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Auditions for The 22nd Annual
Jersey Voices One-Act Festival
Thursday, 12 May 2016


The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for its 22nd annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival. Auditions will be held on Thursday, June 2nd and Wednesday, June 8th, both from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. All auditions will be held at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. Performances will take place on July 29 and 30th, and August 5, 6 and 7th. Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995.

They are looking for men and women, ages 20s to 50s, and one Iowa farm boy – late teens to early 20s - to fill roles for seven one-act plays. Actors may read from sides available at the auditions or they may present a monologue. For those who are interested in becoming familiar with the one-acts, full scripts will be available for reading at the Library of The Chathams - across the street from the Playhouse.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from sides provided in small groups. Sides and Auditions Form are available prior to the auditions. We recommend that you download the Audition Form and Sides prior to the auditions. Hard copies of the sides will be available at the auditions.



Presented One-Act Pieces are:

“Bottle for a Special Occasion” by Bill Kovacsik, Directed by Arnold Buchiane:
“What do you choose when you want a gift that keeps on giving?” A Drama/Comedy that needs 1 man - Early 50’s, medium build and 1 woman - Early 50’s; slight build.

“Paper Bell” by Ralph Greco, Jr., Directed by Jessica Phelan:
“It’s the little moments that we share in life that are often the best.” A Drama that needs 1 man _Late 40's- 50's, - soundman/assistant, 1 woman Mezzo-Soprano with the Edison Phonograph Company, should be somewhere between her mid 40’s to early 50’s and 1 man Late teens/early twenties, Iowa farm boy.

“Not Enough” by Chip Bolcik, Directed by Robert Lukasik:
“When in a marriage is anything enough?” A Drama/Comedy needed 1 man, 1 woman must read late 40’s to mid 50’s. In a long term marriage.

“One, Three, Two” by Michael Weems, Directed by Lynn Polan:
“It’s a number’s game or is it?” A Drama/Comedy that needs 1 male in his early 30’s - late 40’s. Shut out from reality and doesn’t seem to care and 1 woman in her late 20’s – late 30’s. Caring and confused.

“Happily Ever After” by Jeanne Johnston, Directed by George Seylaz:
“It sounds like a good idea but how do you go from “will you marry me” to “happily ever after.” A Drama/Comedy needing 1 man - The Prince, 20s to 30s and 1 woman - The Princess 20s.

“What Every Grown Son Wants his Mother To Know” by Joann Scanlon, Directed by Kevern Cameron:
“A birthday celebration becomes an educational event.” A comedy needing 3 women 40s to 50’s and 1 man - 20’s.

“Fantasy Dance” by Gary Shaffer, Directed by Joann Scanlon:
“Guys and their “Sports Talk” – it never changes.” A drama needing 4 men in their 20’s to 40’s.

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 For directions or additional information, please visit

Play Reading Series
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players is excited to present Terrance McNally, “Love! Valor! Compassion!” as a part of their successful Play Reading Series. One Night ONLY – Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 7:00 at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. Amy Shera directs.

At a beautiful Dutchess County farmhouse, 8 men hash out their passions, resentments and fears over the course of three summer weekends. There's Perry & Arthur (a professional couple grown too familiar with one another, but happily so). The owner of the summer house, Gregory, in an aging choreographer who dotes on his younger lover, Bobby, who is blind. Their relationship seems solid, until an irresistible dancer, Ramon, callously flaunts his sex appeal and manages to seduce Bobby on the first night in the house. Trying to keep Ramon to himself is John, a soured ex-patriot Brit with a fast for melodrama- and cruelty. John rankles everyone around him, speaking the unspeakable in haughty nonchalance while probing the weakness of the others. The painful truth about his ire eventually becomes clear when he has to take care of his terminally ill twin brother, James. Unlike John, James inspires nothing but affection in those around him, and here lies both the crux of John's complaint and the source of the play's most blistering and revealing of monologues about the related questions of gay identity and self-esteem. Finally, there is Buzz, a maniacal lover of the musical theater. Like James, Buzz suffers from AIDS, and he has resigned himself to a life of humorous anecdotes and comforting trivial. Strange things can happen, through, and against all odds, Buzz finds himself falling in love for what may be one last summer.

The Cast:

Dale Monroe as Gregory Mitchell

Scott Tyler as Arthur Pape

Jeffrey Fiorello as Perry Sellars

Shane Jared as Ramon Fornos

Gus Ibranyi as John & James Jeckyll

Salvatore Navarro as Buzz Hauser

Adrian Rifat as Bobby Brams

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.

Seeking Directors for Our 95th Season Tuesday, 26 April 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players are seeking directors for their 95th (2016-2017) Season. This group has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. For the upcoming season they have secured rights to produce, “Talk Radio” by Eric Bogosian in late October, “Bell, Book and Candle” by Jane Van Druten in early March and “Moon Over Buffalo” by Ken Ludwig in early May.

Over the next month, we will be interviewing candidates for these three productions. Please send your resume and references to before May 31, 2016 and indicate which play you are interested in directing. Please be sure to include the word, "Director" in the Subject Line of your email. These are paid positions and amounts can vary depending on experience & show. For additional information on the Chatham Community Players, please visit