Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Auditions for Chatham Playhouse’s 28th Annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival



28th Annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival

WHEN: Tuesday, May 31, and Wednesday, June 1, at 7pm. Performers are asked to arrive within the first hour of auditions.
Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham.

Performances will take place on July 29, 30, August 5, 6 at 8pm and August 7 at 7pm.

For directions, audition forms and sides, and more information, please visit

The Chatham Community Players are committed to diverse and inclusive casting, and performers of all abilities, races, ethnicities, and gender identities are encouraged to audition. The Board of Trustees requires all performers be fully vaccinated prior to the first performance date. Questions may be sent to

Presented One-Act Plays are:

Open Door
by Susan Brown-Peitz
directed by Sarah DeVizio 

A veterinarian’s waiting room sets the scene for an unexpected conversation about grief and hope.

  • Receptionist (any gender, any age) a person working at a veterinarian’s office
  • Ray (M, 20s-30s) stiff, just lost his mother and is getting her affairs in order. Ray is seemingly cold but thoughtful
  • Stella (F, 20s) bubbly with a big heart, applying for a job. Stella is an animal lover

The Grape Nerds Reunion
by Alli Hartley-Kong
directed by Sarah Pharaon

Connected by a past one of them can’t remember, two classmates at their high school reunion explore the impact of choices they've made—both big and small.

  • Alyssa (Female or Female Identifying, 25-40) A high school band geek who’s flourished
  • Mike (Male or Male Identifying, 25-40) A high school rocker gone to seed

Never More Lenore
by G. David Post
directed by John A.C. Kennedy

Two officemates interview a potential temporary employee. They have very different experiences when she comes in through the office door.

  • Ed (M, 40-60) office worker, detail oriented. Inclined to ponder many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
  • Lenore (F, 25-75) clerical temp, unflappable. Stately, of the saintly days of yore.
  • Mark (M, 30-50) office worker, easy-going people-person. A dog owner. Nothing more.

The Singing Woman
by G. David Post
directed by Lauri MacMillan

If you told a stranger at a bus stop, you were being haunted would you be ready to hear the truth?

  • Carlysle (30s-60s) “A guy”, can be played by any gender. Haunted. Confused. Searching.
  • Dawson (15-50) “A guy”, can be played by any gender. Calm. Resigned. Familiar.
The Elusive Pursuit of Maximum Bliss
by Ken Preuss
directed by Amanda Marino

A wealthy man and a female researcher explore multiple timelines to seek the feasibility of 100% happiness.

  • Max (Male presenting, late 30s-50s) A rich person seeking the secret to achieving 100% happiness
  • Elle (Female presenting, late 20s-40s) A caring scientist offering a glimpse at alternate timelines and ultimate bliss
**Director is not set on age range but Max needs to present as older than Elle

by Devon Villacampa
directed by Steve Ruskin

Two college students come to the University Financial Aid office when their money gets cut. There is a very nice lady there. Let’s see how helpful she can be.

  • Felicia (F, college student) The kind of girl that when she’s been wronged needs the whole world to know about it
  • Dane (M, college student) Nicer than Felicia, willing to give the benefit of the doubt
  • Miss Bezzle (F, 50s-ish – range is open, but must be older than Felicia and Dane) Got the courage and confidence of Julia Child cooking on live television. We instantly like her but may be wrong to trust her

Wing Man
by Mary Jane Walsh
directed by Joann Lopresti Scanlon
Assistant Directed by Eleanor Anderson

A woman discovers a parrot has flown into her apartment. Becoming friends, he sits on her shoulder, and she takes him into bars as an icebreaker and conversation starter.

  • Woman (F, 40-65) Pleasant looking, no airs—but something flirty and appealing about her.