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The Exit 82 theater company opens the 2022 season with “First Date”

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originally published: 03/12/2022

(TOMS RIVER, NJ) — Exit 82 Theater Company opens its 2022 season with First date. When blind date newbie Aaron is set up with serial dater Casey, a casual drink at a bustling New York restaurant turns into a hilarious, high-stakes dinner party. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly realizes that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening. Can this couple turn what could be a romantic disaster into something special before the check arrives? Performances take place over two weekends (March 18-20 and March 25-27).

The play is directed by Quentin Madia. The cast includes Patrick Murray (Aaron); Lauren Pelaia (Casey); Carly Cosentino (woman #1 – Lauren, Aaron’s mother, Instagram); Lisa Friedman (woman #2 – Allison, Google); Jennifer Shrestha (woman #3 – Wanda, Facebook); Evan Pelaia (man #1 – Gabe, Aaron’s future son, Edgy Stoner); and Frankie Confalone (man #2 – Reggie, British Rocker, TikTok).

Musicians include Samuel Russo (piano); Steve Mariani (drums); Nick Mariani (guitar); and Matt Smith (bass).

The performances take place on Friday March 18 at 8:00 p.m.; Saturday March 19 at 8 p.m.; Sunday March 20 at 2 p.m.; Friday March 25 at 8 p.m.; Saturday March 26 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday March 27 at 2:00 p.m. All shows are held at the Exit 82 Studio Theater at 73 Main Street in downtown Toms River.

NOTE: The theater is BYOB. Concessions will be available for purchase. MASKS REQUIRED: Audience members must wear a mask inside the theater, regardless of their vaccination status. Parking is available at street meters or in parking lots on Irons St. and Hyers St.

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The production is produced by Keely Davenport, Billy Cardone and Frankie Confalone. The assistant director/choreographer is Alexandra Mandalakis. The musical team includes Samantha Ferrara, Steve Mariani and Samuel Russo. The manager is Lili Salt. Costume design by Frankie Confalone and Desiree Kammerman. TD/light design by Zack Bliss. Sound design by MK Productions. Decor and construction by Jason Arellano.

Exit 82: A Toms River Theater Company, Inc.. is a performing arts organization whose mission is to produce quality theatrical programming while providing an educational environment to unite the artistic community and inspire artistic development.

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