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Thornton Wilder won three Pulitzer Prizes: two for the classic American plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth, and one for his novel, The Bridge of San Luis Rey. This quiet masterpiece — a dazzling rumination on the nature of love — has been adapted for the stage and stars a singular figure in American theater: writer and actor David Greenspan, winner of five Obie Awards.
Using David Thompson's masterful adaptation, McCarter Theatre Center 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 once again joined by ensemble members chosen from the greater Princeton community. Audiences experience an immersive Dickensian environment from the opening of the theater doors to the final bows. This exciting production ushers audience members into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge finally discovers.
Brian Friel's memory play about five unmarried sisters on the west coast of Ireland in 1936 won the 1992 Tony Award for best new play. Director Jessica Stone returns to Two River Theater for this production, where she previously helmed A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Absurd Person Singular.
In Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a masked figure has been spotted: the Puerto Rican superhero El Coquí Espectacular. In reality, it is out-of-work comic book artist Alex, who has been secretly dressing up as his favorite creation. As Alex learns that fighting crime is harder than it looks, his older brother Joe wants Alex to join him at his advertising agency and help sell sugary soda to Latino consumers. Can El Coquí defeat his own self-doubt and be a hero for his neighborhood?
The Frog Prince is the tale of a beautiful princess who promises to become friends with a frog once he retrieves her golden ball from the pond. Little does she suspect the frog's hidden identity: a prince! Come see a musical retelling of this classic story.
Tony Award-nominated actor and director Michael Cumpsty (The End of the Rainbow) previously directed Third at Two River Theater. He returns to direct Oscar Wilde's great comedy of manners, The Importance of Being Earnest.
The year is 1905. A young, single African-American seamstress is supporting herself by creating exquisite lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When a letter arrives from a stranger, it awakens a desire within her that leads to the love she yearned for but is nothing like she expected. Jade King Carroll (The Piano Lesson) returns to McCarter Theatre Center to direct this tender, exquisitely written historical romance from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (Sweat). It is a deeply moving tale of one woman's discovery of her own empowerment and the true meaning of intimacy.
Enter a money-obsessed, patriarchal, dysfunctional society in which wealth bestows power; one in which women cannot determine their own fate; one marked by religious and racial prejudice. Shakespeare's dark comedy could not be more resonant for our time. A play that offers no true villains or heroes, his Merchant of Venice presents a culture as complex and troubling as our own, in which the situations and questions posed ask us to examine the "quality of mercy" in myriad ways.
With an exuberant array of music, dance, and visual surprises, artistic director Bonnie J. Monte's fresh new vision for Shakespeare's most popular comedy features a world constructed almost entirely of objects that would normally be on their way to a landfill. Delight in seeing how her inventive bands of fairies transform trash into whimsical treasure. Picnic under the stars with family and friends as art, nature, and the ancient tradition of outdoor theater all come together!
Note: Kids ages 18 and under can attend for free!
Golden Globe-winning actor and playwright Regina Taylor (I'll Fly Away) won the 2000 American Theatre Critics / Steinberg New Play Award for Oo-bla-dee when it premiered at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. The play — a shimmering portrait of a female bebop band of African-American musicians traveling the country after World War Two — has its first major revival with new music by multi-Obie-winning jazz composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man). Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney) directs.
At once a razor-sharp comedy and a sincere tribute to democracy, The Outsider is a timely and hilarious take on modern American politics. Ned Newley doesn't even want to be governor. He's terrified of public speaking; his poll numbers are impressively bad. To his ever-supportive chief of staff, Ned seems destined to fail. But a political guru named Arthur Vance sees things a little differently: Ned might be the worst candidate to ever run for office. Unless the public is looking for…the worst candidate to ever run for office.
Peter and the Starcatcher is the grownup's prequel to Peter Pan. When a starcatcher-in-training meets an orphan boy longing for a home, they embark on the adventure of a lifetime. Viewers will be whisked away on a breathtaking quest to answer this question: How did a boy named Peter become the boy who never grew up? This Tony Award-winning musical play romps through the Neverland you never knew. Using the limitless possibilities of imagination, a dozen performers portray more than 100 outlandish characters. This swashbuckling production will entrance, energize, and excite audiences of all ages!
Brandon J. Dirden (Jitney) and Crystal A. Dickinson (Clybourne Park) play Walter Lee Younger and Ruth Younger in one of the greatest family dramas ever written: Lorraine Hansberry's 1959 masterpiece A Raisin in the Sun.
Buried secrets, blackmail, and false identities race onto the stage in Simpatico, a tragicomedy about the slippery netherworld of thoroughbred racing from Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Sam Shepard. McCarter Theatre Center is collaborating with Chicago's multi-award-winning A Red Orchid Theatre to bring this riveting American drama to Princeton. Simpatico stars Tony Award- and multi-Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) and the acclaimed Red Orchid ensemble.
A couple of small-town Irishmen hope to hit it big when hired as extras for an epic American movie filming in their scenic County Kerry village. Nominated for three Tony Awards and the winner of the Olivier Award for Best Comedy, this show features two actors portraying a cast of 15 colorful characters. Stones in His Pockets, which pits harsh reality against fairy-tale Hollywood endings, is about the haves and have-nots.
The Tony Award-winning playwright who brought audiences Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang returns to McCarter Theatre Center with his newest play and latest cast of eccentric characters. Timely and outrageous, this black comedy exposes the mayhem of contemporary family life in a time of alternative facts, nonstop news, and social media saturation.