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Season Kickoff Tackles Gripping Drama, CLYBOURNE PARK Saturday, 13 September 2014 Image

The Chatham Community Players begins its 93rd Season of producing local theater with Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winning play, Clybourne Park. This play will run from Oct 3 through Oct 18. John A.C. Kennedy from Springfield directs.

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 a white family moving out of the neighborhood, and the neighbors' concerns regarding a black 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. Director, John A.C. Kennedy shared, “When I first read the script, I was struck by the opportunities presented by the extraordinarily smart dialogue and powerful dramatic dynamic. Norris thrusts onstage together seven strong characters, all good people who are at points of crisis in their lives, and all needing to accomplish goals that are at conflict with each other. The fact that he does it again in Act II with seven different characters, portrayed by the same seven actors, 50 years later just makes it twice as remarkable.” This character driven play invites you to observe the actions and reactions, resulting in numerous unsettling moments. In a description of the characters, Playwright, Bruce Norris, said, “It was very important to me to depict the people in 1959 as people with good intentions. They’re not racists in the KKK way — they’re people who think that they’re doing the right thing to protect their neighborhood and their children and their real estate values. But that’s a form of self-interest that has, as its unfortunate byproduct, a really racist outcome.”

Featuring a talented and diverse group of actors from all around New Jersey. The cast includes Peter Horn from Westfield as Karl/Tom, Gloria Lamoureaux from Succasunna as Bev/Kathy, Christine Laydon from Bloomfield as Betsy/Lindsey, Scott Tyler from Cedar Knolls as Jim/Steve, Gordon Wiener from Martinsville as Russ/Dan, Tasha R. Williams from Belleville as Francine/Lena and Brandon A. Wright from Newark as Albert/Kevin. “We hesitated to even choose this show, Not only does it pose extraordinary technical demands, it requires seven strong, versatile actors who are not afraid to tackle some very touchy subjects. But great writing brings out the great talent and we saw an enormous amount of talent. Casting became less about the abilities for the actors and more about the chemistry of this ensemble. This cast is dynamite,” said Producer, Leslie Reagoso.

Rounding out Kennedy’s talented production team, the Producer is Leslie Reagoso, Stage Manager is Allison Shearman, Scenic Designer is Roy Pancirov, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Beverly Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy and Sound Designer is Joe DeVico.

Director, Kennedy explains, “Both Acts touch on things we often think about, but seldom talk about, particularly across the racial divide. Clybourne Park is a gripping battle of wills with some extraordinarily funny moments. If I do my job right, audiences will be shocked by what they find themselves laughing at.”

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are October 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8pm and October 12 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior. Warning: Strong language and mature subject matter.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.com. 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 will begin accepting phone reservations on September 23 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above.

Fantasy Theater Seeks Actors for “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg” Thursday, 18 September 2014
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Chatham Community Players’ (CCP) Fantasy Theater, the Theater for Young Audiences branch of CCP, is pleased to announce auditions for “The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg” by Stacy Lane. This play is based on one of Aesop’s best known fables, this clever story is told from the perspective of a poor farmer’s wife named Gretchen. For additional information about the play/script, please visit Pioneer Drama Service - www.pioneerdrama.com

Auditions will be held on Monday, October 13 and Thursday, October 16 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at The Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. Production dates are January 10 - 11, 2015.

We are looking for a multi-generational cast ages 10 and up to play the 16+ characters. Those auditioning will be asked to read from sides. Eric Holgerson will be directing. Rehearsals will begin in late October.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

Gretchen – (25-45) Poor and greedy farm lady, very self-centered. Actress should be able to be physical on stage.

Wendell – Young traveler who is very determined.

George – (25-45) Gretchen’s husband. He is the complete opposite of Gretchen. The voice of reason.

Golda : (any age) overwhelmed by what is going on around her/him. Not quite sure why any of this is happening.

The Chickens – : (Any Age) (Scrambled, Omelet, Poached, Benedict , and Sunny Side Up) Each has his or her own personality. Sarcastic, worried, in awe, and just not with it somewhat describes this group. I am looking for a group of people who have great timing and can work well together.

All Merchants – (25+) (Millie, Jewel, Percy, Colby, Umberto and Taylor) very street wise and ready to pull one over on the least suspecting person. They could be played very “down and dirty”.

Orella – (17-30 female, part could double with one of the merchants) Golden Fairy. Looking to play her strait up fairy like a “Glenda” type.

Townspeople – These characters have no lines and will be chosen as needed.

This version is an ensemble piece and most of the parts can be played by someone of any age or gender. Those determinations will be made during the audition and casting process.

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 contact Maybelle Lincoln at mlincoln214@yahoo.com. For directions or additional information, please visit www.chathamplayers.org

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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