BY THE WATER: Regional Premiere at SCTC

by Patricia Bradford

“Our season, Celebrating Female Playwrights continues with Sharyn Rothstein’s,
regional premiere of BY THE WATER”, states Artistic Director, Ray Croce. “This show is
being directed by well-known actor & director Scott Grumling. Scott directed at South
Camden Theatre Company in 2016 bringing our audience The Miss Firecracker
Contest. Scott came to us with By The Water because of his passion for the play’s
story and the playwrights writing style.” “Rothstein wrote these characters as if she
knew each one of them personally”, states Scott Grumling.

Robert Bingaman, Board President is also excited for this fall show. “To be able to
produce such a brilliantly written play with such a powerful cast and crew is very
exciting for us here at SCTC,” he said.

As hurricane season builds along the east coast, it’s important to be aware of the
devastation that can occur along the shore and inland. By The Water brings the reality
of two couples fight to stay and rebuild or “take the money” and move away after
Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. According to CNN Money, only 39% of Americans say
they would be able to pay for a $1,000 unplanned expense, according to new report
from Bankrate. That indication of ongoing financial fragility is especially sobering
because emergencies like a hurricane can and do happen.

Imagine, for example, that you lived on Staten Island or somewhere “down the shore”
during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Twenty-four residents on Staten Island were killed by
the storm, along with unparalleled destruction of dwellings, especially in the coastal
communities of what has remained mostly a blue-collar community despite its
proximity to Manhattan.

Sharyn Rothstein’s play BY THE WATER, is a piece that premiered at the Manhattan
Theatre Club in 2014 after being commissioned by their Writers’ Room. It is about
Hurricane Sandy, Staten Island and the shifting sands of life from paycheck to

BY THE WATER is not a depressing a play. It is a powerful life drama written by a
playwright who truly understands her characters. This is the third production of our
13th season which opens September 7 and runs through September 23. Our shows
are Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm and Sunday afternoons at 2pm. Tickets are
available online over the phone (866) 811-4111 or at the
box office one hour before showtime.

The South Camden Theatre Company is the professional resident theatre company at
the Waterfront South Theatre. Camden’s “Off-Broadway” Theatre was opened in 2010
as the only new free-standing theatre built in Camden in more than 100 years. The
intimate theatre space seats 100 and is completely handicap accessible.

Sharyn Rothstein is a Brooklyn-based playwright. She is a member of the inaugural
class of Manhattan Theatre Club/Ars Nova Writer’s Room, as well as a member of the
Primary Stages Dorothy Strelsin New American Writer’s Group. She was also a
member of the 2011-2012 Ars Nova Playgroup. She is a member of Ensemble Studio
Theatre and holds an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University’s Tisch School
of the Arts. She was awarded the Francesca Primus prize for By The Water.
Sharyn’s plays have been produced and workshopped in New York and around the
country, and her short plays have been published in several anthologies. In addition to
playwriting, Sharyn co-created and wrote an hour-long drama pilot for Bravo. She also
holds a Masters in Public Health from Hunter College, with a concentration in Urban

A Regional Premiere
By Sharyn Rothstein
Directed by Scott Grumling
Artistic Director – Raymond Croce, Sr.

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

September 7-September 23, 2018
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 Tickets available for all performances. Must show proof of
residency at the box office.

Tickets may be purchased online at:, or by phone
at: 1.877.811.4111. You can also come to the box office to make your purchase. Doors
open one hour before show time. All seats are general admission.


Robert Bingaman, Communications, South Camden Theatre Company
(m) 609-471-4168, (e)
Raymond Croce, Sr., Interim Artistic Director, South Camden Theatre Company
(m) 856-287-5136, (e)

Theater/Organization The South Camden Theatre Company, Inc.
Theater/Organization Website:

Theater/Organization Address: 400 Jasper Street Michael Doyle Lane Camden, New Jersey 08104 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (866) 811-4111

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