McCarter Theatre Center Artistic Director/Resident Playwright Emily Mann and Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood are pleased to announce the lineup for the 2018-2019 Theater Series. Highlights include Douglas McGrath’s world premiere adaptation of The Age of Innocence, David Hare’s Skylight, and Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
Look below for the full lineup and ticket information.
The Theater Series begins with Douglas McGrath’s world premiere adaptation of The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton’s classic gilded age love story directed by Doug Hughes. To follow is Dominique Morisseau’s incendiary Detroit ’67, directed by Jade King Carroll; the world premiere of Eleanor Burgess’ The Niceties, a riveting look at race and history directed by Kimberly Senior; the world premiere of Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy, directed by Kathleen Marshall; and David Hare’s Tony Award®-winning Skylight, directed by Emily Mann.
About the Theater Series, Ms. Mann remarked “I’m so proud to present a season of six extraordinary evenings which will provoke, inspire, and entertain all who visit with us. A healthy theater, like a healthy democracy, is a place where new ideas are exchanged and challenged. McCarter continues to grow as a home for artists and adventurous audiences alike. Set in various times and places from New York City during the Gilded Age, to Ancient Greece, to present-day Princeton and beyond, this collection of upcoming productions provides artists and the audiences who bear witness a mirror to the heart and mind of the human experience.”
THE AGE OF INNOCENCE
By Edith Wharton
Adapted for the stage by Douglas McGrath
Directed by Doug Hughes
September 7 – October 7, 2018 (opening: Saturday, September 15) in the Berlind Theatre
When is it wrong to love someone? Is love the highest ideal, or is kindness and duty to each other even greater than love? These are the questions asked by Edith Wharton in her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Set in New York in the Gilded Age, The Age of Innocence is both ravishingly romantic and heartbreakingly unsentimental. Adapted from Wharton’s novel by Oscar® and Tony® nominee Douglas McGrath (Emma, Nicholas Nickleby) and directed by Tony Award® winner Doug Hughes (Junk, The Father on Broadway).
By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Jade King Carroll
In association with Hartford Stage
October 9 – October 28, 2018 (opening: Saturday, October 13) in the Matthews Theatre
It’s the summer of 1967 and Chelle and her brother Lank are running an unlicensed after-hours juke joint out of their basement. Risky business, especially during a brutal police crackdown that has set off riots throughout the city. When Lank offers refuge to a mysterious stranger, pent-up emotions erupt. “Mind-blowing” says the Huffington Post; “Morisseau is a direct heir to Hansberry, Williams, and Wilson. You feel the pulse and vibrations of her characters.”
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
December 4 – 29, 2018 (opening: Friday, December 7) in the Matthews Theatre
Using David Thompson’s masterful adaptation, McCarter continues its annual tradition of joining Ebenezer Scrooge on his magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future. Using beloved carols and original music, a cast of professional actors is 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, ushering you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge finally discovers.
By Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Kimberly Senior
World Premiere Production in association with Huntington Theatre Company
January 11 – February 10, 2019 (opening: Saturday, January 19) in the Berlind Theatre
Zoe, a black student at an Ivy League University, is called into her white professor’s office to discuss her thesis about slavery’s effect on the American Revolution. In this riveting two-person drama, a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent and dangerous contemporary debate on race, history, and power. “Scintillating,” raves Peter Marks in the Washington Post. “The story of America, it seems, is destined to be wrestled over to the bitter end.” Kimberly Senior (Disgraced on Broadway) directs.
Ken Ludwig’s THE GODS OF COMEDY
Directed by Kathleen Marshall
World Premiere Production in association with the Old Globe Theatre
March 12–March 31, 2019 (opening: Saturday, March 16) in the Matthews Theatre
A Princeton Classics professor puts her career—and her love life—in peril, calling on the gods of Ancient Greece to save her. When the gods who show up are the gods of comedy, things don’t go according to plan. Ken Ludwig, the two-time Olivier Award winner who penned Lend Me a Tenor, Baskerville, and most recently, the thrilling adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, returns with another world premiere comedic tour-de-force at McCarter. Tony Award® winner Kathleen Marshall (The Pajama Game, Anything Goes, Nice Work If You Can Get It on Broadway) directs.
By David Hare
Directed by Emily Mann
May 3 – June 2, 2019 (opening – Saturday, May 11) in the Berlind Theatre
On a bitterly cold London evening, Kyra receives an unexpected visit from her former lover, whose wife has recently died. As the evening progresses, the two attempt to rekindle their once passionate relationship only to find themselves locked in a battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desires. Winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Play and a Tony Award®-winning hit on Broadway, Skylight is, says the New York Post, a “luminously beautiful and wildly truthful” love story. “Theater-going doesn’t get much better than this.” McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann directs.
Ticket and Subscription Information
Subscription packages for the 2018-2019 Theatre, Dance, Music, and Signature Series are available now by calling McCarter Theatre Center at (609) 258-5050, visiting www.mccarter.org, or visiting the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.