EAST LYNNE THEATER COMPANY

Cape May's Home of 

American Stage Classics!  

East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) is a proven destination for theater lovers who crave the adventure of discovery! By celebrating the American Spirit on Stage through timeless classics and provocative new works, this award-winning Equity professional company provides a portal to the past that provides a better understanding for the present. Founded in 1980, the company is named after a popular 19th century American play.

 

Shows run Wednesdays through

Saturdays unless otherwise noted.
Location: First Presbyterian Church,

500 Hughes St., Cape May

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SHERLOCK HOLMES ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE

Adapted by Craig Wichman
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Gayle Stahlhuth   
March 13 & 14: 8pm

"The question is the sequence of events leading from the rare gem, the Blue Carbuncle, at one end, to the stomach of a goose at the other,” says Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson as they begin an investigation that might save an innocent man from prison. 

​Performed in the style of a radio broadcast, complete with live sound effects and commercials, just like the Sherlock Holmes' radio series on NBC that premiered in 1930, the script is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story, adapted by Craig Wichman, Founder and Producer of the nationally acclaimed Quicksilver Radio Theater.

​Tickets: $28; $20 students and military (active/retired/veteran); ages 12 and under free

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POSSESSING HARRIET 

June 17 – July 25 at 8:30pm (Wed.-Sat., except no show on July 4, and a show on Sun. July 5)

(NJ Premiere)  In 1839, Harriet Powell, a young, mixed-race slave, escaped from her Southerner owner while they were visiting Syracuse, NY. With the help of a freed slave, she was taken to the home of abolitionist Gerrit Smith, who hopes to get her to Canada – and freedom. There is a price on her head, and Harriet must wait in Smith’s attic until it’s safe to leave at night. While in the attic, she spent time with Smith’s cousin Elizabeth Cady (yes, THAT Cady who married Stanton), an advocate for women’s equality. Confronted with new and difficult ideas about race, identity, and equality, and with confusion, fear, and desperation multiplying, Harriet was forced to face the costs – but also the benefits of freedom. Possessing Harriet, written by Kyle Bass, premiered in October 2018, at Syracuse Stage, where he serves as associate artistic director. Last summer, it was performed at the Franklin Stage Company, also in New York. Mr. Bass received a commission from the Onondaga Historical Association to write this play that is based on a true story.


​Tickets: $35; $30 (ages 62+); $20 students and military (active/retired/veteran); ages 12 and under free

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A HUNDRED THOUSAND DAYS OF LIGHT 

Saturday, May 30 at 8pm

An evening of American classics sung by world-famous soprano Barbara Quintiliani.  Her many awards include being the first American woman in twenty-five years to receive first prize at the prestigious Francisco Viñas Singing Competition in Barcelona, Spain.


​Tickets: $35; $30 (ages 62+); $20 students and military (active/retired/veteran); ages 12 and under free

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BORN YESTERDAY 

July 29 – Sept. 5 at 8pm (Wed.-Sat.)

Written by Garson Kanin, this 1946 comedy is about Harry Brock, a “junk” dealer, who brings his showgirl mistress, Billie Dawn, to Washington, D.C. where he intends to “convince” Congressmen to vote his way. When he thinks that Billie's ignorance is hindering his pursuits, he hires a journalist, Paul Verrall, to educate her. In the process of learning, Billie realizes how corrupt Harry is.


Tickets: $35; $30 (ages 62+); $20 students and military (active/retired/veteran); ages 12 and under free

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WHY MARRY? 

Sept. 23 – Oct. 17 at 8pm (Wed-Sat. except no show on Oct. 7, and a show on Sun. Oct. 11 at 7:30pm)

Why Marry? received the first Pulitzer Prize given for a play. The year was 1918.  Since it’s ELTC’s 40th year, we’re bringing back this clever comedy, first produced by ELTC in 2006-2007, that was performed before many sold-out houses. Written by Jesse Lynch Williams, it’s about two scientists who fall in love.  He wants to get married, but, believing that marriage would kill their careers, she does not, although she still wants to be with him. In May, 2013, ELTC’s cast reunited for a staged-reading performance in New York City at The Players Club. ELTC is the only theater that’s produced Why Marry? since the early 1920s.

Tickets: $35; $30 (ages 62+); $20 students and military (active/retired/veteran); ages 12 and under free

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SHERLOCK HOLMES ADVENTURE OF THE BLUE CARBUNCLE

Adapted by Craig Wichman
Based on the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Directed by Gayle Stahlhuth   
Dates/Times: Fridays and Saturdays
Oct. 30-31; Nov. 6 - 7 at 8pm

"The question is the sequence of events leading from the rare gem, the Blue Carbuncle, at one end, to the stomach of a goose at the other,” says Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson as they begin an investigation that might save an innocent man from prison. 

​Performed in the style of a radio broadcast, complete with live sound effects and commercials, just like the Sherlock Holmes' radio series on NBC that premiered in 1930, the script is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story, adapted by Craig Wichman, Founder and Producer of the nationally acclaimed Quicksilver Radio Theater.

Tickets: $28; $20 students and military (active/retired/veteran); ages 12 and under free

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CHRISTMAS WITH HARTE AND O. HENRY

Nov. 27, 28, Dec. 6, 10, 11 at 8pm; Sat. Dec. 12 at 2pm and 8pm

 Gayle Stahlhuth adapted stories by Bret Harte and O. Henry, and performs them, memorized, in her unique, storytelling fashion. She has been delighting audiences with her holiday shows in Cape May since 2005.

Tickets: $28; $20 students and military (active/retired/veteran); ages 12 and under free