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Neil Simon’s Romantic Comedy Opens
Chatham Players' 96th Season
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 Image

The Chatham Community Players open their 96th Season with Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park”, a play that is at once a charming and magical romantic comedy, and a commentary on power as a corrupting force. This production will run from October 6 through 22. Michael Hegarty from Highland Park directs.

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job. 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. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start. Producer, Mara Lundstrom of Maplewood added, "This Neil Simon classic brings lightness and levity to the stage. CCP’s production captures the nuances in Simon’s marvelous writing about love, family, friends, and NYC. The set and scenic design have become an additional character in CCP’s production, adding a convincing look at life in NYC in the 1960’s. A funny, witty, and friendly comedy, "Barefoot in the Park" will tickle everyone’s fancy for a fun night of theater.”

The hilariously talented and diverse groupImage of actors making up the “Barefoot in the Park” cast are Crystal Ann Bennett from Rahway as Corie, Matthew Cronin from Chatham as Paul, Arnold Buchaine from Summit as Velasco, Joyce Slous from Montclair as Ethel Banks and Dominick DeNucci from Cedar Knolls as Telephone Repairman. Director Hegarty explained that, “Barefoot in the Park has stood the test of time as one of Neil Simon's most enduring plays. Since its premier on Broadway in 1963, followed four years later by a film adaptation (as well as a short-lived sitcom), it has remained a mainstay in professional and amateur theaters across the country. What make this play so universal are its themes of love and compatibility, as well as its focus on conventionality versus unconventionality. It truly is a classic.”

Rounding out Hegarty’s talented production team, the Producer is Mara Lundstrom, Production Coordinator is Tom McDonald, Scenic Designer is Sean McCarthy, Stage Manager is Nicole Miceli, Costume Designer is Bev Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are October 6, 7, 13, 14, 21 and 22 at 8pm and October 15 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.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s new online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, simply go to ccp.booktix.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 26 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. Patrons with special needs requiring seating accommodations should contact the Playhouse at least 24 hours prior to the performance. Without prior notice, accommodations cannot be guaranteed. “Barefoot in the Park” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2017-2018 season, visit www.chathamplayers.org. Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Chatham Wins 6 Perry Awards Monday, 18 September 2017 Image

We are pleased to announce that the Chatham Players was awarded 6 Perry Awards last night at NJACT’s ceremony at the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, NJ. Congratulations to the six winners and to all of the nominees! We had received 11 nominations from NJACT Perry Awards for various productions from our 2016-17 season.

PERRY AWARD RECIPIENTS

* NJ ACT's "Hall of Fame Inductee"* Richard Hennessy

* Outstanding Sound Design of a Play* Joe DeVico for TALK RADIO

* Outstanding Lighting Design of a Play* Richard Hennessy for TALK RADIO

* Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play* Bob Lukasik and Roy Pancirov for MOON OVER BUFFALO

* Outstanding Properties in a Play* Tish Lum for MOON OVER BUFFALO

* Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play* Christian Frazier for TALK RADIO

CHRISTMAS CARDS: "Letters to Santa"
AUDITIONS - Sept 23 & 27
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The Chatham Community Players is excited to present a holiday offering that will surely get your entire family into the holiday spirit. Open auditions for “Christmas Cards: Letters to Santa” by G. David Post will be held on Saturday, September 23 at 2:00 pm and Wednesday, September 27 at 7:30 at Stanley Congregational Church, 94 Fairmount Avenue, Chatham. Children only will be seen on September 23 from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm at the church. This production will be a variation on the very successful original “Christmas Cards”, which was a creative collaboration of John AC Kennedy, Leslie G. Williams and G. David Post produced in 2013.

Christmas speaks to the kid in all of us, and Santa Claus answering the letters of trusting children is one of the most iconic images of the generosity of the holidays. In this spirit, Post has revisited the Christmas Cards sketches and added some new scenes and a new twist to this crowd-pleasing show. Production dates December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 at 8pm, December 9, 10 and 16th at 3pm.

Director Amy Sellars is looking for 3 men, (ages 30 to 60), 1 man 60+ who can play Santa, 4 women (ages 20 to 60) and 3 children (ages 8 to 16, mix of boys/girls) who are able to play a wide range of characters. In our production, each actor will portray multiple characters in a variety show of holiday sketches. The diverse roles range from mothers to children, elves to animals, silly to serious.

Auditions will start with cold readings from sides provided in small groups.


Download the Auditon Form prior to the auditions.
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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 Ibryani at (201)-563-0362 or email her at casting@chathamplayers.org.

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

By Neil Simon ~ Directed by Michael Hegarty

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!

Christmas Cards - December 2017

By G. David Post ~ Amy Sellars

Author G. David Post is penning an updated version of this much-loved show, with some of your favorite scenes as well as some heartwarming additions. The whole family can enjoy this magical presentation.

Steel Magnolias - March 2018

By Robert Harling ~ Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello

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 ~
Directed by James Mosser, Musical Directed by Matt Hosmer and Choreography by Jennifer Williams


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.