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2016-17 Theater Season2016-17 University Season2017 Princeton Festival2017-18 Theater Season2017-18 Music Season2017-18 Dance Season
2017-18 Signature Season 

2017-18 Theater Series
A Red Orchid Theatre’s

Sept 8-Oct 8, 2017

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 is proud to collaborate with the multi-award-winning Chicago theater company A Red Orchid Theatre to bring this riveting American drama to Princeton, starring Tony and Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Nocturnal Animals) and the acclaimed Red Orchid ensemble. (Berlind)

October 10-29, 2017

Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and almost overnight became a rock 'n' roll queen. Her unmistakable voice, laced with raw emotion and southern comfort—and inspired by the greatest Blues singers from Aretha Franklin to Bessie Smith—made Joplin the must-see "rock mama" from Monterey to Woodstock. Fueled by a live band and psychedelic performances of her unforgettable songs “Piece of my Heart,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Cry Baby,” A Night With Janis Joplin is a powerful celebration of the women who made the music that changed history. (Matthews)

December 5-31, 2017

Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future and watch as our entire community—including 35 members from the greater Princeton area—bring this story to life around you! This exciting production will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers. Share the happiness of Dickens' perennial masterpiece and join us in celebrating this McCarter tradition with your friends and entire family. (Matthews)

Jan 12 - Feb 11, 2018

Charlie and Jake, a couple of small town Irishmen, hope to hit it big when they’re hired as extras for an epic American movie filming in their scenic County Kerry village. Winner of the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, two actors portray a colorful cast of dozens in this rollicking tale that pits harsh reality against Hollywood endings. (Berlind)

15th Anniversary Production of

Mar 13-Apr 1, 2018

Adapted from the best-selling book by the same title, Crowns weaves faith and fashion together—with a generous dose of "hattitude"—into an inspirational musical celebration of women and their church hats. Regina Taylor returns to direct the 15th Anniversary production of this joyous gospel musical (which premiered on our Matthews Theatre stage in 2002) that will truly lift your spirits! (Matthews)

May 4-June 3, 2018

From the Tony Award-winning playwright who brought us the smash hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeChristopher Durang returns to McCarter with his newest play and latest cast of eccentric characters. Turning Off the Morning News is a black comedy about two sets of neighbors. Cliff and Salena have just moved in; the family across the street are at best peculiar, and at worst, stark raving mad!  Should the new neighbors ignore their bizarre behavior, or invite them to dinner? (Berlind)
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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