South Camden Theatre Company announced its 10th season (and third year in its new space) which include plays by August Wilson, Arthur Miller and artistic director Joe Paprzycki.
Paprzycki, who founded the theater company in 2005 in a church basement, moved into the beautiful Jasper Street corner space – which used to be his grandfather’s bar in 2011.
His ninth season ends this spring with Gemini (closing Sunday) and True West running April 25 – May 11, 2014.
Now a personal aside, I went to see Gemini on Friday with my father – an actor, teacher and current artistic director of the Steel River Playhouse in Pottstown. Dad was also an in-house theater coach for me when I tried out for roles in middle school plays, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity to introduce him to the city I cover via his passion.
Gemini, written by award-winning playwright Albert Innaurato, is set in South Philadelphia and delightfully captures the characters and relationships of a tight-knit Italian American neighborhood in the late 1970s - the accents, the attitude and the antipasto.
It was a lovely father-daughter night out – missing only a bar or restaurant to go to after the play ended, releasing more than 100 theater-goers into the dark deserted Camden neighborhood. It’d be a perfect location for an intrepid restaurant owner to open up. Audiences continue to grow (they were sold out on Friday).
Here’s what the tenth season has in store (from the theatre's press release):
BROKEN GLASS, October 10 – 26, 2014: Written by Arthur Miller and directed by Craig Hutchings. The Olivier award-winning drama takes place in Brooklyn in 1938 and weaves a gripping mystery of guilt, personal tragedy and love.
AGNES OF GOD, January 9 – 25, 2015: Written by John Pielmeier and directed by producing artistic director Joseph M. Paprzycki. The play is the story of a young nun who gave birth and claims the pregnancy was an immaculate conception. As baby is subsequently found dead a psychiatrist and a Mother Superior seek the truth behind the mystery of the father’s identity.
FORTUNE COOKIES returns to stage February 27 – March 15, 2015. Written by Joseph M. Paprzycki and directed by Christopher “Jumbo” Schimpf. The play was originally produced in the basement of Sacred Heart Church in SCTC’s third season. FORTUNE COOKIES is a play of dreams and fate has been the most requested play to be brought back to the stage with a full production that only SCTC can bring to the audience.
August Wilson’s KING HEDLEY II runs April 24 – May 10, 2015. Often thought of as the bitterest and most tragic of Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, the play focuses on the downfall of the prideful ex-con protagonist, King Hedley II, the son of one of the characters from his play SEVEN GUITARS. SCTC’s second Wilson production will again be directed by SCTC favorite Connie Norwood.