Sunday, July 14, 2019

25TH ANNUAL “JERSEY VOICES” TO OPEN JULY 26 FOR 2 WEEKENDS IN CHATHAM

The Chatham Community Players

Jersey Voices 2019

An evening of one-act plays by New Jersey playwrights

WHEN: July 26 through August 4. Fridays & Saturdays 8 PM; Sunday, August 4, 7 PM
WHERE:
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham
TICKETS: $15
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For more details and information, including the Cast List and the Production Team, please visit ChathamPlayers.org

We welcome you to join us as we explore the joys of live, original theater in The Chatham Playhouse, where Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995. There’s a risk in coming to see any author’s new work, whether you’ve heard of them before or not. It’s brave and courageous, and we’re grateful our audience trusts us enough to share the experience. Jersey Voices has presented the work of more than 80 authors in their 25 years. “I'm constantly amazed by the talent and creativity of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer,” said Co-Producer, Bob Denmark.

Each year dozens of people from our extended New Jersey community—authors, actors crew, directors—do their best to give us new material, fresh faces, different perspectives and interesting ideas—in short, good theater.

Co-Producer Jessica Phelan went on to explain that, "Jersey Voices is a true collaborative process allowing members of our community to get involved in all aspects of a production, even trying something new. The fun of Jersey Voices for me is seeing familiar faces in roles we don't expect to see them in. This year, of our six playwrights, one has previously directed, one has previously acted, and one has previously both acted and directed in prior Jersey Voices productions. Three of our six directors have been previously seen on Chatham's stage. Though I am producing Jersey Voices this year, I have been involved in previous Jersey Voices as an actor and as a director."

One-Act Plays are:

  • Meet Millie by Amanda Sage Comerford, Directed by Karen Thornton.
    Millie, eager yet unsure in her new job as a real estate agent, prepares for her first open house. However, when her parents show up to cheer her on, Millie’s day take a hilarious turn.


  • A Visit in the Afternoon by Fred Dennehy, Directed by John A.C. Kennedy.
    A dying man insists on one last visit with his granddaughter, to share a story, a secret, and an unexpected responsibility.


  • Infinite by Jackie Jacobi, Directed by Julie Anne Nolan.
    The story of a couple in their late 30s who are staring, side-by-side, into the infinite possibilities life provides in those moments between knowing and not knowing. (Right: Brian Merrill and Sarah Pharaon)


  • Rearranging the Ham by Eleanor Kennedy, Directed by Arnold Buchaine.
    A 60 something husband and wife coping with one of life's most difficult situations.


  • On Pause by Lauri MacMillan, Directed by Roseann Ruggiero.
    While a mother and son play a video game, it turns out it is more than winning at the game that is at stake. A bonding occurs as each reveals their strengths and weaknesses and not just in the game… (Right: Alexander Wolfe and Gloria Lamoureaux)


  • Chair Dancing by Steve Ruskin, Directed by Joann Scanlon.
    A feisty "older" woman struggling with physical challenges from a stroke works with a physical therapist who knows how to challenge/encourage his patient and bring back the sparkle and enthusiasm she thought she had lost. (Right: Dan Deguzman and Jean Kuras)

PHOTOS BY HOWARD FISCHER


ANNOUNCING CHATHAM COMMUNITY PLAYERS’ 98TH SEASON:

Chatham Players 2019-2020 Season

The Chatham Community Players announce their 98th (2019-2020) 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, The Humans by Stephen Karam in October; Lost in Yonkers by Neil Simon in early February; and the musical, Tuck Everlasting with music by Chris Miller, lyrics by Nathan Tysen and a book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle in May.

Season Subscriptions will be available soon at ChathamPlayers.org