Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Chatham Playhouse to Host 21st Annual Jersey Voices Festival Starting July 31st

The Chatham Community Players (CCP) will host its 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with four performances between July 31 and August 9. This year’s production will include six original short plays and one original dance piece written by New Jersey playwrights.
From the moment the festival concludes in August, playwrights from all around New Jersey begin to send Chatham Community Players their works. With over 70 playwrights having seen their original one-acts produced on the Chatham stage, audiences have been able to see over 100 plays over 21 years. As it has been over the past few years, the talent pool continues to increase. “We welcome you to join us as we explore the joys of live, original theatre in The Chatham Playhouse”, said Artistic Director, Bob Lukasik.

Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995. "I’m constantly amazed and excited by the creativity, the resilience, the persistence of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer”, said Producer Bob Denmark.

Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 31, August 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 9 at 7 p.m.. All performances are held at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ. Tickets are $15 for adults (19 and older) and $12 for youth (18 and under). To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go to

For more information, call the box office at (973) 635-7363 or go to

It is highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance. 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.

Each of the following pieces will be performed each night of the festival:
A Love Story by Walter Placzek - A poignant look at familiar love. This production features Bob and Colleen Grundfest and Jean Habrukowich. Directed by Arnold Buchiane.
Wendy by John AC Kennedy - Remember… from childhood… as real as yesterday. This production features Brad Carrington and Debbie Bernstein. Directed by Joann Scanlon.
I Thought I Liked Girls… by Nicole Pandolfo - Lucy, has some big news for her parents- after 10 years, she is ready to share. This production features Judi Laganga, Steve Gabe and Julie Anne Nolan. Directed by Eric Holgerson.
Two Perfect Strangers Meet At The Jet Lag Cafe by Ralph Greco, Jr. - At four AM in an all-but-empty Paris café’, two Americans strike up a conversation that, for a moment, distracts each other and leads to a new found kinship. The production features Arnold Buchiane and Chip Prestera. Directed by Kevern Cameron.
Rodin in Movement" by Kimberly Jackson - A dance piece that explores the stories behind the famous bronze sculptures that Auguste Rodin used in his masterpiece "The Gates of Hell". This production features Ashley McDonnell, Brielle Sutherland, Brittany Barthelemy, Melissa Kaban, Melanie Jackson, Ering Jackson and Daraius Phillips. Directed & Choreographed by Kimberly Jackson.
Gentlemen's Pact by Karen JP Howes - A wry and witty look at fidelity, friendship and 21st century marriage. This production features Liz Royce, Orin Tempkin and Howard Fischer. Directed by Lynn Polan.
Holy Grill by Gary Shaffer - A soon to be bride, a nervous groom, and two retired cops asking all the right questions; things could get interesting. This production features Arlene Britt, Jackie Jacobi, Dan Malloy, Lewis Decker and Victor Gallo. Directed by Scott Baird

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