The Surrogate

World Premiere!

by Patricia Cotter

Feb. 17 - Mar. 5
Sitnik Theater


O'Neill National Playwrights Conference finalist, "The Surrogate" is an "All in the Family" for the 21st century - a smart, funny play about what we can ask of our friends, our parents and spouses, and whether we'll get any of our important life decisions right!  When Billy and Sara ask their best friends Margaret and Jen to be the guardians of their precious Tallulah (and yet - to - be - born baby Carroll), lives change and friendships are tested, and the definition of what makes a modern family is rewritten.  "[The Surrogate is] current, well written, humorous, witty, thought - provoking!" - WPS Patron, Newton, NJ.


"Centenary's world premiere 'The Surrogate' asks what makes a family today" - NJ Advance Feature by Natalie Pompilio
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What the critics are saying

"A Hilarious New Play and a Must-See" - Katherine Reardon, (read full article)

"Directed with boundless energy by Shelley Delaney, this moves along at a pace that is breathtaking. The ensemble cast performs brilliantly... We can’t say enough about the brilliance of the stage sets.  I have never seen better sets on any stage." - Sheila Abrams, NJ Arts Maven (read full article)

"Fine and Funny..." - Rick Busciglio, NJ Footlights (read full article)

"The Surrogat offers an amusing portrait of an extended modern family" - Jay Lustig, (read full article)


About the Playwright

Originally from Massachusetts, is an Emmy Award winning, Groundling Theater Alum. Patricia has received the American Academy of Arts Letters, Richard Rodgers Award for musical theater. Other honors include the Ovation Award and the Garland Award. Plays include Rules of Comedy performed by The Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Evening of Ten Minute Plays January 2014, Heideman Award finalist; When You Talk About This, Best of Playground 18, Thick House, San Francisco; The Break Up Notebook (A GLAAD Award nominee, featuring actress Jane Lynch); and Three; Best/Worst (Apartment A Theatre Company, Venice CA, where she was playwright-in-residence). Patricia co-wrote the cabaret show, So Far – Beth Malone (Joe’s Pub, NYC; The Triad, NYC). Her musicals (librettist/adaptations) include Rocket Science: A Musical (Music by Stephen A. Weiner, lyrics by Jason Rhyne) and The Break Up Notebook: A Musical, (based on her play, music and lyrics by Lori Scarlett). She adapted Mulan, Jr for Disney Theatrical

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production photos



Centenary Stage Company supports Actor's Equity Association by employing its members.

Performance Schedule:

2PM 7:30PM 2PM 8PM 2PM 8PM 2PM
X X 17 17 X 18 19
22 23 X 24 X 25 26
X 2 X 3 X 4 5


Ticket Prices Adult Student / Children - 12
Matinees/Fridays $25.00 $17.50
Saturday $27.50 $17.50
Thursday (Buy 1 / Get 1 )* $25.00 N/A

SPECIAL OFFER: Almuni Friday Evening Special $10 OFF Adult Ticket.

*Buy 1/Get 1:  Offer valid ONLY in person at the CSC box office two hours prior to the performance.