Thursday, March 21, 2019

FARMSTEAD ARTS CENTER EXHIBITS ART BY NOTABLE WOMEN ARTISTS

Women in the Arts

WHEN: March 3 to April 7. Gallery hours for Women in the Arts will be held from Mondays to Wednesdays, 10am to 1pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm to 4pm, excluding March 17 and March 31.
WHERE:
450 King George Road in Basking Ridge, on the historic grounds of the Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead
ADMISSION: Free

The Farmstead Arts Center presents the Women in the Arts show, an exhibition which will display work by notable women artists in honor of Women’s History Month.

Farmstead Arts’ annual celebration of Women’s History Month will kick off with the Women in the Arts exhibit, featuring work by five regional artists: Roberta Scott of Middlesex, Laura Shabazz of Bernardsville, Harmony Dougher of Summit, Irene Grabowski of Basking Ridge, and Diane Churchill of Nyack, NY. The exhibit will feature a variety of mediums, including painting, collage and photography. Most works will be for sale.

Farmstead Arts offers art classes, workshops, art exhibits, theater, concerts, dance, children’s activities, and lectures in history and the arts. The Farmhouse is wheelchair accessible. For more information contact Kathy Harris at 908-636-7576 or by email: admin@farmsteadarts.org.

Funds for this event have been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through the State/County Partnership Local Arts Program Grant administered by The Somerset County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

1. Clouded Mirror by Diane Churchill

2. Del Barton Bridge by Harmony Dougher

3. Steph #2 by Roberta Scott

THE MINSTREL PRESENTS TOM CHAPIN ON FRIDAY, MARCH 22

Minstrel Acoustic Concert Series presents

Tom Chapin 

WHEN: Friday, March 22, at 7:30 pm
WHERE
: Morristown Unitarian Fellowship, 21 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown.
ADMISSION: Admission is $10.00 per adult at the door. Children 12 and under are free.
For further information, call 973-335-9489 , or visit www.folkproject.org . The Folk Project website also offers music samples of Minstrel performers: http://www.Minstrel.folkproject.org .

Dan Pelletier will open.

In a career that spans six decades, 26 albums and three GRAMMY® awards, Hudson Valley Troubadour Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in television, radio and film.

As a music-maker, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist has maintained two long and productive parallel careers, both as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children's music. In both roles, Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and effortlessly charismatic live performances. He continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. In either format, Chapin's infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth consistently shine through, whether he's performing on record or in a concert hall, an outdoor festival, a school, in front of a symphony orchestra or in an intimate coffeehouse.

The New York Times called Chapin "one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music," while Billboard called him "the best family artist around" and described him as "totally captivating." Parents magazine stated, "Nobody today is writing and performing better kids' songs than Tom Chapin."

Chapin launched his solo recording career with 1976's Life Is Like That. It was the first of a string of albums that further established his reputation as both a gifted storyteller and a natural entertainer, winning him an uncommonly loyal fan base in the process. He also continued to venture into other creative areas, playing the lead role in the hit Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes, working off-Broadway as musical director of both Cotton Patch Gospel and Harry Chapin: Lies and Legends , and serving as host of TV's National Geographic Explorer.

He's also written and performed satirical topical songs for National Public Radio's Morning Edition , and had a cameo role as the Vice Presidential candidate in Jonathan Demme's 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.

Sit for an hour with Dan Pelletier and you’ll walk away chuckling, shaking your head, wanting a long, cool drink and the red, tender lips of someone to love. He will show you himself, yourself, your lover, your family and friends and quite a few characters you may not know, but will instantly recognize. They jump out of his songs full of beauty and blemishes, brilliance and foolishness, insanity, humor, intensity and tenderness.

The Folk Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Corporation whose mission is to present high caliber folk music performances and instructional workshops for the public and members; to encourage development of

musicianship and performance skills in the northern New Jersey area; and to provide interesting social and learning activities relating to traditional and participatory folk music and dance.

Funding has been made possible in part by funds from Morris Arts through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County Presents “The History of the Italian Jews”

The History of the Italian Jews
A talk by Rabbi Michael Klein (Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Ahavat Olam, Howell, NJ)

WHEN: Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 2 PM
WHERE:
The Jewish Heritage Museum, is located in the Mounts Corner Shopping Center, at 310 Mounts Corner Drive Freehold, NJ, at the corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road (between the CentraState Medical Center and Freehold Raceway Mall). It is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn.
TICKETS: $8 members, $10 non-members
For more information or to make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call the Museum at 732-252-6990, or visit jhmomc.org. Maximum capacity is 100, so paid reservations are recommended.

The history of the Jews in Italy spans more than 2,000 years. The Jewish presence in Italy dates to the pre-Christian Roman period and has continued, despite periods of extreme persecution and expulsions, until the present. The Jewish community in Rome is likely one of the oldest continuous Jewish communities in the world, existing from classical times through today.

This program is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The JHMOMC is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Museum is handicapped and assisted listening accessible.

DARAH CARR DANCE JOINS CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY FOR “CEILIDH: AN EVENING OF IRISH MUSIC AND DANCE”

CEILIDH: AN EVENING OF IRISH MUSIC AND DANCE

WHEN: Saturday, March 23, at 8pm
WHERE:
Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25.00 for adults, $17.50 for children under 12 and available on-line at centenarystageco.org or by phone at (908) 979 – 0900.

Darrah Carr Dance joins Centenary Stage Company to present Ceilidh an Evening of Irish Music and Dance. The evening’s performance will also include a special pre-show presentation by An Clar School of Irish Dance.

The Bessie Award-nominated company, Darrah Carr Dance brings a bold new twist to conventional Irish dance. Their acclaimed performances draw from Irish music, step dance footwork and spatial patterns to create high–energy, rhythmically based work that is accessible to a broad audience. The company is comprised of championship Irish Dancers including Trent Kowalik, Tony Award-winner and the original star of Broadway’s Billy Elliot and Timothy Kochka two-time winner of the World Irish Dancing Championships and former member of Riverdance. Artistic Director Darrah Carr was named one of the “Top 100 Irish Americans of the Year” by Irish America Magazine and was awarded the Irish Heritage Award from the New York City Comptroller Office in recognition of her contribution to the cultural life of New York’s Irish community. In addition to their acclaimed performances Darrah Carr Dance offers a variety of community outreach programs which include a whirlwind introduction to Irish dance, including its history, costumes and traditions. Other residencies activities include in–school performances, lectures/demonstrations, workshops and master classes.

An Clár School of Irish Dance opened in 2011 in Albany, New York, followed by Byram (Sussex County), New Jersey in January 2012. Under the instruction of Lexa Hickey, ADCRG An Clar School of Irish Dance offer classes available to children age 3 & up, ranging from tiny tots to championship level and for new and experienced dancers. Students of An Clar have the opportunity to compete at the local, regional, national & international level as well as regularly perform at dance-outs and at the annual An Clár dinner dance.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5pm and two hours prior to every performance. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Like and follow to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

STNJ’S 29TH ANNUAL GALA WILL BE AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT!

For more information and pricing, click here.

Questions? Call 973-845-6732 or visit www.ShakespeareNJ.org.

WHITNEY MARCHELLE & FRIENDS Honor Woman in Jazz— Wednesday, March 27th

WHITNEY MARCHELLE & FRIENDS 
Honoring Woman in Jazz

WHEN: Wednesday, March 27th 7:00-10:00 pm
WHERE:
Jazz973 Clements Place, 15 Washington St., Rutgers NJ 07102
ADMISSION: No Cover and Complimentary Refreshments

Performers:

  • Whitney Marchelle Jackson - Vocals/piano,
  • James Gibbs – Trumpet
  • Lakecia Benjamin-Sax
  • Anthony Wonsey – Piano
  • Endea Owens – Bass
  • Lafrae Sci – Drums
  • plus surprise guests

Whitney Marchelle - Award Winner. Vocalist songwriter arranger plays some piano. BET, Tonight Show. Worked with: Quincy Jones ,Herbie Hancock, Steve Turre, Dee Dee Bridgewater Frank Lacy. Opened for Kiss, Bill Withers, Fat Head Newman. Style: Bebop, Soul. American Jazz Standards. Music of :Sarah Vaughn, Rachel Z, Ella, Nancy Wilson, Billie, Irene Reid, Chaka, Hoarce Silver. Jazz Times - "Formidable vocalist, a swinger of immense energy" Plays some piano, Jazz Casttanets. Sold Out shows.Cd DigDis :Features Camile Thurman, Clark Terry,Frank Lacy,Patience Higgins, Sabu Adeoyla, Terreon Gulley & More.

James Gibbs: Newark Native. Trumpet. Performed with Dr. Betty Carter,Wynton Marsalis, TS Monk, Cyrus Chestnut, Joe Thomas & More.

Lakecia Benjamin: Native New Yorker. Sax. Performed with: Clark Terry Stevie Wonder,Alicia Keys, Roots.  Performs Dizzys Club, Kennedy Center.

Endea Owens: Detroit Native.Bass. Julliard Grad. Performed with: Dee Dee Bridgewater,Wynton Marsalis,Steve Turre, Jennifer Holiday.

Anthony Wonsey: Piano. From Chicago Illinois. Anthony has played with Roy Hargrove,Nicholas Payton Kenny Garrett, Nneenna Freelon. Leads his own band performing at the Kennedy Center and more.

LaFrae Olivia Sci: Okinawa, Japan Drums. Musical director for Sandra Bernhard’s Musical previously Everything Bad and Beautiful. Leads Music education Program for Jazz@Lincoln Center. Worked with Rachel Z. Dr. Lonnie Smith.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

CARRIE JACKSON CELEBRATES WOMEN IN JAZZ IN NEWARK

CARRIE JACKSON
Celebrating Women's Month: A Tribute to Women in Jazz—Sarah, Ella, Billie, Carmen and Dinah

WHEN: Friday. March 22,  7PM-11PM. Seating First Come, Served 
WHERE:
St. Joseph's Plaza at The Priory Restaurant, 233 West Market Street, Newark. Secure parking on premises.
ADMISSION: Jazz Stimulus No Music Cover. Food or Beverage Purchase is Required Full Bar & Lounge
973-242-8012

Special Guests:

PARICIA WALTON, BARBARA HASSENFELD, CARMEN DIGGS-PINTO.

SHERRY GIBSON & The Guys in The Band: Radam Schwartz, pn; Takashi Otsuka, bs; Gordon Lane, drms


Carrie Jackson & Friends

WHEN: Tuesday, March 26. Jam Session / Open Mic 8pm-11pm
WHERE:
16 Prospect Wine Bar & Bistro, 16 Prospect Street, Westfield, NJ
ADMISSION:
Jazz Stimulus No Music Cover
www.16prospect.com 
908-232-7320

Great Food, Full Bar & Lounge, Fine dining Area in Rear

Charlie Sigler, Guitar
Dave Braham, Organ
Les Mc Kee, drums

@WPU: A Night of Americana with The Weight Band & “THE VELVETEEN RABBIT

Featuring members of The Band and the Levon Helm Band

WHEN: MARCH 22, 8:00 PM
WHERE:
Shea Center for Performing Arts , 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: $35 Orchestra; $28 Loge

Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, The Weight Band has kept the spirit of Americana/Roots Rock music alive for today's audiences. Their live set features Weight Band original songs as well as fan favorites from The Band's treasured catalog, including "Up On Cripple Creek," "The Weight," and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."


NJ Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival presents

Pushcart Players' The Velveteen Rabbit

WHEN: March 23, 2:00PM
WHERE:
Shea Center for Performing Arts , 300 Pompton Road, Wayne
TICKETS: $10 Adults; Free admission for kids under 18.*

*Children must be accompanied by an adult.

A young boy's love and a little nursery magic help transform the Velveteen Rabbit from a favorite plaything into a real rabbit. In this musical re-telling of one of America's favorite storybooks, the Boy and Velveteen embark on exciting imaginary adventures, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship.

Recommended for grades Pre-K to 5.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

NJPAC: Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies” March 21-24

Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies

Directed by André De Shields

A Co-production of NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company

March 21, 2019, 7pm

March 22, 2019, 7pm

March 23, 2019, 2pm and 7pm

March 24, 2019, 2pm

WHERE: New Jersey Performing Arts Center Victoria Theater, 1 Center Street, Newark NJ
TICKETS: $69 - $89

Duke Ellington's high-style music is the heart and soul of this 1981 Tony Award-winning Broadway hit, directed with dazzle by André De Shields.

Presented in the year marking the 120th anniversary of Ellington’s birth, this revival of Sophisticated Ladies brings the heyday of Harlem’s swanky Cotton Club into the 21st century. André De Shields returns to NJPAC after directing and choreographing the first co-production between NJPAC and Crossroads Theatre Company, 2018’s critically acclaimed Ain't Misbehavin'.

All those glorious Ellington numbers – “Satin Doll,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” “Cotton Tail,” “Take the ‘A’ Train” and “Mood Indigo” – are in full swing with a glamorous cast of Broadway veterans, bright young stars and an onstage band versed in the tradition of the orchestras of Duke Ellington and his son, Mercer. It’s a high-stepping salute inspired by the ritzy nightlife and sensuous highlife of a man who lived to love.

When asked about reviving one of the most popular Broadway shows of the 1980s, De Shields said, "Fast forward nearly four decades to 2019, and the culture has gone through a tectonic shift. No longer made solely of the solidly impervious fabric of male dominance, contemporary American culture has been stretched to the point of porosity. And those porous imperfections are currently being mended by the stitch work of twenty-first century, self-empowered womanhood. Flipping the script has become a necessary tool of the postmodern female. Since it is the responsibility of my generation to explain to the succeeding generations how we got from there to here, I searched for a piece of entertainment that could be unpacked for its implicit information regarding the psychological, emotional and intellectual relationships between men and women. It occurred to me that Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies was ripe for the picking."

"From this new production of Sophisticated Ladies, audiences can expect dynamic entertainment, sparkling enlightenment and nuanced ecstasy. My creative team and I have not changed any lyric or adulterated any melody. What we have done is made the choice of not drenching the production in luxury. The set design features simple, yet elegant, Art Deco highlights while the costume design is not anchored in a singular historical period but rather subtly reflects the changing status of the female over various windows if time. The entire physical production is meant to be minimalist in order to emphasize our investigation: 'what does the authentic sophisticated lady have to say about herself?'”

Mr. De Shields' creative team will include Burke J. Wilmore (Set and Lighting Design), Kimberly Schafer (Choreography), Gail Brassard (Costume Design), with a full cast being announced soon!

André De Shields made his NJPAC debut six years ago in Prudential Hall as Zeus during an orchestral performance of The Creatures of Prometheus. He returned in 2017 to direct and choreograph the first co-production between NJAPC and The Crossroads Theatre Company, the critically acclaimed Ain't Misbehavin'. In his half-century artistic career, Mr. De Shields has distinguished himself as an unparalleled actor, director, choreographer and educator. His numerous accolades include an OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance, the 2009 National Black Theatre Festival's Living Legend Award, the Black Theatre Network's 2016 Winona Lee Fletcher Award, and many more. His body of work includes Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theatre, feature films, television, and cabaret. A multiple Tony Award nominee, Mr. De Shields is best known for his show stopping performances in four legendary Broadway musicals: The Full Monty, Play On!, Ain't Misbehavin', and The Wiz (title role).

STUDIO MONTCLAIR PRESENTS “IN STITCHES,” AN EXHIBITION VIA SMI’s INCUBATOR PROGRAM

IN STITCHES

WHEN: March 20, 2019–May 22, 2019; Monday to Friday 7am-7pm; Opening Reception: Wednesday, March 20, 6-8pm
WHERE: Academy Square Gallery, 33 Plymouth Street, Montclair

The Studio Montclair Incubator at Academy Square Gallery presents In Stitches, a show of works by two local artists, Randy Keenan and Catherine LeCleire.  Their collections are connected through their methods of stitching artwork together to tell a larger story of expression through printmaking, assemblage, quilting and encaustic painting.

Randy Keenan’s work spans a variety of media from master quilts to multi-media assemblages. Her breathtaking quilts and fiber arts are rich in color, line and texture. Keenan’s collages express her inner consciousness.  Displaying strong colors, shapes and lines, these works have a familiar but almost unnerving quality. Her other assemblages, or mica pages, are gilded and transparent.  Layered with intrinsic items and words, each one draws in the viewer for a quiet moment of study and reflection. Each work embodies a fantastical narrative waiting to be discovered.

Catherine LeCleire’s works function in synergistic counterpoint with Keenan’s. Her prints and silkscreens offer a playful, yet powerful repetition of images or words. Using her innovative technique of transforming plastic bags into printable material, LeCleire stitches this material together to create large-scale quilt pieces with a unique awe-inspiring opacity. LeCleire’s encaustic works display strong colors and amazing textures with tremendous luminosity. Some of these works include silkscreened maps and writings embedded in the wax, whereas others consist of landscape compositions, minimalist in style yet rich in both color and texture.  

Keenan, a long time resident of the area, studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Massachusetts and worked as a landscape artist creating her “Randscape” gardens throughout Montclair. LeCleire was born and raised in the Philadelphia area, attended the Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and went on to graduate school at University of Southern California. She is currently an Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute and Montclair State University. In Stitches has hemmed Keenan and LeCleire’s different works together as complementary exemplars of tapestry as a powerful means of artistic expression. (Right: Randy Keenan, Infinity, 2006, fabric collage, 12" x 9")

About the Artists

Randy Keenan graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she studied studio arts, exposing her to principles of composition, environmental design, landscape architecture, and art history. With a deep interest in the arts, she has attended experimental art conferences and workshops focusing on book making, collage, shibori dyeing, color, design, amongst others. She has been featured in 15 group shows, 14 juried exhibitions, and 24 publications.

Catherine LeCleire was born and raised in the Philadelphia area.  She attended Philadelphia College of Art (University of the Arts) and went on to graduate school at University of Southern California. While in California she taught at Otis Art Institute, California State University Dominguez Hills and California College of Arts. LeCleire is currently an Adjunct Professor at both Pratt Institute and Montclair State University; she teaches a variety of classes such as Silk Screen, Beginning Printmaking, Book Arts, Painting Processes, and Photo Printmaking. As a bookbinder, she has bound books for Bruce Connor, David Salle, Octavio Paz, Joan Mitchell, James Brown, Janet Taylor Pickett and others.  

About the Incubator Program

Studio Montclair’s Incubator Program, directed by Lisa Diamond Rosenthal and Sara Holliday, seeks to mentor new and emerging artists and provide them with a space for what is often their first solo or small group show exhibit. Kathryn Waggener McGuire was guest mentor to Keenan and LeCleire, helping with installation, concept, and marketing advice. 

State Theatre New Jersey presents Gladys Knight

GLADYS KNIGHT

WHEN: Sunday, March 24, 2019, 7:30pm
WHERE
: State Theatre, 15 Livingston Ave., New Brunswick
TICKETS: $45-$115
For tickets, more information, or group discounts, call State Theatre Guest Services at 732-246-SHOW (7469), or visit us online at STNJ.org. State Theatre Guest Services, located at 15 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick NJ, is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm; Saturday from 1pm to 5pm; and at least three hours prior to curtain on performance dates unless otherwise specified.

State Theatre New Jersey presents Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter Gladys Knight. The Empress of Soul returns to the State Theatre after a stunning performance of the National Anthem at the 2019 Super Bowl. Knight was also recently unveiled as “The Bee” in the FOX TV show The Masked Singer.

Gladys Knight is a seven-time Grammy® winner. Knight has earned number one hits in pop, gospel, R&B, and adult contemporary, and has worked in film, television, combined with her live performances for the last 50 years.

Gladys received her big break when Gladys and the Pips debuted their first album in 1960, when she was just 16. The group went on to record some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, including “Every Beat of My Heart,” “Letter Full of Tears,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” and “If I Were Your Woman.” In the mid-1970s, Gladys and the Pips released “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye),” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me,” and “Midnight Train to Georgia,” which established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world.

Knight has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade: Good Woman (1991); Just for You (1994); the inspirational Many Different Roads (1999); and At Last (2001). At Last produced collaborations with contemporary producers like Randy Jackson, Gary Brown and James D.C. Williams III, Jon John, Jamey Jaz, Keith Thomas, Tom Dowd, and Tiger Roberts.

In 1995, Knight earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the next year, Gladys Knight and The Pips were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Knight published an autobiography, Between Each Line of Pain and Glory (a line taken from her million selling recording “Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me”), in 1997, and the next year, she and The Pips were presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004, Knight received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual BET Awards ceremony.

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY AND CENTENARY UNIVERSITY’S NEXTSTAGE REPERTORY PRESENTS QUI NGUYEN’S “SHE KILLS MONSTERS”

SHE KILLS MONSTERS
by Qui Nguyen

WHEN: March 22 through March 25; Friday, March 22, at 8:00pm; Saturday, March 23, at 12:00am; Sunday, March 24, at 2:00pm and Monday, March 25, at 7:00pm
WHERE
: Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave Hackettstown
TICKETS: $5.00 to $12.50 and are available online at centenarystageco.org or by phone at (908) 979–0900.
Centenary Stage Company is also offering FOMO Friday for students. FOMO Friday offers $5.00 tickets to any student from any school. FOMO Friday tickets must be purchased in person at the Centenary Stage Company box office located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. .

Qui Nguyen’s comedic romp hacks and slashes to the stage as Centenary Stage Company and Centenary University’s NEXTstage Repertory presents She Kills Monsters. NEXTstage Repertory is the all-student performance division of Centenary University’s Theatre Department and highlights the close collaboration between the professionally producing Centenary Stage Company and Centenary University.

Winner of the 2013 AATE Distinguished Play Award, She Kills Monsters is a comedic action-packed jump into the world of fantasy role playing. She Kills Monsters introduces us to Agnes Evans a high school English teacher as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeon and Dragons notebook, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.

The 2018-2019 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events is made possible through the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Sandra Kupperman Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Premier Season Sponsor Heath Village Retirement Community and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.