South Camden Theatre Company Opens SHADOWS OF WAR a One-act Play Festival Honoring American Veterans

by Patricia Bradford

South Camden Theatre Company, a nonprofit professional theatre organization located in Camden, New Jersey continues its eleventh season and second decade of theatre in the city with a one-act play festival titled SHADOWS OF WAR. Comprised of four different plays, these stories portray American veterans from World War II through Afghanistan. The festival opens March 18, 2016 at 8p.m. with four performances through Sunday March 20.

The plays selected for the festival are AND SO IT GOES written by Sheila McDonald and directed by Ruth Brown which portrays a young Afghanistan veteran who is visited by his girlfriend who has been avoiding him. UNFORTUNATE SONS written by Tom Tunnington and directed by Dan Hickey shows a difficult decision made by a soldier in Vietnam. D-DAY AGAIN written by Martin Lentz and directed by Scott R. Grumbling shows two World War II veterans now living in a nursing home and their decision to join their fellow D-Day soldiers. Finally PURPLE HEARTS an award winning play written by Joseph M. Paprzycki and directed by Nicole Lerario portrays a Korean veteran in a VA hospital who comes to a realization that a “vet is a vet” after meeting his male orderly. PURPLE HEARTS previously won the Wordsmith Competition award from the VSA Arts of New Jersey and the Unlimited Potential Theater Company.

South Camden Theatre Company is partnering with Backpacks for Life a 501(c)3 New Jersey based nonprofit that provides homeless veterans with backpacks containing toiletries and other life essentials. Founder and Afghanistan veteran Sgt. Brett D’Alessandro, USMC will be in the lobby at Waterfront South Theatre collecting donations and socks for the backpacks during the Saturday March 20 performances at 2:00p.m and 8:00p.m.

Producing Artistic Director Joseph M. Paprzycki states, “We all have veterans in our lives and I am dedicating this production to my father Corporal Bronislaw Paprzycki who was awarded a Purple Heart after being wounded in the Korean War and lived his life as a disabled veteran. My hope is we all honor the veterans in our own families with this production and show true appreciation for the many sacrifices they have made. When I saw Sgt. D’Alessandro interviewed on NJTV News last year I reached out directly to ask him to partner with South Camden Theatre Company for this important festival and am thrilled he will be able to join us and let our audience help homeless veterans.”

All performances will be held Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. at the 96-seat Waterfront South Theatre located at 400 Jasper Street in Camden, New Jersey. Tickets are available for purchase for $20 online at, by calling 1-866-811-4111 or at the door. For more information about South Camden Theatre Company, please visit Follow the company on Twitter at @SCTC1and on Facebook at

About South Camden Theatre Company, Inc.
The South Camden Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional theatre company dedicated to helping revitalize the City of Camden, New Jersey by producing meaningful, professional theater in the City’s Waterfront South District. Founded by a playwright, the South Camden Theatre Company stages seldom-seen, classic plays and original works as the resident theatre company at Waterfront South Theatre. South Camden Theatre Company is a proud member of The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance. For more information on South Camden Theatre Company and Waterfront South Theatre, visit

About Backpacks for Life
Backpacks for Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that aims to provide homeless veterans with life essentials that they cannot provide for themselves. With each backpack, we hope to not only provide homeless veterans with the things they need for daily living but also give them hope and resources for the future. Homeless veterans make up a large portion of society and it is only right to help serve those who have protected our country. For more information visit

Media Contact: Gus Orr
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South Camden Theatre Company, Inc.
(610) 400-3175

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Theater/Organization Address: Waterfront South Theatre 400 Jasper St Camden, New Jersey 08104 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (856) 409-0365

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