“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
2018 is the year that represents the convergence of global choices and the thirtieth anniversary of Cape May Stage and therefore “Choice” is the theme for this unique season.
The world is grappling with the choice of how to handle global warming and the United States is in a desperate struggle to determine whether the Second Amendment trumps common sense gun laws and individual communities are making choices about opiod epidemics. Part of our mission at Cape May Stage is to be a catalyst for discussion about important issues facing our community.
Erma Bombeck faced the question of what an intelligent woman could do when her journalist husband and family lived in the suburbs at a time when being a housewife was the norm. “At Wit’s End” examines how this remarkable woman used her sense of humor to become one of the most popular columnists in the nation. The title tells it all in Neil Simon’s “Chapter Two” when a widower must choose between receding into a solo life or starting over with a new relationship. Aeschylus is the first dramatist that we know of and he wrote, “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times”.
At a time when our nation is divided, we produce “The Lion in Winter” that examines the process of picking a ruler – the humor and entertainment in this work is an added bonus. We have commissioned a new play that takes place right here in Cape May County by award winning Shawn Fisher called “The Shuck” that tells the story of an oyster-woman who lost her son at sea and must choose what kind of relationship she will have with her newly returning daughter. Finally, our Christmas play is a new twist on “The Christmas Carol” told from the point of view of the backstage crew of a small theatre like Cape May Stage with local specifics in the dialogue. The curmudgeon actor playing Scrooge must learn to choose to see the holiday spirit all around him. Oscar Wilde said it best in defining a pessimist as “one who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both”.
We are thankful that you have chosen to stay with us these thirty years and we pledge to choose artistry and thought provoking entertainment in all we do.
Roy B. Steinberg
Producing Artistic Director