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April 26 – Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series Features Arlene Hutton

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series will end its 2023 reading series with a reading of “Blood of the Lamb” by Arlene Hutton. The reading will take place on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the Kutz Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown, on the campus of Centenary University.

The Women Playwrights Series readings are free to attend with donations welcome, advanced reservations have a $5 fee. For those who are unable to attend in person, the Women Playwrights Series readings will also be live-streamed, free of charge, through the Centenary Stage Company website. For more information, go to centenarystageco.org or call the Centenary Stage Company’s box office at (908) 979-0900. 

Arlene Hutton is the author of “Letters to Sala,” “Last Train to Nibroc” (Drama League nomination for Best Play) and “Gulf View Drive” (2018 Ovation Award for Best Production, Rubicon Theatre). An alumna of New Dramatists and member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, she is a three-time winner of the Samuel French Short Play Festival, nine-time finalist for the Heideman Award, Francesca Primus Prize finalist and recipient of an EST/Sloan Commission and NYFA Fellowship. Residencies include the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. Hutton’s works have been presented at FringeNYC, off- and off-off-Broadway, regionally, in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Her play “According to the Chorus” premiered at The Road Theatre in Los Angeles and opened off-Broadway at 59E59, starring Karen Ziemba and Dana Brooke. She teaches playwriting online for The Barrow Group. 

In Arlene Hutton’s “Blood of the Lamb,” we find two women; one traveler in need of medical attention, just needing to retrieve her belongings and one lawyer, just doing her job. In this surreal, Kafka-esque world, we find these women at opposite sides of the table amidst legal precedents, bureaucratic chaos and moral obligation to humanity. 

The reading will feature actors Dana Brooke and Angelle Whavers with direction by Tia Dionne Hodge.

Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series has featured the work of more than 80 emerging playwrights. The program has also taken 19 plays to full production from the series. Led by the new program director Mikaela Kafka, the Women Playwrights Series offers playwrights the opportunity to work with professional actors and directors in a workshop rehearsal process, and to hear their work in front of a live audience – a critical part of the development process. Lively talkbacks with the playwright and cast follow each presentation, and one play is selected each year as the winner of the Susan Glaspell Award and receives a full production in the following main-stage season with CSC.

The Women Playwrights Series is part of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance 2023 Stages Festival, made possible by support from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, OceanFirst Foundation, Fund for the New Jersey Blind, New Jersey Manufacturers and Customers Bank.

The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and two hours prior to performances. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center.