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Friday, September 9, 2016

Chatham Players’ Kickoffs 95th Season with Eric Bogosian’s 'Talk Radio'

The Chatham Community Players begins its 95th Season with Eric Bogosian’s “Talk Radio”. This riveting play will run from September 30 through October 15. Michael J. Hegarty from Highland Park directs. 

Barry Champlain, Cleveland’s most controversial radio host, is on the air doing what he does best: insulting the pathetic souls who call in the middle of the night to sound off. Tomorrow, Barry's show is going into national syndication and his producer is afraid that Barry will say something that will offend the sponsors. This, of course, makes Barry even more outrageous. Funny and moving, off beat, outrageous and totally entrancing, “Talk Radio” had a long run at New York's Public Theatre starring the author, Eric Bogosian. It was adapted into a 1988 film by director Oliver Stone and premiered on Broadway in 2007 with Liev Schreiber as Barry. "Imagine Lenny Bruce at the height of his notoriety becoming a popular talk show host and you may begin to have an idea of the whiplash intensity and black, hard edged cynicism of “Talk Radio”." – The New York Times

DaleMonroe and DominickDeNucci
The talented and diverse group of actors making up the “Talk Radio” cast are Dominick J. DeNucci of Cedar Knolls as Barry Champlain, Joey Caramanno of Staten Island as Stu Noonan, George Seylaz of Belleville as Spike, Christine Talarico of Denville as Linda MacArthur, Dale Monroe of Morristown as Dan Woodruff, Chip Prestera of Stirling (photo below) as Sidney Greenberg/Male Callers, Michael Sundburg of Warren Twp. as Bernie/Male Callers, Chris Frazier of Whippany as Kent, Ginger Kipps of Jersey City as Dr. Susan Fleming/Female Callers and Brittany Goodwin of Cedar Knolls as Rachael/ Female Callers.

“In our community of theater, “Talk Radio” is rarely produced. The reasons are numerous. Technically, “Talk Radio” is a monster, but there’s more. Controversy! Arrogance! Irreverence! Does Barry Champlain, shock jock, talk radio host speak his mind, or does he choose to be controversial for ratings? What is he really like? These were the questions that the Chatham Players Play Selection committee explored as they read this play last year. As we worked our way through it, little did we know that the same controversies and heated discussions that this election year would bring have a distinct parallel to this play. What is truth? What are words just to inflame and titillate? In the words or Marshall McLuhan “Is it the media or the message?” We hope that this is a show that will find you laughing and sighing and most of all finding you leaving the theater and having an insightful discussion about what really happened,” said Producer, Bob Lukasik.

Chip Prestera
Rounding out Hegarty’s talented production team, the Producer and Scenic Designer is Bob Lukasik, Production Coordinator is Eileen Johnston, Stage Manager is Kate Pierce, Assistant Stage Manager is George Seylaz, Scenic Painting by Andrea Sickler, Costume Designer is Bev Wand, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico.

New to working at the Chatham Playhouse, Chatham Players is proud to have Michael J Hegarty direct this challenging play, “Talk Radio”. Ever since I was in college in the early 90s, I have been intrigued by the writing of Eric Bogosian, particularly “Talk Radio”. Having spent a good deal of time in my college radio station, as well as being a longtime listener of talk radio myself, I have always wanted to direct this play. What drew me to it, were its themes of loneliness and bitterness which reverberate within the echo chamber of the world a radio talk shows. Listeners call into the show because they feel that the host shares their views of the world. They want to hear themselves reflected back at them in order to justify their own existence. And caught up in the middle of all this is the host who is trying to find something which has gotten lost in all the noise – his sense of self.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing

Performance dates are September 30, October 1,7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 pm and October 9 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.

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office or Online. To access the theater’s new online ticketing service, where you can now reserve your particular seat, 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 20 at (973) 635-7363. For information regarding box office hours, please call the box office number listed above. 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. Talk Radio is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French.

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 2016-2017 season, visit Funding has been made possible in part by Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Photos by Howard Fischer

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