This show was presented from Friday, September 6 – Saturday, September 28, 2019

The Breath Of Life

by David Hare 

Directed By Penelope Reed


Stacy Skinner as Madeline

Julie Ann Marra as Frances



A riveting play packed with an electric tension, quick wit and raw humor.

Frances played by Julie Ann Marra, was the dutiful wife of Martin.

Madeleine played by Stacy Skinner, was his not-so-dutiful mistress of 25 years. Now Martin has moved to America with a younger woman, so the two enemies meet face to face, to discuss their relationships with the elusive man whom they refuse to be defined by. Together they explore the past, realizing they must learn to feel the “breath of life” again.

“David Hare lays bare the details of these women’s lives with a mixture of cunning and precision that keeps you on the edge of your seat. So, too, does the prickly tension that crackles between them.” — Charles Spencer, The Telegraph

Life being what it is, one dreams of revenge.” Gauguin’s epigram serves as the motto for this moral tale of two women, whose lives are interwoven in ways neither of them yet understands. Madeline Palmer is a retired curator, living alone on the Isle of Wight. One day Frances Beale comes to her door, a woman she has met only once, who is now enjoying sudden success, late in life, as a popular novelist. The result is a surprising and profound meditation on what can emerge when a man’s wife and lover finally confront each other.

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Funding has been made possible in part by the Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College, through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.