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McCarter Theatre offers a variety of ways to enhance and complement your experience of our plays in performance, including online resources, pre-show and sneak peek events and opportunities and post-show discussions and panels. Please explore our many offerings below.

Pre-Show Enhancements

Community Sneak Peeks

Different for every show, these events usually happen outside the walls McCarter, often in partnership with the Princeton Public Library (Live at the Library), Princeton Art Museum (Art for Families, McCarter Off the Wall), or another community partner. Featuring artist conversations, McCarter artistic staff, or snippets of scenes performed by actors from the play, these events offer a fun, accessible, and insightful window into the upcoming show.

  Inside Story for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike from October 2012.

Inside Story

A 20 minute pre-show talk, offered 45 minutes before every Theater Series performance, led by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff. Come get a sneak peek into what inspired the playwright, intriguing tidbits about the production process, and insider elements to watch for as you enjoy the show. These talks are carefully and thoughtfully prepared to offer just the right blend of intellectual insight and behind the scenes information. Don’t worry – we won’t ever give away the ending!

Online Audience Guides

Every play in the theater series has a dedicated website full of contextual information, historical background, interviews with artists, and more. These Online Audience Guides also offer a full performance calendar, including all special post-show events. In addition, educators can download curricular content to use in the classroom to prepare students to see the show, or discuss with them afterwards. Some of our general audience members even print out the curricular content to spur discussion in their cars on the way to and from the theatre! You can view a significant archive of past audience guides here, and can usually find the latest website by entering www.mccarter.org/[titleofcurrentshow] into your browser.

Princeton Adult School Class,
“Theater in 3D”

Offered in partnership with the Princeton Adult School, this course is taught each semester by a member of McCarter’s artistic staff. For each event in McCarter’s Theater Series, participants meet at McCarter to read and discuss the play as a piece of literature, see the play together, then gather a third a time to discuss new layers of meaning revealed by the production. All registration and payment is handled through the Adult School. To learn more or register, please visit: http://www.princetonadultschool.org/.

Post-Show Discussions and Panels

Dialogue on Drama

An in-depth post-show interview with a member of the creative team, often the playwright or director, that offers audiences a window into the artistic process of bringing a play to life. The interview is followed by questions and reflections from the audience. This event is offered free to the public on the Sunday after opening night for every play in the theater series.

  Post-Show Discussion for Proof from September 2013.

Post-Show Discussions

Highly interactive audience-based conversations facilitated by an artist from the production, typically featuring cast members. These discussions, offered to public twice during every theater series production, focus on a range of topics including how artistic choices were made for the production, the actors’ process, and reflections and questions from audience members.

In Conversation

An illuminating cross-disciplinary discussion among scholars, artists, and public figures about big questions themes in McCarter’s plays, offered when the subject matter of the play demands further investigation and public conversation.

Student Matinee Post-Show Discussions

Specially designed post-performance conversations created to facilitate direct connection between student audiences and artists from the production. Offered after each student matinee performance in the Arthur Lithgow Student Matinee Series.

Dates for post-show events are always listed on the dedicated online website and resource guide for each play. For more information about discussion dates for a specific show, please contact the box office at 609-258-2787.

Community Think

Community Think is a series of in-person gatherings and online surveys designed as a listening tour of McCarter's audience and community. You can add your voice to the conversation by attending a community meeting or by taking our brief survey about how you define community and what makes a performing arts experience meaningful to you. The information we learn through this listening tour helps us create and refine meaningful engagement programs.
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New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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