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Kicking Off Our 95th Season
with Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio”
Thursday, 01 September 2016 Image

The Chatham Community Players begins its 95th Season with Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio”. This riveting play will run from September 30 through October 15. Michael J. Hegarty from Highland Park directs.

Barry Champlain, Cleveland’s most controversial radio host, is on the air doing what he does best: insulting the pathetic souls who call in the middle of the night to sound off. Tomorrow, Barry's show is going into national syndication and his producer is afraid that Barry will say something that will offend the sponsors.Image This, of course, makes Barry even more outrageous. Funny and moving, off beat, outrageous and totally entrancing, “Talk Radio” had a long run at New York's Public Theatre starring the author, Eric Bogosian. It was adapted into a 1988 film by director Oliver Stone and premiered on Broadway in 2007 with Liev Schreiber as Barry. "Imagine Lenny Bruce at the height of his notoriety becoming a popular talk show host and you may begin to have an idea of the whiplash intensity and black, hard edged cynicism of “Talk Radio”." – The New York Times

The talented and diverse group of actors making up the “Talk Radio” cast are Dominick J. DeNucci of Cedar Knolls as Barry Champlain, Joey Caramanno of Staten Island as Stu Noonan, George Seylaz of Belleville as Spike, Christine Talarico of Denville as Linda Macarthur, Dale Monroe of Morristown as Dan Woodruff, Chip Prestera of Stirling as Sidney Greenberg/Male Callers, Michael Sundburg of Warren Twp. as Bernie/Male Callers, Chris Frazier of Whippany as Kent, Ginger Kipps of Jersey City as Dr. Susan Fleming/Female Callers and Brittany Goodwin of Cedar Knolls as Rachael/ Female Callers.

“In our community of theater, “Talk Radio” is rarely produced. The reasons are numerous. Technically, “Talk Radio” is a monster, but there’s more. Controversy! Arrogance! Irreverence! Does Barry Champlain, shock jock, talk radio host speak his mind, or does he choose to be controversial for ratings? What is he really like? These were the questions that the Chatham Players Play Selection committee explored as they read this play last year. As we worked our way through it, little did we know that the same controversies and heated discussions that this election year would bring have a distinct parallel to this play. What is truth? What are words just to inflame and titillate? In the words or Marshall McLuhan “Is it the media or the message?” We hope that this is a show that will find you laughing and sighing and most of all finding you leaving the theater and having an insightful discussion about what really happened,” said Producer, Bob Lukasik.

Rounding out Hegarty’s talented production team, the Producer and Scenic Designer is Bob Lukasik, Production Coordinator is Eileen Johnston, Stage Manager is Kate Pierce, Assistant Stage Manager is George Seylaz, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Bev Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico.

New to working at the Chatham Playhouse, Chatham Players is proud to have Michael J Hegarty direct this challenging play, “Talk Radio”. "Ever since I was in college in the early 90s, I have been intrigued by the writing of Eric Bogosian, particularly “Talk Radio”. Having spent a good deal of time in my college radio station, as well as being a longtime listener of talk radio myself, I have always wanted to direct this play. What drew me to it, were its themes of loneliness and bitterness which reverberate within the echo chamber of the world a radio talk shows. Listeners call into the show because they feel that the host shares their views of the world. They want to hear themselves reflected back at them in order to justify their own existence. And caught up in the middle of all this is the host who is trying to find something which has gotten lost in all the noise – his sense of self."

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are September 30, Oct 1,7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8pm and October 9 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 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 20 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. Talk Radio is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.

About the Chatham Playhouse

The Chatham Community Players has been entertaining residents of Morris County and the surrounding area since 1922. The organization’s mission is to produce high-quality theater for a diverse audience, while elevating its standard of excellence and providing a creative outlet with educational opportunities and outreach programs. For more information, including details of CCP’s 2016-2017 season, visit 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.

Chatham Wins 3 Perry Awards Monday, 19 September 2016 Image

We are pleased to announce that the Chatham Players was awarded 3 Perry Awards last night at NJACT’s ceremony in Somerset, NJ. Congratulations to the three winners and to all of the nominees! We had received 23 nominations from NJACT Perry Awards for various productions from our 2015-16 season.

Perry Award Recipients

*Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play*- Andrea Morgon Sickler, Roy Pancirov and Robert Lukasik in August: Osage County

*Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical* - Joseph Laurino Jr. in Spamalot

*Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play* - Liza Harris in August: Osage County

Chatham's 2016-2017 Season ~ 96 Years Friday, 17 June 2016

Talk Radio - October 2016

By Eric Bogosian

Talk Radio is a 1987 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play written by Eric Bogosian, based on a concept by Bogosian and Tad Savinar. The story of Barry Champlain, a Cleveland-area shock jock, on the eve of his radio show's national syndication. Funny and moving, off beat, outrageous and totally entrancing. Directed by Michael Hegarty

A CHRISTMAS CAROL - December 2016

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

Moon Over Buffalo - March 2017

By Ken Ludwig

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950's. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in rep in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body. Directed by Tom Frascatore

Bell, Book and Candle - May 2017

By John Van Druten

Gillian Holroyd is one of the few modern people who can actually cast spells and perform feats of supernaturalism. She casts a spell over an unattached publisher, Shepherd Henderson, partly to keep him away from a rival and partly because she is attracted to him. He falls head over heels in love with her at once and wants to marry her. But witches, unfortunately, cannot fall in love, and this minute imperfection leads into a number of difficulties. Ultimately, the lady breaks off with her companions in witchery, preferring the normal and human love offered her by the attractive publisher. But before the happy conclusion of the romance, Gillian comes very near to losing him—but doesn't. Directed by Elizabeth Rogers