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Final Week to see “An Enemy of the People” at Centenary Stage Company

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ
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
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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.