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Monday, March 30, 2015

McCARTER THEATRE CENTER CLOSES ITS 2014/2015 THEATRE SEASON WITH RACHEL BONDS’ FIVE MILE LAKE

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Winner of the 2014 Weissberger Award for Playwriting to receive its East Coast Premiere directed by McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann.

Jason Babinsky, Kristen Bush, Nathan Darrow, Mahira Kakkar, and Tobias Segal are featured in this heartfelt look at small-town life.
Five Mile Lake runs May 1 – 31 on McCarter’s Berlind Stage.

“Jamie (Tobias Segal) enjoys a quiet life in his small Pennsylvania town, fixing up his grandfather’s old lake house and pining after Mary (Kristen Bush), his troubled coworker. When his brother (Nathan Darrow) comes back to town with a new girlfriend (Mahira Kakkar), Jamie’s peaceful world is thrown into disorder. What follows is a tender and heartfelt tale about regret, lost loves, and the murky depths that lie beneath still waters.”

Continuing its proud tradition of introducing major new plays and writers to the American Stage,(Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Convert, and Anna in the Tropics) McCarter Theatre Center is pleased to present the East Coast Premiere by playwright Rachel Bonds, whose work contains a “sublime tone” (The New York Times) in its well-constructed mix of character, potent dialogue, and nuanced subtext.

Five Mile Lake was presented as part of the 2013 McCarterLab Reading Series.  Costa Mesa, CA’s South Coast Repertory presented the world premiere in the spring of 2014 with a script lauded as “a gift for actors” by the Los Angeles Times.

In the words of director Emily Mann, “I am exceedingly proud of McCarter’s reputation as a home and a hub for original work and emerging artists. Rachel’s writing is exquisite. Her plays capture quiet moments and interactions that have large, life-changing implications for the characters, all of whom are vividly drawn, familiar, and lovable. Five Mile Lake is about a small town—not unlike the small towns from which both Rachel and I hail. When I read it, I immediately connected to the story, which seems, in so many ways, to capture elements of my own young adulthood.”

The cast of Five Mile Lake includes returning McCarter artists Kristen Bush (Proof) as Mary, Tobias Segal (Antony & Cleopatra) as Jamie, and Mahira Kakkar (Miss Witherspoon) as Peta. Newcomers to McCarter include Jason Babinsky (Billy Elliot and Ghost on Broadway) as Danny and Nathan Darrow (known for his role as Secret Service Agent Edward Meechum on Netflix’ House of Cards) as Rufus.                                                                  

McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations. McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ. For more information, www.mccarter.org.

Five Mile Lake – Production Facts
Creative, Production, and Design Team

Written by: Rachel Bonds
Direction: Emily Mann
Scenic Design: Edward Pierce
Costume Design: Jennifer von Mayrhauser
Lighting Design: Jeff Croiter
Original Music and Sound Design: Daniel Perelstein
Casting Director: David Caparelliotis, CSA                                        Associate Artistic Director: Adam Immerwahr                                                Production Stage Manager:   Cheryl Mintz                                           Director of Production:   David York                                                  Managing Director:  Timothy J. Shields


CAST (in order of appearance)

Jamie: Tobias Segal
Mary: Kristen Bush
Rufus: Nathan Darrow
Peta: Mahira Kakkar
Danny: Jason Babinsky

Ticket Information and Performance Schedule

Single tickets for Five Mile Lake start as low as $25 and are on sale now online at mccarter.org, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.
Five Mile Lake will be performed on the Berlind Stage. The production will be one hour, forty five minutes with no intermission.
Friday                    May 1                                    8:00 p.m.
Saturday              May 2                                    8:00 p.m.

Sunday                 May 3                                    2:00 p.m. (Community Think post-show event)

Tuesday               May 5                                    7:30 p.m.
Wednesday        May 6                                    7:30 p.m.
Thursday             May 7                                    7:30 p.m.
Friday                    May 8                                    8:00 p.m. (Opening Night/Press Opening)
Saturday              May 9                                    3:00 p.m.
Saturday              May 9                                    8:00p.m.
Sunday                 May 10                                 2:00 p.m. (Dialogue on Drama)
Tuesday               May 12                                 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday        May 13                                 7:30 p.m. (Post-Show Discussion)
Thursday             May 14                                 7:30 p.m. (Pride Night)

Friday                    May 15                                 8:00 p.m.

Saturday              May 16                                 3:00 p.m.
Saturday              May 16                                 8:00 p.m.
Sunday                 May 17                                 2:00 p.m. (Post-Show Discussion)
Sunday                 May 17                                 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday        May 20                                 7:30 p.m.
Thursday             May 21                                 7:30 p.m.
Friday                    May 22                                 8:00 p.m.
Saturday              May 23                                 3:00 p.m. (Open Captioning Performance)

Saturday              May 23                                 8:00 p.m.
Sunday                 May 24                                 2:00 p.m.
Sunday                 May 24                                 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday               May 26                                 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday        May 27                                 7:30 p.m. (Audio Described Performance)

Thursday             May 28                                 7:30 p.m.
Friday                    May 29                                 8:00 p.m.
Saturday              May 30                                 3:00 p.m. (ASL Interpreted Performance)
Saturday              May 30                                 8:00 p.m.
Sunday                 May 31                                 2:00 p.m. (Closing Performance)                 

The opening night of Five Mile Lake is sponsored by Munich RE. 


Five Mile Lake
is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more info about Five Mile Lake, please visit the production’s dedicated website.

SPECIAL EVENTS AND AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMS


Live at the Library

A discussion with Director Emily Mann and Playwright Rachel Bonds

Community Room – Princeton Public Library  - Wednesday, April 15 – 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public

McCarter Theatre Artistic Director Emily Mann and playwright Rachel Bonds participate in a moderated discussion about Five Mile Lake, receiving its East Coast premiere May 1- 31 at McCarter Theatre Center. Directed by Mann, the play paints a portrait of a group of young people yearning to make the right choices as they journey into their thirties in a rapidly changing world.

Community Think
Sunday, May 3 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.*

Terra Teatro in the West Lobby

* Immediately following the third preview performance of Rachel Bond’s Five Mile Lake.
Join us for our final Community Think event of the 2014/2015 season. Community Think is a series of in-person gatherings and online surveys designed as a listening tour of McCarter's audience and community. The information we learn through this listening tour helps us create and refine meaningful engagement programs.
Dialogue on Drama
Sunday, May 10 immediately following the 2:00 p.m. matinee – a free event, no RSVP req.

Post-Show Discussions

Post-show discussions at McCarter are highly interactive audience-based conversations facilitated by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff, often featuring cast members. These discussions focus on a range of topics including how artistic choices were made for the production, the actors’ process, and reflections and questions from audience members. Post-show discussions occur directly following the 7:30 p.m. performance on Wed.,
May 13 and following the 2:00 p.m. performance on Sun., May 17.

Inside Story

Join us 45 minutes before any performance of Five Mile Lake for a 20-minute talk led by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff. Hear about what inspired the play, its unique creation and style, and much more. All Inside Story talks for Five Mile Lake will take place in the Berlind Theatre.

Construction Updates

Construction continues around McCarter for Princeton University’s Arts & Transit project and the expansion of the Lewis Center for the Arts. This will have an impact on parking, traffic, and transit in and around McCarter through the summer of 2017. Stay informed by visiting mccarter.org/VisitorInfo to get the latest construction updates.

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