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Monday, May 27, 2024

Centenary Stage Company’s NEXTStage Repertory Kicks Off the Season

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J. – Centenary Stage Company’s NEXTStage Repertory will return for the 2023-2024 season with a production of “Six Rounds of Vengeance” by Qui Nguyen. Performances will take place in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center of the Centenary University campus at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown. Tickets are $17.50 for adults and $10 for students and children under 12. For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at (908) 979-0900.

In post-apocalyptic “Lost Vegas,” a young gunslinger named Jess December enlists the help of a mysterious samurai cowboy to help avenge the murder of her sister. However, the gang they’ll be going against has powers that go beyond just gunpowder and steel. To get revenge, they may have to become just as bloodthirsty as the monsters they’re facing. A classic Qui Nguyen play, “Six Rounds of Vengeance” blends a spaghetti western with his signature post-apocalyptic spin, adding in martial arts, puppetry, and comic book camp.

The cast of “Six Rounds of Vengeance” includes Olivia Tomlin, Malakii Layton, Connor McCrea, Samantha Molle, Luis Rodriguez, Danny Paternina, Claire Finegan, James Brandes, Matt Steen, Erin Clark, Viviana Mendez, Mark Squindo, Madison Rhine and Christopher Rice, all of whom are Centenary University students, with students also making up a large portion of the creative and stage management team as a part of the NEXTstage Repertory, CSC’s all student performance division. In addition to being a part of the NEXTstage Repertory, these students become a part of CSC’s Professional Theatre Company. Unlike many professional theatres located on college and university campuses, Centenary students play an active and vital role in all professional productions from cast to crew, participating in all facets of production. Students are thereby provided with networking opportunities with artists who come to work with CSC throughout the year. These opportunities allow them to make important personal connections with working professionals.

Directing the students in their production is Christopher Young, who also serves as the general manager for Centenary Stage Company and as an adjunct faculty member for the theatre department teaching stage combat and acting for the camera. He also served as the Centenary Stage Company marketing and social media manager for five years.

Performances will take place Thursday, October 12th, at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, October 13th, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, October 14th, at 8 p.m.; Sunday, October 15th, at 2 p.m.; and Monday, October 16th, at 7 p.m.

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 on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Avenue, Hackettstown.