McCarter’s Online Audience Guides are created to be a resource for audiences and educators. The curricular content, including alignments to NJCCS and Common Core, are designed to be used as a teaching tool to prepare students before they experience a play in performance and to assist students in reflecting on the theatrical experience after they’ve left the theater.

Although this archived material is specific to productions at McCarter, it may prove useful or inspiring to any educator exploring these dramatic works with their students, even years after these productions have taken place. Teachers, we encourage you to make use of these archived guides with your students!

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2015-2016 SEASON

Tennessee Williams'

Adapted for the stage by
Pierre Laville and Emily Mann
Directed by Emily Mann 

Ken Ludwig's

Directed by Stephen Wadsworth

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Michael Unger


2014-2015 SEASON

Antony & Cleopatra

Directed by Emily Mann


The Understudy

By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Adam Immerwahr


A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Michael Unger


Sizwe Banzi is Dead

Written by Athol Fugard,
John Kani, and Winston Ntshona
Directed by John Kani


Ken Ludwig's
A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Directed by Amanda Dehnert


Five Mile Lake

By Rachel Bonds
Directed by Emily Mann


2013-2014 SEASON


By David Auburn
Directed by Emily Mann

The White Snake

Written and Directed by
Mary Zimmerman

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens
adapted by David Thompson
directed by Michael Unger


Written by August Wilson
Directed by Phylicia Rashad

The Figaro Plays

By Pierre Beaumarchais
Adapted and directed by Stephen Wadsworth

2012-2013 SEASON


By Christopher Durang
Directed by Nicholas Martin



Based on the novel The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
Created by Elevator Repair Service Directed by John Collins


A Winter's Tale

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rebecca Taichman


Into the Woods

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by James Lapine
Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld


A Delicate Balance

By Edward Albee
Directed by Emilly Mann


2011-2012 Season

Ten Cents A Dance

The Music and Lyrics of
Rodgers and Hart
Conceived and Directed
by John Doyle

Phaedra Backwards

A New Play by Marina Carr
Directed by Emily Mann

The Convert

By Danai Gurira
Directed by Emily Mann



By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Sam Buntrock

Are You There, McPhee?

A World Premiere
By John Guare
Directed by Sam Buntrock

2010-2011 Season

Aurelia's Oratorio

Starring Aurélia Thierrée
Featuring Jaime Martinez
Created and Directed by
Victoria Thierrée Chaplin


An Iliad

Adapted from Homer
By Lisa Peterson
and Denis O’Hare
Translation by Robert Fagles
Directed by Lisa Peterson


The How and the Why

Written by Sarah Treem
Directed by Emily Mann


Crimes of the Heart

Written by Beth Henley
Directed by Liesl Tommy


A New Musical
Sleeping Beauty Wakes

Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Music by Brendan Milburn
Lyrics by Valerie Vigoda
Directed by Rebecca Taichman


2009-2010 SEASON

Having Our Say
The Delany Sisters’
First 100 Years

Written and directed
by Emily Mann,
adapted from the book
by Sarah L. Delany
and A. Elizabeth Delany
with Amy Hill Hearth

She Stoops to Conquer

By Oliver Goldsmith
Directed by Nicholas Martin

Fetch Clay, Make Man

By Will Power
Directed by Des McAnuff

American Buffalo

By David Mamet
Directed by Amy Morton

A New American Musical
Take Flight

Book by John Weidman,
Music by David Shire,
Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Directed by Sam Buntrock

2008-2009 SEASON

A Tour de Force

Starring BD Wong
Book by Tom Cone
Music by Skip Kennon
Lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh
Directed by Roger Rees


A Pulitzer Prize
Love Story
Talley’s Folly

By Lanford Wilson,
Directed by Marshall W. Mason


A Witty and
Provocative Masterpiece
Mrs. Warren’s Profession

By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Emily Mann 


A Shakespeare Comedy
Twelfth Night

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Rebecca Taichman


A World Premiere
The Brother/Sister Plays

By Tarell Alvin McCraney


2007-2008 SEASON

Stick Fly

by Lydia Diamond
directed by
Shirley Jo Finney


By Molière
Translated into English
Verse by Richard Wilbur
Directed by Daniel Fish

Me Myself and I

By Edward Albee
Directed by Emily Mann


Written and Performed
by Yehuda Hyman
Directed by Mara Isaacs


The Voyage of Jason and
the Argonauts
Written and directed by
Mary Zimmerman

A Seagull in the Hamptons

Written and directed by Emily Mann
Freely adapted from Chekhov’s The Seagull

2006-2007 SEASON

The Birthday Party

by Harold Pinter
directed by Emily Mann



by Brian Friel
directed by Garry Hynes


Lookingglass Alice

adapted and
directed by David Catlin


Radio Golf

by August Wilson
directed by Kenny Leon


Mrs. Packard

written and directed by Emily Mann


2005-2006 season

Ridiculous Fraud

by Beth Henley
directed by Lisa Peterson

A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
directed by Tina Landau

A Moon for the Misbegotten

by Eugene O'Neill
directed by Gary Griffin

Gem of the Ocean

by August Wilson Directed
by Ruben Santiago Hudson

Miss Witherspoon

Written by Christopher Durang
Directed by Emily Mann

2004-2005 season


Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Daniel Fish


The Bells

Written by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Emily Mann


The Secret in the Wings

Written and Directed by
Mary Zimmerman


Polk County

by Zora Neale Hurston and Dorothy Waring
Adapted by Kyle Donnelly and Cathy Madison
Original Music by Chic Street Man
Directed by Kyle Donnelly


Last of the Boys

by Steven Dietz
Directed by Emily Mann


2003-2004 season

My Fair Lady

Directed by Gary Griffin
Music by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics and Book by Alan Jay Lerner


by George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Lisa Peterson

Fräulein Else

Adapted by Francesca Faridany from the novella by Arthur Schnitzler
Directed by Stephen Wadsworth


by Charles L. Mee
Directed by David Schweizer

Anna in the Tropics

by Nilo Cruz
Directed by Emily Mann

2002-2003 SEASON

Uncle Vanya

by Anton Chekhov
Adapted & Directed by Emily Mann



by Steven Dietz
Directed by David Warren


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare Directed by Emily Mann


Crowns: Portraits of Black Women and Their Church Hats

Written & Directed by Regina Taylor
Adapted from the book by Craig Marberry and Michael Cunningham



by Joe Orton
Directed by Daniel Fish


Touring Show Guides

The Odyssey Experience

Written and Directed by, Christopher T. Parks

The Tempest
A Puppet Play

by William Shakespeare
Adapted & Directed by Christopher T. Parks

The Adventures of Perseus

Written & Directed by Christopher T. Parks

The Arabian Nights

written by Christopher T. Parks
Directed by John Ludwig

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