Join us for our new play reading series and make plans to attend our premier musical theatre event – “The Toxic Avenger” The Musical

NEW PLAY READING SERIES — MONDAY JUNE 17th, 7:00 PM

This is a FREE Event!

Barbara Pease Weber (Playwright) began acting in Philadelphia in the 1970s. Over the decades, she has been privileged to portray a wide variety of iconic roles, including Nurse Ratchet in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Sr. Aloysius Bouvier in Doubt: A Parable, Mama in I Remember Mama, Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire and Charlotte Hay in Moon Over Buffalo to name a few. Barbara has six full-length comedies published by Concord Theatricals that have been widely produced across the USA, Canada, and beyond:  Foolish Fishgirls and The Pearl, Seniors of the Sahara, The Witch in 204, HOGWASH!, A Crock of Schnitzel, and Delval Divas. Barbara’s comedies have fun, feisty, fearless, and ferocious roles for women of a certain age, including her two new full-length comedies, the one you will listen to tonight and one other.

Susan Jami Paschkes (Director) appreciates this chance to return her creative energy to the South Camden Theatre Company. Previously at SCTC, she was onstage as Josie Hogan in Moon for the Misbegotten and directed The House of Blue Leaves. Doc Franklin’s Escape from Cambridge has brought unexpected theatrical gifts, including bringing together a team of exceptionally talented actors. Making the acquaintance of Barbara Pease Weber who specializes in plays written for actors ‘of a certain age’ feels like the beginning of a beautiful relationship!

Our Cast – In order of Appearance

Gabrielle Affleck (Gladys Garner) Gaby is a Philadelphia-based actress and director who was previously seen on our stage in The House of Blue Leaves.  Other favorite roles include Kate Keller in All My Sons, Jeanie (The Mouthie of Southie) in Good People, Ursula in The Little Mermaid, and Mama Rose in Gypsy!  She would like to thank Susan for inviting her to play along with this talented (and fun) group.

Samantha Wentz (Lizzie Raymond) is excited to have once again the chance to help share new work with the world; it’s been a true joy working with this group! She recently participated in our previous staged reading. Some additional favorite past work includes Big the Musical, playing Annelle in Steel Magnolias, Jackie in Disaster!, and Joanne in Rent.

Susan Dewey (Lorraine Costello) is thrilled to be returning to our stage. Participating in reading a new play is an honor, an opportunity to begin at the beginning. To play a character described as “oversexed” is a very new and exciting first. Thank you to Susan Paschkes for asking me to be a part of this adventure; the cast is a hoot and a half. Previously at SCTC, she acted in Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, By the Water, Ripcord, Agnes of God, and Suddenly Last Summer. It is a joy to be here again.                 

Kathy Harmer (Francine Peters) is from Cheltenham, PA, and has performed in theaters in and around Philadelphia/South Jersey for over twenty years. Some recent productions include Old Ringers (Colonial Playhouse); The Victim (Masquerade Theater); Curtain Rising: Staged Readings of New Works, Natural History and Clybourne Park (Burlington County Footlighters); A Woman of No Importance (Pulley & Buttonhole Theatre Company) and Stop Kiss (South Camden Theatre Company). She is thrilled to be back on stage at SCTC with such a talented pool of actors, writers, and director bringing the comedic words and characters of Barbara Pease Weber in this charming comedy!

Michael Hicks (Dr. Otis Franklin) is very pleased to step back on the South Camden stage again last being seen as Phillip Gellburg in Arthur Miller’s Broken Glass. A few examples of other favorite roles include Rosencrans in Rosencrans and Gildenstern Are Dead, El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Felix Unger in The Odd Couple, Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird, Man In Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone. Dr Slocum in The Heiress, Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Robert in Proof, and many more. He hopes you enjoy his performance tonight alongside his very talented fellow actors.

Celeste Bonfanti (Dr. Miriam Shields) teaches Deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Burlington County. She is a published playwright and an active member of the church across the street, Sacred Heart, running their Saturday thrift shop. Celeste enjoys travel and medieval English history.

Honorable Mentions – Raul, Rocco, and Hendrick – Use your imagination!

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As we see it, America seems to be on pretty shaky ground. From gun violence to global warming to book-banning to fascist rhetoric, we seem to have completely lost the ability for civil discourse and human connection. Theatre has always been a vehicle for exploring important, sometimes uncomfortable themes, and our 2024 Season will do just that.

We open with Philadelphia playwright James Ijames’s powerful and satirical play, KILL, MOVE, PARADISE, which explores the themes of stereotypes, fear, and threat of death that black men of all ages face every day. Next, we confront corporate greed and its impact on the environment as we stage our premiere musical theatre production, the very funny and pertinent THE TOXIC AVENGER. And we conclude the season with the brutally entertaining GOD OF CARNAGE, a comedy of manners without manners, delving into conflict and human nature.

Please help us keep the light of theatre and art burning brightly here in Camden by making a gift for our 2024 season.

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CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY, January 2, 2024 – South Camden Theatre Company is excited to announce our 2024 theatre season. This new year brings us into our 19th season of producing professional, live theatre in Camden since being formed in 2005. … Continued

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

South Camden Theatre Company Presents The 2015 Tony Award for Best Play CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY, October 13, 2023 – South Camden Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of the 2015 Tony Award for BEST PLAY, “The Curious Incident of the … Continued

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