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Chatham Playhouse to Host 21st Annual Jersey Voices Festival Starting July 31

(L-R) Melanie Jackson and Erin Jackson of Newton, Brielle Sutherland of Andover, Melissa Kaban of Westfield, Brittany Barthelemy of Jersey City, Ashley McDonnell of Green Township and Daraius Phillips of Jersey City are the featured dancers in “Rodin in Movement”, written, directed & choreographed by Kimberly Jackson of Newton. Credits: Chatham Playhouse
(L-R) Brad Carrington of Summit and Debbie Bernstein of Maplewood star in “Wendy” by John AC Kennedy of Springfield in Chatham Community Players’ 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival.  Credits: Chatham Playhouse
CHATHAM,  NJ - The Chatham Community Players (CCP) will host its 21st annual Jersey Voices One-Act Festival with five performances between July 31 and August 9.
This year’s production will include six original short plays and one original dance piece written by New Jersey playwrights.
From the moment the festival concludes in August, playwrights from all around New Jersey begin to send Chatham Community Players their works. With over 70 playwrights having seen their original one-acts produced on the Chatham stage, audiences have been able to see over 100 plays over 21 years.
“I can't believe that this is our twenty-first season of producing original works by New Jersey authors,"  Bob Lukasik, the Chatham Playhouse artistic director, said. "We are very pleased to have two veteran directors returning and five new directors. As it has been over the past few years, the talent pool continues to increase. We welcome you to join us as we explore the joys of live, original theatre."
The plays this year run the gamut from comedy to heart gripping drama and the themes cover many aspects of life such as loss, fear and unconditional love. Jersey Voices has provided a venue for New Jersey playwrights to showcase their work since 1995. 
"I’m constantly amazed and excited by the creativity, the resilience, the persistence of the Playwrights of New Jersey whose plays we get to present every summer,” Producer Bob Denmark said.
Performance dates are Friday and Saturday evenings, July 31, August 1, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, August 9 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 $12 for youth (18 and under).  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:
  • A Love Story by Walter Placzek of Matawan - A poignant look at familiar love.  This production features Bob and Colleen Grundfest of Warren Township and Jean Habrukowich of Somerset. Directed by Arnold Buchiane of Summit.Wendy by John AC Kennedy of Springfield -Remember… from childhood… as real as yesterday. This production features Brad Carrington of Summit and Debbie Bernstein of Maplewood. Directed by Joann Scanlon of Chatham.
  • I Thought I Liked Girls… by Nicole Pandolfo of Gibbstown-Lucy, has some big news for her parents- after 10 years, she is ready to share.  This production features Judi Laganga of Roselle Park, Steve Gabe of Madison and Julie Anne Nolan of Little Falls. Directed by Eric Holgerson of Budd Lake.
  • Two Perfect Strangers Meet At The Jet Lag Cafe by Ralph Greco, Jr. of Clifton - At four AM in an all-but-empty Paris café’, two Americans strike up a conversation that, for a moment, distracts each other and leads to a new found kinship. The production features Arnold Buchiane of Summit and Chip Prestera of Stirling. Directed by Kevern Cameron of Hamburg.
  • Rodin in Movement" by Kimberly Jackson of Newton- A dance piece that explores the stories behind the famous bronze sculptures that Auguste Rodin used in his masterpiece "The Gates of Hell".  This production features Ashley McDonnell of Green Township, Brielle Sutherland of Andover, Brittany Barthelemy, Melanie Jackson and Erin Jackson of Newton, Melissa Kaban of Westfield and Daraius Phillips of Jersey City. Directed & Choreographed by Kimberly Jackson of Newton.
  • Gentleman's Pact by Karen JP Howes of Madison - A wry and witty look at fidelity, friendship and 21st century marriage. This production features Liz Royce of Cedar Grove, Orin Tempkin of Springfield and Howard Fischer of Berkeley Heights. Directed by Lynn Polan of Chatham.
  • Holy Grill by Gary Shaffer of Point Pleasant - A soon to be bride, a nervous groom, and two retired cops asking all the right questions; things could get interesting.  This production features Arlene Britt and Jackie Jacobi of Edison, Dan Malloy of Jefferson Township, Lewis Decker of Millington and Victor Gallo of North Caldwell. Directed by Scott Baird of Rockaway
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 2015-2016 season,

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