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Submission deadline is November 1, 2017.(Learn more…)

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Chapel Street Players is seeking directors for the 2018-19 season.
Submission deadline is November 1, 2017.(Learn more…)

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(A. Renaldi) The Pillowman http://chapelstreetplayers.org/a-renaldi-the-pillowman/ http://chapelstreetplayers.org/a-renaldi-the-pillowman/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:32:30 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2297 submitted By Anthony Renaldi

The Pillowman, is a 2003 play in three acts by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. This black comedy tells the story of Katurian (Jimmy Van Buren), an amoral writer of fiction, who lives in an unnamed totalitarian state and who is interrogated regarding the gruesome content of his short stories because they closely resemble recent child murders in his town.

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submitted By Anthony Renaldi

The Pillowman, is a 2003 play in three acts by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh. This black comedy tells the story of Katurian (Jimmy Van Buren), an amoral writer of fiction, who lives in an unnamed totalitarian state and who is interrogated regarding the gruesome content of his short stories because they closely resemble recent child murders in his town. Audiences may be jolted by events described and depicted onstage in this pitch-black comedy and those with delicate sensibilities should avoid seeing The Pillowman. (Advisory: This play contains strong language and depicts/describes murder, mutilation, dismemberment, child abuse, and other violence.)

ThePillowman-1While Pillowman is touted as a comedy, the laughs are sparse due to the gruesome theme of the play, but they are well-placed and usually followed by something shocking that will cause the audience to gasp or cringe in their seats—apropos for a play about a man suspected of torturing and murdering children. The ghoulish tales that Katurian spins (think Grimm Brothers reimagined by Wes Craven) are products of his f****d up childhood and far from funny, especially to Tupolski (Steve Conner) and Ariel (John Barker), the overzealous, over-the-top cops who are alternately interrogating/torturing Katurian. It gets real when Katurian learns that the police have his mentally ill brother, Michael (Sean McKean), in custody as well. To delve any deeper into the plot of this play would risk revealing spoilers that would rob the audience of their theatre going experience.

To read a synopsis of the play, you might think Pillowman is about a hideous crime and harsh (if not deserved) punishment, but Pillowman is all about the art of storytelling set against a macabre theme of violence. Every character in the play tells a story—from Katurian’s fractured fairy tales to the deceptions of the police, but how do you know something is true simply because someone told you?

ThePillowman-3Director J. W. Pukatsch has been passionate about bringing this play to the stage for some 10 years. His patience has finally been rewarded, and although a bit of a departure for Chapel Street Players, audiences with strong constitutions will be rewarded as well with a solid, well-acted, well staged production. Jimmy Van Buren is fantastic as Katurian and manages to make an unlikeable character sympathetic as humanly possible. John Barker and Steve Connor (Ariel and Tupolski) are brilliant as the over-the-top, torture happy good cop/bad cop duo. Finally, Sean McKean shines as Michael and manages to aptly portray both the childlike innocence and shocking ugliness of Michael. Special mention to Penelope Rose Teague who was adorable as the little girl.

ThePillowman-4Pukatsch wore multiple hats for this production as he was also the lighting and set designer. As is always the case, the set was well designed, practical, and functional. It easily morphed from grim interrogation room to childhood home to help tell Katurian’s backstory.

The Pillowman runs through August 5th on the CSP stage.

 

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(DEArtsInfo) Chapel Street Tells a Dark Tale in “The Pillowman” http://www.deartsinfo.com/2017/08/chapel-street-tells-dark-tale-in.html http://www.deartsinfo.com/2017/08/chapel-street-tells-dark-tale-in.html#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 13:19:35 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2295 By Mike Logothetis

Somewhere at the confluence of Poe, Kafka and Tarantino lies Martin McDonagh’s spellbinding play,The Pillowman. While some would label this as black comedy, I believe it is more dramatic realism. The feelings I had when processing the Chapel Street Players production on my walk home from the theater dealt more with unhealthy realistic possibilities than with sinister “what ifs.”

But my own petty internal arguments should not stop you from getting a ticket to this week’s final run of shows — because this is a play you should experience.

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By Mike Logothetis

Somewhere at the confluence of Poe, Kafka and Tarantino lies Martin McDonagh’s spellbinding play,The Pillowman. While some would label this as black comedy, I believe it is more dramatic realism. The feelings I had when processing the Chapel Street Players production on my walk home from the theater dealt more with unhealthy realistic possibilities than with sinister “what ifs.”

But my own petty internal arguments should not stop you from getting a ticket to this week’s final run of shows — because this is a play you should experience. Director J.W. Pukatsch puts his four main actors through a gauntlet of emotions because McDonagh’s script demands authenticity. While all the major players were excellent, the show is anchored by the stalwart performance of Jimmy Van Buren as the protagonist Katurian.

Writer Katurian’s 400 short stories (all but one unpublished) might be described as a how-to guide of “101 ways to skewer a 5-year-old.” The purportedly fictional stories have landed Katurian and his weak-minded brother Michal (Sean McKean) in prison, since the killings described in his simply-told fables have been replicated in the town where they live.

The policemen who interrogate Katurian – the disdainful Tupolski (Steve Connor) and his hot-headed partner Ariel (John Barker) – aren’t necessarily wrong in hating what their prisoner has written. These are sick, demented tales of torture written by a bruised man in a world the audience never sees outside of the prison walls. But do these lawmen deserve to be judge, jury and executioner on top of their detective roles?

Barker and Connor, as Ariel and Tupolski, turn the classic good cop/bad cop formula into a devilish vaudevillian routine. “Good cop” Tupolski toys with Katurian, giving him false impressions of understanding, sympathy and hope. “Bad cop” Ariel is an amalgam of the clichéd combustible, torture-happy cop with a secret past. The two have chemistry and perverse senses of humor that fit their surroundings. Neither seems to care a shred for humanity and force Katurian to continuously jump through hoops of their own manic creation.

Van Buren imbues the arrogant yet thin-skinned Katurian from his mercurial talking in the interrogation room to the more subdued time spent with his weak-minded brother in a holding cell. You want to root for Katurian, but the audience sees that he is not a wholly sympathetic character.

Katurian’s inflated sense of self-satisfaction when he tells a story – especially one of his stories – is pure arrogance. When the police criticize and threaten to destroy his writings, the passion boiling within Van Buren’s Katurian is palpable. Hard evidence, artistic merit, and Katurian’s insistence that the stories are pure fiction are all irrelevant. The police want him gone, but he will do anything save his stories (and their integrity).

The relationship between Katurian and his brother, the childlike Michal, is one where the able sibling has assumed a parental role. (What happened to the men’s mother and father is divulged within the play.) Michal is at once innocent and unpleasant – a dichotomy captured well by actor McKean. But is Katurian the best role model for Michal? Their relationship is a unique one, to say the least, and the play exposes its lineage.

McDonagh leads the audience down a path, but not a predictable one. Its strength is in its imagery and how the principals deliver. The Pillowman is a difficult story to tell, but everything is executed admirably in this production.

The cast is rounded out by Joseph Pukatsch, Penelope Rose Teague, and Ashley Thompson in minor roles. Kudos to set designer and builder Patrick Brisiel for his inventive and effective backdrop and props.

As a playwright, McDonagh has a casual relationship with murder, mutilation and psychological aggrievement so audiences may be shaken by the events described and simulated in The Pillowman. The show contains strong language and adult situations.
The 2003 play received the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play, the 2004-5 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play and two Tony Awards.

The limited run of The Pillowman ends this week, with 8:00pm shows on August 3, 4 and 5 at the Chapel Street Playhouse, 27 North Chapel Street in Newark. Parking is available on the street or in the small lot behind the building. Tickets are $18 adult; $12 senior; and $5 student and can be purchased online, via telephone 302.368.2480 or at the box office.

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(NewsJournal) Chapel Street’s ‘Pillowman:’ Horror that relies on storytelling, not gore http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2017/07/30/chapel-streets-pillowman-horror-relies-storytelling-not-gore/524019001/ http://www.delawareonline.com/story/life/2017/07/30/chapel-streets-pillowman-horror-relies-storytelling-not-gore/524019001/#respond Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:14:02 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2289 “The Pillowman,” Chapel Street Players’ final production of the ‘16-’17 season is not for the faint of heart.

Simply put, it’s a black comedy about child abuse and child murder, detached from the real world with a futuristic police state setting. It’s a strange,

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“The Pillowman,” Chapel Street Players’ final production of the ‘16-’17 season is not for the faint of heart.

Simply put, it’s a black comedy about child abuse and child murder, detached from the real world with a futuristic police state setting. It’s a strange, twisted journey where fiction and reality blur, a horror story that relies almost entirely on storytelling rather than blood and guts.

The play, by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, first opened in London in 2003 with a pre-“Doctor Who” David Tennant in the lead role of Katurian, a struggling writer who is being interrogated because his violent works of fiction resemble recent child murders.

In the J.W. Pukatasch-directed version at Chapel Street, the role is played by Jimmy Van Buren, who captures the average-Joe-who’s-actually-twisted storyteller brilliantly.

Katurian’s interrogators are the good-cop-bad-cop team of Tupolski, played by Steve Connor, and Ariel, played by John Barker. We learn dark truths about Tupolski and Ariel, too, and Connor and Baker are up to the task of showing these seemingly two-dimensional characters develop.

The fourth main role is Michal, Katurian’s mentally disabled older brother, who is being held in a cell across from the interrogation room. Another complex character, Michal exudes a childlike innocence, but there is something colder underneath.

Sean McKean does an impressive job in the role; in his bio, he cites the “demented and strange” Pillowman as the reason he returned to the stage after first reading it a few years ago. He’d been waiting for an opportunity to be in a production of it ever since.

Rounding out the cast is adorable young Penelope Rose Teague as Little Girl (don’t worry, she doesn’t appear in any violent scenes — those are left to the audience’s imagination, and, in one case, a plush doll stands in for a real child), assistant director Ashley Thompson as Mother and Pukatsch as Father.

If you’re completely unfamiliar with “Pillowman,” you’ll find it takes some unexpected twists and turns, as all isn’t what it seems in what initially appears to be a simple case of oppressed freedom of expression run amok.

“Pillowman” is not a family play, to say the least, with strong language, descriptions and scenes of graphic violence, and content that is far too disturbing for kids. But for its intended audience — adults who like horror that’s smart, stories that are twisted and a thought-provoking underlying message — it’s not a show you’ll want to miss.

Holly Quinn is a Wilmington freelance writer.

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1984 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/1984/ http://chapelstreetplayers.org/1984/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 20:57:23 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2305 Oct 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 @8pm / Oct 8 @2pm / 2017

written by George Orwell
adpated by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr. & William A. Miles Jr.
directed by Judith A. David
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Oct 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 @8pm / Oct 8 @2pm / 2017

written by George Orwell
adpated by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr. & William A. Miles Jr.
directed by Judith A. David
asst’ directed by Susan Boudreaux
with the acting talents of Jason Beil, Brooks Black, Patrick Cathcart, Danielle Jackomin, Zachary Jackson, Courtney Lynahan, Heather McCarty, Walt Osborne, Michael D. Peco, Nicole Peirce and Sedric Willis

1984

George Orwell’s dystopian classic “1984” comes to the Chapel Street Players this October. The adaptation by Owens, Hall and Miles depicts the horror of man’s fate in a society where Big Brother is always watching – where everything that is not prohibited is compulsory. Orwell himself said: “I do not believe that the kind of society I describe necessarily will arrive, but I believe something resembling it could arrive. The moral… is a simple one: Don’t let it happen. It depends on you.”

* Mark Your Calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
Oct 6 @ 8 PM Oct 7 @ 8 PM Oct 8 @ 2 PM
Oct 12 @ 8 PM Oct 13 @ 8 PM Oct 14 @ 8 PM

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You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown http://chapelstreetplayers.org/youre-good-man-charlie-brown/ http://chapelstreetplayers.org/youre-good-man-charlie-brown/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 20:58:48 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2303 Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 @8pm / Dec 3, 10 @2pm / 2017

book by John Gordon
music & lyrics by Clark Gesner
directed by Jeff Robleto
music directed by William Fellner
choreographed by Dona Marie Pizzo

You're_a_good_man,_Charlie_Brown

With charm,

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Dec 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 @8pm / Dec 3, 10 @2pm / 2017

book by John Gordon
music & lyrics by Clark Gesner
directed by Jeff Robleto
music directed by William Fellner
choreographed by Dona Marie Pizzo

You're_a_good_man,_Charlie_Brown

With charm, wit, and heart, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of iconic anti-hero Charlie Brown along with his friends from the Peanuts gang and his ever-faithful dog Snoopy. This revue of songs and vignettes, based on the beloved characters created by Charles Schultz, celebrates the everyday joys and pitfalls of childhood, including chaotic baseball games, last-minute homework assignments, unrequited valentines and questionable five-cent psychiatry.

* Mark Your Calendar

Fri Sat Sun
Dec 1 @ 8 PM Dec 2 @ 8 PM Dec 3 @ 2 PM
Dec 8 @ 8 PM Dec 9 @ 8 PM Dec 10 @ 2 PM
Dec 15 @ 8 PM Dec 16 @ 8 PM

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The Price http://chapelstreetplayers.org/the-price/ http://chapelstreetplayers.org/the-price/#respond Wed, 02 Aug 2017 20:58:53 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2301 Feb 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 @8pm / Feb 11 @2pm / 2018

written by Arthur Miller
directed by Ray Barto

The_Price

The Price is a 1968 play by Arthur Miller. It is about family dynamics,

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Feb 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 @8pm / Feb 11 @2pm / 2018

written by Arthur Miller
directed by Ray Barto

The_Price

The Price is a 1968 play by Arthur Miller. It is about family dynamics, the price of furniture and the price of one’s decisions. The play premiered on Broadway and it was nominated for two 1968 Tony Awards.
When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents’ estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long-stifled, about the value of his sacrifice.

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Thu Fri Sat Sun
  Feb 9 @ 8 PM Feb 10 @ 8 PM Feb 11 @ 2 PM
Feb 15 @ 8 PM Feb 16 @ 8 PM Feb 17 @ 8 PM  

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written by Shelagh Stephenson
directed by Kathleen M Kimber
asst’ directed by Christie Cerminaro

The_Memory_of_Water

Three sisters come together on the eve of their mother’s funeral,

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Apr 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 @8pm / Apr 22 @2pm / 2018

written by Shelagh Stephenson
directed by Kathleen M Kimber
asst’ directed by Christie Cerminaro

The_Memory_of_Water

Three sisters come together on the eve of their mother’s funeral, each haunted by their own demons; yet they use humor as an antidote to tragedy. Laughter is as much a guest at this funeral as grief. Part ghost story: mom visits one of the three; part drama: each sister has her own memory of their shared childhood, but mostly, a story of how we all remember childhood differently.

* Mark Your Calendar

Thu Fri Sat Sun
  Apr 20 @ 8 PM Apr 21 @ 8 PM Apr 22 @ 2 PM
Apr 26 @ 8 PM Apr 27 @ 8 PM Apr 28 @ 8 PM  

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Jun 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 @8pm / Jun 10 @2pm / 2018

written by Scott F. Mason
directed by Scott F. Mason

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Murder On Cue— Some famous British playwright once wrote “All the world’s a stage…”

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Renee G. O’Leary FUNdraiser
Jun 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 @8pm / Jun 10 @2pm / 2018

written by Scott F. Mason
directed by Scott F. Mason

Murder_On_Cue

Murder On Cue— Some famous British playwright once wrote “All the world’s a stage…” and that inspired our 55th annual Renee’ G. O’Leary FUNdraiser, “Murder on Cue”. Twenty years ago CSP tried to present this original comedy-mystery by local playwright (and frequent Dame Edna impersonator) Scott Mason, but alas our production was interrupted by…. a murder! (or was it really?) You never know what is real and what is staged with this wickedly clever and comical theatrical experience. What starts out as a spoof of the classic board game “Clue” spirals into the secret “passages” that exist in Newark’s Official Community Theatre. Are actors getting too far into the part of a murderer? Is the stage manager calling a deadly cue? Is the “box” in “Box Office” a pine one about 6 ft long? Or is the audience a killer one? Perhaps there is more diabolical drama off-stage then on in this encore production. Could it possibly be “curtains” for a beloved CSP favorite (even though we don’t actually have a stage curtain at CSP!)? BE AWARE: Pay attention from the moment you arrive at the theater or you may just find yourself laughing to death but… clueless.

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Thu Fri Sat Sun
Jun 8 @ 8 PM Jun 9 @ 8 PM Jun 10 @ 2 PM
Jun 14 @ 8 PM Jun 15 @ 8 PM Jun 16 @ 8 PM

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Audition :: 1984 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/audition-1984/ http://chapelstreetplayers.org/audition-1984/#respond Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:10:58 +0000 http://chapelstreetplayers.org/?p=2187 6/25 @ 7pm & 6/28 @ 7pm

Director Judith A. David looks for actors/actresses to fill up 16 characters for our 2017-2018 opening production, 1984. Flexible roles, Male and Female from 18 and up. There will be some violence and adult situations.

If away from Newark or having any questions,

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6/25 @ 7pm & 6/28 @ 7pm

Director Judith A. David looks for actors/actresses to fill up 16 characters for our 2017-2018 opening production, 1984. Flexible roles, Male and Female from 18 and up. There will be some violence and adult situations.

If away from Newark or having any questions, please email Csp_email at yahoo.com to see if an appointment can be arranged.
Show date:  Oct 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 @ 8pm / Oct 8 @ 2pm / 2017

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