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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts, Culture & Humanities

Mission: East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC), celebrating the American Spirit on Stage since 1980, was named after a popular play from the 1880s. The company specializes in producing American stage classics and history-based new works that deal with the uniquely American experience. Warren Kleiwer founded ELTC as a professional Equity theater, hoping “it could become a vehicle for rediscovering the enduring values of the American heritage and for deepening our understanding of what it means to be an American.” He also hoped that others would join in this rediscovery, and, happily, this has begun to happen. In 1996, “The Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee Theatre Research Institute” at Ohio State University asked to house the company’s archives. ELTC and Artistic Director Gayle Stahlhuth are in the newest edition of The Cambridge Guide to American Theatre (2008). In October 2009, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance bestowed its Achievement of Excellence Award on ELTC, for its "30 years of celebrating America’s heritage through productions and educational programs.”

Geographic areas served: Mainstage Productions: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, NYC, and the touring shows travel throughout the country

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I have made it a point to attend at least one ELTC production each year for the past eight years and we have never been disappointed. This season’s “The Poe Mysteries” was another extremely entertaining show uniquely conceived and excellently performed. Seeing an ELTC performance is one of our favorite annual “must do” events.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of catching ELT's production of The Poe Mysteries this past summer and just loved it! After the show it took me quite some time to shake that eerie feeling that the show gave me. Overall the performance was gripping and the acting was fantastic. All the actors worked together in an impressively well-functioning manner, like clockwork. I can't wait to see more work by this extremely talented group of artists!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending performances by this theater group for a decade. The productions are first rate, and the acting rivals any I've seen at The Kennedy Center or Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. The best thing about East Lynne is how history is infused with comedy. They find vintage play material with all the raucous hilarity of today's sitcoms. It never ceases to amaze me how the popular topics of the 19th and early 20th centuries are still the same concerns and issues of today. East Lynne doesn't just perform comedies (though that is my favorite). You'll find the performance season spanning the gamut: thought-provoking dramas, whimsical radio show enactments with sound effects, simple readings or story telling -- all depicted by a variety of skilled professional actors for very reasonable ticket prices. East Lynne also runs workshops for area youth, making them a truly educational resource for the local community. I hope they continue to delight audiences for years to come.