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Saturday, September 19, 2015

‘August: Osage County’ at Chatham Players-Jeffrey Fiorello directing

Judy Liza and Bill

The Chatham Community Players begins its 94th Season of producing local theater with Tracy Letts’ Tony Award & Pulitzer Prize winning play, “August: Osage County”.

This play will run from Oct 9 through Oct 24. Jeffrey Fiorello from Montclair directs. "This show is both devastatingly funny and just plain devastating all at the same time. The Story of the Weston family, is more than just a dark comedy about family dysfunction, it's a tale of addiction, and what can happen to a family when they have simply lost their way,” explained Fiorello.

Winner of multiple Tony Awards, including Best Play, “August: Osage County” tells the story of a dysfunctional family reunion. Taking place at the parent’s Oklahoma home during the month of August, the play follows the family for several weeks as it confronts the problems and conflicts within the members’ personal lives. "The dialogue pops and cracks like a loose high tension wire: Some is vicious, some is vulgar, some is obscenely funny ..."-

The talented and diverse group of actors comprising the August: Osage County ensemble are led by Judi Laganga from Roselle Park as the matriarch Violet Weston and her daughters: Liza Harris from Mountain Lakes as Barbara Fordham, Sky Spiegel Monroe from Morristown as Karen Weston and Sarah Pharaon from Maplewood as Ivy Weston.

Completing this dynamic cast are Susan Speidel from Springfield as Mattie Fae Aiken, Lilly Baldassa from Glen Ridge as Jean Fordham, Lewis Decker from Millington as Sheriff Gilbeau, Bruce Gandy from Florham Park as Beverly Weston, Tracey Lynn Haskell from Garwood as Johnna Monevata, Gus Ibranyi from Bloomfield as Little Charles Aiken, Bob Mackasek from Union as Charlie Aiken, Bill Schineller from Mountain Lakes as Bill Fordham and Craig Zimmermann from Rockaway as Steve Heidebrecht.

“Reading this play for the first time years ago, the level of dysfunction and family dynamic almost felt exaggerated, but as I watch the play, it remains grounded and believable. It was then no surprise to learn that Tracy Letts has stated that it's based on his own family history. Audiences will be moved by life inside the Weston home, but the set itself also emerges as a character too. Roy Pancirov and Bob Lukasik's magnificent three-story set appears like a tornado came through the town and ripped the side off the Weston home, revealing both the home's interior as well as each character,” said Co-Producer, Chris Furlong.

Rounding out Fiorello’s talented production team, the Co-Producers are Chris Furlong and Bob Denmark, Stage Manager is Pam Wilczynski, Assistant Stage Manager is Kate Pierce, Scenic Designers are Roy Pancirov and Robert Lukasik, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Beverly Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy, Production Coordinator is Eileen Johnston, and Sound Designer is Joe DeVico.

Director, Fiorello added, "This is the type of work, that CCP has come to be known for. It's a complex story, with rich characters. The intimacy of the Chatham Playhouse only lends itself to a heightened experience for the audience. It should feel for the audience as if they are right there in the house (at the dining room table, in the living room, on the porch) with the Weston Family. As their lives unravel we are not only spectators, we are right there with them."

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are October 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30pm and October 18 at 3pm. All performances are at the Chatham Playhouse, 23 North Passaic Avenue, in Chatham. Tickets are $25 for adults and $23 for youth/senior. Warning: Strong language and mature subject matter. This production will be presented with two intermissions.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s online ticketing service, 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 September 29 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above.

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 CCP’s 2015-2016 season, visit


PHOTO (L-R) Judi Laganga, Liza Harris and Bill Schineller

Photo taken by Howard Fischer

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