South Camden Theatre Company Opens A Regional Premiere of RIPCORD

by Patricia Bradford



Robert Bingaman, Communications, South Camden Theatre Company
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Raymond Croce, Sr., Interim Artistic Director, South Camden Theatre Company
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Camden, New Jersey—August 29, 2017— South Camden Theatre Company’s
​Artistic Director, Raymond Croce, Sr. has announced the Company’s bonus show for Season 12

“Our twelfth season had a great deal of dramatic content”, states Ray Croce. I felt it was time to give our patrons a chance to laugh-out-loud. That’s why we’ve added this bonus show, a regional premiere, to our season. After producing four shows, one each by Eugene O’Neill, Quiara Alegria Hudes, Beth Henley and Aaron Posner, adding David Lindsay-Abaire as a bonus show was a real no-brainer. Lindsay-Abaire’s writing is Pulitzer Prize winning, excellently crafted and highly creative.” This “comedy-drama” is considered a show to treasure. David Lindsay-Abaire’s rippingly funny Ripcord is a deeply satisfying and vastly entertaining story of two women of a “certain age” thrown together by a cosmic force. Lindsay-Abaire’s tastily sweet-and-sour Ripcord is great fun and solidly crafted. When the play gets serious, it’s genuinely moving.

“RIPCORD feels a bit like The Golden Girls flirting with surrealism. Lindsay-Abaire writes such good scenes it’s nevertheless heartbreaking and hopeful, suggesting the possibility that, even in old age, people can make choices that may produce a gentler landing.” —New York Magazine.

RIPCORD’s director is Dan Hickey. Previously seen on our stage in Broken Glass, Dan is excited to be directing his hand-chosen cast including actors, Virginia Barrie (Abby), Susan Dewey (Marilyn), Elyse Emmerling (Colleen), Justin Prince Moy (Derek), Frank Halbiger (Benjamin) and Steve Harding as (Scotty).

“The South Camden Theatre Company’s Board of Trustees is also excited about giving our audience a chance to have a hardy laugh at the Waterfront South Theatre. Having produced 12 seasons of dramas ranging from Tennessee Williams, Eugene O’Neill, Bruce Graham, Clifford Odetts, and August Wilson, it feels great to be providing an opportunity for our patrons to focus on two hysterically funny characters in such a funny and heartfelt situation. We feel that Ripcord was the perfect choice made by our artistic director”, states Robert Bingaman, Board President. “Our 2018 Season beginning in February was also chosen by Ray and will Celebrate Women Playwrights. There will be excellent theatre on our stage directed by top-notch talent. After all, theatre is a place to stir the soul.”

Learn more about Ripcord and our 2018 Season Celebrating Women Playwrights here:


DAVID LINDSAY-ABAIRE is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, screenwriter, lyricist and librettist. His most recent play, Ripcord, has it’s regional premiere at The Waterfront South Theatre in Camden, New Jersey opening September 15. His previous play Good People premiered on Broadway, was awarded the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play, The Horton Foote Prize, The Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award, and two Tony nominations. His play Rabbit Hole received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, five Tony nominations, and the Spirit of America Award. David also wrote the book and lyrics for Shrek the Musical, which was nominated for eight Tonys, four Oliviers, a Grammy, and earned David the Ed Kleban Award as America’s most promising musical theatre lyricist. David’s other plays include Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, Wonder of the World and A Devil Inside, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, David’s screen credits include his film adaptation of Rabbit Hole, Dreamworks’ Rise of the Guardians, and Family Fang.

By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Dan Hickey
Artistic Director – Raymond Croce, Sr.

South Camden Theatre Company
The Waterfront South Theatre
400 Jasper Street – Michael Doyle Lane
Camden, NJ 08104

September 15 – October 1, 2017
Nine performances. Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm and Sunday Matinées at 2:00 pm.

$20 general seating
Group discounts available for 10+ call 856.409.0365 for details.
$5 Camden Resident Ticket Program available for all performances. Must show proof of residency at the box office.

Purchase a five-show season FlexPass and enjoy Ripcord virtually free. Our FlexPass is $87.50 and gives you the flexibility to choose when you’d like to attend all five shows which includes Ripcord, The Savannah Sipping Society, Artemisia, By The Water and Crumbs From The Table of Joy.

Dan Hickey – Director, New Jersey Resident
Raymond Croce, Senior, Artistic Director, Cherry Hill, NJ resident
Robert Bingaman – Set Designer, Haddon Township, NJ resident
Josh Samors – Lighting Designer, Philadelphia, PA resident
Ashley Reiter – Costume/Props Designer, Haddonfield, NJ resident
Sound Design – Ray Croce, Sr.

Theater/Organization South Camden Theatre Company
Theater/Organization Website:

Theater/Organization Address: 400 Jasper Street Michael Doyle Lane Camden, New Jersey 08104 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (856) 409-0365

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