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East Lynne Theater Company

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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

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2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

I at first saw plays at East Lynne for their content and excellent acting. Now I feel grateful that it promotes revival of early 20th Century plays and works by well known and new playwrites.



Rating: 5

East Lynne began for me as a theater company using my church for it's shows. I worked full time so didn't pay much attention to any theater. A few years ago, I listened to a friend and began to volunteer with East Lynne. Their shows are wonderful---American writing from the past that most of us ignore in favor of the newest. They also so entertaining and interesting. This company also gives acting classes, works with young people in the summer and at schools, and offers many other educational activities. The director and staff are so dedicated to this company---they deserve all of our support.