Last Rites

 


Last Rites
by Joseph M. Paprzycki

Last Rites is a play about misplaced faith that unfolds in Camden, NJ in 1967 as this blue-collar city caves under the stress and strain that economic and social change has brought.

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Last Rites is a play about misplaced faith. It unfolds in Camden, New Jersey in 1967 as this blue-collar city experiences the closing of a major shipyard. If the shipyard is the heart of south Camden, then the soul of this working-class neighborhood is Walt’s Café, a mom and pop corner bar.

There you meet the owners, Walt and Sue Evanuk, whose lives revolve around the rhythms of lunch whistles and shipyard work shifts as they serve up beers and sandwiches to steamfitters, welders and shipbuilders.

It is here where new rumors about the shipyard’s closing are discussed and discounted. You bear witness to the lives of the ship workers, their wives, and the parish priests as they pass through the doors of Walt and Sue’s bar and give their testament to the stress and strain that economic and social change has brought to their lives and to their beloved city.

paperback, 94 pages, $12.95
ISBN 978-1-60182-332-8

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