Centenary College Theater Department's NextStage Repertory to Present MUD, RIVER, STONE, 2/11-14

Centenary College Theater Department's NextStage Repertory presents Lynn Nottage's harrowing MUD, RIVER, STONE February 11 through February 14 in the Little Theatre. Produced by Centenary Stage Company and performed entirely by Centenary College Theater Students MUD, RIVER, STONE as presented by NextStage Rep. highlights the collaboration between Centenary College's Theater Department and the professional Centenary Stage Company combining entirely student performed productions with the production value and standard of CSC.

MUD, RIVER, STONE begins with a notion: a romantic journey to Africa, an opportunity to get in touch with spiritual roots. It becomes a most unexpected and bizarre adventure. "...a brilliant idea for a play...an evening of fascinating insights." -NY Daily News.

An African-American couple vacationing in Africa takes a turn off the main highway and find themselves stranded during rainy season in the remnants of a grand hotel. The rundown colonial hotel's only inhabitants are a reticent bellhop and an outspoken white African businessman. As the rains continue, the guest list grows to include a Nigerian aid worker at wits' end and a Belgian adventurer wandering the landscape in search of meaning. The couple's comic and romantic adventure takes on absurd dimensions when the hotel guests are taken hostage by the angry bellhop. His demands are simple: He wants grain for his village and a wool blanket for his mother. The stakes increase when an international mediator arrives and tries to end the stand-off. The couple's relationship is tested by the volatile politics of Africa, and they learn what the hungry human spirit will do for food and a warm blanket.

Performances of Lynn Nottage's MUD, RIVER, STONE presented by NextStage Rep. are Thursday, February 11 at 7:30pm, Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13 at 8pm and Sunday, February 14 at 5pm. Performances will be held in The Little Theater located in the Seay building on the campus of Centenary College; 400 Jefferson Street Hackettstown, NJ.

Tickets for all performances are $12.50 for adults and $10.00 for children under 12. All ticket sales are final. For more information or to purchase tickets visit centenarystageco.org or call the CSC box office at (908) 979 - 0900. The box office is located in the Lackland Center; 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ and is open Monday through Friday from 1 - 5pm and two hours prior to every performance.

The 2015-16 season of performing arts events at the Centenary Stage Company 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, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Regional Medical Center, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), The Holiday Inn in Budd Lake, and Fulton Bank of New Jersey, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.

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