When the University Drama Group moved to 27 N. Chapel St. and became known as the Chapel Street Players in 1968, the geography of Newark and its demographics were quite different. Over 50 years later, all of you know the reality now: the trials and tribulations of trying to find parking near the theater, navigating Main Street traffic during the times of our performances, and the occasional disrupting noise of a nearby house party. To that end, the Board has spent the last ten years looking for opportunities to relocate the theater to a more accessible location with easy free parking and a more patron-friendly environment…. ( Read More )
The Mysterious Death of Madame Marcardi
PRESENTED BY SCOTT F. MASON
Created by Mason’s Made-to-Order Mysteries
Live Stream: 11/16-21 7:30pm
The famous psychic (or is she?) Madame Marcardi is found dead with a knife in her back at a dinner party hosted by millionaire and amateur sleuth, Frederick Worthington III. Whodunnit? The host himself? His good friend? The Countess? The Senator? The Actress? The Cook? or the Butler? No, in this case the butler definitely did not do it as he will be the nightly host for a live stream where each night clues will be shown, suspects interrogated, and vignettes shown to help you solve whodunnit. A new episode is shown each evening of the week, with a recap of all episodes on Saturday afternoon, and then the solution to the murder. You, as an audience member, get to ask questions of Fendleton the butler, to help you solve the crime! It is light-hearted fun and games for the amateur sleuth inside you!
|Ep 1||11/16 7:30pm||11/21 2:00pm|
|Ep 2||11/17 7:30pm||11/21 3:00pm|
|Ep 3||11/18 7:30pm||11/21 4:00pm|
|Ep 4||11/19 7:30pm||11/21 5:00pm|
|Ep 5||11/20 7:30pm||11/21 6:00pm|
Miracle On 34th Street : a live radio play
RADIO SCRIPT ADOPTED BY LIZ ZAZZI / DIRECTED BY BRIAN M. TOUCHETTE
Live Stream: 12/10, 11 7:30pm & 12/12 2:30 pm
The heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. This adaptation includes holiday tunes and is being broadcast online for the first time ever – Miracle on 34th Street is sure to melt even the most cynical of hearts.
One Dame Night of Pandemic Pandemonium
PERFORMED BY DAME EDNA’S HONORARY UNDERSTUDY SCOTT MASON
Live Stream: 9/26 7:30pm
Dame Edna shows up to Chapel Street theater expecting to perform to a packed house of her CSP fans, but the pandemic has created pandemonium for the gigastar and her crew! A live stream of laughter with the Dame’s unexpurgated unsuspecting understudy!
Featuring her assistant, One Lung Ho, and Production Manager, Mr. Brian.
Spoon River Anthology
WRITTEN BY EDGAR LEE MASTERS / DIRECTED BY WILLIAM FELLNER
FEATURING Genevieve Aucoin, Ray Barto, Meg Barton, Ruth Brown, Steve Connor, Judy David, Maureen Dintino, Dave Hastings, Lori Ann Johnson, Lisa Osicky, Jerry Roman, Carol Van Zoeren
Live Stream: 10/23, 24 7:30pm & 10/25 2:30 pm
Spoon River is a fictional small town, named after the real Spoon River that runs through parts of Illinois. Edgar Lee Masters’ 1915 anthology consists of short epitaphs for some 212 of the town’s residents — not the ones on their gravestones, but the ones that they carry in their hearts. Quoting one reviewer, the town is “populated with thieves, snobs, nature lovers, the downtrodden, the exalted, happy husbands and wives, miserable husbands and wives, people corrupted by power, touched with grace and some by greed.“ In our adaptation we will meet about a quarter of these denizens.
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