Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Chatham Playhouse to Host 23rd Annual Jersey Voices Festival Starting July 28th

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Evening of one-act plays enables writers to showcase original scripts while allowing directors and actors to experiment with new roles

The Chatham Community Players (CCP) will host its 23rd annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with five performances between July 28 and August 6. This year’s production will include six original short plays written by New Jersey playwrights.

Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their new works since 1995. Each year we hope to present the very best, new, original one-act plays by New Jersey authors. There’s a risk in coming to see any author’s new work, whether you’ve heard of them before or not. It’s brave and courageous, and we’re grateful our audience trusts us enough to share the experience. Jersey Voices has presented the work of more than 70 authors in their 23 years. “Playwriting is alive and well in New Jersey” says Co-Producer, Bob Denmark. “This year’s plays include a talking dog, an unlikely couple who meet at the bus stop, an aging ‘Princess’ from a string of famous sci-fi movies, an exceptionally organized young woman, singing waiters, and, yes, an incredible porno collection.”

Each year dozens of people – authors, actors crew, directors – do their best to give us new material, fresh faces, different perspectives and interesting ideas - in short, good theater. "While we never have a theme in mind, every year, when the one-act plays are selected, a theme is identified. This year, the plays show us that love and hope can be discovered where and when you least expect it”, said Co-Producer Andrea Herbert.

Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 28, 29, August 4 and 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 6 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 $13 for youth (18 and under). To access the theater’s online ticketing service, simply go 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 Dog’s Life” by Robert Scott Sullivan of Brick - The silly, exciting, adventure of a day with your dog. This play features Matt McCarthy of Morristown and Jessica Phelan of Montclair. Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham and Assistant Directed by Eleanor Anderson of Florham Park.
  • “Badger and Maddy” by Dianna Lewis of Montclair - A two-character comedy that shows us wisdom can come from unusual places. This play features Donald Calliste of Bronx, NY and Diane Gilch of Martinsville. Directed by Arnold Buchiane of Summit.

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  • “Zarg” by Walter Placzek of Monroe - The play is both funny and touching. Spirited, well-meaning people find love and connection in very difficult circumstances. The play features Mary Jo Oakley and Lily Bauer of Chatham, Christine Talarico of Denville and Dominick DeNucci of Cedar Knolls. Directed by Lynn Polan of Chatham.
  • “Hair, Shoes Coffee” by Eleanor Kennedy of Chatham - A fun comedy piece requiring a lot of acting "in between the lines." Examines the morning rituals of a woman through the eyes of her male friend. This play features Dominick DeNucci of Cedar Knolls and Gianna Esposito of Morristown. Directed by Dawn Afanador of Roseland.
  • “Knock Out” by G. David Post of Sparta - When love comes knock-knocking you might laugh or you might roll your eyes -- but if you know the punchline, it could be the start of something. This play features Mary Molino of Whippany, Elissa Strell of Warren, Julie Anne Nolan of Little Falls and Chip Prestera of Stirling. Directed by John AC Kennedy of Springfield.
  • “In Reverse Order” by Eric Alter of Livingston - "Well, I have an incredible porno collection." A guy, a gal, a blind date...Comedy ensues. This play features Howard Fischer if Berkeley Heights and Judi Laganga of Roselle Park. Directed by George Seylaz of Belleville.

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 upcoming 2017-2018 season, visit

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(L-R) Mary Molino of Whippany, Chip Prestera of Stirling, Julie Anne Nolan of Little Falls and Elissa Strell of Warren in “Knock Out” by G. David Post of Sparta

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(L-R) Lily Bauer and Mary Jo Oakley and of Chatham in "Zarg” by Walter Placzek of Monroe


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