East Lynne Theater Company Presents a Comedy for an Election Year

A rehearsal shot of the cast of East Lynne Theater Company’s “Biography,” with Tom Byrn, Mike Newman, R. Scott Williams, John Cameron Weber, Mark Edward Lang, Veronique Hurley and Erika Amato. Photo credit: Gayle Stahlhuth

Richard Kurt asks portrait painter Marion Froude to write her autobiography for his magazine. At first she laughs off the idea, but it’s Manhattan during the Depression and she can use the money. The prospect dismays a former flame, Leander Nolan who is running for the United States Senate. Much has happened to Marion and Leander since they last saw each other 15 years earlier.

The award-winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company is proud to present S. N. Behrman’s comedy, “Biography.” Behrman, a screenwriter and contributor to “The New Yorker” based the character of Marion on real-life painter and free-thinker, Neysa McMein.

Playing the roles of Marion and Leander are Erika Amato and Tom Byrn. Erika, new to ELTC, was recently in The Arden’s production of “The Secret Garden.” Tom portrayed the 16th President in ELTC’s “Mr. Lincoln,” his 17th play with the company. Both attended Vassar, and neither has seen each other since graduation.

Also new to ELTC is Mike Newman who plays Kurt, Veronique Hurley and R. Scott Williams. Others in the cast are ELTC favorites Mark Edward Lang, John Cameron Weber and Gayle Stahlhuth, who also directs.

“Biography” runs Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. from September 21 through October 15, except there is no show on Wednesday, October 5, and a show on Sunday, October 9 at 7:30 p.m. Location is the First Presbyterian Church of Cape May, 500 Hughes St. For reservations, call (609) 884-5898 or visit eastlynnetheater.org. The after-show opening night party is at Aleathea’s Restaurant.