There were four performances only from JANUARY 18, 19, 20
South Camden Theatre Company was proud to be one of the few (5) theatre companies to ever produce this workshop production of a rarely seen early O'Neill work. This special theatrical event was fully staged directed by Producing Artistic Director Joseph M. Paprzycki.
The show sold well, with more than 250 in attendance with the final show at standing room only.
Shortly after the debut of EXORCISM: A PLAY IN ONE ACT in 1920, Eugene O'Neill suddenly canceled production and ordered all existing copies of the drama destroyed. For over ninety years, it was believed that the play was irrevocably lost, until 2010 when it was discovered that O'Neill's second wife had in fact retained a copy.
Revolving around a suicide attempt, Exorcism draws on a dark incident in O'Neill's own life. This defining event led to his first serious efforts to write. Exorcism displays early examples of O'Neill's unparalleled skills of capturing deeply personal human drama, and it explores major themes—mourning and melancholia, addiction and sobriety, tensions between fathers and sons—that would permeate his later work.
Tickets were $25.
South Jersey reporter and columnist Kevin Riordan hosted lively talkback sessions for the four shows.
Mr. Riordan is a graduate of Syracuse University and has been a newspaper reporter and columnist in South Jersey for more than 30 years and saw his first professional theater production in 1970. Originally from North Adams, MA he currently lives in Haddon Heights, N.J.
Read the Ruth Brown review of Exorcism:A Play in One Act, by Eugene O'Neill.
EXORCISM: An Unforgettable Experience at SCTC— STAGE Magazine, January 20, 2013