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Ah, Wilderness

  • Directed by John Michael Stringer
  • Opened February 29th, 2008

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Audiences will be introduced to the Miller family. The family life that is portrayed by the Millers is in actuality the ideal life that O'Neill wished he had had. In this large, small town in Connecticut, in the year 1906, we will watch an all American family deal with an adolescent son's misbehavior and growing pains. At the same time, we learn more about the rest of the Miller family and see how the entire family dynamic impacts the son's evolution. O'Neill tells this story with great tenderness and affection. Though set in a simpler time, there's much to take away from this heart warming tale that we can apply to our present day lives.

The cast includes Sally Cleary of High Bridge as Essie Miller, Michael King of New Providence as Nat Miller, Keith Needham of Madison as Richard Miller, Jill Bormann of Morristown as Lily Miller, Billy Conlan of Chatham as Tommy Miller, Claire Chatinover of Chatham as Mildred Miller, Scott Rann of South Plainfield as Arthur Miller, Alex Ackerman of Plainfield as Belle, Michelle Wilson of East Hanover as Muriel McComber, Ian McGonigle of Jersey City as Wint/Bartender, Tom Drummer of Parsippany as Sid, Loralee Tyson of Madison as Norah, and Craig Barry of Basking Ridge as McComber/Salesman.

John Michael Stringer directs the play. Mr. Stringer's directing career spans the past 30 years, form regional theatre to off-Broadway. New York credits include the premiere of Mark Medoff's DOING A GOOD ONE FOR THE RED MAN, a success that brought him to the attention of Lynn Meadow and The Manhattan Theatre Club, where he worked for several seasons. New Jersey credits include his critically acclaimed production of THE NIGHTWATCHMAN AND SIX HANDS, along with many productions at the Bickford Theatre in Morristown including DEAR RUTH, Winner of Best Comedy Revival for the 1998-1999 season by Peter Filichia of the Star Ledger. Mr. Filichia also honored his production of the musical SHE LOVES ME as one of the top ten productions of 1997. Other credits include: THE BOYS FOR SYRACUSE, SLY FOX, PIGEONS ON THE WALK, TOM HONES and THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST. Mr. Stringer in his other life is President of J.M. Stringer Gallery of Fine Art in Bernardsville, NJ.

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Performance dates are February 29 and March 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8:00PM. There is also a matinee on March 9 at 3:00PM. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth/senior.