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The Liar
Feb. 21- Mar. 9, 2014
Sitnik Theater of the Lackland Center
Professional Equity Theatre Presentation
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"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

"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 Busciglio   FULL REVIEW

CLASSIC FARCE COMES TO JOYFUL LIFE IN CENTENARY STAGE PRODUCTION !
"laughter and psychic sunshine ... you will find it delicious!"

-NJ ARTS MAVEN - Sheila Abrams   FULL REVIEW
The Liar is Sponsored by:
Bea McNally’s Irish Pub
Bea McNally’s Irish Pub

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.

Accessibility

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
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.

Feb.-Mar. 2014 - The Liar
Wed.
Mat.
2pm

Thurs.
Eve.
7:30pm
Fri.
Mat.
2pm
Fri.
Eve.
8pm
Sat.
Eve.
8pm
Sun.
Mat.
2pm
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Fri. Preview
Mat.
21 22 23
"First  
Sundays
 
26 27
Family
Night
x 28 1 2

5 6
Family
Night
x 7
8 9

 

 
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]
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Tickets***
Tickets are available for purchase online using our Secure Online Ticketing, by calling (908)979-0900 or in person at the Lackland Center. 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.
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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.
 

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