Skip to main content

East Lynne Theater Company

Equity Producing Theatre in Cape May, NJ

Member overview

East Lynne Theater Company (ELTC) brings the American Spirit to the stage with its blend of provocative premieres and timeless classics, providing a portal to the past for a better understanding of the present. Founded in 1980 and named after a popular 19th-century play, ELTC was the first Actor’s Equity (union) theater in the country with a focus on America’s theatrical heritage. 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 by playwrights including James Rana, Jan Buttram, Laura Gunderson, and Kyle Bass. ELTC operates all year long with touring shows, workshops, school residencies, special events, and main stage performances at the historic Cape May Presbyterian Church, 500 Hughes Street, where the company is in residence. For information call 609-884-5898 and visit

This award-winning company is recognized for artistic excellence and cultural significance by “The Wall Street Journal,” “The Philadelphia Inquirer,” and WHYY Public Television and Radio. “The New York Times” listed ELTC as one of the top 75 summer theaters in North America. Understanding the uniqueness of ELTC, the Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute at Ohio State University asked to house the company’s archives in 1996. In the spring of 2018, the NJ State Senate and General Assembly passed a Joint Legislative Resolution, stating at the end of a list of kudos, “It is altogether fitting and proper for the NJ Legislature to recognize East Lynne Theater Company as deserving of accolades and praise, and to salute it as one of the State’s most important cultural treasures.”

Venue details

  • The Cape May Presbyterian Church, East Lynne Theater Company

    Venue Address:
    500 Hughes Street
    Cape May, NJ 08204

    • Accessible Restrooms

      There is one and it is on the same floor as the performance space.
    • Number of Wheelchair-Only Seating Locations

    • Elevator Access

    • Accessible Parking

      There are 2 spaces on concrete, well-marked, near the door to the elevator which takes one to the 2nd floor where the performance space is located.
    • Audience Accessibility Services

      We offer large-print playbills. Copies of scripts are available and may be delivered through e-mail, snail-mail, or hand delivered, with minimum 5-days notice. Sign language interpreted performances are available, with two-weeks notice. Sensory seminars are offered upon request and require usually at least eight hours notice. The patron is asked to be at the theater at least an hour before the play begins. There is accessible seating for service animals. An infrared audio amplification system is installed and receivers are available at the box office.
  • Location given when reservation is made

Ticket Offers

The $30 ticket price is good for seniors (age 62 and over) and those with disabilities plus two companions. The $20 ticket price is good for full-time students and military (active/retired/veteran.) Ages 12 and under are free.

Education Offerings

We offer a Summer Student Workshop for ages 11 – 16 that culminates in a student production, offered admission-free for the community. We also offer in-school and after-school residences and student matinees. For more information, please call or e-mail ELTC.

Upcoming performances

No events found.