Monday, April 2, 2012


By Aoise Stratford
Directed by Judith Stvenes-Ly

WHEN: April 13-29; Friday/Saturday at 8 PM, Sunday/Wednesday at 2 PM, and Thursday Family Night (2 for 1 “rush” tickets at the door) at 7:30 PM. A student matinee for all middle and high school groups is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25 at 10 AM
Edith Kutz Black Box Theatre located at the David and Carol Lackland Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling 908.979.0900, or in person at the Lackland Center at 715 Grand Avenue in Hackettstown, with box office hours from 1-5 PM, Monday through Friday, and two hours prior to performances

The Unfortunates“I am, my dear sir, yours in the fight against wickedness.  P.S.- Perhaps you would like my portrait, but you see I am in deep mourning for those ladies that I put to sleep, and do not wish to have one taken.” —Jack the Ripper

Centenary Stage Company is proud to present the première of Aoise Stratford’s haunting new play. The Unfortunates will take audience members into the world of 19th century England where Jack the Ripper prowled the streets as the story unfolds of a poor working girl who enters a dark tavern on a cold April evening to escape the squalor of Whitechapel, London.

Playwright Aoise Stratford’s is the CSC 2010 Susan Gladspell winner whose work has been produced throughout North America and Europe.  She is a recipient of many awards including the Alan Miniere Award, A Pinter Review Prize, The Yukon Pacific Playwright Aware,  and The Last Frontier Theatre Conference Audience Choice Award. She has taught various workshops and conferences. Her work has been published by Smith and Kraus, JAC, United Stages and Merriweather Press. Director Judith Stevens-Ly has been the Artistic Director of the Hysterick Theatre Company in Tokyo. In New York, she has directed plays at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Looking Glass Theatre, the New York and Philadelphia Fringe Festivals, at Manhattan Theatre Club, BRIC in Brooklyn, HERE Arts Center, and Manhattan Theatre Source.

The Centenary Stage Company is a not-for-profit, professional Equity theatre, in residence at Centenary College, dedicated to serving as a cultural resource for audiences of the Skylands Region, with professional music, theatre, and dance events and arts education programs throughout the year.  All programs at the Centenary Stage Company are made possible in part through the visionary support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the NJ State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, as well as CSC Premiere sponsor Health Village and Skylands Community Bank, and our silver sponsors, the Marriot Residence Inn and Hackettstown Regional Medical Center.