The Main Stage

Bakersfield Mist
By Stephen Sachs
October 26 – November 5, 2017

Maude Gutman, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking new comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Adult language.



Kim Zimmer, four-time Day Time Emmy Award Winner for Outstanding Lead Actress –  as Maude Gutman.

  • TV: Guiding Light (CBS), One Life to Live (ABC), Santa Barbara (NBC), The Doctors (CBS)
  • Episodic TV: Designing Women, Seinfeld, MacGyver, Models Inc., Babylon 5
  • Off-Broadway: Love, Loss, and What I Wore
  • North American tour of Broadway’s Wicked
  • Regional Theatre: Connecticut Repertory, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Barn Theatre – Michigan.



Carl Wallnau, Artistic Director of Centenary Stage Theatre –  as Lionel Percy.

  • Professor of Theatre Arts and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department of Centenary University
  • Broadway and National Tour: Titanic
  • Regional: PA Shakespeare Festival, Centenary Stage, Hartford Stage, Bristol Riverside, Orlando Shakespeare Company, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Arden Theatre, Asolo Theatre
  • Author: Mary Todd: A Woman Apart (Centenary Stage, NJ and Samuel Beckett Theatre, NYC).



Thursday Night Chat – November 2

A post-performance discussion with the cast and creative team.

Rehearsal Photos

Kim Zimmer and Carl Wallnau in rehearsal for Bakersfield Mist.










By Rupert Holmes
January 25 – February 4, 2018

The story begins in Dartmoor, England at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor, and both adultery and murder are in the air. But we will soon learn that all is never as it seems in this electrifying game of trickery and misdirection. Who is the hunter and who is the hunted…and precisely who is the title character of Accomplice?  Twists and turns drive this theatrical roller coaster triggering screams of laughter even as audiences vow to keep its secrets hush-hush. Adult Situations and Content.


A Dog Story (NJ Premiere)
Book by Eric H. Weinberger
Music and Lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan
April 12 to April 22, 2018

A charming new musical comedy about Roland, a career-driven lawyer, who thinks he must be married to get the partnership he desperately wants.  So he follows the advice of his best buddy, Guy, and gets a puppy named Cupid as a chick magnet for his Hamptons vacation.   With first dates, angry tangos, and a sudden disappearance, Roland ends up discovering there’s more to life when you “get a dog!”



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