Wednesday, March 16, 2016

'Start Down' to premiere at Centenary Stage Company

Centenary Stage Company wraps up their professional mainstage series with another premiere production, Eleanor Burgess’ smart and funny look at work, love and get – rich – quick tech start-ups Start Down. Running April 8 through April 24 in the Lackland Center, Start Down was developed as part of Centenary Stage Company’s 2015 Women Playwrights Series. Winner of the 2015 Susan Glaspell Award, the 2016 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition and fresh off of a production with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA, Start Down questions the way we live, the way we educate our children and our core values surrounding technology.

Start Down is a funny and startling glimpse into the world of technology, education and its potential or consequences for educators and students alike. Influenced by his girlfriend's teaching career and driven to produce a cutting-edge product, a San Francisco software developer, Will, creates a program which will change the face of teaching forever. It's a brilliantly profitable idea until it threatens deeply held core values surrounding the introduction of technology into education and ultimately his own personal relationships.

A recent MFA graduate from the playwriting program at NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Burgess’ plays have been produced by the Alliance Theatre, the Last Act Theatre Company, and the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Festival, and developed at Centenary Stage Company, the Huntington Theatre, the Kennedy Center/NNPN M.F.A. Playwrights Workshop, Merrimack Repertory Theatre and Luna Stage. She has been a playwriting fellow at the Huntington Theatre Company, a recipient of an EST/Sloan rewrite commission and a member of the writers’ group at the Arcola Theatre in London. Originally from Brookline, Mass., she studied history at Yale College.

Performances for Centenary Stage Company’s premiere of Eleanor Burgess’ Start Down are Wednesdays, April 13 and 20 at 2pm; Thursdays, April 14 and 21 at 7:30pm; Fridays, April 8, 15, and 22 at 8pm; Saturdays, April 9, 16 and 23 at 8pm and Sundays, April 10, 17 and 24 at 2pm. All performances are located in the Kutz Theater of the Lackland Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.

Tickets are $25.00 for adults on Friday and all matinee performances. Saturday evening performances are $27.50 for adults. Thursday evening performances are $25.00 for all seats with a 2 for 1 rush ticket special when purchased in person at the CSC box office as early as two hours prior to the performance.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 – 0900. The box office is open Mondaythrough Friday from 1 – 5pm and 2 hours prior to every performance. The CSC box office is located in the Lackland Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ. Centenary Stage Company can also be found on social media platforms Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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.

Photo: courtesy CSC/EB

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