“Jersey Lawman” Theater Production Brings a Career in the Police Force to Life

What: A staged reading, for charity, about life in the New Jersey police force

When: Saturday, April 20 at 8 p.m.

Where: 500 Hughes St., Cape May

A staged reading of “Jersey Lawman: A Life on the Right Side of Crime” by Jim Plousis and George Ingram comes to East Lynn Theater company.

Plousis’ story highlights his 40-year law enforcement career, beginning with his days as an Ocean City patrolman, to tales of his time as Cape May County sheriff, to being nominated to United States Marshal by former President George W. Bush.

Three main sponsors have helped the event come to life: Nana & Poppy’s Ice Cream Parlor of Sea Isle City, The Bellevue Tavern of Cape May Court House, and Schaffer Art Studio of Cape May.

Proceeds from the sponsorships will benefit the U.S. Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund, as well as East Lynne $1.2 million capital campaign which goes toward financing East Lynne’s future home, The Clemans Theater at Allen AME Church.

Former law enforcement officer Tony Bianchino who, along with his wife Serena, is co-owner of Nana & Poppy’s Ice Cream Parlor in Sea Isle City—the event’s main sponsor—once worked with Plousis in the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office. He said he’s often thought about Plousis through the years.

“Every once in a while, I’d think about him, like, what’s he doing now? It’s interesting where life takes you,” said Bianchino, who was only happy to have his business become the main sponsor of this event. “It will do some real good for a worthy cause.”

East Lynne Board President Susan Tischler personally met with each of the sponsors at their respective businesses.

“We’re so grateful to have such incredible support from these wonderful Cape May County businesses,” Tischler said. “Thanks to them, the 2024 season is already off to a great start!”

The staged reading of “Jersey Lawman: A Life on the Right Side of Crime,” adapted and directed by Thomas Raniszewski, will take place 8 p.m., April 20. Admission is pay-what-you-will. East Lynne is located at 500 Hughes St., Cape May. More information can be found at EastLynneTheater.org.