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A TRIBUTE TO BOB Tuesday, 16 May 2017 Image

Robert Pridham, beloved director of such Chatham Players productions as Six Degrees of Separation, All My Sons, Rabbit Hole, The Graduate, Of Mice and Men and Angels in America, will be celebrated on June 11, 2017, at 6:30 pm at the Chatham Playhouse. Bob loved few things more than a cocktail party, so please wear your finest and join us for memories, manhattans, food and jazz.

We welcome all who worked with Bob, those who knew him personally and those who experienced his magnificently poignant productions. Additionally, if you have a story you'd like to share in advance of the event, please email it to: TRIBUTE@chathamplayers.org.

Auditions for Chatham Playhouse’s
23rd Annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival
Saturday, 13 May 2017

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The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for its 23rd annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival. Auditions will be held on Thursday, June 1st and Monday, June 5th, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. All auditions will be held at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. Performances will take place on July 28 and 29, and August 4, 5, and 6th. Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995.

They are looking for men, ages 20’s to 60’s and women, ages 20’s to 70’s, and one young teen/preteen girl - to fill roles for six one-act plays. For those who are interested in becoming familiar with the one-acts, full scripts will be available for reading at the Library of The Chathams - across the street from the Playhouse.


Auditions will consist of cold readings from sides provided in small groups. Sides and Auditions Form are available prior to the auditions. We recommend that you download the Auditon Form prior to the auditions. Hard copies of the sides will be available at the auditions.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Audition Form

Presented One-Act Pieces are:

“Knock Out” by Glen D. Post, Directed by John AC Kennedy:
When love comes knock-knocking you might laugh or you might roll your eyes -- but if you know the punchline, it could be the start of something. 3 men and 3 women 30’s – 40’s.

“Zarg” by Walter Placzek, Directed by Lynn Polan:
is both funny and touching. Spirited, well-meaning people find love and connection in very difficult circumstances.

Carolyn Carpenter (65-70) former star of a series of blockbuster sci-fi films; strong minded; energetic; not a diva; good sense of humor; no nonsense view of life
Janet Carpenter (35-40) Carolyn’s daughter; protective; selfless; strong; a caretaker
Allison Watford (Pre-teen) buoyant personality; enthusiastic; straight forward; loves and tries to protect her father
David Watford (35-40) warm & kind; devoted father to Allison; emotionally resilient; has sense of humor

“Badger and Maddy” by Diana Lewis, Directed by Arnold Buchiane:
a two-character comedy that shows us wisdom can come from unusual places. Male & female in their 30’s – 50’s is needed.

“Hair, Shoes Coffee” by Eleanor Kennedy, Directed by Dawn Afanador:
Fun comedy piece requiring a lot of acting "in between the lines." Examines the morning rituals of a woman through the eyes of her male friend.

Frank- male, late 20’s, laid back
Doris - female, late 20’s, just a little compulsive

“In Reverse Order” by Eric Alter, Directed by George Seylaz:
“Well, I have an incredible porno collection." A guy, A gal, A blind date. Comedy ensues.

Gordon – Mid 30’s, charming, warm, charismatic- very likable guy. Model good looks with the heart of a gentleman
Renee – Mid 30’s, tense, apprehensive, gun-shy about dating

“A Dog’s Life” by Robert Scott Sullivan, Directed by Joann Scanlon:
The silly, exciting, adventure of a day with your dog.

RJ (dog) -Probably male is best but would consider female, any age, must be agile and willing to let your inhibitions go.
Billy (owner) - Probably male but would consider female, of working age, with a ready laugh and an understanding of how to interact with a pet dog and how the dog might behave

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 Ibranyi at (201)-563-0362 or email him at casting@chathamplayers.org.

"Sundays @ 7" Play Reading Series
Present BENT
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The Chatham Community Players' successful "Sundays @ 7" Play Reading Series is proud to present Martin Sherman's, BENT. One Night ONLY - Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 7:00 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Jeffrey Fiorello and Salvador Navarro co-direct this evening's reading.

In 1934 Berlin on the eve of the Nazi incursion, Max, a grifter and his lover Rudy are recovering from a night of debauchery with a SA trooper. Two soldiers burst into the apartment and slit their guest's throat, beginning a nightmare odyssey through Nazi Germany. Ranked lower on the human scale than Jews, the men as awoved homosexuals, flee. Desperate and on the run, Max asks his own "discreetly" homosexual Uncle Freddie for help as the older man offers little more than suggestions on how to live, as he does, practicing homosexuality on the side. Attempting their escape, Rudy is beaten to death as Horst, another homosexual prisoner, warns Max to deny his lover. Taken to a death camp at Dachau, Max and Horst branded with the "pink triangle", hope to survive with each other for comfort and courage but it is not to be.

The Cast:


Dale Monroe as Max

Shane Jared as Rudy

Pete Fournier as Wolf

Tom Schopper as Captain 1

E Dale Smith-Gallo as Greta

Patrick Horan as Uncle Freddie

Scott Baird as Officer

Christopher Harrison Parkhurst Abbott as Horst

Chip Prestera as Guard

Dominick DeNucci as Captain

With Stage Directions Read by Kate Pierce

Produced by Gus Ibranyi and Leslie Gayle Williams


Light snacks provided, patrons are encouraged to BYOB

Funding has been made possible in part by the Arts Council of the Morris Area through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

STAGE LIGHTING WORKSHOP
by Nicholas Marmo
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The Chatham Community Players are excited to be hosting a “Stage Lighting Workshop” presented by Nicholas (Nik) Marmo on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM.This workshop is ideal for individuals both new to stage lighting and for those with some experience looking for a refresher.

Nik received his formal education in stage lighting design from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. After college he spent considerable time exploring stage lighting for dance, drama, contemporary music, television, and musical theatre. Now, he designs for local high schools, colleges, and universities. He also has designed for many northern New Jersey community theatres, including: The Barn Theatre, Nutley Little Theatre, Chester Theatre Group, Montclair Operetta Club, 4th Wall Theatre, and most recently CCP. In “real life”, Nik is the technical director for the Theatre at Founders Hall on the campus of Morristown-Beard School. In addition to managing the school’s performing arts facilities, he teaches technical theatre and serves as the school’s resident lighting designer.

The workshop will be split into two sections. The first hour will cover a brief history of theatrical stage lighting before taking a closer look at three types of stage lights commonly found in both community and professional theatres alike: the Altman 360Q series, the Altman Shakespeare series, & the ETC Source-Four line. The first section of the workshop will conclude with a brief look at current innovation and what the next generation of stage lighting units may look like (LEDs, intelligent lighting fixtures, and video projection). The second hour of the workshop will explore theatrical stage lighting control, with an introduction to the ETC Express console (ETC Expression line) and the ETC Ion console (ETC Eos line). The workshop will conclude with a brief discussion on stage lighting design theory.

The workshop is being held at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Admission at the door is $20 and is open for anyone 12 years old and older. Spaces are limited - please reserve yours by sending your name, age, contact number /address to ChathamWorkshops@gmail.com

Chatham's 2017-2018 Season ~ 96 Years Sunday, 09 April 2017
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Barefoot in the Park - October 2017

By Neil Simon

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word in this romantic comedy by Neil Simon. After a six day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie's loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco, where everything that can go wrong, does. Adjusting to married life isn't so easy!

Steel Magnolias - March 2018

By Robert Harling

Steel Magnolias (the basis for the much loved multi Oscar-nominated film) is the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives in a small US Southern town. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin. Steel Magnolias is a heart warming portrait of friendship and love.

GREASE - May 2018

Book, Music and Lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the 1950s with the iconic musical sensation that became the soundtrack of a generation! Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical.