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Thursday, October 1, 2015

First ever CSC Fringe Festival opens with ‘Chip and Gus: A Ping Pong Play’

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Centenary Stage Company brings the unconventional and inventive to the Skylands Region with  John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullen’s, Chip and Gus: A Ping Pong Play on October 31 through November 1 in the Edith Kutz Theater located in the David and Carol Lackland Center as part of the first ever CSC Fringe Festival.

Fringe theatre has gained national and international momentum with festivals popping up all over the country and world, most notably in the United States with the New York International Fringe Festival. This movement, called Fringe Theatre (or Fringe Festivals), provides a forum for experimental theatre artists and celebrates "risky" theater that pushes boundaries in both style and content. Fringe Theatre can incorporate traditional theatre, dance, music, puppetry, spoken word, film and visual arts to create a unique performance art that doesn’t adhere strictly to one specific genre.

Written and performed by veteran New York City-based actors John Ahlin (An Enemy of the People, Arsenic and Old Lace) and Christopher Patrick Mullen, Chip and Gus: A Ping Pong Play is performed over a 90-minute ping pong game and tells the story of two colleagues who meet for their monthly ping pong game in the back of a nondescript bar in a nondescript college town. But this meeting is different. Tonight, to the real-time patter of paddles, buried secrets get uncovered, and the two realize that their lives are more entwined than they ever imagined.

Tickets for Chip and Gus:  A Ping Pong Play are $22.50 to $25.00 for adults with discounts available for students and children under 12.  Thursday evening enjoy a buy one/get one free special when purchasing tickets, in person, at the CSC box office 2 hours prior to that performance.  Performances for Chip and Gus:  A Ping Pong Play are Thursday, October 29 at 7:30pm, Friday, October 30 at 8 pm and Saturday, October 31 at 8 pm and Sunday, November 1 at 2 pm.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900.  The box office is open Monday through Friday 1 – 5 pm and two hours prior to every performance.  Tickets may also be purchased at the LacklandCenter CSC box office during operational hours.  The box office is located in the David and Carol Lackland Center on the campus of Centenary College at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.  All ticket sales are final.  Centenary Stage Company is a Not-For-Profit Professional Equity Theater in residence at Centenary College.  Centenary Stage Company is a member of Actors Equity Association, The Theatre Communications Group, The National New Play Network, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance and Discover Jersey Arts.

The 2015-16 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, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

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