stones_3This show was presented from Friday, November 1 – Saturday, November 23, 2019

Stones In His Pockets

by Marie Jones 

Directed By Josh McLucas


Steve Carpenter

Brian McManus



Two actors play 15 characters in one rollicking good comedy!

When small-town Irishmen Charlie and Jake are hired as extras in an epic American movie that invades their scenic County Kerry village, chaos ensues as they begin to discover that their romanticized Hollywood dream isn’t quite what it seems. Marie Jones’ Olivier Award-winning comedy is a rollicking, poignant tale brought to life by two actors portraying a colorful cast of dozens. Director Josh McLucas previously directed the acclaimed My Name Is Asher Lev at SCTC in 2017. He is excited to lead this hilarious story that pits harsh reality against Hollywood endings.

A tour de force in comic showmanship, Marie Jones’ play centers on two local extras in a Hollywood movie being shot in rural Ireland. Actually, the play seemingly boasts a cast of thousands — but they’re all played by the same two actors, the bountifully talented pair of Brian McManus and Steve Carpenter.

About The Cast

Steve_carpenter_croppedSteve Carpenter (he/him/his) is a West Philly-based theatre artist, technician, and educator who returns to SCTC after appearing in Unfortunate Sons / Shadows of War, Damage Control, and Waiting for Lefty. Regionally, and wearing too many hats to specify, Steve has worked with EgoPo, Bristol Riverside, Storybook Music Theatre, Philly Theatre Workshop, Brat Prod., GDP Prod., Freedom Chapel Dinner Theatre, Hedgerow Theatre (professional apprentice alum), and is a proud company member with Curio Theatre, now in our 15th anniversary season at 48th and Baltimore. His pride and joy is the CuriosiTeens!, an advanced teen theatre company he co-founded and coordinated through its first years, which won the 2017 Barrymore for Outstanding Theatre Education and now enters its sixth year. BFA: Arcadia University, ’09. Love to the best one, Elizabeth!

brian_mcmanus_croppedBrian McManus’s last theatrical appearance was in Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s (IRC) production of the romantic comedy Dream Girl by Elmer Rice. Before that, he worked with Irish Heritage Theater in their Women Of Ireland series of one-act plays. Previously he worked with REV Theater Company on their outdoor production of Hamlet at Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia and Cape May Shakespeare Festival. In the San Francisco Bay Area, he worked with Impact Theater, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley and Subterranean Shakespeare. Much love to his family for their continual support, patience, and understanding. A million thanks to Josh for casting him in this wonderful show and his incredible co-star, Steve.”

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“A dazzling duo of actors tackles Irish tragicomedy ‘Stones in His Pockets’ at South Camden Theatre Company.”

— Suzanne Cloudbroadstreetreviewlogo

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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.