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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?
When the audience first meets them, Marianne and Ellie are bright, charming college roommates prone to breaking out in tap-dance routines in the middle of study sessions. They come from very different backgrounds and are headed into very different futures — wealth, marriage, and anthropological adventures for one; family troubles, solo living, and a career as a musician for the other. But the bond they forged upon meeting is the rare sort that transcends all circumstance and thrives across time — even, in their case, across several continents.
Or does it? What happens when you realize that the friendship you valued on the merit of its fortitude through decades means something else entirely to the person on the other end? F Theory gives center stage to friendship, a relationship often sidelined in both art and life to make way for family, romance, and marriage, though it may be stronger than them all.
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.
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.
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.
In this landmark drama, Hansberry — drawing on her own family's experience with housing discrimination — dramatizes the story of the Younger family, headed by matriarch Lena Younger, her son Walter Lee, and his wife, Ruth, who live (with other family members) in poverty on Chicago's south side. As the play begins, we see that Walter Lee, a chauffeur, dreams of what he might do with a long-promised life-insurance check, a legacy left to them to them by Lena's late husband. We meet the Younger family on the day that their lives could change forever. Taking its title from a poem by Langston Hughes — "What happens to a dream deferred/Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?" — Hansberry's play explores the different hopes and aspirations of each member of the Younger family as they fight for their piece of the American dream.
A Raisin in the Sun debuted in 1959 and was the first play by a black woman to be produced on Broadway. Produced at Two River for the first time in the theater's 24-year history, the play is Lorraine Hansberry's seminal masterpiece about race, social justice, and history — American history in the largest sense, and the personal histories of ordinary African-Americans.
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.