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22nd Annual Jersey Voices Festival
Running July 29 - August 7
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The Chatham Community Players (CCP) will host its 22nd annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with five performances between July 29 and August 7. This year’s production will include seven original short plays written by New Jersey playwrights.

ImageJersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their new works since 1995. Each year we hope to present the very best, new, original one-act plays by New Jersey authors. There’s a risk in coming to see any author’s new work, whether you’ve heard of them before or not. It’s brave and courageous, and we’re grateful our audience trusts us enough to share the experience. Jersey Voices has presented the work of more than 70 authors in their 22 years. “We are both proud and yet humble to be a part of the Theatre community. Playwriting is alive and well in New Jersey” says Producer, Bob Denmark. Each year dozens of people – authors, actors crew, directors – do their best to give us new material, fresh faces, different perspectives and interesting ideas - in short, good theater. “The plays this year include comedy and drama and even a newlywed Prince and Princess. Though the themes cover many aspects of life – loss, fear and the need for deeper communication, there’s love in each piece” said Artistic Director, Bob Lukasik.

ImagePerformance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 29, 30, August 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 7 at 7 p.m... All performances are held at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ. Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $13 for youth (18 and under). To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.booktix.com. For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to www.chathamplayers.org. It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed.

Each of the following pieces will be performed each night of the festival:

Bottle for a Special Occasion by Bill Kovacsik of Boulder, CO:
“What do you choose when you want a gift that keeps on giving?” This production features Duane Noch of Middletown and Terri Sturtevant of Hillsborough. Directed by Arnold Buchiane of Summit.

Paper Bell by Ralph Greco, Jr. of Clifton:
“It’s the little moments that we share in life that are often the best This production features Charlie Thomson of Chatham, Lauri MacMillan of Rockaway and Lewis Decker of Millington. Directed by Jessica Phelan of Montclair.

Not Enough by Chip Bolcik of Upper Montclair, NJ:
“When in a marriage is anything enough?” This production features Lewis Decker of Millington and Bridget Burke Weiss of Boonton. Directed by Robert Lukasik of Kinnelon.

One, Three, Two by Michael Weems of Simsbury, CT:
“It’s a number’s game or is it?” This production features Dan DeGuzman of Chatham and Sarah Blannet Pahraon of Maplewood. Directed by Lynn Polan of Chatham.

Happily Ever After by Jeanne Johnston of Bloomfield:
, “It sounds like a good idea but how do you go from “will you marry me” to “happily ever after.” This production features Bradley Carrington of Summit and Katherine LeFevre of South Orange. Directed by George Seylaz of Belleville.

What Every Grown Son Wants his Mother To Know by Joann Scanlon of Chatham:
“A birthday Celebration becomes an educational event.” This production features Paula Ehrenberg of Summit, Colleen Grundfest of Warren Twp., Amie Quivey of Morris Twp. and Zach Sinske of Florham Park. Directed by Kevern Cameron of Hamburg.

Fantasy Dance by Gary Shaffer of Point Pleasant:
“Guys and their “Sports Talk” – it never changes.” This production features Frank Blaeuer of Weehawken, Bob Grundfest of Warren Twp., Roy Pancirov of Madison and TJ Ryan of Dover. Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham.

Chatham Players to Hold Auditions
For Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio”
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The Chatham Players will hold auditions for Eric Bogosian ‘s Pulitzer Prize nominated play, “Talk Radio” on Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd at 7:30pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave. Production dates are September 30 thru October 15, 2016 with rehearsals to begin mid-August. Michael Hegarty directs.

Director Hegarty seeks eight men / four women to fill out his cast. He asks that you prepare a monologue of your choice or choose one from the show, which can be found on Chatham Players’ website.

Download the Auditon Form and Sides prior to the auditions.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Audition Form

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Monologue Sides

Hard copies will also be available at the auditions.


Synopsis

Barry Champlain, Cleveland’s most controversial radio host, is on the air doing what he does best: insulting the pathetic souls who call in the middle of the night to sound off. Tomorrow, Barry's show is going into national syndication and his producer is afraid that Barry will say something that will offend the sponsors. This, of course, makes Barry even more outrageous. Funny and moving, off beat, outrageous and totally entrancing, Talk Radio had a long run at New York's Public Theatre starring the author, Eric Bogosian. It was adapted into a 1988 film by director Oliver Stone and premiered on Broadway in 2007 with Liev Schreiber as Barry. "Imagine Lenny Bruce at the height of his notoriety becoming a popular talk show host and you may begin to have an idea of the whiplash intensity and black, hard edged cynicism of Talk Radio." – The New York Times.

Character Breakdown

BARRY CHAMPLAIN (30s – 40s) The outspoken, fast-talking, sharp-tongued, chain-smoking, coke-snorting host of “NightTalk.” He is bitter, jaded, prone to violent bursts of emotion, and the added pressure of national syndication only serves to amplify it all. Looking for an actor with an outstanding “radio” voice and the ability to carry a show on his shoulders. STU NOONAN : (30s – 40s) Barry's long-time friend and operator, he screens callers to the show and puts them through to Barry. In many ways he and Barry are very similar. He’s an ex-DJ. The two of them used to party back in the day. But now Stu’s married with a kid and his friendship and working relationship with Barry have soured over the years. LINDA MACARTHUR : (20s – 30s): Barry’s assistant producer with benefits. Smart, beautiful, hard-working and dedicated. She always makes sure that Barry has everything he needs to do his show. But Barry isn’t the easiest person to get along with and she is often frustrated by his behavior, both at and away from work. DAN WOODRUFF (30s – 50s) The executive producer of WTLK. A confident, slick, well-dressed businessman. He created the station's all-talk format and also Barry's persona and back-story. The syndication of "NightTalk" is a very big deal for Dan, and he’s not about to let Barry mess things up for him. KENT (Character age: 18) A "NightTalk" caller and in-studio guest. Barry is the only one who knows Kent’s call about his overdosing girlfriend is a prank. He’s a typical late-80s metal head or punk rocker who likes to get high and rock out. He worships Barry, and thinks he’s just like him. At first Barry is amused by Kent (or maybe it’s that Kent makes Dan uncomfortable) but it doesn't last long. SPIKE : (20s – 30s) WTLK's sound engineer. From his place in his control booth, he is responsible for operating and maintaining all sound and technical equipment for the radio station. Though he doesn’t say much, he is present through the entire show and never leaves the stage. SIDNEY GREENBERG : (30s – 60s) Host of WTLK's financial show "Your Taxes and You” which airs before “Night Talk.” On the air he doles out financial advice, hardly pausing to let his callers get a word in. Off the air, he spends his time at the track with his operator Bernie. This actor also plays about a half-dozen “Night Talk” callers. Looking for an actor with the talent to create many distinct character voices. BERNIE (20s – 40s) Sid's operator, who screens calls and puts them through to Sid. He and Sid go to the track together. This actor also plays about a half-dozen “Night Talk” callers. Looking for an actor with the talent to create many distinct character voices. DR. SUSAN FLEMING (30s – 60s) Host of a radio psychology show that airs after “Night Talk.” Smart, confident and compassionate. This actor also plays about a half-dozen “Night Talk” callers. Looking for an actor with the talent to create many distinct character voices. RACHAEL (20s – 40s) Dr. Fleming's operator, who screens calls and puts them through to the Doctor. This actor also plays about a half-dozen “Night Talk” callers. Looking for an actor with the talent to create many distinct character voices. ADDITIONAL ROLES Two additional actors to provide caller voices to the radio show.

The Chatham Players have an open call casting policy. ALL roles are open, none are precast, and everyone is encouraged to audition. Any questions, please call Gus Ibryani at (201)-563-0362 or email her at casting@chathamplayers.org.

Chatham's 2016-2017 Season ~ 95 Years Friday, 17 June 2016
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Talk Radio - October 2016

By Eric Bogosian

Talk Radio is a 1987 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play written by Eric Bogosian, based on a concept by Bogosian and Tad Savinar. The story of Barry Champlain, a Cleveland-area shock jock, on the eve of his radio show's national syndication. Funny and moving, off beat, outrageous and totally entrancing.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 2016

Original musical adaptation by Philip Wm McKinley and Suzanne Buhrer

This version, produced exclusively at the Chatham Playhouse since 1988, Dickens serves not only as narrator, but also as a character that befriends Scrooge and walks beside him during his life-changing journey through memories and premonitions. While the script remains true to the original story, the playwright also pulled from letters that Dickens wrote to family and friends. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become one of the most beloved of all holiday tales, and this unique production also reminds us that Dickens’ inspiration for penning the story goes much deeper. Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello, Musical Directed by Jack Bender

Bell, Book and Candle - March 2017

By John Van Druten

Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn't.

Moon Over Buffalo - May 2017

By Ken Ludwig

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.