New Jersey Stage

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

East Lynne Theater Company presents an ASL performance of "The World of Dorothy Parker"

(CAPE MAY, NJ) -- On Friday, August 26, at 8:30p.m., there will be an American Sign Language Interpretation of "The World of Dorothy Parker" produced by the award winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company.

      This world premiere is adapted and directed by Gayle Stahlhuth, based on the humorous and touching works of one of America's most beloved writers.  The following Dorothy Parker stories are brought to life: "A Telephone Call" (1930), "Here We Are" (1931), "The Lovely Leave" (1943), and other tales and poems by this famous writer who quipped: "Men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses."

     Since its founding in 1980, ELTC's focus has been to produce American plays that were first on Broadway before 1930, but the company has also produced 30 world premiers and 8 New Jersey premieres in its 31-year history.

      The four ensemble actors were either in last season's ELTC productions of "Berkeley Square" or "The Dictator" and are Suzanne Dawson, Megan McDermott, Drew Seltzer, and John Cameron Weber. John was also in the recent production of "He and She," and Suzanne, Megan, and Drew will be in the upcoming "Dulcy" in the fall.

     The theatrical ASL interpreter is Kathy Filippo, who has interpreted ELTC productions for over fifteen years. She sees the production at least once, studies the script, and sometimes has to create signage for unusual names and words.       

      "The World of Dorothy Parker" runs through September 3, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:30p.m. at The First Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes St., Cape May, where the company is in residence. Tickets are $30 for general admission; $25 for seniors and those with disabilities and their support companions; $15 for students; and anyone age twelve and under is free. For information and to make reservations, call 609-884-5898 or go online at

     "The World of Dorothy Parker" would not be possible without permission from the NAACP, season sponsors Curran Investment Management, Aleathea's Restaurant, and La Mer Beachfront Inn; funding received through grants from the New Jersey Department of State, Division of Travel and Tourism and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; and the generosity of many patrons.