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by A.R. Gurney

November 4 – 2O, 2O11

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The Cocktail Hour by A.R. Gurney

World Premiere at the Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, California Artistic Director: Jack O’Brien Managing Director: Thomas Hall The play was first produced in Nye York by Roger L. Stevens, Thomas Viertel, Steven Baruch and Richard Frankel.

The Cast John Nina Bradley Ann

Stephen Catron Donne Petito Michael Foley Penny Hoadley

The Setting Buffalo, New York, 1975 — Early evening in early fall The home of Bradley and Ann Stevens There will be one 15-minute intermission.

The Production Staff Cindy Alexander Director Clifford Parrish Producer Peg Hill & Colleen Lane Props Julie McCormick Costumes Stephen Catron Scenic Design/Construction Roxanna Wagner Stage Manager Ellen Fraker-Glasscock Lighting Design Bob Sackstein Lighting Operator Jeff Jackson Logo Design/Program Lamont Hill Photography Rick Busciglio Publicity Special Thanks to... Scaramouche Costumes, Gloria Lamoureux, Colleen Lane, Karen Catron, Zachary Catron, Keith Reynolds, and Cody Dalton

A few reminders...

Eating, drinking or the use of electronic devices is distracting to those on stage as well as in the audience. Any recording of this production is prohibited by our Royalty Agreement. Please take a moment to turn off your mobile telephone and/or pager before the performance begins.

Director’s Notes


t first glance, The Cocktail Hour is about a family clinging to a time and a culture that is archaic and bears little resemblance to our way of life. These people dress for dinner and would rather die than have their name in the paper! Compare that to our appetite for fast food and reality shows. However, difficult family relationships, the quest to realize one’s true self, and the desire to hold on to that which is comfortable and stable in a changing world are all themes which hold significance for contemporary audiences. The playwright, Mr. Gurney, has wrapped all this up with witty dialogue, touching moments, and clever twists and turns. The fun and challenge of working on any play is discovering elements of ourselves in the characters and situations the playwright has drawn. CTG has been fortunate to attract a wealth of talented actors bringing their theatre expertise and life experiences to our stage. In this play alone, we have Penny Hoadley who has been our president and doyenne for many years; Michael Foley, adept at musicals, comedy and dramatic roles; Steve Catron, whose talent has been displayed onstage and in his set design and paint work; and Donne Petito, our new(ish) member who has worked all over the state and chosen to join our ranks to bring you a delightful and thought-provoking evening.

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Bios Stephen Catron (John) Since becoming a part of the Chester Theatre Group family of volunteers in March 2008, Stephen has participated in a variety of roles. Major endeavors have been set design/construction for Urinetown, stage manager for Fiction, director of The Actor’s Nightmare, onstage as Mr. Raymond in The Receptionist and is looking forward to directing The Beauty Queen of Leenane next spring. Stephen is grateful for the opportunity to work and play with the many talented people who call Chester Theatre “home” and is very appreciative of the audiences that support our productions. Donne Petito (Nina) last appeared at Chester Theatre Group in 2008 as Emilia in Desdemona (a play about a handkerchief), and is delighted to be back. Since then, she appeared in Rabbit Hole (Nat) and Mauritius (Mary) at Circle Players, Beyond Therapy (Charlotte) at Chatham Community Players, The Crucible (Ann Putnam) at Holmdel Theatre Company, Bleacher Bums (Rose) at Edison Valley Playhouse, Death of a Salesman (Linda Loman) at Westfield Community Players, and in Love Letters at First Avenue Playhouse. Donne received her BFA in Acting from the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (and a Perry for her portrayal of the Widow Quin in Playboy of the Western World at Circle.) A toast to her talented cast mates, to Nora, Jeeps, and all her supportive friends and, especially, to her main squeeze. Michael Foley (Bradley) having been with CTG on and off spanning the last two plus decades, Mr. Foley again finds it a pleasure to be working /playing with yet another talented group of friends. He has performed in various roles here in Chester, including Pedro in Man of La Mancha many, many years ago, Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar, and, Franklin in 1776. Performances also include roles in A Man of No Importance, The Dead, Illyria, The Sisters Rosensweig, Triumph of Love, and Urinetown, to mention a few. He has also performed at The Barn Theatre in Montville in Me and My Girl, My Fair Lady, and Summer of ’42. He has always enjoyed the warmth and welcoming nature of those involved in this wonderful gem we call The Black River Theater. It has been a pleasure working with CTG veterans as well as newcomers to the theatre. And, as always, much love and a thank you to my wife for enduring these follies of mine.

Penny Hoadley (Ann) has been with CTG ever since she arrived in Brookside Mendham in 1976. She has been busy producing, doing costumes, props, the grounds, and cleaning bathrooms. Her favorite roles are JoAnne in Company, Roberta in Chairs, Carlotta in Follies, the mother in ’Night, Mother, Woman #2 in Three Tall Women, and Madame Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. She loves gardening, bridge, traveling and CTG. She has a very understanding husband of 55 years who doesn’t mind when his favorite sweater suddenly appears on stage or half of their living room furniture. She thanks Cindy for allowing an old broad to still strut her stuff. It’s been fun. Cindy Alexander (Director) has been a member of the CTG Board for seven years, producing the shows And the World Goes Round, Illyria, The Clean House, Trifles, and most recently—and having the most fun—Urinetown. Directing credits include Shirley Valentine and staged readings of The Women and String of Pearls. By day, Cindy is the theatre manager at The Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College where she oversees all the day of show responsibilities for many professional touring shows. A resident of Clinton, NJ, Cindy is originally from Florida where she received her degree in theatre from FSU and taught high school drama before moving north. She has great respect and affinity for talented actors, having spent 15 years as a theatrical talent agent in New York.

Chester Theatre Group Board of Directors Penny Hoadley, President Cindy Alexander Rick Busciglio Stephen Catron Ellen Fraker-Glasscock Mark Happel Thomas Rodgers Roseann Ruggiero Michele Yamplosky The Chester Theatre Group of the Black River Playhouse is a member of the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters (NJACT)

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One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s least-known—yet most delightful—musicals is this hilarious, English farce based on the beloved Jeeves stories by P.G. Wodehouse. With Webber’s infectious melodies and Alan Ayckbourn’s razor wit, two giants of the theater join forces to create what the press called, “an enchantingly batty evening.”

by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Alan Ayckbourn Directed by Jeff Jackson with Roseann Ruggiero

March 2–18

Auditions: January 8 & 10

IN CONCERT! Audiences adored our resident vocal troupe in “Songs for A Summer Night.” Under the direction of Cliff Parrish, they return this year to warm the winter nights with Broadway’s greatest hits.

March 23, 24, 25 Set in the mountains of Ireland, The Beauty Queen Of Leenane tells the darkly comic tale of Maureen Folan, a plain and lonely woman in her early forties, and Mag, her manipulative aging mother, whose interference in Maureen’s first and possibly final chance of a loving relationship sets in motion a train of events that leads inexorably towards the play’s terrifying denouement.

by Martin McDonagh Directed by Steve Catron

May 4–20

Auditions March 4 6

A Greek muse descends from Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach, California in 1980 on a quest to inspire a struggling artist to achieve the greatest creation of his life—a roller disco. Based on the cult movie of the same name, Xanadu features wall-to-wall pop hits made famous by Olivia Newton-John and Electric Light Orchestra. Get ready to boogie—on roller skates!

Music & Lyrics by Jeff Lynne & John Farrar Book by Douglas Carter Beane Directed by Jeffrey Fiorello

Summer 2012

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The Cocktail Hour