East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) is a proven destination for theater lovers who crave the adventure of discovery. By bringing the American Spirit to the stage with its blend of provocative premieres and timeless classics, this award-winning Equity professional theater provides a portal to the past for a better understanding of the present. Founded in 1980, it was the first theater in the country with the unique mission of presenting and preserving America's theatrical heritage, and is named after a popular 19th century American play. “The New York Times” listed ELTC as one of the 75 top summer theaters in North America.
ELTC takes pride in providing theater-goers, actors, and directors, alike, the experience of seeing and working on plays by American Masters like Rachel Crothers, George S. Kaufman, and Eugene O'Neill, as well as new works based on American literature and history. ELTC's artist-in-residence programs in schools and summer theater workshops teach students acting, playwriting, and production. The company's touring shows travel throughout the country. During the Cape May Performing Season (March and June through December), the company is in residence at the historic First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, right in the center of town, a block away from the beach.
The company operates all year long, and other programming includes Tales of the Victorians, Sunday Silent Films, Murder Mystery Weekends (October, February, March and April with The Henry Sawyer Inn and The Twin Gables Inn), The Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides (with Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts and Humanities), and lectures and workshops for all ages at various locations. Season tickets, group rates, dinner-show packages, B&B-show packages, and packages for bus/private tours are available. ELTC is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation and donations are tax-deductible.
Pictured left is the performance space during a student workshop rehearsal. The church is ADA compliant; with an infrared audio amplification system, elevator, and other amenities.
Click Here for a Virtual Tour of Our Performance Space - The First Presbyterian Church of Cape May
This Virtual Tour is made possible in part by support from Kessler Foundation, in partnership with the New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
The AMERICAN SPIRIT ON STAGE!
The First Presbyterian Church
500 Hughes Street, Cape May, NJ 08204
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 121
Cape May, NJ 08204
Phone: 609-884-5898 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org