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Ferociously Entertaining “August: Osage County" OPENS OCTOBER 9 Sunday, 20 September 2015 Image

The Chatham Community Players begins its 94th Season of producing local theater with Tracy Letts’ Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize winning play, “August: Osage County”. This play will run from Oct 9 through Oct 24. Jeffrey Fiorello from Montclair directs. "This show is both devastatingly funny and just plain devastating all at the same time. The Story of the Weston family, is more than just a dark comedy about family dysfunction, it's a tale of addiction, and what can happen to a family when they have simply lost their way,” explained Fiorello.

Winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Play, “August: Osage County” tells the story of a dysfunctional family reunion. Taking place at the parent’s Oklahoma home during the month of August, the play follows the family for several weeks as it confronts the problems and conflicts within the members’ personal lives. "The dialogue pops and cracks like a loose high tension wire: Some is vicious, some is vulgar, some is obscenely funny ..."-

ImageThe talented and diverse group of actors comprising the August: Osage County ensemble are led by Judi Laganga from Roselle Park as the matriarch Violet Weston and her daughters: Liza Harris from Mountain Lakes as Barbara Fordham, Sky Spiegel Monroe from Morristown as Karen Weston and Sarah Pharaon from Maplewood as Ivy Weston. Completing this dynamic cast are Susan Speidel from Springfield as Mattie Fae Aiken, Lilly Baldassare from Glen Ridge as Jean Fordham, Lewis Decker from Millington as Sheriff Gilbeau, Bruce Gandy from Florham Park as Beverly Weston, Tracey Lynn Haskell from Garwood as Johnna Monevata, Gus Ibranyi from Bloomfield as Little Charles Aiken, Bob Mackasek from Union as Charlie Aiken, Bill Schineller from Mountain Lakes as Bill Fordham and Craig Zimmermann from Rockaway as Steve Heidebrecht.

Image“Reading this play for the first time years ago, the level of dysfunction and family dynamic almost felt exaggerated, but as I watch the play, it remains grounded and believable. It was then no surprise to learn that Tracy Letts has stated that it's based on his own family history. Audiences will be moved by life inside the Weston home, but the set itself also emerges as a character too. Roy Pancirov and Bob Lukasik's magnificent three-story set appears like a tornado came through the town and ripped the side off the Weston home, revealing both the home's interior as well as each character,” said Co-Producer, Chris Furlong.

Rounding out Fiorello’s talented production team, the Co-Producers are Chris Furlong and Bob Denmark, Production Coordinator is Eileen Johnston, Stage Manager is Pam Wilczynski, Assistant Stage Manager is Kate Pierce, Scenic Designers are Roy Pancirov and Robert Lukasik, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Beverly Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy and Sound Designer is Joe DeVico.

ImageDirector, Fiorello added, "This is the type of work, that CCP has come to be known for. It's a complex story, with rich characters. The intimacy of the Chatham Playhouse only lends itself to a heightened experience for the audience. It should feel for the audience as if they are right there in the house (at the dining room table, in the living room, on the porch) with the Weston Family. As their lives unravel we are not only spectators, we are right there with them."

Box Office Information – Ticketing

Performance dates are October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30pm and October 18 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. This production will be presented with two intermissions.

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 September 29 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.

Fantasy Theater Holding Auditions For
"The Christmas Bus"
Wednesday, 09 September 2015

Chatham Community Players’ Fantasy Theater, the Theater for Young Audiences branch of CCP, is pleased to announce auditions for the holiday show, “The Christmas Bus” by Robert Inman. Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 20 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm at The Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham and Monday, September 21 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at Stanley Congregational Church at 94 Fairmount Ave, Chatham. Production dates are December 10 - 20, 2015.

It's Christmas Eve, and Mrs. Frump, the bumbling but dedicated director of the Peaceful Valley Orphanage, has a Christmas surprise for her orphans: she wants her kids to experience the holiday with a real family – and no one will stop her! Not the law-abiding Sheriff Snodgrass, not the gossipy busybodies of the Board of Trustees, not even a broken down old school bus that’s seen better days. Add a hitchhiking troubadour with a few dreams of his own to the boisterous orphans on the bus and you have a rollicking and touching holiday adventure for the whole family.

Lynn Polan will be directing. Rehearsals will begin in October.

We are looking for a multi-generational cast ages 6 and up to play the 10+ characters. Those auditioning will be asked to read from sides available at the auditions.

Character Breakdown

Mrs. Frump: 50s-60s; Director of the Peaceful Valley Orphanage; warm, kind-hearted and well-meaning, but bumbling

The Editor: 40s-70’s; sings a little; the narrator, he’s writing a story for the Christmas edition of his newspaper

Thomas: 18: sings; the oldest orphan; a mechanical genius; mature for his age; Mrs. Frump’s right hand man

Sheriff Snodgrass: 40s-50s; the local lawman and tireless investigator; kindly; the voice of reason

Hortense: middle aged; one of the Busybodies, one of three harpies who make life difficult for Frump; the bossy one

Myrtle: middle aged; one of the Busybodies, one of three harpies who make life difficult for Frump; finicky; the stickler

Ethel: middle aged; one of the Busybodies, one of three harpies who make life difficult for Frump; the follower; note taker of the group

The Orphans: ages 6-14; all sing; nicknames “the Hooligans;” Frankie, Clara, Donald, Hilda, Eugene, Louann, Casey, and Jenny

The Troubadour: 20s; sings and plays guitar; traveling folk singer; earnest; a dreamer

Darlene: 20s: the Troubadour's girlfriend; loves him, but has a practical, down to earth side

Characters who sing will be asked to sing a cappella (perhaps a Christmas carol of their own choosing). Orphans may be asked to do a short physical improvisation. Those determinations will be made during the audition and casting process.

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 contact Steffi Denmark at For additional information about the musical/script, please visit . For directions or additional information on The Chatham Playhouse, please visit

Chatham's 2015-2016 Season ~ 94 Years Sunday, 05 April 2015

August: Osage County - October 2015

By Tracy Letts

"In Tracy Letts' ferociously entertaining play, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the twenty-first century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled-over laughing. A massive meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord—not to mention on the decline of American integrity itself." ~ Variety

The Lion in Winter - March 2016

By James Golden

Sibling rivalry, adultery and dungeons – The Lion in Winter, by James Goldman, is a modern day classic. Comedic in tone, dramatic in action – the play tells the story of the Plantagenet family who are locked in a free for all of competing ambitions to inherit a kingdom. The queen, and wealthiest woman in the world, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been kept in prison since raising an army against her husband, King Henry II. Let out only for holidays, the play centers around the inner conflicts of the royal family as they fight over both a kingdom, as well as King Henry’s paramour during the Christmas of 1183. As Eleanor says, “every family has its ups and downs,” and this royal family is no exception.

SPAMALOT - May 2016

Music and Lyrics by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, Book by Eric Idle

It's comedy fit for a king! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL, SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features a bevy of beautiful show girls, "a chorus line of legless knights”, men in tights (with legs), not to mention cows, killer rabbits, and French taunters. This show features one of the most energetic, tuneful scores of the last decade. The 2005 Broadway production won three Tony Awards, including "Best Musical," and received 14 Tony Award nominations.