Centenary Stage Co. announces theatre season


Charles Morey

HACKETTSTOWN — Theater fills the Lackland Performing Arts Center as Centenary Stage Company announces its 2018-9 professional theater line-up.
This season’s main stage professional theater series includes four exciting CSC productions ranging from horror to a world premiere, from a spectacular musical to a timely relevant classical text. The season launches with Bram Stoker’s classic horror Dracula adapted and directed by Charles Morey. The season continues with the rolling world premiere of Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett.
CSC’s Family Holiday Spectacular returns with everyone’s favorite orphan in Annie: The Musical. Finally, theatre luminaries Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso return to present John Alan Wyatt’s translation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People. Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series also returns and new for 2018/19 season Centenary Stage Company will be presenting the Gates Ferry Series: “What is Truth?” led by guest artists Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso.
Professional Theatre CityCentenary Stage Company launches its professional theater series with Charles Morey’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula October 12 through October 28 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center.
In addition to providing the adaptation, Mr. Morey will lend his more than 45 years of professional experience from coast to coast to the production by joining the CSC creative team as director. A potent and theatrical adaptation of the classic horror novel that is strongly faithful to the original. “The script crackles with a vigorous, at times pounding style… wonderfully theatrical… no less erotic than the novel, in fact, it comes across as more so.” (The Event)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula runs Oct. 12 through Oct. 28 with specific performances on Fridays, Oct. 12, 19 and 26 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Oct. 13, 20 and 27 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, Oct. 14, 21 and 28 at 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, Oct. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.; and Thursdays, Oct. 18 and 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 through Nov. 18 Centenary Stage Company’s mainstage season continues with the rolling world premiere of Apples in Winter by Jennifer Fawcett. Developed in Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series and supported by the National New Play Network Apples in Winter received the 2015-16 NNPN Smith Prize for Political Theatre. Miriam loves to bake apple pies and today she’s received a special request to make her signature recipe. But this day is going to be different, because Miriam has decided that this will be the last apple pie she ever bakes.
Apples in Winter runs Nov. 9 through Nov. 18 with specific performances on Fridays, Nov. 9 and 16 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, Nov. 11 and 18 at 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. and Thursdays Nov. 8 and 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Centenary Stage Company’s annual Family Holiday Spectacular returns to the Lackland Performing Arts Center Nov. 23 through Dec. 9 with Annie: The Musical. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan in 1930’s New York. Annie: The Musical features a book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin.
Annie: The Musical runs Nov. 23 through Dec. 9 with specific performances Fridays, Nov. 23, 30 and Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Nov. 24, Dec. 1 and 8 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. (school matinee) and Thursdays, Nov. 29 and December 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Finally, Centenary Stage Company’s mainstage theatrical season wraps with John Alan Wyatt’s adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People February 15 through March 3 in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. The production marks the culmination of The Gates Ferry Lecture Series: “What is Truth” (below) led by theatre luminaries Randall Duk Kim and Anne Occhiogrosso. With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high-intensity drama is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for truth.
An Enemy of the People runs Feb. 15 through March 3 with performances Fridays, Feb. 15, 22, and March 1 at 8PM; Saturdays, Feb. 16, 23, and March 2 at 8 p.m.; Sundays, Feb. 17, 24 and March 3 at 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, Feb. 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. and Thursdays, Feb. 21 and 28 at 7:30PM.