Love is in the air at Elmwood

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, Elmwood would like to showcase that love can be found in many places and the theater is no exception. Elmwood Playhouse’s next production Born Yesterday, directed by Melinda Pinto, running March 13th through April 4th, emphasizes that love can be found on and off the stage. This production is lucky enough to have couples playing couples that include: Andrew and Nina Lionetti, Tom and Maureen Lambrix and Melinda Pinto and Eric Brown.

Couples On Stage and In Life

The Lionetti’s play Harry Brock and Billie Dawn, who play a couple at the start of the production when in real life, Andrew and Nina have known each other 31 years, have been married 28 years and funny enough it is theater that brought them together at Bergen County Players’ production of “All My Sons”. Ever since then they have made theater a family affair, “My wife is very intelligent and a thinker when it comes to a role and she helps me a lot. You can talk about the show at home, help each other with lines, it’s just fun” states Lionetti.

Tom and Maureen Lambrix play Mr. and Mrs. Hedges, the political figures in this production that are trying to help Harry get ahead while staying under the radar. Tom and Maureen have been married for 44 years and have been doing theater together for 25 years. They played husband and wife in another production of Melinda Pinto’s during Elmwood’s last season in “Morning’s at Seven”. “I think I can speak for both of us when I say we love being on stage together whether playing husband and wife or just being in the same show. We try to help backstage when the other one is in a show!” says Maureen Lambrix

Every production is a beautiful journey with your best friend”

– Eric Brown

Lastly, our third couple is none other than director Melinda Pinto and assistant director Eric Brown. Melinda and Eric have invested in and directed many productions together with their production company Brown Pinto Productions. After serendipitously being assigned as each other’s scene partner in an acting class, they have been together for 15 years and they can both agree the love is still there and stronger than ever. “Every production is a beautiful journey with your best friend” says Eric Brown.

Born Yesterday, is a story that showcases issues that are still relevant in today’s world. That love is undeniable and can empower you in ways you would have never expected. Thanks to our couples of Born Yesterday for the reminder that love is real and the power of love displays on and off the stage.

Tickets for “Born Yesterday” are on sale and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at (845) 353-1313.

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