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A CERTAIN WOMAN returns to East Lynne Theater Company

“I’d rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy,” was just one of Dorothy Parker’s famous quotes. Parker (1893-1967) was a poet, journalist, critic, screenwriter, human rights activist and philanthropist.

She was a member of The Algonquin Round Table, a popular writer for ‘The New Yorker’, won the O. Henry Short Story Award for ‘The Big Blonde’ and received an Oscar nomination for co-writing the screenplay for the original “A Star Is Born.” A collection of her work, “The Portable Dorothy Parker”, has never been out of print.

By popular demand, Equity’s award-winning professional East Lynne Theater Company is bringing back the world premiere of last year’s “Dorothy Parker: A Certain Woman” from June 15 to July 23, Wednesday to Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Cape Town. May Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street, where ELTC is in residence.

This entertaining and witty solo piece featuring Suzanne Dawson was compiled by James Rana and directed and directed by Gayle Stahlhuth. Excerpts from Parker’s life are intertwined with her poetry and stories, such as “A Telephone Call”, “Interior Desecration”, and “Lady with the Lamp”. To watch a one-minute promo, visit

Suzanne Dawson has taken on several roles in ELTC productions, including Aunt Abby in ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ for which she received an excellent review from Terry Teachout in ‘The Wall Street Journal’. New York credits include “CBS Live” and “The Great American Backstage Musical”. A few of his many regional productions are “Sylvia” at the Florida Studio Theater and “Rumors” at the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. She then toured with “Rumors” and opposite Gavin MacLeod in “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”

James Rana, currently on a national tour of “The Band’s Visit,” has been with this Tony Award-winning musical since day one of the Broadway production’s rehearsal. Over the years, he has appeared in several ELTC productions, including “Dracula” and “Strictly Dishonorable.” Works he wrote for the society include “A Year in the Trenches” which was commissioned by the New Jersey Historical Society.

Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth has performed on Off-Broadway, regional theaters, film and television. Since 1999 she has been Artistic Director of ELTC, producing over 100 different plays and directing most of them.

Tickets are the same as last year: $35 for general admission; $30 for seniors; $20 for full-time students and military (active/retired/veteran) and 12 and under are free. Flexible season tickets, four for $100, are available through June 30. To learn more about the show and buy tickets, visit or call 609-884-5898.

33rd ELTC’s “Tales of the Victorians” year begins Thursday, June 16 at 4:00 p.m. at The Dormer House, 800 Columbia Avenue, with Michele LaRue reading stories by Edna Ferber. On Tuesday, June 21 at 7:00 p.m., Cape May Stage and ELTC teamed up to celebrate LBGTQ+ Month with a staged reading of “Indecent” by Paula Vogel. Many students have already registered for ELTC’s annual student workshop in August. ELTC’s popular 50/50 raffle is also back.

ELTC’s season would not be possible without the support of Season Partners Curran Wealth Management, La Mer Beachfront Resort and The Washington Inn; Partner of the show “The Cape May Star and Wave”; The New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the support of many other businesses and friends.