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. In 2010 the Heart of Camden, a development non-profit in the Waterfront South neighborhood of Camden, built and donated a 6,000-square-foot theatre building to the Company. Today, that building stands as a testament to our success. It has given us a beautiful, state-of-the-art home and allowed us to build a patron base across the South Jersey and Philadelphia regions.
For our 2024 season, we are bringing three main-stage theatre productions and two children’s productions. The first children’s theatre production is a collaboration with Triple Threat Theatre Company, and the second is a theatre production presented by Enchantment Theatre.
Our first main stage production is from Pulitzer Prize winning and Tony Award nominated Philadelphia-based playwright James Ijames. His play Kill Move Paradise will open our season on April 26 and run for nine performances through May 12. This show is being directed by famed Philadelphia actor and director Damien J. Wallace. Kill Move Paradise is a powerful and satirical play. It explores stereotypes, fear, and the threat of death, which black men of all ages face every day. James Ijames stated, “This play contains a lot of pain, a lot of sorrow, but I hope it also offers my own community a space of healing and hope.”
New Jersey’s first superhero then takes to our stage in a monster of a musical comedy. Based on the classic cult film, The Toxic Avenger, our ground-breaking premiere musical production is the winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical. The Toxic Avenger The Musical is a charming love story and a laugh-out-loud show that has it all: an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor, and two guys who play everyone else. This production is being directed by Joel Guerrero. He directed our highly acclaimed production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time last season. You won’t want to miss this musical production when it opens on September 13.
Our last production for the season is the brutally entertaining God of Carnage, a comedy of manners —without the manners. This show delves into human conflict and critically examines our human nature. This production is being directed by South Camden Theatre Company’s favorite female director, Ms. Connie Norwood. She is already turning this production on its head by planning a very different approach to her cast. Ms. Norwood has directed shows including Suddenly Last Summer during season 7, King Hedley ll in season 10, By The Water in season 13, and most recently, Alabama Story in season 18. God of Carnage opens November 8 and runs through November 24.
Our season was selected based on artistic director Dawn Varava’s take on the current political environment. She said, “America, as I see it, 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.
Our collaboration with the Triple Threat Theatre Company will bring The Lightning Thief to our stage for a limited run on March 1, 2, and 3 for four shows. This production is being directed by Triple Threat’s artistic director, Andy Boettcher, and has a cast of teens you won’t want to miss. Bring the family!
If you haven’t visited South Camden Theatre Company, you’ll want to mark your calendar and plan to attend these upcoming shows.
The Waterfront South Theatre, home to South Camden Theatre Company, is a true gem in Camden’s newly designated Waterfront South arts district. It is the first free-standing theatre built in Camden in over 100 years. The Domenica Auditorium seats 96 guests per performance. South Camden Theatre and its Waterfront South Theatre is just one block west of the intersection at Broadway and Ferry Avenue on Jasper Street/Michael Doyle Lane in the Waterfront South historic district of Camden. Our location is convenient to Collingswood, Haddon Township, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Oaklyn, Barrington, and many other South Jersey towns. In fact, it is less than 15 minutes from the center of Collingswood.
Learn more about each show on the Company’s website at https://www.southcamdentheatre.org/ Be sure to sign up for our email notifications and receive information on special season pass pricing, new events, and more. Tickets and season passes will be available on our website.
###### About The Theatre Company South Camden Theatre Company is proud to call Camden home. When the company was founded in 2005, performances were held in the basement theatre of the Sacred Heart Church. We’re now the proud owners of The Waterfront South Theatre, the first free-standing theatre built for live theatre in Camden in more than 100 years. Learn more here: www.southcamdentheatre.org/history-of-south-camden-theatre-company
###### About The Waterfront South Neighborhood The Waterfront South neighborhood is home to a growing arts community. Our arts neighbors now include Camden FireWorks, artist studio spaces and gallery, The Nick Virgilio Writer’s House, Mighty Writers, Bee Still Studios, The Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum, Camden Boat Works, and the Center For Environmental Transformation, along with The Heart of Camden, and The Sacred Heart Church. Visit www.waterfrontsouthcamden.com to learn more about this growing community.
######## About our sponsors Our shows are sponsored in part by Holman Enterprise Group, Camden County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Camden County College, and Subaru of America.
######## Contact Information Our Theatre Company’s Office: (856) 409-0365 Robert Bingaman, Communications/Board President: (609) 471-4168