Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Auditions for Chatham Playhouse’s 29th Annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival



The Chatham Community Players will hold open auditions for the 

29th annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival 

WHEN: Sunday, May 21st at 6pm at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 200 Main St, Chatham and Monday, May 22nd 1st at 7pm at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Ave., Chatham. 

Performers are asked to arrive and check in within the first hour of auditions.  

Performances will take place on July 28th, 29th, August 4th, 5th, at 8pm and August 6th, 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. Questions may be sent to

Presented One-Act Plays are:

Pigeon + Duck by Amanda Sage Comerford, directed by Jenna Burke:
A proudly independent single mother debates if her own adult daughter can hack it after finding a positive pregnancy test in the daughter’s trash bin.

  • Wendy (F, late 30s/early 40s) She comes in like a storm – talks fast, moves fast, encompasses all.
  • Jude (F, early 20s) More reserved, quiet – keeps to herself. She’s taken to being the side character to Wendy’s star.

Snow Globe by Blaire Deziel, directed by Julia Frieri Cassisi:
Henry and Susan, a brother and sister still living together in their childhood home, reflect on the importance of memory on a cold winter’s day.

  • Henry (M, 20s-40s) Susan's older brother. There but not really there. Distant and spacey.  
  • Susan (F, 20s-40s) Henry's younger sister. Tries so hard to keep herself and her family together.

Three Items at a Time by Scout Graham, directed by Lionel Ruland:
A story of loving acceptance. A mother and her daughter go shopping for Prom dresses with zero success because, we discover, Cory would prefer to wear a suit.

  • Rita (F, late 30s - late 40s)
  • Cory (AFAB, 18)

Catch 23 by Gabrielle Wagner Mann, directed by Aaron Kellner:
Two strangers become friends as they discuss the (possibly?) unreliable nature of reality.

  • John (M, 40s-50s) confident, self-aware, straight-forward 
  • Lu (F, 30s-40s) creative, open to possibilities, gaining self-assurance.

Water Bar by Tracie E. Morrison, directed by Joann Lopresti Scanlon, Assistant Directed by Eleanor Anderson:
A spoof on high-end "restaurants" but this one just serves water! Filtered, Infused, Turkish, Chilean etc. You get the idea.

  • Man (M, any age) strong comedian, trying to impress his date, becomes confused and annoyed, finally amused and giddy
  • Woman (F, any age) strong comedian, flattered by his concern, becomes confused, loses patience, finally silly
  • Waitress (M or F, any age) strong comedian, pleasantly helpful, soon becomes officious. 

The Dating Pool by Arianna Rose, directed by Sharon Garry:
Is hindsight really 20/20? What if you could give your younger self-relationship advice? In this surrealistic piece, an older woman dreams that she can do just that.

  • 5 Women – ages 61, 16, 23, 36, and 49
  •  Male or female presenting actor, playing teen to middle age multiple non-speaking roles 

Come Fly with Me by Loretta Bolger Wish, directed by Julie Anne Nolan:
A man and woman take turns panicking over a bumpy flight that rapidly escalates their relationship from seatmates to would-be paramours—until an even more unwelcome disturbance throws them completely off course.

  • Ken (M, late 30s – early 50s) outgoing and a little chatty; the kind of guy who will make friends with his neighbors on a long flight
  • Julie (F, late 30s – early 50s) a little standoffish, and focused; not a great flier