Saturday, February 3, 2018

Chatham Players’ to present 'Steel Magnolias'

CHATHAM, NJ- The Chatham Community Players continue their 96th Season with Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias, a play that is saturated in humor and tinged with tragedy.  This production will run from February 23 through March 10. Jeffrey Fiorello from Montclair directs. 

Steel Magnolias (the basis for the much-loved multi Oscar-nominated film) is the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives in a small US Southern town. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin. 

Jeffrey Fiorello
Steel Magnolias is a heartwarming portrait of friendship and love. The play is refreshingly similar to the 1989 film version, its dialogue, choice zingers and plot  are all intact, the only difference is that the play's action all takes place entirely in Truvy's Beauty Salon. Director, Fiorello described this play as one that is “filled with quick witted banter and containing some of the most quotable lines ever written, this piece tells the touching sentimental story of 6 women who are both as delicate and beautiful as magnolias but as strong as steel.”

The charming and talented group of actresses making up the “Steel Magnolias” cast are Nicole Boscarino from Wayne as Shelby Eatenton-Latcherie, Anna Cave as Truvy Jones and Erin Feith as Annelle Dupuy-Desoto are both from Florham Park, Barbara Haag from Chester as Clairee Belcher, Lynn Langone from Cranford as M'lynn Eatenton and Jodi Freeman Maloy from Cedar Grove as Ouiser Boudreaux. “This piece truly celebrates the gift of friendship and the strength of women”, said their director, Fiorello.

Rounding out Fiorello’s talented production team, the Producer is Eileen Johnston, Production Coordinator is Steffi Denmark, Stage Manager is Pam Wilczynski, Scenic Designers are Roy Pancirov & Bob Lukasik, Costume Designers are Bev Wand & Andrea Sickler, Lighting Designer is Kevin Ohlweiler and original music is composed and performed by the Sound Designer, Joe DeVico. Producer, Eileen Johnston of Springfield added,” Steel Magnolias” is one of my favorite plays, because of its ability to show the beauty of the bonds of friendship in a wonderfully emotional, tragic, uplifting and sincere way.”

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing
Performance dates are February 23, 24, March 2, 3, 9 and 10 at 8pm and March 4 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 February 13 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. “Steel Magnolias” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

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 2017-2018 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.

Photo: (L-R) Jodi Maloy from Cedar Grove as Ouiser, Nicole Boscarino of Wayne as Shelby and Anna Cave of Florham Park as Truvy (Photo by Howard Fischer)

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