This show was presented from Wednesday, October 10 — October 26, 2014
by Arthur Miller
Directed By Craig Hutchings
Lee Kiszonas • Michael Hicks
Pat DeFusco • Maria Panvini
Tami Gordon Brody • Dan Hickey
“SCTC chose to open their 10th season with the presentation of a troubled work by an American theatrical legend. Arthur Miller’s oeuvre is full of explorations of strained marriages, the Holocaust, and American anti-Semitism.”
— Ruth K. Brown
Phillip and Sylvia Gellburg are a Jewish married couple living in Brooklyn, New York City, in the last days of November 1938. Phillip works on foreclosures, at a Brooklyn mortgage bank.
When Sylvia suddenly becomes partially paralyzed from the waist down, after reading about the events of Kristallnacht in the newspaper, Phillip contacts Dr. Harry Hyman. Dr. Hyman believes Sylvia’s paralysis is psychosomatic, and though he is not a psychiatrist, he begins to treat her according to his diagnosis. Throughout the play, Dr. Hyman learns more about the problems Sylvia is having in her personal life, particularly in her marriage.
After an argument with his boss, Philip suffers a heart attack and begins dying at his home. He and Sylvia confront each other about their feelings. Before Phillip dies (although his death is never confirmed), his final words are “Sylvia, forgive me!”. Upon his “death”, Sylvia is cured of her paralysis.
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“A difficult piece done well by South Camden Theatre Company.”
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.