Sunday March 11 at the Chester Library 2pm. The Chester Historical Society and the Chester Library are pleased to host:
The Incredible Journey of the Black River Playhouse
Presented by Edward Ng - Chester Historical Society
Celebrating 50 Years of the Chester Theatre Group in Residence
The Black River Playhouse is one of the most iconic buildings in Chester. It is certainly the most mysterious, windowless building in the historic village. The building has had an incredible 164 year journey, physically and functionally. Trials, tribulations, trauma, finally ending in triumph. This is the story of how a bankrupt Bedminster Baptist church became the Black River Playhouse, home to the Chester Theatre Group for the last 50 years. House of worship, house of government, house of burlesque, house of silent and talkie movies, and after much turmoil the Black River Playhouse. Luckily our story is not a tragedy, but there are heroes, heroines, and rats. Let the play begin! (No admission charge, 2pm on March 11, Chester Library, 250 W. Main St., enjoy complimentary refreshments).
For the month of March, the Chester Historical Society and the Chester Theatre Group will have an exhibit at the Chester Library presenting a selection of images from 50 years of 8 of the most loved plays by the Chester Theatre Group. Check to see if one of them is your favorite: Thurber's Carnival, Cabaret, The Importance of Being Earnest, Nine, Grey Gardens, The Norman Conquests, Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Our Town. If not, let us know what is your favorite play.
Special Events for CHS Members:
Annual Picnic in September
Spring Celebration in March
please check back for details
Chester Historical Society PO Box 376 ~ Chester, NJ07930