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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Chatham Community Players opens 98th season with Tony Award-winning play, “The Humans”


The Chatham Community Players is opens its 98th season with Stephen Karam’s Tony Award-winning play, “The Humans”. This production will run from October 4 through October 19. Chase Newhart from Summit returns to the Chatham Playhouse to direct this play. His successful production of “Glengarry Glen Ross” at this theater garnered multiple Perry Awards by New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT).

It’s Thanksgiving, and the Blake Family, Erik, a school custodian from Scranton, PA and his wife Dierdre, an Office Manager, have driven Erik’s aging Mother, Momo, to their daughter’s Chinatown basement and first floor apartment, for a dinner with young Brigid and her boyfriend Richard, along with their older daughter Aimee.  The young couple are still moving in, waiting for the moving truck, and this particular Holiday is probably not the best time for this family to attempt to deal with the reality of middle class life in America today: filled with love, humor, tenderness, and gathering fear – with the world creaking curiously, and deconstructing around them.

The play takes place in 95 uninterrupted minutes, with a cast that is hardly ever off stage – and an apartment growing in unnatural eeriness… Director Newhart adds that “It turns out the way to win a Tony Award, or a Pulitzer, is to write a play so close to our real human condition 
that it makes you laugh, cry and open your heart in unforgettable ways.” 

The talented group of actors that make up the “Humans” cast are Noreen Farley of Clinton as Deidre Blake, Jeff Maschi of Highland Park as Eric Blake (Top photo), Emily Miller of Bloomingdale as Brigid Blake, Sarah Pharaon of Maplewood as Aimee Blake, Marguerite Wurtz of New Providence as Momo Blake and Matt McCarthy of Chatham as Richard Saad.  “The cast is an amazingly talented ensemble, all veterans of the best that Community Theater has to offer”, said Producer, Denmark.

Rounding out Newhart’s talented production team, the Producer is Steffi Denmark, Stage Manager is Peter Curley, Production Coordinator is Eileen Johnston, Scenic Designer is Roy Pancirov, Costume Designer is Fran Harrison, Lighting Designer is Richard Hennessy, Props & Decoration by Carol Saso & Tish Lum and the Sound Designer is Joe DeVico.

Box Office Information – Online Ticketing
Performance dates are October 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 8pm and October 13 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: Play contains strong language and mature subject matter. This production will be presented with no intermission.

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 ccp.booktix.com. 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 Oct 24 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.

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 our upcoming 2019-2020 season, visit www.chathamplayers.org. 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 Captions

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(L-R) Noreen Farley of Clinton as Deidre Blake and Jeff Maschi of Highland Park as Eric Blake 
Photo by Howard Fischer
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(L-R) Noreen Farley of Clinton as Deidre Blake and Marguerite Wurtz of New Providence as Momo Blake 
Photo by Howard Fischer
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(L-R) Emily Miller of Bloomingdale as Brigid Blake, and Matt McCarthy of Chatham as Richard Saad and Sarah Pharaon of Maplewood as Aimee Blake.
 Photo by Howard Fischer

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