Friday, July 5, 2019

Chatham Playhouse to Host 25th Annual Jersey Voices Festival Starting July 26th

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 25th annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with five performances between July 26 and August 4. This year’s production will include six original short plays written by New Jersey playwrights.

We welcome you to join us as we explore the joys of live, original theater in The Chatham Playhouse, where Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995. 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 80 authors in their 25 years. “I'm constantly amazed by the talent and creativity of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer”, said Co-Producer, Bob Denmark.

Each year dozens of people from our extended New Jersey community – authors, actors crew, directors – do their best to give us new material, fresh faces, different perspectives and interesting ideas - in short, good theater. Co-Producer Jessica Phelan went on to explain that, "Jersey Voices is a true collaborative process allowing members of our community to get involved in all aspects of a production, even trying something new. The fun of Jersey Voices for me is seeing familiar faces in roles we don't expect to see them in. This year, of our six playwrights, one has previously directed, one has previously acted, and one has previously both acted and directed in prior Jersey Voices productions. Three of our six directors have been previously seen on Chatham's stage. Though I am producing Jersey Voices this year, I have been involved in previous Jersey Voices as an actor and as a director."

Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 26, 27, August 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 4 at 7 p.m.. All performances are held at the Chatham Playhouse 23 North Passaic Ave Chatham, NJ. All Tickets are $15. 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:

“Meet Millie” by Amanda Sage Comerford of Hawthorne - Millie, eager yet unsure in her new job as a real estate agent, prepares for her first open house. However, when her parents show up to cheer her on, Millie’s day take a hilarious turn. This play features Ali Archetti of East Hanover, Colleen Grundfest of Warren and Charles Grayson of Morristown. Directed by Karen Thornton of New Providence.

“A Visit in the Afternoon” by Fred Dennehy of Cranbury - A dying man insists on one last visit with his granddaughter, to share a story, a secret, and an unexpected responsibility. This play features Chris Gibbs of Fanwood, Maya Lerner of Parsippany and Gloria Lamoureux of Succasunna as Melaine. Directed by John A.C. Kennedy of Springfield.


“Infinite” by Jackie Jacobi of Metuchen - The story of a couple in their late 30s who are staring, side-by-side, into the infinite possibilities life provides in those moments between knowing and not knowing. This play features Sarah Pharaon of Maplewood and Brian Merrill of Lake Hiawatha. Directed by Julie Anne Nolan of Little Falls.

“Rearranging the Ham” by Eleanor Kennedy of Chatham - A 60 something husband and wife coping with one of life's most difficult situations. This play features Jim Clancy of Basking Ridge and Terri Sturtevant of Hillsborough. Directed by Arnold Buchaine of Summit.

“On Pause” by Lauri MacMillan of Rockaway - While a mother and son play a video game, it turns out it is more than winning at the game that is at stake. A bonding occurs as each reveals their strengths and weaknesses and not just in the game. This play features Gloria Lamoureux of Succasunna and Alexander Wolfe of Bloomfield. Directed by Roseann Ruggiero of Ledgewood.

“Chair Dancing” by Steve Ruskin of Chatham - A feisty "older" woman struggling with physical challenges from a stroke works with a physical therapist who knows how to challenge/encourage his patient and bring back the sparkle and enthusiasm she thought she had lost. This play features Jean Kuras of Glen Ridge and Dan Deguzman of Chatham. Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham.

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 2019-2020 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 Fisher

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