Premiering Tonight at 7:30PM! Bard at the Gate Presents

Charles Francis Chan Jr.'s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery

In 1967, Berkeley grad student Frank Chan and his artist-activist girlfriend Kathy Ching are staging a revolution. Amid the backdrop of ongoing war in Vietnam and a peak in the Civil Rights movement, they devise a wild, impulsive theatrical trip through the history of Asians in America, from the ancestral railways of their forebears to the shameful legacy of Charlie Chan stereotypes, all in pursuit of establishing a brand new political identity they’ve decided to call “Asian America.” CHARLES FRANCIS CHAN JR.’S EXOTIC ORIENTAL MURDER MYSTERY is a harmless sing-song orientalist minstrel show that ends in a grotesque carnival of murder!
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JANUARY 21 - 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, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Theatre Workshop, Arts Emerson, Apollo Theater, and National Black Theatre.

 

Developed, in part, at the Sundance Theatre Lab. And read to an audience at Sundance/Beirut collaboration with Zoukak Theatre. 

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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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2022 at 7:30PM

The Princeton Sing-Off

A night of a cappella, starring students from Princeton University

A collaboration between McCarter and Princeton University’s Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students

Sponsored by Timothy M. Andrews

A night of a cappella, starring students from Princeton University.

A collaboration between McCarter and Princeton University’s Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.

TICKETS & INFO

JANUARY 21 - 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, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Theatre Workshop, Arts Emerson, Apollo Theater, and National Black Theatre.

 

Developed, in part, at the Sundance Theatre Lab. And read to an audience at Sundance/Beirut collaboration with Zoukak Theatre. 

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.

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

JANUARY 21 - 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, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Theatre Workshop, Arts Emerson, Apollo Theater, and National Black Theatre.

 

Developed, in part, at the Sundance Theatre Lab. And read to an audience at Sundance/Beirut collaboration with Zoukak Theatre. 

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.

TICKETS & INFO

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. 

TICKETS & INFO

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.

TICKETS & INFO

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.

TICKETS & INFO

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. 

TICKETS & INFO

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. 

TICKETS & INFO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2022 at 7:30PM

The Princeton Sing-Off

A night of a cappella, starring students from Princeton University

A collaboration between McCarter and Princeton University’s Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students

Sponsored by Timothy M. Andrews

A night of a cappella, starring students from Princeton University.

A collaboration between McCarter and Princeton University’s Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students.

TICKETS & INFO

TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2022 at 7:30PM

Jeremy Dutcher

Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor and composer who takes every opportunity to blend his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates, blending distinct musical aesthetics that shape-shift between classical, traditional, and pop to form something entirely new.

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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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FRIDAY, MARCH 25, 2022 at 8:00PM

Shawn Colvin

Steady On: 32nd 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, 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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SUNDAY, APRIL 10, 2022 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. 

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

JANUARY 21 - 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, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, New York Theatre Workshop, Arts Emerson, Apollo Theater, and National Black Theatre.

 

Developed, in part, at the Sundance Theatre Lab. And read to an audience at Sundance/Beirut collaboration with Zoukak Theatre. 

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.

TICKETS & INFO

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).

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, MARCH 1, 2022 at 7:30PM

Jeremy Dutcher

Jeremy Dutcher is a classically trained operatic tenor and composer who takes every opportunity to blend his Wolastoq First Nation roots into the music he creates, blending distinct musical aesthetics that shape-shift between classical, traditional, and pop to form something entirely new.

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

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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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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Fireside Chats

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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Thank you to all the patrons and McCarter Members who donated their tickets back to us or renewed their membership during this challenging time. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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Drama League Stage Directing Fellowship

McCarter has partnered with The Drama League to offer a two-year experience for early-career stage directors, supported by an unprecedented $100, 000 scholarship prize per recipient, health care insurance reimbursement, and a wide range of unparalleled opportunities.