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Jersey Voices Friday, 18 November 2011 Image

six performances between July 25 and August 3. This year’s production will include ten original short plays written by New Jersey playwrights as well as two original dance pieces to represent the 20 years of “Jersey Voices.” They will be presented in repertory, with interlocking casts, in our black box theater in the Chatham Playhouse.

ImageRealizing that this was the 20th anniversary production of Jersey Voices made this year’s production very special from the start. No one would have predicted, twenty years ago that this one-act festival would be here today, so Chatham Community Players wanted to do something to commemorate the continued success of Jersey Voices over the years. With an average of 100 plays a year submitted for consideration; it appears that somewhere between 1500 and 2000 plays over the 20 years have been received and considered.

ImageAs Producer and Artistic Director since 2002, Bob Denmark and Bob Lukasik return to celebrate and present Jersey Voices to new audience and to those familiar with the pieces. Denmark and Lukasik agree that it is usually pretty easy to take the 100 submissions and have a group of readers agree on about a dozen, but then it gets pretty difficult to come up with 6 pieces that fit together and make for an enjoyable evening of theater. However, after deciding to do a "best of" they found themselves with 112 plays none of which were, on their face, out of contention - they had all been picked as one of the best of their year in the past. Lukasik reflected, “I sometimes wonder was it really 20 years ago that Cliff Odle came to the Trustees of The Chatham Community Players and pitched the idea of doing original works at The Chatham Playhouse in the summer? We considered the enthusiasm that Cliff, and his young friends that he brought with him, and couldn't turn down their proposal. Originally proposed as a Repertory production, it's exciting that after 20 years that will finally happen.”

ImageDenmark explained, “We read all 112 again but early on realized that we had no chance of getting to 6 "favorites" in any rational way. So when we got to the usual dozen, we decided that we'd do all of them, in repertory - 6 one night and the other 6 the next night and we'd rotate throughout the run.” They were fortunate to be able to choose 5 dramas, 5 comedies, and 2 original dance works, all of which had been well received by audiences in the past. “We expect both collections to be extremely entertaining and we expect that many Jersey Voices fans will want to come back to see both production”, added Denmark.

ImagePerformance dates for “Program A” are July 25 and August 2 at 8pm and July 27 at 7pm. Performance dates for “Program B” are July 26 and August 1 at 8pm and August 3 at 7pm. All performances will be performed at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ. All tickets to each “Program” are $15, but if you buy one of the “Combo Tickets” for $25, it allows you entry for both Program A and Program B (one performance from each Program).

ImageTo access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. To purchase a “Combo Ticket” (tickets to both Programs), you must contact the Box Office at (973) 635-7363. 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.

THE FOLLOWING PIECES WILL BE PERFORMED AS “PROGRAM A”:

Ebbets Field

by Frank Briamonte of Scotch Plains

A cherished childhood memory is revisited. This production features Art Delo of West Orange, Mike King of New Providence and Kendall Green of Westfield.

Directed by Arnold J. Buchiane of Summit

Grandparents Day

by Grace Wessbecher of Morris Plains

Two grandparents each narrate their own story by reminiscing about growing up in Ireland in two different religions and therefore two different neighborhoods. There is an attraction between them that would never have been allowed but that was then and this is now. This production features Howard Fischer of Berkeley Heights and Geraldine Baillod of Rockaway.

Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham

Eleanor Descending a Staircase

by Ian August of Lawrenceville

Eleanor wants to buy a print of a painting for her husband's birthday. To do that, she must wrestle with what is Art, what is its purpose in life, and why is this sales clerk such an ass? This production features Judi Laganga of Roselle Park and Brian Carroll of West Orange.

Directed by Jon DeAngelis of Chatham

Run of the River

by William Kovacsik of Singapore

A father gets an unexpected second chance to tell his son things he meant to say. This production features Christopher C. Gibbs of Scotch Plains and Matt Lafargue of Morristown.

Directed by Maybelle Cowan-Lincoln of Morris Plains

In Sickness and Fine China

by Margaret Ruvoldt of Englewood

What goes on when a woman drags her fiancé to register for wedding gifts? This production features Ken Vespasiano of Chatham and Miriam Salerno of Millburn.

Directed by Steve Catron of Mendham

Love Me Deadly

by Desirée Caro and Anthony Rubolotta of Montclair

A lyrical dance piece centering on the romantic exploits of “Charlie” and his three femme fatales, cautioning us that, in love, everything has its price. This production features Darius Delk of Somerset, Katey Sabo of Wayne, Zetta Cool and Melissa Kaban of Westfield.

Directed and Choreographed by Desirée Caro of Montclair.

THE FOLLOWING PIECES WILL BE PERFORMED AS “PROGRAM B”:

Ping

by Mary Jane Walsh of Basking Ridge

A one-woman play that depicts, in a riveting fashion, a mother's unwavering love for her grown child. This production features Terri Sturtevant of Hillsborough.

Directed by Arnold J. Buchiane

Ties

by Eric Alter of Livingston

A father and son cannot communicate with or accept each other until forgiveness for either of them weighs too heavily. This production features Frederick Gallo of Morristown, Matthew Cronin of Chatham and Mike King of New Providence.

Directed by Jon DeAngelis of Chatham

Tech Support

by Henry Meyerson

A tongue-in-cheek look at what we suspect is really happening when we call the Tech Help desk. This production features Liz Royce of Cedar Grove and Kristin Bennett of Montville.

Directed by Maybelle Cowan-Lincoln of Morris Plains

Couples Therapy

by Amanda Mayer of Livingston

What goes on when a wife drags her husband to a marriage counselor? This production features Colleen Grundfest of Warren and Lewis Decker of Millington.

Directed by Steve Catron of Mendham.

The Fruppum, Alabama, Chamber of Commerce

by John Dowgin of Spotswood

Two old codgers run gas stations across the street from each other since forever. One talks a blue streak, the other mumbles answers. One thinks they are identical copies of each other, the other knows different. When modern life enters the differences begin to show and the quiet one wins the day. This production features Jim Clancy of Basking Ridge, Kevern Cameron of Hamburg and Chip Prestera of Stirling.

Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham

Executive Dreams

by Don Howes of Morristown

This is what happens when inattention meets imagination in this rocking dance piece. This production features James Lopez, Rachel Fikslin, Kimberly Jackson, Michal Efron, Melissa Kaplan and Gabriel Malo.

Directed and Choreographed by Don Howes of Morristown

Chatham's 2014-2015 Season ~ 93 Years Friday, 11 April 2014

Clybourne Park - October 3 - 18, 2014

By Bruce Norris

Winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, in addition to the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, Clybourne Park is a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun". The first act, set in 1959, is from the perspective of the white family moving out of the neighborhood, and the neighbors' concerns regarding an African American family moving in. The second act takes place 50 years later, during which time the Clybourne Park neighborhood has changed significantly, and a white family has decided to move into the house. Hailed by The New York Times as a "strong, ferociously smart play", it is both funny and provocative in dealing with issues of race and real estate.

Directed by John A.C. Kennedy

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 2014

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 and Choreography by Megan Ferentinos

Spatter Pattern (Or, How I Got Away With It) - March 6 - 21, 2015

By Neal Bell

This psychological drama takes place at the intersection of two haunted lives with nothing but a wall separating them. Tate is a college professor who is suspected of murdering a female student, and his new neighbor, Dunn is a writer in search of a story. Over the course of the play, the two men become close, but the specter of the truth hangs between them, as we try to figure out whether Tate is a murderer, or whether he's been falsely accused.

Directed by Shannon Barry O'Grady

The Three Musketeers - May 1 - 16, 2015

Adapted by Ken Ludwig

Based on the timeless tale by Alexandre Dumas, this play is set in 1625, as d'Artagnan (and his younger sister, Sabine) travel to Paris. Upon his arrival, he meets up with, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers, and is quick to join them in fighting for the Queen's honor against the evil Cardinal Richelieu and infamous Countess de Winter. Stopping at nothing to revenge themselves on d'Artagnan and the Musketeers for their meddlesome behavior, the Countess and Cardinal are surprised to find that Sabine is more than a sweet girl going to join the convent.

Directed by Mike Burdick