Theater Program Explores Racial and Social Issues with Latest Production

By Tom McLaughlin

The Rutgers University–Camden theater program will present Carson McCullers’ award-winning drama “The Member of the Wedding,” in conjunction with the Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts’ participation in The Big Read this fall.

memberofthewedding-featureEvening performances are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, to Saturday, Nov. 21 in the Walter K. Gordon Theater on the Rutgers–Camden campus. There will be a special high school matinee performance at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22.

Prior to the Nov. 22 matinee performance, Holly Blackford, a professor of English at Rutgers–Camden, will examine the connection between To Kill a Mockingbird and “The Member of the Wedding,” at 1:30 p.m. in the theater. Following the play, Blackford will conduct a question-and-answer session.

McCullers’ classic but rarely produced play is regarded as an excellent character drama that touches on many of the same themes and issues that are addressed in Harper Lee’s perennial bestseller, To Kill a Mockingbird. The Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts is celebrating the classic book through a host of events this fall as a grantee of The Big Read for the sixth consecutive year.

“The Member of the Wedding” centers around Frankie Addams, who is stuck in that terrible spot between adolescence and adulthood and just feels like she doesn’t belong anywhere. The play, which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play of 1950, is a poignant tale of naiveté and personal turmoil set against the backdrop of the burgeoning racial and political turbulence of the American South in 1945.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for senior citizens, faculty, staff, and alumni; and $7 for non-Rutgers students with a valid ID. Rutgers students may reserve two free tickets with a valid ID at the Impact Booth, located in the Campus Center. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Impact Booth at (856) 225-6211. Tickets will also be sold at the box office beginning two hours prior to curtain time. Please be advised that the box office can only accept cash.

For more information, visit To arrange tickets for the high school matinee, please contact Jake Hufner at (856) 225-2870 or, or Maria Buckley at (856) 225-6176 or

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