In early March, at a Philadelphia production studio called Woodshop Films, Paprzycki watched with pride as a movie crew recorded a specially staged rendition of “Nick of Time” for the Nick Virgilio Haiku Association
— John Scanlon - Courier-Post
South Camden Theatre recently did the unthinkable. After 11 years of building a brand based upon high-quality work centered around the identity of Camden itself, the theatre’s Board of Directors fired Joseph M. Papryzcki — the company’s Founder and Producing Artistic Director. To call this anything less than a tragedy is an understatement.
— Gary Wien - New Jersey Stage Magazine
Paprzycki isn’t far from where he grew up in Camden. His father worked in the office of Camden Beer. Now, Paprzycki collects memorabilia of the defunct brewery’s microbrew.
— Shannon Eblen -Courier-Post
 
CVR is another example of how SCTC is bringing the theatre arts into Camden.
— Ruth Brown - New Jersey Stage Magazine
Paprzycki’s direction shines throughout, and each performer becomes that highly trained person behind the wheel of the plane.
— Lisa Panzer - Phindie
We want controversial. We don’t shy away from it. (The play) is a good fit.
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - Philly Voice
I write a play when I have a question and I let the characters answer the question
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - Courier-Post
It’s about me saying thank you in too many ways to count, and it’s about being true to the founding vision of this company: If you have faith, dreams really do come true
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - SJ Magazine
“At first,” Paprzycki said, “we’d get a few sort of scared-looking people coming to the shows. But the next time they come, they bring another couple with them. Or they tell their friends and they come to the next production.That’s how we have grown,” he said. It’s really happening”
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - JerseyArts.com
Starting any theatre company is a risky venture. Imagine trying to start one in a city with a heavily damaged reputation like Camden. Joseph M. Paprzycki was given a golden opportunity to do just that and the Camden native jumped at the chance. Ten years later, the theatre company is going strong and is bringing people to the city - many, for the first time in years, if ever.
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - New Jersey Stage Magazine
...playwright Joseph M. Paprzycki has created a remarkable drama that left its audience so caught up in the characters on that train before us that all else was suspended. The dense silence of a rapt audience made that obvious.
— Sally Friedman - Burlington County Times
EXPRESS TRACKS in an uncomfortable journey but one that is wisely taken by audiences to appreciate the creativity and intelligence of the playwright, Joseph M. Paprzycki
— Ruth K. Brown - STAGE Magazine
The intense and engrossing new play EXPRESS TRACKS, from South Camden Theatre Company, considers that very question (What would Jesus do?) — and then proceeds to answer it. In the process, we are involved in what becomes a pointed discussion of theology, race, class and free will.
— Howard Shaprio - WHYY/Newsworks
 
Each play answers a different need for me. If I don’t understand something, I write a play
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - Courier-Post
It truly came out of the blue,” he said. “It kind of took us aback a little bit that NJ Transit was worried about this. ... My reaction was, ‘Really? You’re afraid of a play?’
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - Courier-Post
They [the characters] were with me the entire trip, and months later, I kept the characters and the situation in my head, and then all of a sudden it became the story that I wanted to tell
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - SouthJersey.com
If you are at all taken by the story of Joe Paprzycki’s dream, I suggest you buy a ticket, or a season pass, and go see the Jasper Street miracle.
— Edward L. Wolfe - AFTerwords Newsletter | Rowan University
 
 

September 1, 2013
South Camden man lives out more than one dream
With rare Tennessee Williams work up on stage, Joseph Paprzycki is living out more than one dream from his corner in South Camden

 

 

 
People have come from South Carolina and the Main Line (in suburban Philadelphia) and many other places to see the plays, so they aren’t afraid of the neighborhood,” he says. “I think we could be like Provincetown on Cape Cod, a place for neighborhood theater that people wouldn’t expect. Camden isn’t just squalor. It is a place where people can still dream.
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - Inside Jersey Magazine
It’s like a fresh breeze is blowing around here,’’ says Paprzycki. “It may have been long in coming, but you can almost feel the hope in the air. So yes, there’s a lot to celebrate, and some very good vibes in the Camden air
— Joseph M. Paprzycki - Courier-Post
 
Joe Paprzycki, the artistic director of the South Camden Theatre Company in New Jersey, also comes to the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown every year. His productions of Williams’s plays Suddenly Last Summer and The Night of the Iguana have brought his company great reviews. A production of Kingdom of Earth, directed by Connie Norwood, opens the 2013 season in Camden, starting October 11.
— David Caplan - Provincetown Arts Magazine
 
 
When one is passionate about something like theatre and attends productions frequently, one is always on the look-out for the unusual or unique performance. It piques curiosity and keeps interest fresh. This reviewer received such an opportunity when South Camden Theatre Company (SCTC) and Joseph M. Paprzycki presented EXORCISM written in 1919 by master American playwright, Eugene G. O’Neill.
— Ruth Brown - STAGE Magazine
 
Joseph Paprzycki isn’t a playwright given to happy endings when he stages his productions at his Waterfront South Theatre.There’s just too much sorrow in Camden. That’s why his hand tends to write gritty stories. Unapologetic stories.
Whether it’s “Last Rites,” his mournful ode to his late grandfather’s taproom at 4th and Jasper, and how it got swept into the vortex that sucked the life out of Camden when the New York Shipbuilding Co. shut down in 1967, or “Indoor Picnic,” a study of urban decay and a Polish-American men’s club adrift in an ethnically changing neighborhood, Paprzycki thinks...
— John Scanlon - Courier-Post
 
The tough language and even tougher subject matter of Indoor Picnic,on stage through Sunday at the South Camden Theatre Company, hit close to home for many audience members.
— Kevin Riordan - Philadelphia Inquirer
 
Blaring polka music from the open window; lights shining down on the people ready to dance in the street outside the theatre; extended laughing and camaraderie: South Camden Theatre Company (SCTC) uses many aspects of the neighborhood to spotlight its good works. SCTC is at it again with INDOOR PICNIC. Author Joseph M. Paprzycki used others’ memories and stories, iconic references, and his own fertile imagination to write an original play about Camdem in the 1960s through 1980s—a time that was comfortable and accommodating but when racial bigotry hung over the hardworking men of the time.
— Ruth Brown - STAGE Magazine

October 16, 2012
State of the Arts - PBS

 

Miraculously we now have a beatuiful theatre and it’s the first live theatre build in Camden in 100 years.
— Msrg. Michael Doyle - Pastor of Sacred Heart Church
 
South Camden Theatre Company opens its eighth season Oct. 26 with “Indoor Picnic,” written by the company’s Producing Artistic Director Joseph M. Paprzycki and directed by Ray Croce.
Performed at the Waterfront South Theatre on Jasper Street, the play is a view of Camden in decay through the eyes of four members of a fading Polish American club.
Set during the 1960s through the 1990s, it tells the story, too, of racism, as experienced by the club’s African American cleaning woman, Flossie.
— Kim Mulford - Courier-Post
 
Paprzycki does not write about the genteel southern aristocrat often presented in other works about Williams. Paprzycki give us a totally different view … this is Williams storming against the elements that have kept him from what he considers his deserved happiness.
— Ruth Brown - STAGE Magazine
 
Before we classify Clifford Odets’ 1935 one-act called WAITING FOR LEFTY as a museum piece, a relic from another era almost never performed today, we should listen to what South Camden Theatre Company is telling us – with today’s news in mind.
— Howard Shapiro - Philadelphia Inquirer
 
You don’t have to convince Joe Paprzycki that the more things change the more things stay the same
— Sally Friedman, Courier-Post
 
Paprzycki’s WAITING FOR LEFTY was a forceful and emotional set of vignettes of unjust victimization.
— Ruth Brown - STAGE Magazine
 
You come here, sit in a seat in my grandfather’s old bar, when the lights go up its 1967 and you’re in exactly the same spot. This theater was built because of a play.
— Joseph M. Paprzycki, NPR/WHYY
 
I’ve known (Joe) since the late ‘90s, when he was first writing plays and telling tales. Many have had a way of coming true.
Like the notion of a new theater in this tough, battered corner of Camden.
— Kevin Riordan - Philadelphia Inquirer
 
Joseph Paprzycki, will raise a toast to his Polish grandparents from the lobby of the new 96-seat Waterfront South Theater built on the very site of the bar (they owned).
— Tammy Paolino - Courier-Post

NJN News feature on South Camden Theatre Company - November 2010

Comcast Newsmakers - Interview with Joseph M. Paprzycki April 2008