(CHESTER, NJ) -- The Chester Theatre Group will present the musical, GREY GARDENS at The Black River Playhouse (corner of Grove St & Maple Ave in Chester, NJ) starting Friday, July 1st. and running until July 24. Friday & Saturday evenings at 8pm (July 1,2, 8,9, 15, 16,22, 23) and Sunday matinees 2 pm (July 17 & 24). $24 general admission, sr/students $22.
This CTG production is co-directed by Jeffrey Fiorello and Mark Happel, with musical direction by Clifford Parish.
The cast includes (Part-Actor); Edith Bouvier Beale - Barbi McGuire, "Little" Edie Beale /Edith Bouvier Beale -Barbara Haag, Young "Little" Edie Beale -Sandy Taylor, George Gould Strong -Robert Jacobson, Brooks Sr. / Jr. - Alistair Williams, Joseph Patrick Kennedy, Jr./ Jerry - Thomas Cioppettini, Jacqueline "Jackie" Bouvier - Hannah Curtis, Lee Bouvier - Julianne Grillo, J.V."Major" Bouvier/ Norman Vincent Peale -Rich Maloy.
GREY GARDENS is based (in part) on the Albert & David Maysels documentary concerning the relationship between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' eccentric aunt and cousin. The touching and heart felt musical explores the unconventional mother-daughter relationship between former socialite Edith Bouvier Beal and her adult daughter Little Edie "body beautiful" Beal. GREY GARDENS tells an entertaining and poignant story of two unconquerable women, once known as two of the brightest stars in the social register, who later become East Hampton's most infamous "reclusive inhabitants", sharing a rundown 28 room mansion with 52 stray cats and rabid racoons. From the glittering high society of 1940's New York to the tabloid headlines that rocked the Kennedy clan in the 1970's, GREY GARDENS hurls you into American royalty and leaves you to ponder the questions: "when do private lives become public fascinations?; How much is too much?; and Where does it stop?"
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Photo: Barbara Haag as "Little" Edie Beale (photo by Lamont Hill)