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SCTC Presents Rarely Performed Tennessee Williams Play

By Gary Wien

originally published: 04/21/2016

SCTC Presents Rarely Performed  Tennessee Williams Play

I’ve been a fan of the great work done by South Camden Theatre Company (SCTC) for a while now.  Not only does the company have an amazing theatre of its own, it attracts wonderful talent to perform rather intriguing plays.  Last issue featured the theatre’s “Shadows Of War” one-act festival of plays dealing with soldiers.  I had the opportunity to see the plays and it was truly a remarkable night of theatre. Great acting, moving dialogue, and a successful collection of donations for homeless veterans that might have even exceeded the theatre’s expectation.

SCTC closes out the season with another intriguing choice — a production of A Lovely Sunday For Creve Coeur by Tennessee Williams.  If the name doesn’t ring a bell, it’s because it is a rarely produced work among the last plays written by the legendary playwright. In the play, we follow four women in 1930’s St. Louis Missouri as they struggle for independence in their quest to find love and happiness.  Set at a time when the role of women in American society was in flux the four women all choose different paths to do what was necessary to secure their futures and ensure their prosperity.

The production is directed by Connie Norwood and includes cast members McKenzie Jones Clifford, Lee Kiszonas, Laura Aspen, and Sheila W. Kurilla.

According to Barbara M. Harris, an academic writer who examined pop culture influenced by Tennessee Williams, the character Dorothy in the hit 80s TV show The Golden Girls was a homage to the character Dorothea in A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur.  Apparently, the co-creator of the tv show was a fan of Tennessee Williams.  Another fan is Joseph M. Papryzycki, the Producing Artistic Director at South Camden Theatre.  To say Papryzycki is a huge fan of Tennessee Williams puts it mildly. He takes an annual trip to the Provincetown, Massachusetts for its Tennessee Williams Festival each year.  It was there, in 2014, that he first discovered the play.

“We saw the play performed on the second floor of a house,” recalled Papryzcki.  “The play surprised me in how funny it is.  He will break your heart but you will both laugh and cry in the little known work.  This play is a comedy with the brilliant poetry of Tennessee weaved in throughout and with an ending that you only would expect from a writer of this caliber.”



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“I loved the comedy in it and the nostalgia that you feel watching it along with the touches that prove this play was written later in Williams’s career,” he continued. “It is a play that is populated only by  women which also fascinated me. The story is touching with true flesh and blood characters that an audience will instantly to which an audience will instantly relate.”

Papryzycki credits the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival for bringing this play to the attention of Artistic Directors like himself.  Best known for classics like The Glass Menagerie (1944), A Streetcar Named Desire (1947), and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1955), many are surprised to learn that Williams continued writing plays until just before passing away in 1983.  A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur was originally written and developed in the 1970s.

“Tennessee Williams is revered and should be revered by new generations who will be able to view this work along with his better known American classics,” added Papryzycki. “Creve Coeur shows a lighter side of the master along with his ability to reach into our hearts.  SCTC is known for its exceptional productions of Tennessee Williams’s work and director Connie Norwood has assembled an incredible cast to take us back in time.  I hope that you will enjoy it and that after you’ll remember to ‘turn on the hot and the cold water’”.





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Event calendar
Saturday, Nov 17, 2018


MUSIC

THE GAY BLADES @ The Saint, Asbury Park - 7:30pm

HERMAN'S HERMITS STARRING PETER NOONE & THE BUCKINGHAMS @ Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC), Englewood - 8:00pm

Nelson Riveros Trio: “The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery” @ Englewood Public Library, Englewood - 7:00pm

Hawaiian Music and Hula @ 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing, Ewing - 8:00pm

Pop 2000 Tour @ iPlay America, Freehold - 7:00pm

THE MACHINE PERFORMS PINK FLOYD @ The Strand Theater, Lakewood - 8:00pm

THE FAB FAUX A HARD DAY'S NIGHT AND REVOLVER IN THEIR ENTIRETIES @ State Theatre New Jersey, New Brunswick - 8:00pm

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm

Swamp Boogie Trio @ Lizzie Rose Music Room, Tuckerton - 7:30pm







THEATRE

Annie @ Broad Street United Methodist Church, Burlington - 8:00pm

An Actor's Carol @ Cape May Stage, Cape May - 3:00pm and 7:30pm

Annie @ Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Apples In Winter @ Centenary Stage Company - Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center, Hackettstown - 8:00pm

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat @ The Levoy Theatre, Millville - 8:00pm

Billy Bishop Goes to War @ Bickford Theatre at the Morris Museum, Morristown - 2:00pm

Kiss Me Kate @ Broadway Theatre of Pitman, Pitman - 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Phoenix Productions Presents: The Hunchback of Notre Dame @ Count Basie Center For The Arts, Red Bank - 8:00pm

Enchanted April @ The Summit Playhouse, Summit - 8:00pm

Heathers, The Musical High School Edition @ Pebble Players, Oakes Center, Summit - 7:30pm

Junie B. Jones The Musical at Black Box PAC @ Black Box PAC, Teaneck - 11:00am

Into the Woods @ Studio Playhouse Upper Montclair, Upper Montclair - 8:00pm

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Lauren K. Woods Theatre at Monmouth University, West Long Branch - 8:00pm


COMEDY

Todd Barry at SOPAC @ South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), South Orange - 8:00pm


DANCE

BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO @ Mayo Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Morristown - 8:00pm


KIDS

ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. @ Ridgewood Ave School Theater, Glen Ridge - 1:00pm and 7:00pm


LECTURE

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