Matt DeMarco, from Dumont, as Montag and Ian Schmidt, from Tenafly, as Beatty.

PARAMUS, N.J. – The temperature at which books ignite? “Fahrenheit 451.” Bergen Community College’s Bergenstages theatre troupe will present the acclaimed drama about a firefighter’s inner struggle in a dystopian American society beginning Friday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ender Hall Lab Theatre on the Paramus campus (400 Paramus Road). Written by Ray Bradbury, “Fahrenheit 451” follows firefighter Guy Montag who burns illegally owned books as a civil servant. After meeting teenage neighbor Clarisse McClellan, Guy must choose between his current vapid existence and risking everything for the right to think. The show will run Friday, Feb. 28 through Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee March 7 as well. Tickets are $15, with discounts offered to senior citizens, Bergen faculty/staff ($10) and students ($5). Visit to purchase seats.

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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