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Rest in Peace & In Your Light Wednesday, 22 March 2017 Image "Sundays @ 7" Play Reading Series
Present The House of Blue Leaves
Thursday, 02 March 2017 Image

The Chatham Community Players' successful "Sundays @ 7" Play Reading Series is proud to present John Guare's, The House of Blue Leaves. One Night ONLY - Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 7:00 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Gus Ibranyi direct this evening's reading.

Artie Shaugnessy is a songwriter with visions of glory. Toiling by day as a zoo-keeper, he suffers in seedy lounges by night, plying his wares at piano bars in Queens, New York where he lives with his wife, Bananas. Who is. Much to the chagrin of Artie's downstairs mistress, Bunny Flingus who'll sleep with him anytime but refuses to cook until they are married. On the day the Pope is making his first visit to the city, Artie's son Ronny goes AWOL from Fort Dix stowing a home made-bomb intended to blow up the Pope in Yankee Stadium. Also arriving are Artie's old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, Billy Einhorn with starlet girlfriend in tow, who holds the key to Artie's dreams of getting out of Queens and away from the life he so despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.

The Cast:


Glen D. Post as Artie

Scott Baird as Ronnie

Carla Kendall as Bunny

Debbie Bernstein as Bananas

Lindsay Braverman as Corrinna

Roseann Ruggerio as Head Nun

Maryann Post as Second Nun

Nicole Boscarino as Head Nun

Roseann Ruggerio as Little Nun

John AC Kennedy as Billy Einhorn

With Stage Directions Read by Leslie 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.

How To Choose Your Best Audition Song Workshop
by Ty Stephens
Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Chatham Community Players are excited to be hosting a “How To Choose Your Best Audition Song Workshop” presented by Ty Stephens on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 from 3:00 until 5:00 PM..

ImageTy Stephens is an award-winning singer/songwriter, entertainer/recording artist (Grand Prize Winner Jazzmobile/Anheuser-Busch Solo Jazz Vocalist Competition, NYC, 2006, and First Place Winner R&B/Blues Category of the International Songwriting Competition 2002, for "Somethin’ Strange"). He is also the Co-writer and an original cast member of "From My Hometown", Co-writer/Production, Choreographer and Star of the long-running "Shades of Harlem" revue show, and Co-writer/Production, Choreographer and currently starring in the new touring hit, "On Kentucky Avenue" (Songbirds Unlimited Productions/StepForward Entertainment). Ty appeared on Broadway in the original productions of "Sophisticated Ladies" (with Gregory Hines and Phyllis Hyman) and "Marilyn, An American Fable".

In the Spring of 2010, Ty joined with vocalists from Broadway's The Lion King singing on the recording of the Soundtrack for the World Cup. He has performed/appeared with: Harry Belafonte, Gregory Hines, Phyllis Hyman, Toshi Kubota, Patti Austin, Jeffrey Osborne, Phoebe Snow, Smokey Robinson, Jon Hendricks; at Carnegie Hall with Liza Minnelli and Natalie Cole, (Laurie Strauss Leukemia Foundation Benefits)

Ty's original recordings include "Aquarian Mind", "Deeper In Fantasy" and "Musichameleon", and the recent release “Good Medicine”. Find us online at www.tystephensmusic.com, CDBaby.com, iTunes, Amazon, Reverbnation, Soundcloud, YouTube, MySpace and more. Find him on Facebook as SoulJaazz!

The class will consist of finding the song that fits, based on your skill, your taste and your needs--a process of discovery! What song shows off the best parts of your voice, your personality, the character you are auditioning for? Choosing the right song is a crucial factor in who ends up capturing attention and landing the part. Bring your best audition songs and learn how to best deliver that winning performance!"

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 14 years old and older. Spaces are limited - please reserve yours by sending your name, age, contact number /address to ChathamWorkshops@gmail.com

PLAYWRITING WORKSHOP
by Billy Mitchell
Monday, 20 February 2017

Chatham Community Players are excited to be hosting a “Playwriting Workshop” presented by Billy Mitchell on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1:00 until 3:00 PM..

ImageOriginally from Maine, Billy is an award-winning director and playwright whose fill-in-the-blanks comedy "Villain: DeBlanks" has been seen in New York City (The Triad, Joe's Pub, Feinstein's/54 Below, The Laurie Beechman Theatre); regionally at Bucks County Playhouse and Saco River Theatre; Rockwell Table & Stage in Los Angeles; and will make its London debut in September of this year. "Villain: DeBlanks" has featured Tony, Emmy and Olivier-winning performers such as Bruce Vilanch, Annaleigh Ashford, Barrett Foa, LaChanze, Beth Leavel, Lesli Margherita, Brenda Braxton, The Skivvies (Lauren Molina & Nick Cearley), Justin Guarini, Lena Hall, Nancy Opel and many others.

A member of the Dramatists Guild, Billy is the author of several plays (his script "Blood & Oil" is currently represented by the Freedman Agency), and a series of original TYA pieces. His first commissioned work, "Bartholomew Fair, New Jersey" - a 90-minute comedy-in-verse - enjoyed runs in NJ and NYC. He has a Bachelor's in Performance and a Masters in Directing from UMaine, studied educational theatre at NYU, and is frequently the host at events where the first choice was unavailable.

The class will consist of discussing of the nuts and bolts of getting started: types of plays, theatre spaces, basic play structure and manuscript formatting. It will also cover creating characters, making them speak and telling the story. Participants will also be advised on how to get their writing read. There will be a short, in class writing exercise followed by a share and response period. Participants should bring pens/pencils, and a notebook.

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 16 years old and older. Spaces are limited - please reserve yours by sending your name, age, contact number /address to ChathamWorkshops@gmail.com

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. Directed by Michael Hegarty

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

Moon Over Buffalo - March 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. Directed by Tom Frascatore

Bell, Book and Candle - May 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. Directed by Elizabeth Rogers