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Play Reading Series - "On Golden Pond"
Monday, 01 February 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players is excited to offer a love story across the generations for your Valentine’s Day celebration. Join us for Ernest Thompson's play, "On Golden Pond". One Night ONLY – Sunday, February 14, 2016 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 directs.

This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. They are visited by their divorced, middle-aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. Time, they know, is now against them, but the years have been good and, perhaps, another summer on Golden Pond still awaits.

The Cast:

Norman - Christopher Gibbs

Ethel - Judi Laganga

Chelsea - Liza Harris

Bill - Bill Schineller

Charlie - Salvador Navarro

Billy Jr. - Graham Helfrick

Stage Directions and Forward by Leslie Gayle Williams and Gus Ibranyi

Light Refreshments Will Be Served. 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.

“Art of Stage Management” Workshop
by Christine Whalen
Thursday, 21 January 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players are excited to be hosting a workshop on “The Art of Stage Management (or Why Stage Managers Rock!)” presented by Christine Whalen on Saturday, February 20, 2016 from 3:00 until 5:00 PM. Have you ever wondered how the heck all those props get on and off the stage with such efficiency and grace? Have you ever witnessed that perfect theatrical moment where an actor hits an emotional high -- at the EXACT same time as the sound and lights? Have you ever heard the phrase "HOLD PLEASE!" Well, then you must have encountered a stage manager.

Christine will give an overview of the stage manager's vast and varied job, tell the tale of her career path from community theater to professional AEA status, share some backstage paperwork, offer up some tips and tricks, and field any questions participants may have.

Christine Whalen began her stage management career at the Chatham Playhouse, where she worked on various productions between 1997 and 2003. She has since spent 13 seasons as a stage manager with The Shakespeare Theatre of NJ where favorite credits include Timon of Athens, Amadeus, Pride and Prejudice, and multiple shows on the theatre’s Outdoor Stage. Christine toured the Eastern United States with The Acting Company’s 2007 production of Jane Eyre and also worked in the production offices of both Two River Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre Center, where additional stage management credits have included Fetch Clay Make Man (with Ben Vereen), Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Tartuffe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (also at Papermill Playhouse) and the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon (also at Playwright’s Horizons.) She recently served as Associate Producer for Premiere Stages’ Summer 2015 season. Christine teaches stage management at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.

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.

Jersey Voices Seeking One Acts for 2016 Festival Thursday, 18 December 2014 Image

The Chatham Community Players is seeking original, one-act plays, short musicals and/or original dance pieces, written by New Jersey authors, for Jersey Voices' 22nd Annual Production.

It is once again time to be thinking about submitting one-acts for Jersey Voices. For those of you who have already sent along submissions for Jersey Voices 2016 - thank you! For those of you who have not, we want to remind you that the deadline is coming up soon - this year’s DEADLINE is MARCH 15th, just under four months away!

So please put the finishing touches on those plays sitting on your desk/desktop and send them along. This year, like last year, we are only accepting submissions by e-mail to the address listed below.

Play submissions of any genre (including short musical and dance pieces), style and length up to 15 minutes running time (we're serious about this) will be accepted through March 15, 2016. Selected pieces will each be performed in our Black Box Theater in Chatham on the last weekend in July and first weekend in August.

If we've not chosen your work in the past, please don't give up on us. Each year we have produced new pieces by an author whose work we've passed over in the past; it usually has more to do with trying to balance 6 separate pieces for an enjoyable evening of theater than it has to do with the quality of the piece which has been passed over. In fact, under these circumstances, we have often held over a piece we've liked and given it consideration in the following year. Some of these 'holdovers' have subsequently been chosen, produced, and favorably received.

We are looking forward to seeing your work this year and, as we know that many of you come to see Jersey Voices, to seeing you again this summer. If you have not already introduced yourself, when you're in the audience please stay for the reception we have after each performance and introduce yourself. We'd love to meet you.

Email submissions

For more information, write to:

Chatham's 2015-2016 Season ~ 94 Years Sunday, 05 April 2015

August: Osage County - October 2015

By Tracy Letts

"In Tracy Letts' ferociously entertaining play, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the twenty-first century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled-over laughing. A massive meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord—not to mention on the decline of American integrity itself." ~ Variety

The Lion in Winter - March 2016

By James Golden

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

SPAMALOT - May 2016

Music and Lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Book by Eric Idle

It's comedy fit for a king! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, "a chorus line of legless knights”, men in tights (with legs), not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French taunters. This show features one of the most energetic, tuneful scores of the last decade. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations.