Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Final week to see 'An Enemy of the People' at Centenary Stage Company

Centenary Stage Company’s critically acclaimed production of Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People enters its final week of performances in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Hailed by critics as “Powerful” (Marina Kennedy, Broadway World), “A remarkable play with equally remarkable performances” (Rick Busciglio, NJ Footlights) and “An important message for our time” (Jay Lustig, NJ Arts) the production concludes with performances Wednesday, February 27 at 2pm; Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm; Friday, March 1 at 8pm; Saturday, March 2 at 8pm and Sunday, March 3 at 2pm. Adapted by John Alan Wyatt and directed by Anne Occhiogrosso, the production stars Randall Duk Kim as Doctor Thomas Stockmann and marks the culmination of the 2018 Gates Ferry Lecture Series: “What is Truth?”

With ripped-from-the-headlines relevance, this high intensity drama peppered with almost absurdist humor is a powerful investigation of ambition, integrity and the price we pay for truth. Originally published in 1882, An Enemy of the People concerns the actions of Doctor Thomas Stockmann, a medical officer charged with inspecting the public baths on which the prosperity of his native town depends. He finds the water to be contaminated. When he refuses to be silenced, he is declared an enemy of the people. Stockmann served as a spokesman for Ibsen, who felt that his plays gave a true, if not always palatable, picture of life and that truth was more important than critical approbation.

Occhiogrosso notes: “I first directed Enemy 30 years ago and Randall played Dr. Stockmann.  Simply put I love the challenge of bringing Ibsen to life on the stage again and Randall is ecstatic to be able to invite the unpredictable and lively Dr. Stockmann into his imagination once more. Ibsen’s voice is so needed today as we struggle with environmental crisis, women’s rights, economic inequality, political division and our very ideas of truth and justice.”

An Enemy of the People closes its run this week in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center. Remaining performances are Friday, March 1 at 8pm; Saturday, March 2 at 8pm; Sunday, March 3 at 2pm; Thursday, February 28 at 7:30pm and Wednesday, February 27 at 2pm. Tickets are $25.00 for adults for matinee performances, $27.50 for adults on Friday evenings and $29.50 for adults on Saturday evenings. Thursday evening performances are $27.50 for all seats with a buy-one-get-one free rush ticket special.

The Centenary Stage Company box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ on the campus of Centenary University. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 – 5PM and two hours prior to every scheduled performance event. Centenary Stage Company can also be found across social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. “Like” and “follow” to receive the latest in Centenary Stage Company news and special offers.

The 2018-2019 season of Centenary Stage Company’s performing arts events 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 and The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors HMC Atlantic Health, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

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