(HACKETTSTOWN, NJ) -- Centenary Stage Company’s Fringe Festival continues with A Tale of Two Cities, Cobbled Together by the Brothers Lovejoy. Performances take place October 21-24. One epic. Two brothers. What could go wrong? Avery (Ezra Barnes) and Bunce Lovejoy (Michael Gabriel Goodfriend) are brothers who share a dilapidated home. They are obsessed with A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens’ classic story of love and loneliness, rags and riches, revenge and sacrifice set in the turmoil of the French Revolution.
The brothers reenact the novel, playing all the characters themselves and putting their own stamp on the dissolute Sidney Carton, the bitter Madame DeFarge, the guileless Lucy, the earnest Darnay and sundry others. As they do, they bicker and revise, endlessly debating how best to tell the story. What are they searching for? Why A Tale of Two Cities? Is this the best of times? Or the worst?
A Tale of Two Cities, Cobbled Together by the Brothers Lovejoy was written and directed by Craig Fols. Fols studied with Stella Adler and Paul Austin and has credits on and off the stage including, “Nasty Little Secrets” (Kenneth Halliwell), “The Musical of Musicals” (The Hero), and his own work “Buck Simple”. Starring in this production are Ezra Barnes and Michael Gabriel Goodfriend. Barnes has credits Off-Broadway as well as in television and film. Off-Broadway credits include the New York premiere of Fraser Grace’s “Breakfast with Mugabe”, TV “Orange is the New Black” and “Jessica Jones”, and film “Motherless Brooklyn” and “Noah”. Goodfriend returns to the Centenary Stage Company stage, previous credits include Hovstad in CSC’s “An Enemy of the People” and Ali in “The English Bride” as well as shows in New York, Los Angeles, and abroad.
Performances of A Tale of Two Cities, Cobbled Together by the Brothers Lovejoy take place Thursday, October 21 at 7:30pm, Friday, October 22 at 8:00pm, Saturday, October 23 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, October 24 at 2:00pm. Performances will take place in the Sitnik Theatre of the Lackland Performing Arts Center at 715 Grand Ave, Hackettstown, New Jersey. Tickets range from $22.50 to $27.50 for adults. Discounts are available for select performances for seniors, students, and children 12 and younger. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased on-line at centenarystageco.org or by phone by calling the Centenary Stage Company box office at (908) 979-0900.
The Centenary Stage Company box office is open Monday through Friday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm and two hours prior to all performances. The box office is located in the Lackland Performing Arts Center on the campus of Centenary University at 715 Grand Ave. Hackettstown, NJ.
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The 2021-22 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, the John and Margaret Post Foundation, and CSC corporate sponsors, including Platinum Season Sponsor The House of the Good Shepherd, Silver Sponsors Hackettstown Medical Center Atlantic Health System, Home Instead Senior Care (Washington), and Fulton Bank, and Centenary Stage Company members and supporters.
IMAGE: EZRA BARNES & MICHAEL GABRIEL GOODFRIEND