie and Gary are Victor Verhaeghe of Boardwalk Empire, Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies and the upcoming HBO mini-series Crime, starring John Turturro; and Biniam Tekola, who starred in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest, and Law &Order: Special Victims Unit.



Sneak preview performances to this limited engagement begin Thursday, June 25 with opening night Saturday, June 27 at New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ), and will run  through Sunday, July 19, 2015. Tickets may be purchased by calling 732-229-3166 or online at www.njrep.org.


The production team includes: Jessica Parks (Set Design & Props), Brian Snyder (Technical Director,) Jill Nagle (Lighting Design), Merek Royce Press (Sound Design), Patricia Doherty (Costume Design), and Jennifer Tardibuono (Stage Manager).



Written by Richard Dresser


New Jersey Repertory Company (179 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ)
Sneak Previews: Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26 at 8pm

Opening Night with Reception: Saturday, June 27 at 8pm

Regular Performance Schedule through July 19

Thursdays & Fridays 8pm; Saturdays 3pm & 8pm

Sundays at 2pm & 7pm

Select Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 7pm

Opening Night: $60

Regular Ticket Price: $45

Discounts to seniors (65+) and groups of 10 or more

Tickets are available at www.njrep.org or by calling 732-229-3166

Coupons and Discounts accepted on Thursday and Sunday evenings only, pending availability.

For more information about New Jersey Repertory Company please visit www.njrep.org


To arrange interviews or press tickets please contact NJ Rep Director of Marketing & Communications Adele Sammarco at 732-229-3166 or adele@njrep.org.


Who’s Who:


Richard Dresser (Playwright) Richard Dresser’s seventeen published plays have been produced in New York, regional theater, and Europe. His trilogy of plays about happiness in America includes Augusta (working class), The Pursuit Of Happiness (middle class), and A View Of The Harbor (upper class). Other plays are: Rounding Third, which started in Chicago and appeared off-Broadway and has had hundreds of productions.  Below The Belt and Gun-Shy, both started at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville before moving off-Broadway. Also, Something In The Air, The Downside, Alone At The Beach, Wonderful World, and Better Days, plus many short plays. Other projects include the book for a musical, Johnny Baseball (lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale), about the Curse of the Red Sox, which premiered at A.R.T. in Cambridge, and  moved on to the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2013 where it set a box office record.  His play The Last Days Of Mickey & Jean, about a notorious Boston gangster in early retirement, has had a number of regional productions.  A new play, Trouble Cometh, about two executives locked in an existential struggle against an impossible deadline will premiere at the San Francisco Playhouse in the spring.  Another new play, Closure, will premiere this season at New Jersey Repertory Theatre in Long Branch.  His most recent play, 100 Years, appeared in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab reading series last July.  A new bluegrass ghost musical, The Holler (also with the Reale brothers) was work-shopped in August at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.   His short play Love, Dad was in the Boston Theatre Marathon this spring and another short piece, Halftime premiered in June in Miami at City Theatre’s Summer Shorts.  He is a former member of New Dramatists and twice attended the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference.  He currently teaches at Rutgers and is on the board of the Writers Guild Initiative, which does writing workshops with veterans and caregivers among other groups.

Joe Cacaci (Director) Joe Cacaci co-created the CBS prime time series The Trials of Rosie O’Neill, starring Sharon Gless and has been the Executive Producer of two prime time series, Showtime ‘s The Hoop Life, starring Dan Lauria, Mykelti Williamson and Gregory Hines and CBS’s The Education of Max Bickford, starring Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden. He wrote and directed the final episode of The Hoop Life, which starred Charles Durning and Edward Asner. He wrote the episodes of Max Bickford that brought Eli Wallach and Peter O’Toole to the show. Joe was an Executive Producer with David Black and Mr. Dreyfuss of Mr. Black’s PBS series Copshop, and directed the pilot episode, which starred Mr. Dreyfuss, Blair Brown and Jay Thomas. He has written and produced numerous movies for all three major networks, starring actors like Helen Hunt, Brian Dennehy, Meredith Baxter, Joanna Kerns and Adam Arkin to name just a few. Joe has directed two indie features, Stranger in My House, starring Lindsay Crouse, and National Lampoon’s, Snatched, starring Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Jay Thomas and Ernest Borginine. He wrote, directed and co-produced, with Black Ice Entertainment, the short film, Food for Thought, for Joe Mantegna's Quickbites series, which aired on KCET in August 2012, featuring Tony Shalhoub and Minnie Driver and was selected to open the 2013 Berkshire International Film Festival. He directed and executive produced, with Black Ice,the short film, Halftime, written by Richard Dresser and featuring Treat Williams. The film was also selected for BIFF, 2013, was awarded the second runner up prize at the Williamstown Film Festival and is part of a new venture that Joe started with Black Ice, to produce original short films for distribution on the internet, TV and theatrical release. Along with Odyssey Networks, Joe is currently putting together financing for Invisible Men, a feature film he wrote about baseball's Negro Leagues. Info at invisiblementhemovie.com. In the theater, Joe produced the award-winning Boston premiere of David Mamet’s American Buffalo and was Producing Director of NY’s Provincetown Playhouse where he co-produced Mr. Mamet’s OBIE winning play Edmond. He was the founding Artistic Director of East Coast Arts where he produced twenty world premiere plays over seven seasons, including work by Shel Silverstein, which Joe directed. He was Producing Director of The Playwrights Kitchen Ensemble in Los Angeles (with founding Artistic Director Dan Lauria), where over 500 new plays were given staged readings in the Monday Night Reading Series. Joe has directed plays for The NY Shakespeare Festival at The Public Theater (for the late Joseph Papp), The Westport Playhouse, Coconut Grove Theatre and commercially in New York and in Los Angeles, where he directed the world premiere of Victor Bumbalo's Questa, featuring Wendie Malick, Dorian Harwood and Dan Lauria, produced by David Milch. At Queens Theater in the Park, he directed the world premiere of Against the Rising Sea, by Kelly Masterson. It starred Elizabeth Franz. Most recently, he directed the world premiere workshop of Carol Schneider's Movements of the Soul, which was performed in English and American Sign Language (ASL). It was produced in association with the late Jeffrey Ash and NY Theater Workshop. He will direct the world premiere of Richard Dresser’s new play, Closure, to star Wendie Malick and Gary Cole, at New Jersey Rep in June. Joe’s own plays have been produced at The Public, The Long Wharf and at the Alley Theatre in Houston. He is a founding co-Artistic Director of Berkshire Playwrights Lab in Great Barrington, MA, with Jim Frangione and Matthew Penn. Joe teaches television writing in the graduate programs of the Film School at Columbia University and at the Tisch School at NYU and in the undergraduate film department at Wesleyan University. Contact info: joecacaci@verizon.net.

Wendie Malick (Jane) For seven seasons on Just Shoot Me, Wendie Malick starred as Nina Van Horn, the outrageous ex-model and fashion editor (one Emmy and two Golden Globe nominations). She then joined the cast of Frasier for their final season as Ronnie Lawrence. Currently, Malick plays a five-time divorced, former soap opera star, in TV Land’s new hit sitcom, Hot in Cleveland, alongside Valerie Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Betty White. Other series favorites: Big Day, Good Company and HBO’s groundbreaking comedy, Dream On (four Cable Ace Awards). She has been a guest on CSI, The X-Files, LA Law, NYPD Blue, Seinfeld, Cybil, and of course, Law And Order, to name just a few.  She starred in many movies for television:  Take My Advice (playing both Ann Landers and Abby Van Buren), Hello Sister, Goodbye Life, Will You Merry Me?, Apollo 11, Dynasty: The Miniseries, Paper Dolls, and North Shore Fish, in a role she originated on stage. Malick’s feature film credits include Adventureland, Confessions Of A Shopaholic, Racing Stripes, The American President, The Emperor’s New Groove, Jerome, On Edge, Trojan Wars, Bugsy, A Little Sex, Funny About Love and the cult classic, Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video.  Upcoming films: The Goods, Alvin and the Chipmunks: (The Squeakqual), Fifty-Nothing and I Was a 7th Grade Dragon Slayer.Malick’s theatrical credits Off Broadway: North Shore Fish, Burleigh Grimes. Los Angeles: Victor Bumbalo's Questa, and Oliver Hailey's Round Trip (Artistic Director's Award nomination as Best Lead Actress).  Vagina Monologues, Santaland Diaries, and Steve Martin’s The Underpants, Regional: The Guys (Studio Arena), Don’t Blame Me, I Voted For Helen Gahagan Douglas (Wooly Mammoth), and Blithe Spirit (Williamstown). In 2000 Malick was honored by Women in Film as "A Woman of Vision", along with Tipper Gore, Gwen Ifills and Roseanne. She is on the Board of Directors of both The Environmental Media Association and The Creative Coalition (which lobbies for the Arts), the Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood (who honored her in 2006 as a “Champion of Choice”) and the Advisory Board of The Humane Society, Through their charitable gift fund, "A Drop in the Bucket", she and husband, Richard Erickson support a medical center in the Congo. They live in the Santa Monica Mountains with two horses and a dog.


Gary Cole (Roy) Gary Cole can currently be seen on HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy Veep opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus. He recently completed work in the Blumhouse feature The Town that Dreaded Sundown and appears in the New Line feature Tammy opposite Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, and Allison Janney. Best-known for his film roles in classic cult comedies such as Office Space, Pineapple Express, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, Gary Cole is a veteran of both screen and stage. As an ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theater Company, Cole’s theater credits include: August: Osage County, Collected Works of Billy the Kid, Speed the Plow, America Buffalo, Flyovers and Balm in Gilead. Additional film credits include: American Pastime, Breach, The Ring 2, Crazy in Love, Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, I Spy, One Hour Photo, The Gift, A Simple Plan, Kiss the Sky, The Brady Bunch Movie and Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire. Television credits include: Midnight Caller, American Gothic, The West Wing, Arrested Development, Desperate Housewives, Chuck, The Cleaner, Entourage, Number3rs, The Good Wife, The Good Guys, True Blood, Suits and Hart of Dixie.


Victor Verhaerghe (Peter) Recent film and TV work: Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies”; recurring role in the upcoming HBO mini-series, Crime, starring John Turturro. Other recent work: The recurring role of Damien Fleming in the HBO series "Boardwalk Empire", starring Steve Buscemi, featured role on the NBC Pilot Allegiance; guest starring role on Person of Interest, Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, Fringe, and several Law & Orders. Off-Broadway: Magic Hands Freddy at Soho Rep with Ralph Macchio, Four Last Things with Royal Family Productions. He has written and starred in three musical comedies for the NY International Fringe Festival, including the most recent hit, The Doormen. Writer, Producer, Lead of the Web-series and Pilot of COP-DOC.


Biniam Tekola (Ken) Biniam studied Theatre at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory in Smolyan, Bulgaria. His favorite roles include: Oberon in Midsummer Night's Dream, Tyler in the world premiere of Mum's the Word, Prince Philip in King John, Antonio in Tempest, and Jordan Dolphy in Law &Order: Special Victims Unit. He is a current company member of Charlotte, North Carolina's experimental and devised theatre collective XOXO (formerly Machine Theatre) and couldn't be happier to be a part of this wonderful project.


Support for NJ Rep is provided in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Stone Foundation of New Jersey, Edgerton Foundation, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Investors Bank Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, Dramatists Guild Fund, Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, JENNJOE Fund of the Community Foundation, the Darien Family Fund of the Ayco Charitable Foundation, the Jewish Communal Fund, the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Actors Equity Foundation, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and the Puffin Foundation. NJ Rep is a member of the National New Play Network, The New Jersey Theater Alliance, TCG, and the Monmouth and Long Branch Arts Councils.

Open:   06/25/15
Close:   07/19/15

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