The Liar Feb. 21- Mar. 9, 2014 Sitnik Theater of the
Lackland Center Professional Equity Theatre
"The truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, as refracted
in a theatrical fun-house mirror. Welcome to THE LIAR." - David Ives
"The Liar" is a fun romantic event.... If you are looking for a bright break from the dreary days of winter, look no further, this is a wonderful joyous example of the magic that is live theatre. Laughs are guaranteed." -THE EXAMINER - Rick BusciglioFULL REVIEW
CLASSIC FARCE COMES TO JOYFUL LIFE IN CENTENARY STAGE PRODUCTION !
"laughter and psychic sunshine ... you will find it delicious!" -NJ ARTS MAVEN - Sheila AbramsFULL REVIEW
Love and laughs are in the air at Centenary Stage Company (CSC) in this season’s romantic comedy The Liar by Pierre Corneille, adapted for modern audiences by celebrated playwright David Ives and starring a vibrant cast of classical and Broadway luminaries. Running February 21st through March 9th at The Lackland Center, this story of mistaken identity and half-truths has delighted audiences and critics time and again. The Wall Street Journal says, “I laughed so hard that I was sore the next day…By wedding [Ives'] verbal prestidigitation to Corneille's mistaken-identity plot, Mr. Ives has come up with a play in which the laughs flow freely and joyously."
Dorante is a charming young man newly arrived in Paris, and he has but a single flaw: He cannot tell the truth. In quick succession, he meets Cliton, a servant who cannot tell a lie, and falls in love with Clarice, a charming young woman whom he unfortunately mistakes for her friend Lucrece. What the hero regrettably does not know is that Clarice is secretly engaged to his best friend. Nor is he aware that his father is trying to get him married to Clarice, whom he thinks is Lucrece, who actually is in love with him. From all these misunderstandings and a series of breathtakingly intricate lies springs one of the Western world's greatest comedies, a sparkling urban romance as fresh as the day Pierre Corneille wrote it, brilliantly adapted for today by David Ives of Venus in Fur and All in the Timing fame. The Washington Post says, “The Liar and its mischievous adapter, David Ives, want you to savor every meticulously groomed conceit, every stylishly turned-out couplet, every assiduously manicured joke.”
The liar himself is actor Brian Sheppard (New York, NY), who recently played Hamlet with The Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Playing the role of Dorante’s servant Cliton is Tom Morin (Queens, NY), returning to CSC after starring in last spring’s The Cripple of Inishmaan. Having performed at the legendary Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, UK Native Dana Gartland is making her CSC debut as Clarice. The role of Lucrece is being played by young yet experienced Shakespearean actress Erica Knight (Berkeley Heights), who has worked regularly with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and The American Globe Theatre in New York. The role of Dorante’s father is played by Broadway and CSC veteran Alan Coates. Mr. Coates’ Broadway credits include the Tony award winning productions of Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, and Scapino, and he regularly performs at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. Phil E. Eichinger (Rahway) returns to CSC to play Alcippe after being featured in CSC’s 2008 production of You May Go Now, and he was recently in an episode of NBC’s Law & Order. Rounding out the cast is Centenary College Theatre alum Christopher J. Young (Wharton) returning to the CSC stage after completing his MFA in Acting at Ohio University, and current Centenary student in her CSC debut, Morgan Mack (Old Bridge).
Directing this production is CSC’s “Master of Comedy” Carl Wallnau. Emmy Award-winning designer Bob Phillips has once again been chosen to beautify the stage of the Sitnik Theatre with his stunning and life-like set designs. Resident Costumer and Centenary College Professor of Fashion Julia Sharp lends her expertise to dress the cast in period garb.
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.
Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, Sundays at 2 PM, Thursdays at 7:30 PM (Family night, with special rush seat
pricing of Two-for-One available at the door), with additional matinee performances as shown on the following calendar schedule.
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.
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 Lower Level Seating Seats assigned on a best available basis.
Seating Seats assigned on a best available basis.
Pick Three (Any Three Events-Excludes Betty Buckley)
Dance Fest (All Three Events)
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.
Theatre Plays * (Except A Christmas Carol)
Matinees/Fridays Adult $25.00 Sr/Stu $22.50 Child under 12
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
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
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.'
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.