Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Bug a hit at the Chatham Community Players

Bug Press Release PosterBUG 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?

Players Kick-off their 90th Season with “Bug” October 14 - 29  2011 
The Chatham Community Players kicked off their 90th Season by presenting the Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award winning playwright, Tracy Letts’ play, “BUG.” Bob Pridham returns as director, known to Chatham Playhouse audiences for directing numerous gems like “Rabbit Hole”, "The Graduate", “How I Learned To Drive", "Side Man."

Ruth Ross (Read her review) has already said, "Bug speaks volumes about just how far this troupe has moved away from the usual community theater fare to including edgier, more contemporary plays (The Pillowman, The Graduate, Rabbit Hole, to name a few) in its repertoire. And that they perform these plays at the top of their dramatic form is evidence that CCP deserves the awards they receive every year from the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters and should be a major destination for serious theater-lovers in Northern New Jersey!"

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

The exciting cast includes: Sarah Pharaon as Agnes from Maplewood, Matt McCarthy as Peter from Landing, Tina Zoganas as RC from Randolph, Jeff Maschi as Goss from Milltown and Brian Dowd as Dr Sweet from South Orange.
Photo of Matt for Bug Director Bob Pridham added,” 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?"

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 8PM and October 23 at 3PM. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $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 visit our TicketLeap affiliate. 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. Box office accepts phone reservations at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above.

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