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THE NORMAL HEART: Special Benefit Performances Tuesday, 06 January 2015 Image

The Chatham Community Players continues to offer exciting theater during its 93rd season with a special two performance only benefit production of Larry Kramer’s “The Normal Heart" on February 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. The production will benefit the Chatham Playhouse and New Jersey AIDS Services (NJAS). A reception will be held after each show with actors & production team and the audience is invited to attend. “With the number of HIV/AIDS cases in our state ranking seventh highest, it is clear this disease remains a major crisis in New Jersey. The collaboration between Chatham Community Players and New Jersey AIDS Services is a great example of how small organizations and groups can come together to have a big impact on fighting this disease in our state,” said Joann McEniry, COO of NJAS.

A searing drama about public and private indifference to the AIDS plague and one man's lonely fight to awaken the world to the crisis. Produced to acclaim in New York, London and Los Angeles, The Normal Heart follows Ned Weeks, a gay activist enraged at the indifference of public officials and the gay community. While trying to save the world from itself, he confronts the personal toll of AIDS when his lover dies of the disease. Originally published in 1985 and celebrated in a passionate and eloquent 2011 Broadway revival, this play was produced for TV on HBO in 2014 by Ryan Murphy.

This talented cast includes actors from all around New Jersey: Christopher Harrison Parkhurst Abbott from South Plainfield as Craig Donner, Salvador Navarro of West New York as Mickey Marcus, Gus Ibranyi of Bloomfield as Ned Weeks, David Christopher as David and Terry Darling as Bruce Niles are both from Cranford, Leslie Gayle Williams of Chatham as Dr. Emma Brookner, Scott Tyler of Morristown as Felix Turner, Nick Leone of Long Valley as Ben Weeks, Brian Merrill of Lincoln Park as Tommy Boatwright, Chip Prestera of Stirling as Hiram Keebler, Shane Long of Paramus as Grady and Joe Leo of Cranford as Examining Doctor. Jeffrey Fiorello of Montclair is directing and Leslie Gayle Williams of Chatham is serving as producer.

The mission of New Jersey AIDS Services (NJAS) is to respond compassionately and responsibly to the HIV/AIDS crisis by providing supportive services, housing opportunities, prevention strategies and education to enhance the community we serve. The vision of NJAS is to create a community of acceptance where the social issues of HIV/AIDS can be abundantly met. New Jersey AIDS Services offers residential programs providing a safe dignified place for people to live while they strive to overcome hardships in their lives that led them to homelessness Our Community Based Services consist of a host of supportive services designed to address the complex issues people living with HIV/AIDS and their families face. This includes services such as case management, mental health and substance abuse counseling, medical transportation and nutritional assistance. Also, through our Education and Prevention Programs, we aim to educate the community at large about the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis in America and to provide up to date information on prevention strategies, community impact and involvement, and treatment options.

Box Office Information –Online Ticketing

Ticket prices are $25 unreserved seat (with $5 going to New Jersey AIDS Services) and $50 for a reserved seat ($30 is tax deductible, money going to NJAS). Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. Join us for a reception following both performances.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.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 in late January 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.

Auditions for Ken Ludwig's
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
Tuesday, 13 January 2015
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"All for one and one for all!" The Chatham Players is very excited to announce auditions for Ken Ludwig’s take on Alexander Dumas’ timeless adventure “Three Musketeers,” a swashbuckling tale of heroism, treachery, honor and fun. Auditions will be on Monday, February 9 and Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave. Production dates are May 1 thru 16, 2015 with rehearsals to begin late February. Mike Burdick is directing with Scott Kerns as Fight Choreographer.


Download the AUDITION FORM prior to the auditions.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Hard copies will also be available at the auditions.


Actors will be reading from selected sides from this play and are provided below the Character Breakdowns and will be provided at the audition.

Synopsis

Witness the rise of young d'Artagnan and his feisty younger sister Sabine, as they befriend the famous Three Musketeers: Athos, Porthos and Aramis and set out to protect the King and Queen of France from the evil treachery of Cardinal Richelieu and the Countess de Winter.

Character Breakdown (8 M / 4 F with doubling, not all characters are listed

D'ARTAGNAN ( Male, stage age 18-22) His ultimate dream: to become a Musketeer. Idealistic, brave, great with a sword. But, leaps before thinking, inexperienced in life and death situations, naïve in the ways of the world. ATHOS ( Male, stage age 28- 40) A courageous, legendary swordsman, possessing the heart of a warrior and high principle. Also, a man with a past – regret haunts him. PORTHOS ( Male, stage age 25-35) A larger-than-life lover of women, drink, food, clothes and fighting – an unorthodox fighter who smiles in the face of overwhelming odds. ARAMIS ( Male, stage age 25-35) Constantly trying to atone for his sins, while continuously being tempted by the sin the flesh. hot temper that flares in an instant. CARDINAL RICHELIEU ( Male, stage age 40-55) The ultimate evil politician. Technically subservient to the King of France, but has his own power base. Dark and manipulative. ROCHEFORT ( Athletic Male, stage age 30+) Richelieu’s top henchman. Physically scarred, with a distinct ruthlessness and dangerous ability. KING LOUIS ( Male, stage age 22 - 32) Moody, relatively self-consumed, entitled but doesn’t like to make waves. When things get personal, he will hold his ground, but would rather be enjoying a good party. SABINE ( Female, stage age 17-21) The younger sister of d’Artagnan. Feisty, bright, possesses great fighting ability, looking to embrace a world of adventure. COUNTESS (Milady) DE WINTER ( Female, stage age 25-40) Evil, beautiful, brilliant, precise, calculating, treacherous, and a master of disguise. Driven by a dark thirst for revenge t. CONSTANCE BONACIEUX ( Female, stage age 18-22) Queen Anne’s loyal, virtuous Lady in Waiting. d’Artagnan’s love interest and the purest character in the play. QUEEN ANNE ( Female, stage age 22-28) An unhappy queen, stuck in a political marriage and in love with another. Likes the King, though, and will defend him against Richelieu. ADDITIONAL ROLES Several of the principal actors will also be double cast. In addition, we will also be looking for a number of actors who are always up for a good fight!

A Note About Swordplay Experience: While fighting experience is always a plus and the fights are essential to the story, it is more important that we find actors that are athletic enough to do the fights and are ready to try new things.


AUDITION SIDES

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - D'Artagnan, 3 Musketeers and Rochefort Scene


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - D'Artagnan and Sabine Scene


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - D'Artagnan and Athos Scene


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - D'Artagnan and Porthos Scene


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Countess (MiLady) de Winter and Constance Scene


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Countess (MiLady) de Winter and Sabine Scene


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Countess (MiLady) de Winter and The Cardinal Scene


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - King and The Cardinal Scene


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Queen and The Cardinal Scene


CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD - Sabine and Aramis Scene


Hard copies will also be available at the auditions.




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 Leslie Williams at (973) 769-3886 or email her at ccpcasting@gmail.com.

Lunatic Fringe's Improv Show Returns To The Playhouse Thursday, 23 October 2014 Image

BRING IN THE LAUGHS! Now in its 18th smash season, Lunatic Fringe is one of New Jersey's top Improv groups and they are swinging byThe Chatham Playhouse. Performance will be on Saturday, February 21st at 8pm

“We loved performing at the beautiful Chatham Playhouse,” says Deb Maclean, director of Lunatic Fringe; “and are thrilled and honored that they asked us to come back. The great thing about improv is that every show is different because we make it up on the spot. If you saw the last show, you’ll be seeing a totally different show this time. And some of us are even a little thinner than we were last fall.”

“Laughing like mad since 1997”, this group features “world-renowned” performers - Deb Maclean, Harvey Chipkin, Sean Day and David Groveman with Rod Marfil on Piano.

This performance will be held at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham, NJ. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $12 for youth/senior. Save money by reserving your tickets in advance, $12 for adults and $10 for youth/senior. Reserve your tickets by calling (973) 429-1527.

For up-to-the-minute information about Lunatic Fringe performances and venues, visit their website at: lunaticfringeimprov.com or call (973) 429-1527. You can also follow them on Facebook! Neal Bell's Thrilling Psychological Drama,
“SPATTER PATTERN" Runs March 6-21
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The Chatham Community Players continues its 93rd Season of producing local theater with Neal Bell’s play, Spatter Pattern. This play will run from March 6 through March 21. Shannon Barry O’Grady from Morristown directs.

This psychological drama by Neal Bell takes place at the intersection of two haunted lives with nothing but a wall separating them. Tate is a college professor who is suspected of murdering a female student, and his new neighbor, Dunn is a writer in search of a story. Over the course of the play, the two men become close, but the specter of the truth hangs between them, as we don't try to figure out whether Tate is a murderer, or whether he's been falsely accused. Director, Shannon Barry O’Grady shared, “Prepare to be propelled through a shadowy Gotham in this intense story with dark comedic accents. A tortured writer meets a professor accused of murder. The audience is plunged into intrigue and then left to ponder the nature of guilt and the meaning of responsibility.”

Featuring a talented and diverse group of actors from all around New Jersey. The cast includes Jody Ebert from Westfield as Marcus Tate, Dale Monroe as Edward Dunn and Sky Spiegel Monroe as Selma/Ellen/Mrs Roth are both from Morristown, Monica Ross from New York City as Andrea Evens, Joe Leo from Cranford as Realtor/Munoz/Moxley and Derek Egidio from Columbia as Mancheski/Mr Fisher. O'Grady notes, "I feel privileged to have found a terrific cast that works beautifully with my vision for this piece."

Rounding out O’Grady’s talented production team: Producer is Eileen Johnston, Stage Manager is Joelle Bochner, Scenic Designer by Bob Lukasik, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer by Beverly Wand, Lighting Designer by Eric Holgerson and Sound Designer by Joe DeVico.

Box Office Information & Online Ticketing

Performance dates are March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8pm and March 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. Warning: Strong language and mature subject matter. Not suitable for children.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to ccp.ticketleap.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 February 24 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.

Jersey Voices Seeking One Acts for 2015 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' 21st 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 '15 - 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 two 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, 2015. 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 to:jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

For more information, write to: jerseyvoices@chathamplayers.org.

Chatham's 2014-2015 Season ~ 93 Years Friday, 11 April 2014
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Clybourne Park - October 3 - 18, 2014

By Bruce Norris

Winner of both the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play, in addition to the Olivier Award and the Evening Standard Award, Clybourne Park is a response to Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun". The first act, set in 1959, is from the perspective of the white family moving out of the neighborhood, and the neighbors' concerns regarding an African American family moving in. The second act takes place 50 years later, during which time the Clybourne Park neighborhood has changed significantly, and a white family has decided to move into the house. Hailed by The New York Times as a "strong, ferociously smart play", it is both funny and provocative in dealing with issues of race and real estate.

Directed by John A.C. Kennedy

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 2014

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 and Choreography by Megan Ferentinos

Spatter Pattern (Or, How I Got Away With It) - March 6 - 21, 2015

By Neal Bell

This psychological drama takes place at the intersection of two haunted lives with nothing but a wall separating them. Tate is a college professor who is suspected of murdering a female student, and his new neighbor, Dunn is a writer in search of a story. Over the course of the play, the two men become close, but the specter of the truth hangs between them, as we try to figure out whether Tate is a murderer, or whether he's been falsely accused.

Directed by Shannon Barry O'Grady

The Three Musketeers - May 1 - 16, 2015

Adapted by Ken Ludwig

Based on the timeless tale by Alexandre Dumas, this play is set in 1625, as d'Artagnan (and his younger sister, Sabine) travel to Paris. Upon his arrival, he meets up with, Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the famous musketeers, and is quick to join them in fighting for the Queen's honor against the evil Cardinal Richelieu and infamous Countess de Winter. Stopping at nothing to revenge themselves on d'Artagnan and the Musketeers for their meddlesome behavior, the Countess and Cardinal are surprised to find that Sabine is more than a sweet girl going to join the convent.

Directed by Mike Burdick