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2017-18 Theater Season2017-18 Music Season2017-18 Dance Season2017-18 Signature Season2017-18 American Repertory Ballet2018 University Season

2017-18 Theater Series
A Red Orchid Theatre’s

Sept 8-Oct 15, 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 acclaimed Chicago ensemble A Red Orchid Theatre to bring this riveting American drama to Princeton, starring Tony and Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Nocturnal Animals, Long Day’s Journey Into Night) and members of A Red Orchid Theatre. (Berlind)

October 10-29, 2017

Like a comet burning far too bright to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became an iconic rock ‘n’ roll queen. 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 Janis, and her musical inspirations. Break out those bell bottoms and put on your dancing shoes—this electric musical event will bring down the house! (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

When small town Irishmen Charlie and Jake are hired as extras in an epic American movie that invades their scenic County Kerry village, chaos ensues as they begin to discover that their romanticized Hollywood dream isn’t quite what it seems. Marie Jones’ Olivier Award-winning comedy is a rollicking, poignant tale brought to life by two actors portraying a colorful cast of dozens. Acclaimed British director Lindsay Posner helms this hilarious story that pits harsh reality against Hollywood endings. (Berlind)

15th Anniversary Production of

Mar 13-Apr 1, 2018

When a tough Brooklyn teenager is sent to live with her grandmother in South Carolina, she finds herself on a powerful journey toward discovering her place in this world and in her own culture. Adapted from the best-selling book by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry, Crowns weaves faith and fashion together—with a generous dose of “hattitude”—into an inspirational coming-of-age musical celebration of African American women and their church hats. (Matthews)

May 4-June 3, 2018

From the Tony Award-winning playwright who brought us the smash Broadway hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher 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 is 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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