Center players will hold auditions for an upcoming production of ‘Crimes of the Heart’ at the Center Playhouse, 35 South St., Freehold Borough. The play was written by Beth Henley and will be directed by Anthony Marinelli.

The audition dates are Feb. 5 from noon to 2 p.m. and Feb. 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with encores on Feb. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. and Feb. 16 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., according to a statement. Press.

A full list of characters is available at https://centerplayers.org/auditions/

Sides of the piece will be provided. Bring a CV and headshot if available, and proof of COVID vaccination. A mask will be required when off stage, and all cast, crew and patrons must be vaccinated. This is a non-union, unpaid production.

Performance dates are May 6-22, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

“Crimes of the Heart” is a Pulitzer Prize-winning tragicomedy that centers on the three Magrath sisters (Lenny, Meg, and Babe) who are reunited in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, around 1974,
as they wait for news of their ailing grandfather while tending to the
attempted murder committed by Babe against her brutal husband.

Over the next two days the skeletons of the family will be revealed, deep resentments
come to the surface, and tears will mingle with laughter as the sisters progress
through the pains of life and love in the best possible way: with each other, according to the press release.

Emergency housing and Advocacy Program Inc. (EHAP), a Freehold-based nonprofit that helps homeless people and those at risk of losing their homes, will host a virtual comedy night at 7:30 p.m. on February 17 with Jason Love.

“This comedy night is a meaningful way to celebrate a belated Valentine’s Day with friends and family,” said Michael Holzer, Chairman of the Board. “Jason Love is someone who believes in our mission to help the homeless. We are thrilled to offer this family fundraiser.

EHAP offers three prize levels for this event as well as sponsorship opportunities:

• Red Heart: $75 – Your household can enjoy the show at home;

• Silver Heart: $150 – Your household will enjoy the show with an Artisan snack bag. This goodie bag will include four soft drinks, four hand-dipped chocolate pretzels, a bag of kettle crisps and spiced nuts delivered to your door;

• Heart of Gold: $250 – Your family can enjoy the show with a bag of gourmet snacks including dessert wine, a box of 12 hand-dipped chocolate pretzels, cheese, crackers and spiced nuts delivered to your door;

• Event Sponsor: $500 – The event sponsor will have their name or their company name and logo on all promotional material and will be mentioned by the comedian during the show. The sponsor will also receive a link to the show and a gourmet bag.

“This fundraiser is a great opportunity to laugh and celebrate with the EHAP community,” said Executive Director Joan Mandel. “I hope you can join us for this memorable evening.”

For more information, contact Mary Cozzolino at [email protected] Buy tickets at tix.ehapinc.org/events/1006 or call the office at 732-431-2600.

The borough council in Freehold Borough will continue a shared services agreement for code enforcement, building inspection and plan review services with Freehold Township.

According to the latest version of the agreement, the two municipalities have been helping each other with these services since 2017.

In other matters at a recent council meeting, Jorge Segoviano was sworn in as a patrol officer with the Freehold Borough Police Department.

Police Chief Craig Dispenza said Segoviano’s twin brother Victor has been a member of the police department since 2019.

“We can’t wait to have (Jorge Segoviano) with us,” said Dispenza.

Finally, council members appointed Dominica Napolitano as neighborhood preservation program coordinator and Sascha Duckenfield as confidential secretary to the office of the business administrator.

Durham School Services, a student transportation company, donated a school bus to the Freehold Township Independent Fire Company. The fire department will use the donated bus to provide safety and rescue training to firefighters, according to a news release.

The donation was made as part of Durham School Services’ company-wide Partners Beyond the Bus program. Durham School Services has been in operation for more than 100 years and provides transport for millions of pupils each year, according to the press release.

The Durham School Services bus location on Route 33 has been a part of the community for 15 years and the company has a strong partnership with the Freehold Township Independent Fire Company.

Over the years, Durham School Services has donated several buses to the fire company and provided the fire company with complementary service for community events such as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, according to the release. Press.

“Durham School Services has been an exceptionally supportive community partner who has generously responded to our needs every time,” said Craig Haas, Chief, Freehold Township Independent Fire Company.

“They recognize the importance that these bus donations play in our training and safety drills and have never been shy about lending a helping hand no matter the situation. We could not have asked for a better partner and we look forward to continuing and growing this partnership for many years to come,” said Haas.