Theater Program Presents Gina Gionfriddo’s “Becky Shaw”

By Tom McLaughlin

The Rutgers University?Camden theater program continues its 2017-18 season with Gina Gionfriddo’s “Becky Shaw” in the Black Box Theater, located in the Fine Arts Complex at 314 Linden Street on the Rutgers?Camden campus.

Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. each night beginning Wednesday, Feb. 14, to Saturday, Feb. 17. There will also be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18.

Directed by Damon Bonetti, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers?Camden, the play – a 2009 Pulitzer Prize finalist – is a contemporary comedy of bad manners that tracks the painful ramifications of a blind date gone wrong. Obie Award winner Gina Gionfriddo’s play was a smash-hit off-Broadway that The New York Times described as “ferociously funny!”

The Black Box Studio is located in the Fine Arts Complex, at 314 Linden Street on the Rutgers­?Camden campus.

“It’s about what we do to get the people we love and the horrible things we do to the ones closest to us,” says Bonetti. “Gionfriddo tackles modern relationships, but also attacks them from a socioeconomic viewpoint: we like to think that there is easy mobility between race, education and economic backgrounds ? but how does that come into play in the dating scene? Do we marry people that are more like us?”

The “Becky Shaw” production cast is comprised of student actors Kimmie Starts of Pennsauken as Becky Shaw, Tay Sconiers of Cherry Hill as Susanna Slater, Anthony Diaz of Cherry Hill as Andrew Porter, Matt Giacomelli of Vineland as Max Garrett, and Katrina Hall of Philadelphia as Susan Slater.

Tickets are $12 for general admission; $10 for faculty, staff, and alumni; and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Impact Booth in the Campus Center, or by phone at (856) 225-6211. For more information, contact Brandon Borrelli at (856) 225-2870 or

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