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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.

ImageThis 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 as the threat of the truth hangs between them, we 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.”

ImageFeaturing 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/Realtor, Gordon Wiener from Martinsville as 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."

ImageRounding 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

ImagePerformance 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 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

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Chatham's 2014-2015 Season ~ 93 Years Friday, 11 April 2014

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