Monday, February 3, 2020


The Chatham Community Players continues its 98th season

by Neil Simon
directed by Wanda Maragni

WHEN: February 7 through February 22; February 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 and 22 at 8pm and February 16 at 3pm
Chatham Playhouse, 23 N. Passaic Ave., Chatham
TICKETS: $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 January 28 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. (Above: L-R – Top, Bottom: Craig Zimmerman from Rockaway as Louie, Dale Monroe from Morristown as Eddie, Janet Aspinwall from Edison as Grandma Kurnitz, Logan Guvenel from Chatham as Arty, Elissa Strell from Warren as Bella and Braden Mellina from Chatham as Jay.

After the death of their mother, Arty and Jay’s father is weighed down by debts. They are left to live with their stern grandmother, childlike Aunt Bella and hoodlum Uncle Louie so their father can pay back the loan sharks. In their strange new world of Yonkers, the young boys learn lessons about love, responsibility and the importance of family that will carry them into adulthood.  (Left L-R: Janet Aspinwall from Edison as Grandma Kurnitz, Logan Guvenel from Chatham as Arty and Braden Mellina from Chatham as Jay)

Director Maragni explained, “the audience will be taken back to the early 1940’s, to a time of upheaval in the world which impacted families. I hope that our audiences come and meet a family with all of its dysfunctional parts, all finding a way to be there for each other and growing a little as well.”

The talented group of actors that make up the cast are Braden Mellina as Jay and Logan Guvenel as Arty both from Chatham, Dale Monroe from Morristown as Eddie, Elissa Strell from Warren as Bella, Janet Aspinwall from Edison as Grandma Kurnitz, Craig Zimmerman from Rockaway as Louie and Meghan Sudol from Maplewood as Gert.  Producer Sickler added, "we have assembled a very talented cast, that has come together as a true family. Their performances will draw you in and touch you."

Rounding out Maragni’s talented production team, the Producer & Stage Manager is Andrea Sickler, Assistant Stage Manager is Mara Ebert, Production Coordinator is Carol Saso, Scenic Designer is Roy Pancirov, Scenic Painting is Dean Sickler, Costume Designer is Fran Harrison, Lighting Designer is Diane Giangreco, Props & Decoration by Tish Lum and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico.

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 our 2019-2020 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.

Photos by Howard Fischer