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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 at 2:00PM

Garba360

Take part in this free outdoor event that celebrates the traditional Gujarati social folk dance experience. With dance lessons, performance, and live music, gather in the plaza at Princeton Shopping Center, where all are invited to come together for a fun afternoon event.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2021

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

 

The mission of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is to create a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history. The work, informed by and made in conjunction with artists across a range of disciplines, entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2021 at 8:00PM

Tusk

 

Tusk is the number one tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world, bar none.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021 at 7:30PM

David Sedaris

 

Humor writer David Sedaris’ new book, The Best of Me, is a “must read”, according to The New York Times: “It will be a new experience, knowing that enough time has passed to find humor in the hardest parts of life. More than ever — we’re allowed to laugh.” 

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021 at 8:00PM

Jan Lisiecki

All-Chopin Program

Pianist Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 26, the Canadian performs over a hundred yearly concerts worldwide, and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet- Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Claudio Abbado.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021 at 8:00PM

Nella

 

Winner of the 2019 Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist, Nella merges her folklore roots of Venezuela, modern production, and Andalusian inspirations to resound every corner of the globe. 

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 at 8:00PM

Terence Blanchard

ABSENCE

Featuring The E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet

Two-time Oscar® nominee, and five-time GRAMMY®-winning trumpeter & composer Terence Blanchard celebrates both the brilliance of Wayne Shorter’s legacy and the inspiration he has given Blanchard, influencing his ever-expanding amalgam of music and storytelling. 

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2021 at 8:00PM

Dorrance Dance

 SOUNDspace

MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021 at 8:00PM

Chris Thile

 

Encompassing classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, Chris Thile (of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, and now the host of the radio program Live from Herecreates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. 

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2021 at 7:00PM

Lake Street Dive

As a band, Lake Street Dive epitomizes democracy in action. Their personalities, skills, and wide-ranging taste in pop, rock, R&B, and jazz have long blended together to make an impressively cohesive sound, both sophisticated and playful, combining retro influences with contemporary attitude. 

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DECEMBER 7 - DECEMBER 12, 2021

What the Constitution Means to Me

A Play by Heidi Schreck
Directed by Oliver Butler
Starring Cassie Beck

 

Direct from Broadway, this hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human new play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of Americans.

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JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 13, 2022

Dreaming Zenzile

Based on the life of Miriam Makeba
By Somi Kakoma
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

 

In partnership with Octopus Theatricals, National Black Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Theatre Workshop, Arts Emerson, and Apollo Theater

 

Written and performed by international music sensation Somi Kakoma, this world-premiere musical is an electrifying portrait of revolutionary artist Miriam Makeba and her singular voice and vision.

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APRIL 30 - MAY 29, 2022

Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Book, music & lyrics by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond
Directed by McCarter Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen

 

Part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected, this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn and reveals the resilience of the human spirit in spite of senseless tragedy.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 at 2:00PM

Garba360

Take part in this free outdoor event that celebrates the traditional Gujarati social folk dance experience. With dance lessons, performance, and live music, gather in the plaza at Princeton Shopping Center, where all are invited to come together for a fun afternoon event.

MORE INFO

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2021 at 8:00PM

Tusk

 

Tusk is the number one tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world, bar none.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021 at 8:00PM

Jan Lisiecki

All-Chopin Program

Pianist Jan Lisiecki’s interpretations and technique speak to a maturity beyond his age. At 26, the Canadian performs over a hundred yearly concerts worldwide, and has worked closely with conductors such as Antonio Pappano, Yannick Nézet- Séguin, Daniel Harding, and Claudio Abbado.

TICKETS & INFO

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2021 at 8:00PM

Nella

 

Winner of the 2019 Latin GRAMMY® Award for Best New Artist, Nella merges her folklore roots of Venezuela, modern production, and Andalusian inspirations to resound every corner of the globe. 

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2021 at 8:00PM

Terence Blanchard

ABSENCE

Featuring The E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet

Two-time Oscar® nominee, and five-time GRAMMY®-winning trumpeter & composer Terence Blanchard celebrates both the brilliance of Wayne Shorter’s legacy and the inspiration he has given Blanchard, influencing his ever-expanding amalgam of music and storytelling. 

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021 at 8:00PM

Chris Thile

 

Encompassing classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, Chris Thile (of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, and now the host of the radio program Live from Herecreates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike. 

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2021 at 7:00PM

Lake Street Dive

As a band, Lake Street Dive epitomizes democracy in action. Their personalities, skills, and wide-ranging taste in pop, rock, R&B, and jazz have long blended together to make an impressively cohesive sound, both sophisticated and playful, combining retro influences with contemporary attitude. 

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2021 at 8:00PM

Matthew Whitaker Quartet

 

To witness the breathless virtuosity of Matthew Whitaker improvising at the keyboard is to be in the presence of a once-in-a-generation musical talent.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2021 at 8:00PM

Shake & Holla

Featuring North Mississippi Allstars and Rebirth Brass Band

Shake & Holla is a brand-new tour that showcases foot-stomp-ing Mississippi “hill country” blues and the funky, syncopated sounds of New Orleans brass. 

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2021 at 8:00PM

Kelli O'Hara

 

Stage and screen star Kelli O’Hara has established herself as one of Broadway’s greatest leading ladies. She won the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with a Grammy nomination.  

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2021 at 8:00PM

Dessa

 

Singer, rapper, and writer Dessa has made a career of bucking genres and defying expectations  her résumé as a musician includes performances at Lollapalooza and Glastonbury, and her track on The Hamilton Mixtape has notched over 11 million streams.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2021 at 8:00PM

Rosanne Cash

She Remembers Everything

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/ songwriters, Rosanne Cash is on tour with She Remembers Everything, a poetic, lush, and soulful collection of songs that reckon with a flawed and intricate world. 

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021 at 3:00PM

J'Nai Bridges

 

American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “plush-voiced mezzo-soprano” (The New York Times), has been heralded as “a rising star” (Los Angeles Times), gracing the world’s top opera and concert stages. 

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2021

Cécile McLorin Salvant

 

Composer, singer, and visual artist Cécile McLorin Salvant has developed a passion for storytelling and finding the connections between vaudeville, blues, folk traditions from around the world, theater, jazz, and baroque music. 

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2021 at 7:30PM

The Brandenburg Concertos

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

If Bach had only left the world his six Brandenburg Concertos, he would still reside in the pantheon of the great composers. Don't miss this McCarter holiday tradition, featuring 20-plus all-star musicians performing one of music’s most enduring masterpieces.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2021 at 8:00PM

Sweet Honey in the Rock

Celebrating The Holydays

A rare fusion of traditional American holiday spiritual songs and hymns, as well as songs from other cultures and religions ranging from Africa to Israel, this show is a seasonal presentation that also offers songs from the group's extensive repertoire.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2021 at 8:00PM

The Hot Sardines

 

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world. 

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2021 at 3:00PM

Stewart Goodyear

 

Proclaimed "a phenomenon" by the Los Angeles Times, pianist Stewart Goodyear is a concerto soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, and composer. He will be performing selections from The Nutcracker to lead into the Christmas week 

 

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022 at 7:30PM

Igor Levit

 

Igor Levit is the 2018 Gilmore Artist and Royal Philharmonic Society’s “Instrumentalist of the Year”. The New York Times describes Levit as one of the “most important artists of his generation”. 

 

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JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 13, 2022

Dreaming Zenzile

Based on the life of Miriam Makeba
By Somi Kakoma
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

 

In partnership with Octopus Theatricals, National Black Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Theatre Workshop, Arts Emerson, and Apollo Theater

 

Written and performed by international music sensation Somi Kakoma, this world-premiere musical is an electrifying portrait of revolutionary artist Miriam Makeba and her singular voice and vision.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2022 at 7:30PM

Branford Marsalis Quartet

 

After more than three decades of existence with minimal personnel changes, this celebrated ensemble is revered for its uncompromising interpretation of a kaleidoscopic range of both original compositions and jazz and popular classics. 

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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2022 at 7:30PM

Keb' Mo'

 

Over the past two decades, award-winning singer, songwriter, guitarist, and contemporary blues artist Keb’ Mo’ has cultivated a reputation as a modern master of American roots music.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2022 at 8:00PM

Anaïs Mitchell

Featuring Bonny Light Horseman

Anaïs Mitchell, the esteemed singer-songwriter whose Broadway smash Hadestown won 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is joined on this one-of-a-kind tour by Bonny Light Horseman, a folk supergroup trio comprised of Mitchell, Eric D. Johnson, and Josh Kaufman.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2022 at 8:00PM

Jennifer Koh

 

Recognized for intense, commanding performances, violinist Jennifer Koh is a forward-thinking artist dedicated to exploring a broad and eclectic repertoire. 

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2022 at 8:00PM

Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

With Special Guest Ayodele Casel

 

The multi-Grammy-award winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, led by pianist, composer, and Artistic Director Arturo O’Farrill, blends the drama of big band jazz, the culture of Latin music, and the virtuosity of eighteen of the world’s most accomplished solo musicians. 

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2022 at 8:00PM

Shawn Colvin

Steady On: 30th Anniversary Tour

Shawn Colvin will perform Steady On Acoustic in its entirety in what promises to be a very special evening for her longtime fans.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2022 at 8:00PM

Joe Henry

 

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Joe Henry has left an indelible and unique imprint on American popular music. As a songwriter and artist, Henry is celebrated for his exploration of the human experience.  

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MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2022 at 7:30PM

Seong-Jin Cho

 

With an overwhelming talent and innate musicality, Seong-Jin Cho has made his mark as one of the consummate talents of his generation and most distinctive artists on the current music scene.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2022 at 8:00PM

A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul

 

Musician, vocalist, and composer Damien Sneed returns to McCarter to pay homage to Aretha Franklin, the most successful female recording artist in history.

Backed by an accomplished cast of jazz, gospel, and soul musicians and vocalists, this multi-media tribute will be a tender and spiritual reflection upon the life of an iconic industry titan.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022 at 11:00AM

Laurie Berkner: Solo Acoustic

A "Greatest Hits" Sensory-Friendly Performance

For her sensory-friendly performances, Laurie Berkner performs in an environment that has been adapted to provide a welcoming atmosphere for individuals with autism, learning differences, or other sensory and communication needs, so that they and their families may enjoy Laurie's live performance together.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022 at 3:00PM

The Laurie Berkner Band

 

Recognized as “the queen of kids’ music” by People magazine, Laurie Berkner is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, author, and founder of Two Tomatoes Records, LLC. Her songs have become beloved classics for children worldwide. 

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2022 at 8:00PM

Richard Thompson

 

Powered by evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 2, 2022 at 8:00PM

Audra McDonald

 

The winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, and an Emmy, Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actor. 

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 2022 at 8:00PM

Triveni

With Zakir Hussain, Kala Ramnath, and Jayanthi Kumaresh

Leading Indian classical exponents of their respective instruments—tabla, violin and Saraswati veena—each member of this trio is also renowned as virtuoso collaborators, pathbreakers, and educators, advancing the art of their particular instruments to remarkable levels in the context of their classical traditions and beyond.  

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SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022 at 8:00PM

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

This remarkably versatile orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis, is made up of 15 of the finest soloists, ensemble players, and arrangers in jazz music today. They perform a vast repertoire ranging from original compositions and Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works to rare historic compositions and masterworks.

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APRIL 30 - MAY 29, 2022

Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Book, music & lyrics by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond
Directed by McCarter Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen

 

Part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected, this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn and reveals the resilience of the human spirit in spite of senseless tragedy.

TICKETS & INFO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 at 2:00PM

Garba360

Take part in this free outdoor event that celebrates the traditional Gujarati social folk dance experience. With dance lessons, performance, and live music, gather in the plaza at Princeton Shopping Center, where all are invited to come together for a fun afternoon event.

MORE INFO

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 - SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2021

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham

 

The mission of A.I.M by Kyle Abraham is to create a body of dance-based work that is galvanized by Black culture and history. The work, informed by and made in conjunction with artists across a range of disciplines, entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on music, text, video, and visual art.

TICKETS & INFO

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2021 at 8:00PM

Dorrance Dance

 SOUNDspace

MacArthur “Genius” Award recipient and artistic director Michelle Dorrance, Dorrance Dance aims to honor tap dance’s uniquely beautiful history in a new and dynamically compelling context.

TICKETS & INFO

JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 13, 2022

Dreaming Zenzile

Based on the life of Miriam Makeba
By Somi Kakoma
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

 

In partnership with Octopus Theatricals, National Black Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Theatre Workshop, Arts Emerson, and Apollo Theater

 

Written and performed by international music sensation Somi Kakoma, this world-premiere musical is an electrifying portrait of revolutionary artist Miriam Makeba and her singular voice and vision.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022 at 3:00PM

Catapult

 

An "America’s Got Talent" finalist, Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. 

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FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022 at 8:00PM

Pam Tanowitz Dance & Simone Dinnerstein

New Work for Goldberg Variations

A joint creation of the choreographer Pam Tanowitz and the pianist Simone Dinnerstein, this collaborative performance is a delightful interplay of rhythm, style, and idiosyncrasy. 

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2022 at 7:30PM

Memphis Jookin': The Show

Featuring Lil Buck

Renowned dance artist Lil Buck conceives, choreographs, and performs this ode to his hometown as he takes audiences on a journey to the fabled city to chronicle how the art form emerged from local street dance to international phenomenon. 

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2022 at 7:30PM

Mark Morris Dance Group

 

Founded in New York City in 1980, the internationally-renowned Mark Morris Dance Group (MMDG) has been called “the preeminent modern dance organization of our time” (Yo-Yo Ma).

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APRIL 30 - MAY 29, 2022

Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Book, music & lyrics by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond
Directed by McCarter Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen

 

Part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected, this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn and reveals the resilience of the human spirit in spite of senseless tragedy.

TICKETS & INFO

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2021 at 2:00PM

Garba360

Take part in this free outdoor event that celebrates the traditional Gujarati social folk dance experience. With dance lessons, performance, and live music, gather in the plaza at Princeton Shopping Center, where all are invited to come together for a fun afternoon event.

MORE INFO

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2022 at 3:00PM

Acrobuffos

Air Play

Umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage. With stunning images and gales of laughter, Air Play bounces on the edge of definition: part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 5, 2022 at 3:00PM

Catapult

 

An "America’s Got Talent" finalist, Catapult is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. 

TICKETS & INFO

SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022 at 11:00AM

Laurie Berkner: Solo Acoustic

A "Greatest Hits" Sensory-Friendly Performance

For her sensory-friendly performances, Laurie Berkner performs in an environment that has been adapted to provide a welcoming atmosphere for individuals with autism, learning differences, or other sensory and communication needs, so that they and their families may enjoy Laurie's live performance together.

TICKETS & INFO

SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022 at 3:00PM

The Laurie Berkner Band

 

Recognized as “the queen of kids’ music” by People magazine, Laurie Berkner is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, author, and founder of Two Tomatoes Records, LLC. Her songs have become beloved classics for children worldwide. 

TICKETS & INFO

APRIL 30 - MAY 29, 2022

Ride the Cyclone: The Musical

Book, music & lyrics by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond
Directed by McCarter Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen

 

Part comedy, part tragedy, and wholly unexpected, this wildly imaginative story delivers surprises at every turn and reveals the resilience of the human spirit in spite of senseless tragedy.

TICKETS & INFO

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2021 at 7:30PM

David Sedaris

 

Humor writer David Sedaris’ new book, The Best of Me, is a “must read”, according to The New York Times: “It will be a new experience, knowing that enough time has passed to find humor in the hardest parts of life. More than ever — we’re allowed to laugh.” 

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2021 at 8:00PM

The Moth

True stories — told live and without notes — that celebrate the ability of personal storytelling to illuminate both the diversity and commonality of the human experience. 

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The Manic Monologues

In collaboration with Princeton University Health Services, The 24 Hour Plays, and Innovations in Socially Distant Performance at the Lewis Center for the Arts.

Take a journey through the minds and voices of people who bravely share the way mental illness has affected their lives, performed by a celebrated cast of actors – enhanced by interactive design and technology.

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Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen hosts a new web series! Keeping social distance, we've invited a few guests from our community to join us in conversation on McCarter's front lawn. Tune-in each week as she interviews inspiring students, Pulitzer Prize-winners, local business owners, and everyone in between.

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Bard at the Gate

A simple glance at plays that are ground-breaking: plays that were too ambitious, too quirky, and too smart to be contained.

Strong scripts. Raw talent. New audiences. New Bards.

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