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The season begins with a new adaptation of William Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra, directed by Emily Mann and featuring Nicole Ari Parker (Boogie Nights, Soul Food) in the titular role of Egypt's last queen. After their acclaimed Broadway run of A Streetcar Named Desire, Mann and Parker reunite to create a new version of Shakespeare's story with a sharper focus on the legendary lovers whose destiny shaped the world.
She was the seductive queen of Egypt and he one of the generals of Rome. Their tempestuous love affair would tear empires apart. Actress Nicole Ari Parker (Boogie Nights, Soul Food) reunites with director Emily Mann after their sizzling Broadway collaboration in A Streetcar Named Desire. Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra is one of literature's great masterpieces, full of romance, passion, and betrayal. Don't miss this intimate tale of two legendary lovers whose desires shaped the destiny of the world.
Sherlock Holmes is on the case. Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle's classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors. Under the direction of Amanda Dehnert, five transformable actors will bring this spine-tingling Victorian whodunit to life with sheer inventiveness and enormous heart. Get ready for a joyful, mischievous, comedy thriller that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Noel Coward brings one of the funniest ghost stories to the stage in the classic Blithe Spirit. A zany medium accidentally stirs up the temperamental ghost of a novelist's first wife after a séance that goes awry. It's a hauntingly hilarious good time as wife #1 does her best to spook her husband's current marriage to wife #2. This clever comedy is filled with the eccentric characters and witty dialogue that is Coward's trademark. It may not send shivers up your spine, but it's guaranteed to tickle your funny bone. You may die laughing!
Bring your family to meet ours and celebrate the season with McCarter's critically-acclaimed production of Dickens' classic masterpiece, A Christmas Carol. This timeless story follows Ebenezer Scrooge on magical and transformative journey through past, present, and future as he discovers the true meaning of Christmas and generosity of spirit that embodies the holiday season. Join us for the perennial favorite the New York Times calls "A must-see," and make this cherished McCarter tradition part of yours!
The season closes with a new work from playwright Rachel Bonds. Five Mile Lake paints a portrait of a group of young people, yearning to make the right choices—and facing the choices they have already made—as they journey into their thirties in a rapidly transforming world. Directed by Emily Mann, Five Mile Lake continues McCarter's 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).
Rachel Bonds' Five Mile Lake is a stunning new play by an astonishingly talented writer. With exquisite care, Bonds paints a moving portrait of a group of young people, yearning to make the right choices—and facing the choices they have already made—as they journey into their thirties in a rapidly transforming world. Directed by Emily Mann, Five Mile Lake McCarter's 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). Don't miss this funny, tender, and heart-wrenching play about those who stay, and those who go away.
This beautiful new play introduces us to Guadalupe Castillo, a Mexican woman whose daughter's untimely death leaves her struggling to connect with her American son-in-law and a country whose language she barely speaks. Written by the celebrated young playwright Tony Meneses, the play is a moving and funny celebration of life, connection, and the unexpected healing power of Telenovelas.
From the playwright who brought us Happy comes a whimsical, romantic comedy about love, aging, cracked windows, broken bones, airport security, and bad luck.
Sara Fine's having a bad week. The light bulbs in her apartment keep burning out; the aquarium is perpetually full of dead fish; the cat's gone AWOL, again, and her blind, elderly father -- who chased off her last beau -- is immediately suspicious of Tom, the new neighbor, a TSA agent who just brought Sara home from the emergency room on New Year's Eve with a fractured 5th metatarsal. As Tom's attraction to Sara intensifies, he learns of an increasingly bizarre streak of bad luck that's been haunting Sara for years – twenty two years to be precise.
Craig Wright's hilarious Mistakes Were Made is the story of a not-so-successful Broadway producer about to embark on a play of epic proportions. It's a compact cosmic gem of philosophy and funny-business from the Emmy-nominated writer of Six Feet Under and the award-winning playwright of Lady Grace and The Pavilion.
1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David Selznick has shut down production of his new epic Gone With The Wind. The screenplay, you see, just doesn't work. While fending off the firm's stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick send a car for the famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and over the course of five hilarious and exhausting days, the three men, frantically craft one of the most beloved screenplays of all time. A must see!!!! You will die laughing.
Brooke Wyeth returns home to Palm Springs after a six-year absence to celebrate Christmas with her parents, her brother, and her aunt. Brooke announces that she's about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family's history - a wound they don't want reopened. In effect, she draws a line in the sand and dares them all to cross it.
To stay above the water, Sizwe Banzi might just have to put himself below the ground. John Kani won the Tony Award for Best Actor for his astonishing performance in a historic collaboration with South Africa's greatest playwright, Athol Fugard (Master Harold and the Boys, Valley Song). Now, 40 years later, Kani brings us a new production of this soaring and personal play, direct from South Africa's acclaimed Market Theatre. As relevant now as it was then, Sizwe Banzi Is Dead is an exquisite demonstration of the political power of storytelling. A striking tale of heroism and perseverance, this powerful drama is filled with surprising humor and uplifting faith in the human spirit.
A co-production with The Market Theatre and Syracuse Stage.
Even when everything seems to be going wrong, the show must go on. Adam Immerwahr directs The Understudy, written by Pulitzer Prize-finalist Theresa Rebeck, creator and producer of NBC's Smash. Called "a razor-sharp black comedy" by Entertainment Weekly, this biting take on backstage life and celebrity pulls no punches, taking comedic swipes at fame and those who follow after it.
The show must go on—even when everything seems to be going hilariously wrong. It's the understudy rehearsal for a hit new Broadway play, but the set technician is high, the cocky movie star doesn't understand the script, and the understudy is surprised to find that the stage manager is his jilted ex-fiancée. Backstage friction takes center stage in a biting comedy about art, celebrity, and the things we do for the business we love. Just another day in the life of an understudy!
Wuthering Heights is a deep and wide story of passion, revenge, family, class, and the supernatural. Over a century and a half later, Bronte's magnum opus remains incredibly moving. Bringing its signature style and dynamic approach, Aquila re-imagines one of the most famous love stories ever told with this heart wrenching new production. Aquila Theatre is renowned for its ability to adapt works of classical literature into enthralling and mesmerizing live performances. Impeccable design and a unique physical style combine with a marvelous cast to make Wuthering Heights an exquisite and captivating theatrical experience.
When liberal, Upper West Side resident Judith befriends Zeke, a highly educated yet once-homeless man she meets at a soup kitchen, their fragile hold on history begins to slip. Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (director of Two River's critically acclaimed productions of August Wilson's Jitney and Two Trains Running) brings us a provocative, daring, and immensely powerful world-premiere drama about race, sacrifice, and legacy.