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"The Nether" by Jennifer Haley at the Duke of York Theatre in London. Pictured: Isabella Pappas and Stanley Townsend. (Photo by Alastair Muir)

Centenary Stage Company Announces 2015–16 Season

The company’s sixth season includes plays, musicals, a fringe festival and a development program for female playwrights.

HACKETTSTOWN, N.J.: Centenary Stage Company has announced its 2015–16 season, which includes a mixture of award-winning plays, family favorites and new works.

The season starts with Jennifer Haley’s The Nether (Oct. 9–25), a crime drama set in the near future, about a detective uncovering a dark virtual underworld on the web.

For the holidays will be a musical version of A Christmas Carol (Nov. 27–Dec. 13), with a book by Mike Ockrent and Lynn Ahrens, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

Next will be Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw (Feb. 19–March 6, 2016), about a newlywed couple who set their friend up with a strange new coworker on the “blind date from hell.”

Following will be Eleanor Burgess’s Start Down (April 8–24, 2016), an exploration of technology’s impact on the education system.

Also part of the season is the Centenary Stage Company Fringe Festival, which will feature John Ahlin and Christopher Patrick Mullin’s Chip and Gus: A Ping Pong Play (Oct. 29–Nov. 1), Tayo Aluko’s Call Mr. Robeson: A Life with Song (Nov. 12–15) and Merri Biechler’s Tammy Faye’s Final Audition (Nov. 19–22).

The season also includes the Centenary Stage Company’s Women Playwrights Series, a three-week developmental program for emerging female playwrights.

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