HACKENSACK, NJ -  Fans of ‘Back to the Future’ can journey back even further this Thursday when an improv comedy group performs a Shakespearan version of the classic 1985 film.

‘Shakespearean Back to the Future,’ a free performance by the Sketchprovisers, a New Jersey-based group, will be presented at the Johnson Public Library.

The group has based its show on Ian Doescher’s book, “William Shakespeare’s Get Thee Back to the Future!’, which tackles the film with a Shakespearen twist. Doescher has also given other films, including “Deadpool” and “Star Wars” similar treatment.

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The performance is part of the comedy troupe’s ‘Cinemania’ series of enhanced script readings, which the library hopes will be a “very special and incredibly unique” take on the beloved film, according to Adult Services Librarian Catherine Folk-Pushee.

“Who wouldn’t want to hear Dr. Emmett Brown say ‘Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads!’ through the lens of Shakspeare?” Folk-Pushee said.

The Sketchproviser’s performance is also part of the library’s monthly Open Mic Night program, which was launched about three years ago as a partnership with the Hackensack Creative Arts Team (CAT), according to Folk-Pushee.

During Open Mic Nights - which are generally the last Thursday of each month - performers are invited to share any form of entertainment or to come support local acts. Anyone in the arts, including writers, actors, voice artists, musicians, singers, comedians and dancers, are welcome to sign up.

The programs are intended for adults and light refreshments are served, according to the library.

From 7 to 8:15 p.m., Open Mic performances take place, followed by a featured performance between 8:15 and 8:50 p.m.

  • When: Thursday, 7 to 8:50 p.m.
  • Where: Johnson Public Library, 274 Main Street, Hackensack
  • For more information: 201-343-4169 ext. 22 or cathy@johnsonlib.org