SATURDAY DECEMBER 16, 2017  (mostly) TRUE THINGS will present 2 holiday-themed storytelling shows at Center Playhouse, 35 South Street, Freehold, NJ. Shows at 2 pm  and 7 pm. Tickets: Adults $20, Children $10. Click here to buy tickets

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Bernice Garfield-Szita enjoys her role as Center Players’ Artistic Director as it gives her the opportunity to work with amazingly talented artists, performers, and dedicated community members. She has been involved with theater and the arts for more than 50 years. Bernice has taught art and drama on the secondary school level, sung and acted in numerous productions over the years, and directed award-winning shows for Center Players. She is Executive Co-Director of GIERS: Grief Information, Education & Recovery Services, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is Co-Director of Contemporary Counseling Center and ActionArtz Training Institute of Freehold. She is a TEP, Trainer, Educator and Practitioner and Fellow of the ASGPP, American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. She believes in the magic of the arts to open minds and create bridges

Michael Gonzalez is very pleased to be returning to the Center Players stage where he recently performed in Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile (William Smith).  He has appeared in numerous roles at Kelsey Theater in Mercer County, notably in A Flea in Her Ear (Etienne), Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Milt), A Chorus Line (Al) and Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer).  Michael‘s other regional credits include Children of Eden (Chorus) at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theatre and Passing Conversations (Lem) Off Broadway at the John Houseman Theater in New York City.  As a member of the comedy troupe Punk Tart, Michael performed regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City, where he studied improvisational and sketch comedy with SNL’s Amy Poehler.  Michael would like to send love and thanks to all his wonderful friends and family, for all their support, especially his lovely children Mo and Nina, who inspire him every day.

Barbara McMorrow  is a Township Committeewoman serving as Mayor in 2013 and 2016. Previously, she served as Councilwoman in Freehold Borough giving her the distinction as being the only person to serve on both governing bodies. Prior to being elected to her current office, she was Director of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders. Barbara retired as the principal of Howell High School in 2003 after 33 years in education. She served as the 2008-2009 visiting "Chair of Public Service " at her alma mater, Monmouth University. She was named by Gannet News as one of "40 Who Make a Difference in Monmouth and Ocean Counties." She was honored by the American Association of University Women as a "Woman as Agent of Change," as a "Woman of Distinction " by the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore and she received the "Public Service Award" from the Greater Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. Barbara was inducted into the Asbury Park High School "Alumni Hall of Fame." She has also appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Ramona Pappas has been a freehold resident for many years. She is multilingual and uses her language skills in her work as a translator in the Gestational Diabetes Department of CentraState Medical Center. She is known in the community as someone who always uses her energy to help those in need whether it’s a homeless person, an immigrant family or a sick neighbor. Ramona’s story shows us where her kind spirit of generosity began.

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