‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ at Bay Ave. Community Center

By Eric Englund | Oct 07, 2019

Manahawkin — The SOCH Auxiliary of Southern Ocean Medical Center has partnered with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities to bring the Public Scholars program “Ichabod Crane, Washington Irving and the Legend of Sleepy Hollow” to the Bay Avenue Community Center, 775 East Bay Ave. in Manahawkin, on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. Actor Neill Hartley portrays Irving, the father of the American short story, who introduces the audience to his work The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The literary icon narrates his tale and then becomes his alter ego, Ichabod Crane.

A  professional actor, director and educator, Hartley had principal roles in the film “The Sixth Sense,” the PBS documentary “First Freedom” and in seasons two, three and four of the Netflix series “House of Cards.” For over seven years, he was seen on QVC as a spokesman for two national companies. He works regularly in industrial and voice-over projects, and has appeared in regional and national commercials for the Pennsylvania Lottery, Pennsylvania Tourism, Auto Lenders, Benari Jewelers and TaxSlayer.com.

He has appeared with many regional theater companies, including The Arden, InterAct and the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival.  He shared a “Best Ensemble” Philadelphia Barrymore Award for “Batboy, The Musical” for 1812 Productions.  Neill is also the artistic director of Acting Without Boundaries, a theater company for young adults with physical disabilities.  In addition to AWB, he has directed for University of the Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Arcadia University, Ursinus College, Luna Theater, Isis Productions and New City Stage Co.

Hartley is an assistant professor of voice and speech at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and has acted as a speech/dialect coach for several professional theater productions.

For more information, call Helen Dondzila at 609-660-9576. —E.E.

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