Tuesday, October 4, 2011



By Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winning playwright Tracy Letts
Directed by Bob Pridham

WHEN: October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8 PM and October 23 at 3 PM
  Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham
TICKETS: $20 for adults and $18 for youth/senior. NOT suitable for younger viewers. Parents are strongly cautioned.
To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply  CLICK HERE and click on the “TicketLeap” logo. 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. The box office will begin accepting phone reservations on October 4 at 973.635.7363.

SarahandMattBUG centers on Agnes, a lonely, middle-aged waitress victimized by her abusive ex-husband, and tortured by the kidnapping of her child in a supermarket almost ten years ago. After spiraling into a world of alcohol, cocaine and seedy motel rooms, Peter, a timid Gulf War veteran and drifter in search of a friend, wanders into her life. As their interest in each other grows, so does their paranoid obsession with understanding what –or who – brought them together. Did we mention the infestation of bugs? (Photo by Howard Fischer)

“…obscenely exciting…top-flight craftsmanship. Buckle up and brace yourself…” states The New York Times.

The exciting cast includes Sarah Pharaon from Maplewood as Agnes, Matt McCarthy from Landing as Peter, Tina Zoganas from Randolph as RC, Jeff Maschi from Milltown as Goss and Brian Dowd from South Orange as Dr Swee .

Director Bob Pridham said,” Playwright Tracy Letts gives us plays which fire on multiple cylinders and demand white-knuckle commitment from the actors, and BUG is no exception. Funny, rude, violent and appalling, this is a play which sends audiences and performers on a wild ride into a carnival darkhouse where almost nothing is what it seems to be. Few plays I know better capture the interlocked pathologies of fear, suspicion and reactionary madness which seem to be clogging the American airwaves these days. I'm reminded of the punchline to an old joke: "I may be paranoid, but at least I know what's real." Not to be outdone, Letts pushes us one step further: "What don't you know?"