Monday, January 31, 2022



WHEN: Thursday, February 3, at 6:00 pm
the Kutz Black Box Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center, 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown
free to attend and open to the public. Seating is limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.
For more information go to or call the Centenary Stage Company’s box office at (908) 979-0900.
The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5 PM and two hours prior to all performances. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Tik Tok, Twitter and Instagram. Like and follow to receive the latest in CSC news and special offers.

Centenary University will host a Film Talk with award-winning film critic Stephen Whitty and Emmy Award winning and Academy Award nominated filmmaker Ken Mandel. 

Stephen Whitty (above, left) is a nationally read and award -winning journalist with more than 30 years of experience. He has worked for the Star-Ledger, the New York Daily News, Entertainment Weekly, the Times-Picayune, the Plain Dealer, the San Jose Mercury News,, and multiple other publications as well as authored “The Alfred Hitchcock Encyclopedia.” Whitty works as an instructor at NYU and Baruch, a lecturer at Montclair State and Rutgers, and a speaker at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Arts and the Museum of the Moving Image. Stephen Whitty also hosts the Bryant Park and NY Film Critics series and special presentations by the Screen Actos Guild, and Writers Guild and New York Film Festival.

Ken Mandel’s (above, right) film career began in 1981 with his first independent project, a short film cut to original music, titled “Working Class Girls.” When MTV was first starting up, Mandel used short films as his calling card to become one of the first independent music video directors in the US. Shortly after, Mandel changed his focus from music videos to commercial and corporate productions for Sony, Coco-Cola, Campbell Soup, Pizza Hut, and more. Ken Mandel has worked on numerous projects including “Frida Kahlo: A Ribbon Around a Bomb,” “A Fight to the Finish: Stories of Polio.” “On Solid Ground,” “Debakey,” and “The Mountain: A Song of Hope.” Mandel is currently working on a series of short films and a long form documentary for Scottish Rite for Children.

Centenary Stage Company remains committed to the health and safety of our community and adheres to all requirements set forth by the State of New Jersey. For more information regarding CSC COVID-19 policies and policy updates, visit

The 2021-22 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, the John and Margaret Post Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Platinum Season Sponsor The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center Atlantic Health System, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), and Fulton Bank, Visions Federal Credit Union, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.