Married to the Stage: Alumni Couple Premieres Series

PARAMUS, N.J. – Bergen Community College’s Bergenstages theatre troupe will host the world premiere of the comedy film series, “Life’s Not Fair(e),” written and directed by Bergen alumni couple, Kevin Maphis and Katie Maphis (Stevens), Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre (400 Paramus Road).

“Life's Not Fair(e),” a mockumentary following the directors and performance company of a renaissance faire celebrating their 10-year anniversary, features a band of wacky characters battling budget cuts, injured actors, relationship issues and a series of pranks enacted by a vengeful patron.

The Maphis couple, both Bergen class of 2009 graduates, met at the College during casting for Bergenstages’ “The Importance of Being Earnest” in October 2007. The couple has performed on stage since 2002 and have performed at renaissance fairs since 2009. They married in July 2017.

After spending years of writing, organizing read-throughs, editing and filming, the Maphis look forward to debuting the series for the public. Kevin Downing Productions, in association with support from Kickstarter patrons, helped make the three-episode series a reality.

“Writing and producing our own work has given us so much creative freedom,” they said in a co-signed statement. “It has been so fun to bring to audiences an accurate depiction of what working at ‘ren faires’ is really like.”

Admission to “Life’s Not Fair(e)” is complimentary and ticket reservations can be made at A light reception will follow after the film premiere. For additional information, call (201) 447-7428 or visit

To learn more about “Life’s Not Fair(e),” visit

Based in Paramus, Bergen Community College (, a public two-year coeducational college, enrolls more than 13,000 students at locations in Paramus, the Philip Ciarco Jr. Learning Center in Hackensack and Bergen Community College at the Meadowlands in Lyndhurst. The College offers associate degree, certificate and continuing education programs in a variety of fields. More students graduate from Bergen than any other community college in the state.

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