Friday, April 15, 2016

McCarter Theatre Center 2016-2017 Theater Series Lineup

McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann is pleased to announce the lineup for the upcoming 2016-2017 Theater Series.

About the season, Ms. Mann said: “This season is an ambitious lineup, marked by the quality and
variety that defines all we do. We are featuring some of the finest playwrights in contemporary
American theater, three of whom are Pulitzer Prize-winners, one of whom is an Olivier award-winner,
and all of whom call McCarter an artistic home. We take great pride in creating a theater series that
offers a rich diversity of stories and styles, bringing you plays that are in conversation with each other
and which encourage discussion on and off stage. I invite you to join in the conversation.”


Written by Nilo Cruz
Directed by Emily Mann
September 9 – October 9, 2016
*World Premiere Production*
Berlind Stage

Artistic Director Emily Mann and playwright Nilo Cruz reunite for the first time since the Pulitzer
Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics opened the Berlind Theatre in 2003 to bring you this lyrical new play
about falling in love and longing for a place to truly call home.

Guided by compassion, warmth, and the implicit love of God, Father Monroe believes in keeping the
faithful doors of his Miami church open to all. Upon discovering that Marcela is struggling to keep the
doors of her own house open, he steps in to help with such heart and kindness unlike anything the
Cuban-American family has ever experienced. When small acts of kindness and generosity blossom
into pure love, the lines between vocation and passion blur and Father Monroe finds himself at a
complex crossroad of adoration and divinity.

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Marcela Lorca
October 11 – October 30, 2016
Matthews Stage

Produced in association with the Guthrie Theater and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Between the lies we tell ourselves and the secrets we keep from others, how do we find our true
place in the modern world? Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play took Broadway by storm,
leaving audiences on the edges of their seats. This provocative, timely drama inspires passionate
debate and powerful dialogue long after leaving the theater.

Amir Kapoor is trying to live a good life. He’s married to a beautiful woman, lives in a spacious Upper
East Side apartment, and is a successful lawyer at a prestigious Manhattan firm. When conversations
at a dinner party abruptly turn confrontational, racial and religious tension fills the air and Amir must
grapple with his own ambition and stifled cultural identity.


HAMLET – by William Shakespeare
In rotating repertory with
SAINT JOAN – by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Eric Tucker
January 13 – February 12, 2017
Berlind Stage

He is a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father’s death. She is a steadfast
rebel who challenged the powers of the church to restore France to greatness. Both are iconic figures
from two great dramatic classics—Hamlet by William Shakespeare and Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw.

Presented in rotating repertory by Bedlam Theatre Company, one of New York’s most innovative and
lauded ensembles, four masterful actors bring two of Western literature’s greatest characters to life in
a riveting stripped-down staging. Bedlam’s signature style creates an immersive tour-de-force that
illuminates these classics with sheer inventiveness and energy.


Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Emily Mann
March 14 – April 2, 2017
*World Premiere Production*
Matthews Stage

The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails. With a train full of suspects and alibis, it’s
the perfect mystery for infamous detective Hercule Poirot.

An iconic classic called ‘positively miraculous” by The New York Times book review, Agatha Christie’s
Murder on the Orient Express has thrilled mystery lovers from the page, the screen, and over the
airwaves since its publication in 1934. Now, McCarter audiences will be the first to experience this
thrilling tale live on stage. In collaboration with the Agatha Christie estate, Olivier Award-winning
playwright Ken Ludwig (A Comedy of Tenors, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery) and multi-
award-winning director Emily Mann (Baby Doll, Five Mile Lake) join forces for the first time to present
this landmark World Premiere production of Agatha Christie's mystery masterpiece.


By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Jade King Carroll
May 5 – June 4, 2017
Berlind Stage

The year is 1905. A young, single African American seamstress is supporting herself by creating
exquisite lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When an unexpected letter arrives from a stranger,
a desire is awakened within her that leads to the love she yearned for, but is nothing like she expected.

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle and Outer Critics Circle Awards, this tender and
exquisitely-written historical romance from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Ruined,
Sweat) is a deeply moving tale of one woman’s discovery of her own empowerment and the true
meaning of intimacy.

Ticket Information

Subscriptions and Membership packages for the 2016-2017 Theatre Season are available now by calling
McCarter Theatre Center at (609) 258-5050, online at, or in person at the McCarter
Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton. Tickets for the 2016-2017 Theatre
Season will go on sale in July, 2016.


By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
December 9 – 31, 2016

In addition to our five play Theatre Series, McCarter Theatre Center will also be presenting a reimagined
production of Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol.

Using David Thompson’s masterful adaptation, McCarter Theatre Center is in the early stages of building a brand new version of Ebenezer Scrooge’s magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future. 

Using period-specific carols and music, a cast of professional actors will be joined by ensemble members chosen from the greater Princeton community. Audiences will experience an immersive Dickensian environment from the opening of the theater doors to the final bows. In a new look at an annual McCarter tradition, this exciting new production will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers. More information to follow as we approach the 2016 holiday

About McCarter Theatre Center

Led by Artistic Director/Resident Playwright Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields,
McCarter Theatre Center is a leading destination for playwrights, actors, and directors to collaborate
on ambitious world premieres, re-imagined classics, adaptations, and developmental workshops.
Awarded the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, McCarter has evolved into a nationally and internationally acclaimed theatre recognized for its first rate productions, daring world premieres, and lasting contributions to the American theatrical canon. The theatre is celebrated for its emphasis on the creation and development of new work, marked especially by an on-going program of commissions, an annual artists retreat, and the fostering of long term relationships with emerging and established playwrights. 

Among the noteworthy dramatists whose work has received world premieres, developmental productions, and workshops at McCarter are: Tarell Alvin McCraney, Edward Albee, Sarah Treem, Marina Carr, Lydia Diamond, John Guare, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Regina Taylor, Beth Henley, Danai Gurira, and Athol Fugard. Many, including Eclipsed, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Having Our Say, Anna in the Tropics, Crowns, Valley Song, and Yellowman, received original workshops at McCarter before moving on to Broadway and/or become some of the most frequently produced plays in the American theater. 

McCarter is equally recognized for its reinvestigations of the classic canon (currently, Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap) including Fiasco Theater’s reimagined production of Into the Woods, Stephen Wadsworth’s acclaimed adaptations of the Marivaux Trilogy and Beaumarchais’ Figaro plays, Brian Friel’s Translations, and Emily Mann’s adaptations of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard and Lorca’s The House of Bernarda Alba. 

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.
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