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Deathtrap
Oct. 4- 20, 2013
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center
Professional Equity Theatre Presentation
 

"Two-thirds a thriller and one-third a devilishly
clever comedy  …Suspend your disbelief and be delighted.
Scream a little. It's good for you."

— Cue Magazine

Deathtrap is Sponsored by:
Bea McNally’s Irish Pub
Bea McNally’s Irish Pub
Bea's Print Coupon
 
              AND
 
The Old Souk Trading Company
The Old Souk Trading Company
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   Carl Wallnau and Jon Mulhearn performing in Deathtrap
   Oct. 4- 20, 2013 at Centenary Stage Company; Photo by Rob Hom.
 

       Centenary Stage Opens the Season with a
  Murder Mystery Sprinkled with Comedy, Deathtrap

Running through October 20th, Centenary Stage Company’s professional production of Ira Levin’s Deathtrap is fit for the Halloween season. One of the most popular successes in Broadway history, this theatrical triumph with gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter, is a chilling murder-mystery mixed with a healthy dose of humor.

Playing at The David and Carol Lackland Center in Hackettstown, Deathtrap is a play within a play following the struggles of Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers battling a crippling dry spell. Sidney has experienced a string of flops and a shortage of funds when suddenly help seems to come from out of nowhere. He receives a script in the mail from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college—a thriller Sidney recognizes as a potential Broadway hit. What happens next is the stuff of Deathtrap.

Award-winning Artistic Director Carl Wallnau will be directing and also starring in this complex thriller that he calls “one of the best constructed plays.” He also quotes the main character of Sidney Bruhl himself when describing the appeal. Sidney says in the opening of the play, “Deathtrap…A juicy murder in Act One, unexpected developments in Act Two. Sound construction, good dialogue, laughs in the right places. Highly commercial.” Audiences will be held spellbound to the very end.

Reviews
"Ira Levin's Deathtrap    A Literate, Witty Thriller Handsomely Revived"
"The set design by Bob Phillips is extraordinary."
"Carl Wallnau brings as sure and grand a touch to directing Deathtrap
  as he does to performing the role of Bruhl. He makes certain that
  every thrilling moment and plot twist are delivered with maximum
  impact. "
                         - Bob Rendell, talkinbroadway.com [Full Review]
 
Be prepared to laugh one minute and jump out of your seat the next as the exquisitely talented cast of Centenary Stage Company's production of “Deathtrap” takes you on a deftly wild ride of suspense and humor.
                         - Janine M. Torsiello, Morris Beats [Full Review]
 
"It’s like a ride in a mental amusement park. It will leave you breathless."
                         - Sheila Abrams, NJ Arts Maven [Full Review]
 
"Centenary Stage Company's Deathtrap is a clever, twisting tale… delivered by an excellent cast. It's great fun, with a nice sprinkling of laughs laced with chilling moments....go and enjoy."
                         - Rick Busciglio, New Jersey Footlights [Full Review]
 
"One of the most popular successes in Broadway history, this theatrical triumph with gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter, is a chilling murder-mystery mixed with a healthy dose of humor."
                         - nj.com / Warren Reporter [Full Review]

Award-winning Artistic Director Carl Wallnau will be directing and also starring in this complex thriller that he calls “one of the best constructed plays.” He also quotes the main character of Sidney Bruhl himself when describing the appeal. Sidney says in the opening of the play, “Deathtrap…A juicy murder in Act One, unexpected developments in Act Two. Sound construction, good dialogue, laughs in the right places. Highly commercial.” Audiences will be held spellbound to the very end.

Written by: Ira Levin
Director: Carl Wallnau

Cast
The five person cast includes:

  • Award-winning Artistic Director Carl Wallnau will perform as Sidney (and will be directing Deathtrap)
  • Local actress Maria Brodeur (Rockaway) who has been seen on the CSC stage in A Christmas Carol, Oliver, and How to Pray. Maria will play Myra.
  • Playing the role of the young playwright Clifford is Pennsylvania Shakespeare alum Jon Mulhearn (Jersey City), who was seen in last season’s thriller Mousetrap.
  • Making his CSC debut is experienced actor/director Paul Whelihan (Bloomfield). Paul Whelihan is playing the part of Porter.
  • And rounding out the cast as Helga is Broadway (Crazy For You) and Regional Theatre veteran Colleen Smith-Wallnau (Hoboken).
YouTube Video on Deathtrap
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   Deathtrap Set Design
   (closer view)

Set Design
Emmy Award-winning designer Bob Phillips has once again been chosen to beautify the stage of the Sitnik Theatre with his life-like set design.

DeathtrapAccessibility
You can have peace of mind while enjoying world-class entertainment with our barrier-free access available at every Centenary Stage Company performance in the Lackland Center.

The new facility includes ample doorways, convenient curb cuts, ramps, and automatic power doors for easy wheelchair and mobility device accessibility. There is convenient parking on a first-come, first-served basis for vehicles with handicapped placards and/or license plates. Accessible restrooms are located on the main lobby level, and there is Elevator service to the upper level of the Lackland Center. CSC offers Wheelchair-accessible and companion seating upon request. Our assistive listening devices allow you to adjust the volume of the performance and enjoy it at your own level. Large print programs are available for all Theater Series performances with a 1-week advance notice.

 

Schedule
Every Thursday night is “Family Night,” which offers a 2-for-1 rush ticket price when purchased at the door. Performance times are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. There are 2 p.m. matinées Wednesdays October 9th and 16th and for the Preview Performance on Friday, October 4th at 2 p.m. Deathtrap is sponsored by Bea McNally’s Irish Pub, Old Souk Trading Company, and Heath Village Retirement Community.

Oct. 2013 - Deathtrap
Wed.
Mat.
2pm

Thurs.
Eve.
7:30pm
Fri.
Mat.
2pm
Fri.
Eve.
8pm
Sat.
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8pm
Sun.
Mat.
2pm
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4 5 6
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9 10
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16* 17
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19 20

 

 
Centenary Brunch
Sundays
During the college semester, Centenary College opens the special Centenary Brunch to the public on Sundays, in the dining hall of the Lackland Center. Serving from 11-1:30 PM, the brunch includes a traditional Breakfast Buffet, plus a Carving Station, Deli Counter, Luncheon Entrée, and more. The Brunch is priced at only $8.25, and no advance reservations are required.

About the David and Carol Lackland Center

Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Performing Arts Center
   Sitnik Theater of the
   Lackland Performing Arts Center

The Centenary Stage Company moved to the Carol and David Lackland Center (located at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown) in August, 2010. With a 22,000-square-foot performance space, the facility is the most sophisticated performing arts venues in northwest New Jersey. The center includes a new state-of-the-art 500-seat theatre (Sitnik Theater), a black box theater (The Edith Bolte Kutz 42 Theater), a dance studio, scene shop, a costume shop, green room and dressing rooms. In addition to housing the theatre, the 68K square foot Lackland Center is home to a variety of cultural activity, and including WNTI, the College's listener-supported public radio station, CCTV, Centenary's Comcast-licensed television studio, and gallery space for visual artists.

Named in honor of Carol Burgess Lackland, A Centenary graduate (Class of 1954), and her husband, David A. Lackland, a Centenary College Trustee, The David and Carol Lackland Center, has been designed to enrich student life and bring new cultural opportunities to northwest New Jersey.             ...more (including photos, progress reports, and 'Tour Lackland with Carl')


Lackland Center Seating

Sitnik Theatre - Lower Level Seating Chart
Sitnik Lower Level Seating
Seats assigned on a best available basis.
[closer view]
Sitnik Theatre - Balcony Seating Chart Sitnik Balcony
Seating

Seats assigned on a best available basis.
[closer view]
Parking [Large Map Link]  [Print Map Link]

Tickets***
Tickets for Deathtrap range from $25 to $27.50 with discounts for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased online using our Secure Online Ticketing, at the CSC Box Office located in the David and Carol Lackland Center at 715 Grand Ave in Hackettstown, or by calling 908-979-0900. The Box Office is open 1-6 PM Monday through Friday, and 2 hours prior to performance times. The Box Office on 217 Main Street is open once more from 3-6 PM Monday through Friday. See full details on our 'How To Order' page.

Subscription Flex Passes:
 

  Golden Flex Pass (All 24 CSC Events-Includes Betty Buckley) $276.00
  Pick Ten Flex Pass (Any Ten Events-Excludes Betty Buckley) $200.00
  Pick Seven Flex Pass (Any Seven Events-Excludes Betty Buckley) $147.00
  Pick Three (Any Three Events-Excludes Betty Buckley) $ 66.00
  Dance Fest (All Three Events) $ 37.50
     
  FLEX PASSES ARE FOR CSC EVENTS ONLY AND DO NOT INLCUDE BLUES BASH OR NUTCRACKER. YOU DO NOT NEED TO CHOOSE FLEX PASS EVENTS IN ADVANCE.

Individual Tickets***

Season Plays

Theatre Plays *   (Except A Christmas Carol)

  • Matinees/Fridays   Adult $25.00     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12 $17.50
  • Saturday    Adult $27.50     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12 $17.50
  • Thursday (Family Night)    ALL SEATS  $25.00

A Christmas Carol *

  • Matinees/FridaysAdult $27.50     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12  $20.00
  • Saturday         Adult $29.50     Sr/Stu $27.50   Child under 12  $20.00
  • Thursday (Family Night)   ALL SEATS  $27.50
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How To Order.'

 

Season Concert/Special Events (in advance):

Concerts and Special Events *

  • Betty Buckley    Orchestra $40.00   Balcony $35.00
    Orchestra plus pre-show reception $60.00
    VIP $100.00 (Includes post-show reception with artist) LIMITED TO 60 PEOPLE. **
  • All Dance Fest Events    
    Adult $20.00     Sr/Stu $17.50   Child under 12  $10.00
  • January Jazz Fest
    Igor Butman Big Band    Adult $30.00     Sr/Stu $30.00   Child under 12  $20.00
    Lao Tizer    Adult $22.50     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $15.00
    Sammy Figueroa    Adult $22.50     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $15.00
  • NJ Ballet Events      Adult $25.00     Sr/Stu $25.00   Child under 12  $18.50
  • New Trad Octet    Adult $22.50     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $15.00
  • Bishop Townsley      Adult $25.00     Sr/Stu $22.50   Child under 12  $15.00
  • Rio Clemente      $20.00 All Seats
  • LÚNASA     $25.00 All Seats
     
Young People and Family Events (in advance):

Family Fun Series       
   Adult $20.00      Sr/Stu $20.00      Child under 12  $17.50
   WORKSHOPS***    Adult $18.50      Sr/Stu $18.50      Child under 12  $18.50

Young Audience Series
   Adult $12.50     Sr/Stu $12.50   Child under 12  $10.00

ALL TICKET ORDERS FOR CONCERTS, JAZZ, AND SPECIAL EVENTS INCREASE $5.00 DAY OF PERFORMANCE.
*
Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main stage productions. However, they are permitted to CSC’s Young Audience and Family Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances. Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation for individual shows.
** 
***
Limited to 60 people; tickets available only via the Box Office
Limited to 50 people; Contact CSC for Workshop Details
ALL CONCERT TICKET PRICES ADD $5.00 DAY OF PERFORMANCE.
$3.50 Handling Fee on Total Individual Ticket Orders
For details and print order form, please see 'How To Order.'
Note: Senior: age is 65+
Student: anyone who can prove full-time student classification (ID may be required for verification purposes) no matter the institution (whether it's High School or College)


*** NOTE:  Children under the age of 5 are not permitted into the professional CSC main stage productions. However, they are permitted to CSC’s Young Audience and Family Fun Series productions for age-appropriate performances.
 
Patrons are encouraged to check the age recommendation for individual shows.

Secure Online Tickets/Ordering
 
The 2013-14 season of performing arts events at Centenary Stage Company is made possible (and affordable) through the generous support of the The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, The New Jersey State Council on the Arts, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and sponsors, including Premier Sponsors Fulton Bank of New Jersey and Heath Village Retirement Community, as well as Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Holiday Inn (Budd Lake-Rockaway Area), Bronze Sponsor, Mama's and Café Baci, in Hackettstown and Centenary Stage Company Members and Sponsors.
 

Also, the critically acclaimed 2013 CSC World Premiere production of The English Bride, written by Yale Alum and New Jersey playwright Lucile Lichtblau, will be moving to New York this fall as part of the 59E59 Theatre season, running Oct 21 – Nov 17, 2013. This riveting tale of love and intrigue garnered such reviews as, “This superior, thought-provoking drama is beautifully acted, staged and written, in other words, a must-see-event,” by Rick Busciglio of New Jersey Footlights. Please contact the 59E59 Theatre at 212.753.5959 x102 or see www.59E59.org for ticket information.

 

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The English Bride - New York City
Also, the critically acclaimed 2013 CSC World Premiere production of The English Bride, written by Yale Alum and New Jersey playwright Lucile Lichtblau, will be moving to New York this fall as part of the 59E59 Theatre season, running Oct 21 – Nov 17. This riveting tale of love and intrigue garnered such reviews as, “This superior, thought-provoking drama is beautifully acted, staged and written, in other words, a must-see-event,” by Rick Busciglio of New Jersey Footlights. Please contact the 59E59 Theatre at 212.753.5959 x102 or online at www.59E59.org for ticket information. [Additional Details].

   
   
 

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