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Watch the Trailer for Barefoot in the Park Tuesday, 21 February 2017

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 romantic comedy, and a commentary on love and compatibility. This production will run from October 6 through 21. 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, 20 and 21 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.

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.

"Scenic Painting Workshop”
presented by Dean Sickler
Thursday, 07 September 2017 Image


The Chatham Community Players are excited to be hosting a “Scenic Painting Workshop” presented by Dean Sickler on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 10:00 until 2:00 PM..

Dean Sickler is the owner and founder of ImageDundean Studios, where he taught all levels in faux finishing, specialty finishes and Venetian plaster instructions. He has been in the painting and decorating business for over 30 years, having executed faux finish, restoration and art commissions from Beverly Hills to Fifth Ave. Dean Sickler is the author of the recently published book: "The Keys to Color; A Decorators Handbook for coloring Paints, Plasters & Glazes".

The class will consist of teaching several scenic painting techniques used in theater or at home. Besides some wood graining and stone rendering, Dean will show you how to work with colors to artificially age pieces for historic and scenic accuracy. You will mix paints to make glazes and then apply them to architectural surfaces and furniture in a way that does not looked forced and artificial will be the goal. Bring a notebook, since you will want to take notes as we go along, as there is a lot of information provided in a short amount of time.

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. Please reserve yours by sending your name, age, contact number /address to ChathamWorkshops@gmail.com

STEEL MAGNOLIAS Auditions
6 Fabulous Roles for Woman
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 Image

The Chatham Players will hold auditions for Robert Harling’s touching, “Steel Magnolias” on Monday, November 6th and Tuesday, November 7th at 7:00pm. All auditions will occur at The Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave. Production dates are February 23 thru March 10, 2018 with rehearsals to begin mid-December. Jerffrey Fiorello directs.

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 heartwarming portrait of friendship and love.

Director Fiorello seeks six women to fill out his cast. Please arrive by 7:30. There will be readings from the script, based upon the character you wish to be considered for, as well as type. Audition Sides will be available at the audition.


Download the Auditon Form
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Hard copies will also be available at the auditions.


Character Breakdown

The women are witty, intelligent, and above all, real characters. They are in no way, shape or form meant to be portrayed as cartoons or caricatures.

TRUVY JONES (40-50) Owns the town beauty shop. Vivacious, knows everyone’s business and shares it with anyone who will listen. Dispenses advice with lots of hairspray. ANNELLE DUPUY-DESOTO (20 – 30) Very shy, newly haired assistant. Moves from unsure to wild to religious. CLAIREE BELCHER (60-70) Widow of former mayor. Grand dame. Sarcastic member of the group. Elegant, sophisticated. Loves to laugh and poke fun at the little things others cry over. SHELBY EATENTON-LATCHERIE (20 – 30) Prettiest girl in town. Loves pink. Strong willed, and passionate. M'LYNN EATENTON (40 – 50) Shelby’s mother. Over protective at times. Always knows what’s best. Strong, stubborn, the heart of the piece. OUISER BOUDREAUX (60 – 70) Wealthy curmudgeon. Acerbic, but loveable

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.

"Sundays @ 7" Play Reading Series Present
Christopher Hampton’s “Les Liaisons Dangereuses”
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 Image

The Chatham Community Players is excited to present Christopher Hampton’s, “Les Liaisons Dangereuses” as a part of their successful Play Reading Series. One Night ONLY – Sunday, November 19, 2017 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.

“Les Liaisons Dangereuses” is a play by Christopher Hampton adapted from the 1782 novel of the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. It begins with two ex-lovers who scheme to ruin the reputation of an innocent young aristocrat. As their game of seduction and manipulation becomes more intricate, they quickly discover that the stakes are higher than they bargained for… and their last encounter may be their most dangerous by far.

The Cast:


Kym Frank as La Marquise de Merteuil

Liza Harris as Mme. de Volanges

Ella Harris-Hohne as Cecile Volanges

Dominick DeNucci as Le Vicomte de Valmont

Shane Long as Azloan

Leslie Gayle Williams as Mme de Rosemonde

Sky Spiegel Monroe as La Presidente de Tourvel

Nicole Boscarino as Emilie

Bobby Ellis as Le Chevalier Danceny

Producers - Gus Ibranyi and Salvador Navarro


Light snacks provided, 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.

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