Our eighth season, “Home in Waterfront South”, comes to a close with August Wilson’s final play in his ten-play Pittsburgh cycle, RADIO GOLF. This is his closing reflection on a decade-by-decade history of the African-American experience. This production marks the professional premiere of any August Wilson play in Camden, New Jersey and is the Philadelphia areas premier for the play. SCTC is honored to bring his work to you and we are especially proud of being the first company in the Philadelphia region to produce his final play under the direction of Connie Norwood.
Season nine was first announced at the closing performance of the third production of our season, AWAKE AND SING. This production brought large audiences and great reviews to all of us at SCTC. We are very excited to be opening our ninth season titled “Everything’s Relative” on October 11, 2013 with another rare gem of a play, KINGDOM OF EARTH by Tennessee Williams. This is another play that has never been produced in the area and is seldom seen in the country. I first saw this play last September at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival where it was produced by a company from Cape Town, South Africa and I felt that after the success of our seventh season honoring Tennessee, SCTC should bring his ‘Southern Gothic’ tale to Waterfront South, which will also be directed by SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER director Connie Norwood.
Following in January will be the WORLD PREMIERE of my new play EXPRESS TRACKS which had a staged reading at SCTC last summer. This play, set on a RIVER Line train, takes us to some uncomfortable places as one of the passengers may or may not be who he claims to be. The staged reading audience stayed well after the reading to discuss the play and its meaning. Be one of the first to see it fully produced at SCTC. Our third play, GEMINI by Philadelphia playwright Alfred Innuarado is a comedy set in two South Philadelphia row home backyards as a son returns from college and relationships and true identities are unfurled. It will be directed by Ray Croce who brought my play INDOOR PICNIC to life this season and grew up, himself, in Philadelphia.
We close season nine with our first Sam Shepard play, TRUE WEST, a personal favorite of mine about two very different brothers returning to their mother’s home. Directed by Christopher “Jumbo” Schimpf, this play will bring Shepard’s genius to our stage for the first time in a dramatic comedy that you won’t soon forget.
SCTC works hard to continue to bring plays to you that are different and rarely produced in the area that, I promise, will always stay with you. Remember, "An evening in the theatre is a chance to stir the soul." It’s why we exist and we appreciate you as the fantastic theatre audience that you are.
See you April 19 through May 5 at RADIO GOLF!
Joseph M. Paprzycki
Producing Artistic Director
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The South Camden Theatre Co. produces quality professional theater, encouraging residents from throughout the region to return for a positive experience in Camden, N.J., aiding its rebirth.
Founded by a playwright, the South Camden Theatre Co. stages seldom-seen, classic plays and original works in Camden, N.J. With community support, we now thrive in a new, 96-seat theater. We are an important part of the ongoing rebirth of South Camden, where homes are being rebuilt and the arts are flourishing, attracting actors, artists and audiences from throughout the region. As we succeed, so does the City.
The Waterfront South Theatre is a new 96-seat theatre spearheaded and built by Helene Pierson and Heart of Camden, a nonprofit housing organization in the Waterfront South section of Camden city. The project was generously funded by Pepe Piperno and his Domenica Foundation, as well as other kind donors.
Not only does our new space enable us to perform our own productions, but it will also give us the opportunity to host the students from neighboring schools, other theatre production companies and businesses throughout the Delaware Valley who may be in need of a space like ours. We also will be renting our rehearsal space for use by other theatre groups throughout the area as well.
It is our dream, and the dream of those who support our efforts, that the opening of a theater in this neighborhood will bring new life to the community. This theater will serve the community and region by producing plays that make a difference and by enriching the lives of those who live, work and come to Camden.