Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CENTENARY STAGE COMPANY OPENS 2018-2019 SEASON WITH ADAPTATION OF CLASSIC HORROR NOVEL

DRACULA
based on the novel by Bram Stoker
adapted by Charles Morey

WHEN: October 12- October 28. Specific performance dates are Fridays Oct. 12, 19, and 26 at 8PM; Saturdays Oct. 13, 20, and 27 at 8PM; Sundays Oct. 14, 21, and 28 at 2PM; Wednesdays Oct. 17 and 24 at 2PM and Thursdays Oct. 18 and 25 at 7:30PM.
WHERE
: the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Ave., Hackettstown
TICKETS: $25.00 matinee performances, $27.50 Friday evening performances, and $29.50 Saturday evening performances. Tickets for children under 12 are $17.50 matinee and Friday evening performances and $20.00 Saturday evening. Thursday evening performances are $27.50 for all seats with a Buy One/Get One rush ticket special. BOGO ticket special is only valid in person at the Centenary Stage Company box office beginning at 5:30PM. BOGO is not valid for advance ticket sales and may not be combined with any other offer or discount. Centenary Stage Company also offers special Buffet Matinees on Wednesday afternoon performances for groups of 25 or more. Enjoy lunch/brunch in one of our private dining rooms and receive discounted tickets to the performance. To reserve a buffet matinee or to inquire about additional group sales contact the Centenary Stage Company box office directly.
For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900.

Before Twilight and True Blood, only one vampire commanded “the children of the night.” In this blood-thirsty tale of unholy terror, Count Dracula slips into Victorian London with a cargo of his native Transylvanian soil—so he can rest between victims. The city seems helpless against his frightful power, and only one man, Dr. Van Helsing, can stop the carnage. But to do this, he must uncover the vampire’s lair and pierce his heart with a wooden stake.

Featuring a cast of professional actors from across the tri-state area, Dracula will be directed by Charles Morey. Morey is a director, playwright and former artistic director with more than 45 years experience in the professional theatre and extensive credits from coast to coast.

MoreyPHOTO2As artistic director from 1984 to 2012 he led the Pioneer Theatre Company in conceptualizing and implementing a new mission that fully professionalized the theatre. He refocused the mission on the classics, the great plays of the contemporary theatre and produced fourteen world premieres. During his tenure as Artistic Director of the Pioneer Theatre Company he directed more than ninety productions including world premieres of Find and Sign by Wendy MacLeod, Bess Wohl's Touch(ed) and In as well as first regional theatre productions of Les Miserabl├ęs, The Producers, and The Vertical Hour. While serving as Artistic Director of the Peterborough Players from 1977 to 1988, he more than tripled the size of the Equity Company and production staff, increased the budget five-fold and more than doubled seasonal attendance. He inaugurated a highly successful New Plays Program which ultimately sent one play to Broadway and five to Off-Broadway production.

During this time, he also directed some thirty-five productions including significant world premieres by Percy Granger (Eminent Domain and Unheard Songs) and Poet Laureate of the United States Donald Hall’s Ragged Mountain Elegies. Regionally he has directed for the Contemporary American Theatre Festival (the world premiere of Bess Wohl's Barcelona), Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre Center, Asolo Theatre Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, MeadowBrook Theatre, the American Stage Festival, PCPA Theatrefest, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Florida Repertory Theatre and the Hilberry Rep. As a playwright, Morey has written over 20 plays, 11 of which were produced, including Bram Stokers Dracula.

The 2018-2019 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company 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, The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.