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August: Osage County - October 2015

By Tracy Letts

"In Tracy Letts' ferociously entertaining play, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the twenty-first century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled-over laughing. A massive meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord—not to mention on the decline of American integrity itself." ~ Variety

The Lion in Winter - March 2016

By James Golden

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

SPAMALOT - May 2016

Music and Lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Book by Eric Idle

It's comedy fit for a king! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, "a chorus line of legless knights”, men in tights (with legs), not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French taunters. This show features one of the most energetic, tuneful scores of the last decade. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations.

Jersey Voices Wednesday, 24 June 2015 Image

The Chatham Community Players (CCP) will host its 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with four performances between July 31 and August 9. This year’s production will include six original short plays and one original dance piece written by New Jersey playwrights.

ImageFrom the moment the festival concludes in August, playwrights from all around New Jersey begin to send Chatham Community Players their works. With over 70 playwrights having seen their original one-acts produced on the Chatham stage, audiences have been able to see over 100 plays over 21 years. As it has been over the past few years, the talent pool continues to increase. “We welcome you to join us as we explore the joys of live, original theatre in The Chatham Playhouse”, said Artistic Director, Bob Lukasik. Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995. "I’m constantly amazed and excited by the creativity, the resilience, the persistence of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer”, said Producer Bob Denmark.

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Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 31, August 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 9 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 $12 for youth (18 and under).

ImageTo access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to www.chathamplayers.org. The service is available 24 hours a day, and tickets can be purchased online up until three hours prior to curtain on the day of a performance. Chatham Playhouse’s box office does accept phone reservations at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. 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.Image

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

A Love Story

by Walter Placzek of Matawan

A poignant look at familiar love. This production features Bob and Colleen Grundfest and Jean Habrukowich.

Directed by Arnold J. Buchiane of Summit

Wendy

by John AC Kennedy of Springfield

Remember… from childhood… as real as yesterday. This production features Brad Carrington and Debbie Bernstein.

Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham

I Thought I Liked Girls

by Nicole Pandolfo of Gibbstown

Lucy, has some big news for her parents- after 10 years, she is ready to share. This production features Judi Laganga, Steve Gabe and Julie Anne Nolan.

Directed by Eric Holgerson of Budd Lake

Two Perfect Strangers Meet At The Jet Lag Cafe

by Ralph Greco, Jr. of Clifton

At four AM in an all-but-empty Paris café’, two Americans strike up a conversation that, for a moment, distracts each other and leads to a new found kinship. The production features Arnold Buchiane and Chip Prestera.

Directed by Kevern Cameron of Hamburg

Rodin In Movement

by Kimberly Jackson of Newton

A dance piece that explores the stories behind the famous bronze sculptures that Auguste Rodin used in his masterpiece "The Gates of Hell". This production features Ashley McDonnell, Brielle Sutherland, Brittany Barthelemy, Melissa Kaban, Melanie Jackson, Erin Jackson and Daraius Phillips.

Directed and Choreographed by Kimberly Jackson of Newton.

Gentleman's Pact

by Karen JP Howes of Madison

A wry and witty look at fidelity, friendship and 21st century marriage. This production features Liz Royce, Orin Tempkin and Howard Fischer.

Directed by Lynn Polan of Chatham

Holy Grill

by Gary Shaffer of Point Pleasant

A soon to be bride, a nervous groom, and two retired cops asking all the right questions; things could get interesting. This production features Arlene Britt, Jackie Jacobi, Dan Malloy, Lewis Decker and Victor Gallo.

Directed by Scott Baird of Rockaway.