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SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019

Ira Glass

Seven Things I’ve Learned

The creator, producer & host of This American Life delivers a unique talk, sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling. During his presentation, Ira Glass will mix stories live onstage and help his audience better follow the creative process of one of our foremost storytellers.

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SEPTEMBER 6 – OCTOBER 6, 2019

Gloria: A Life

By Emily Mann
Original Direction by Diane Paulus
Restaged for McCarter by Emily Mann
Featuring two-time Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell

Gloria Steinem first raised her voice five decades ago, championing equality for all. Today, her vision is more urgent than ever. The first act is Gloria’s story; the second is our own, as the audience joins in a talking circle to share personal experiences. This inspiring, and powerful event is more than a play – it’s a celebration of human connection.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2019

Lucinda Williams

and her band Buick 6

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of her highly-influential masterpiece, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road, three-time Grammy award winner Lucinda Williams will perform the album in its entirety, plus songs from throughout her remarkable career.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

there is no Other tour

This American artist of folk and traditional music (co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops) plays both banjo and fiddle and was a McCarter sensation last season. She returns in musical partnership with the Italian pianist and percussion master of the Sicilian tamburello (or tambourine).

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

Pink Martini

Featuring China Forbes
With special guest Meow Meow

Celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, Pink Martini’s arrangements of Latin music, jazz, cabaret, and cinema scores from the Hollywood musicals of the 1940’s and 50’s come together in a sound that defies categorization.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2019

Erin McKeown

Musician, writer, and producer known internationally for her prolific disregard of stylistic boundaries. Join us for an intimate evening with McKeown in the Matthews Lobby.

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OCTOBER 15 – NOVEMBER 3, 2019

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

Written & Directed by David Catlin

A MONSTER OF A PLAY COMES TO LIFE THIS HALLOWEEN!

An eerie evening of ghost stories crackles to life as Mary Shelley spins her tale of love, horror, power, and unholy experimentation. Chicago audiences and critics raved about this visceral, original retelling of Frankenstein.  Experience this shocking latest invention from Lookingglass Theatre Company—just in time for Halloween!

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OCTOBER 16 & 17, 2019

Ailey II

Ailey II merges the spirit and energy of the country’s best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of dance masters and emerging choreographers. The program will include Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece Revelations.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2019

Hiromi

A superstar in her native Japan, Hiromi changes the musical landscape as she plays, incorporating R&B, rock, and avant-garde, filled with hairpin turns, tempo shifts, and high voltage. If there’s one phrase to describe her, it’s incendiary and brazenly virtuosic.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2019

Paris! The Show

with Anne Carrere

The star of Piaf! The Show returns with a tribute to post-war French songs from Montmartre to the stages of the great Parisian cabarets—Chevalier, Montand, Aznavour, Brel, Baker—and Piaf, of course!

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2019

Christian Tetzlaff, violin & Lars Vogt, piano

A renowned artistic partnership in a program of sonatas by Beethoven, Franck, and Shostakovich.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2019

Harlem 100

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

A multimedia experience capturing the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists like Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday made it the cultural center of the universe, featuring Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, and vocalists Brianna Thomas and Michela Lerman.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019

Mary Chapin Carpenter & Shawn Colvin

With only their guitars, these two longtime friends collaborate as an intimate duo, swapping songs and sharing stories from their vast catalogues.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor
Olga Kern, piano

Ukraine’s major orchestra from Kiev brings a blockbuster program of two Tchaikovsky masterworks: the Piano Concerto No. 1 with soloist Olga Kern and the Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique).

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2019

The Moth Mainstage

True stories, told live. New York’s “hottest and hippest literary ticket” makes its McCarter debut featuring five wildly-divergent raconteurs who share tales that honor both the diversity and commonality of human experience.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019

Salzburg Marionette Theatre

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

One of the world’s great family entertainments, they have cast their spell on audiences since 1913 with their sumptuous productions of classic fairytales.

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DECEMBER 10-29, 2019

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

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—brings this story to life around you! This annual holiday tradition will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers.

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2019

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips, director
Reflections: A Program for the Holiday Season

The world’s leading exponents of a cappella Renaissance sacred music in Reflections, a special program for the holiday season. Co-presented with The Princeton Singers.

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DECEMBER 13 & 14, 2019

Catherine Russell & John Pizzarelli

Billie & Blue Eyes

These two premier interpreters of jazz standards and the “great American songbook” return for two “holiday nights” with a new program continuing their tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

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JANUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 9, 2020

Goodnight Nobody

By Rachel Bonds
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli

In this deeply moving world premiere, a group of old friends looks to stay connected as their lives begin to change and their paths diverge as they make art, become adults, and deal with the complicated parts of new motherhood.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020

Richard Thompson

Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020

The Mikado

with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Orchestra

Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta masterpiece is re-imagined in a new and innovative version combining the real-life characters of D’Oyly Carte’s Victorian London with the Japanese settings of the G&S original.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Yamato Drummers of Japan

Passion

After 3,500 performances in 54 different countries, Yamato truly justifies its slogan of giving energy to the world. The recipe: take a large Odaiko drum (weight: over 500 kg), add an assortment of Taiko drums of various sizes, and the result? The “passion” that has kept this troupe of drumming athletes going for 26 years!

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

Dance Theatre of Harlem

For 50 years, DTH has inspired the world with a revolutionary vision of a multi-ethnic ballet company, performing ground-breaking works with power and grace.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Yuja Wang, piano

This dazzling and electrifying keyboard superstar returns with a program of Debussy, Schoenberg, and Brahms.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020

Claire Chase, flute

Claire Chase has reimagined the repertoire for the flute for over 23 years, proving that difficult music can delight. A MacArthur Fellow, winner of the Avery Fischer Prize, professor at Harvard, and co-founder of the ICE (the nation’s foremost new-music ensemble), her Princeton debut will feature PAN, a participatory performance for flutists, electronics, and community participation.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Jake Shimabukuro Trio

with Dave Preston, guitar
and Nolan Verner, bass

The native Hawaiian who has single-handedly transformed the four-stringed ukelele into a concert instrument of incredible virtuosity is back, playing everything from Bach to Hendrix to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020

Romeo & Juliet

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa

Ukraine’s principal ballet company brings a new production of one of classic ballet’s all-time favorites set to Prokofiev’s beautiful score.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020

Russian Renaissance

This quartet of musicians from Moscow is chamber music with a twist, re-defining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments: balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso, playing everything from Bach to Ellington and Tchaikovsky.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Mummenschanz

The Musicians of Silence

The ordinary becomes extraordinary when colorful abstract shapes and forms spring to life in their latest spectacle You & Me, for audiences of all ages.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020

Joey Alexander Trio

with special guest the Edmar Castañeda Trio

Sixteen-year-old Joey Alexander continues to set the jazz world agog with his keyboard genius, as he has done ever since his US debut at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis at the age of eleven. The Colombian-born jazz harp virtuoso Edmar Castañeda has brought both an unfamiliar instrument and his own original voice to jazz with versatility and enchanting charisma.

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MARCH 10 – 29, 2020

Sleuth

By Anthony Shaffer
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

A suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse, Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth is a brilliant parody of the Agatha Christie thriller filled with plotted murders, jealousy, and revenge.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

Miloš

Voice of the Guitar

Montenegro-born guitarist Miloš Karadaglić has re-invented the classical guitar, following in the footsteps of John Williams in the 1960’s and shining a brilliant light on the entire history of his instrument. From Bach to the Beatles, including Spanish classics, cool Latin, and baroque fandangos, he plays it all with precision and panache.

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MARCH 14-15, 2020

The Hot Sardines

Everybody jumps on the bandwagon for the “sardine sound” when the ensemble—including their very own tap dancer—plays “le hot jazz” as it was in the era when live music was king.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020

The Peking Acrobats

Plate spinning! Bowl balancing! Pole climbing! This troupe of elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers, acrobats, and tumblers continue to leave family audiences spellbound with their daring demonstrations of strength, agility, balance, and artistry.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020

The Hit Men

Legendary Rock Supergroup

Take a star-studded journey back through rock ‘n’ roll history with the legendary performers and actual musicians who sang and played with Franki Valli, Elton John, Cat Stevens, Carole King, Jim Croce, Three Dog Night, and many more.

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APRIL 4 & 5, 2020

Cirque Éloize

Hotel

The newest creation from Canada’s Cirque Eloize is the story of a place and the travelers who come passing through it—a stopover where lives collide, intersect, and juxtapose for a brief time to generate tales and memories, combining acrobatics, theatre, dance, cinematic projections, and live music.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020

David Sedaris

David Sedaris’ annual visit to McCarter has become a cherished spring tradition. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has established himself as one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

Dorrance Dance

SOUNDspace

Celebrate the astounding skill and exuberance of this show-stopping group of hoofers, created by the MacArthur Award-winning tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, who can make dance as innovative as it is engaging.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020

Zakir Hussain Trio

with Jayanthi Kumaresh, veena
Kala Ramnath, violin

India’s great percussion master is a long-established “national treasure” and joins with two colleagues for an evening of classical Indian music.

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

The Palast Orchester was founded in 1986 by Max Raabe and a group of fellow music students in order to play music from the period of Germany´s Golden Twenties. Their most recent tour will be a combination of their most recent “pop” album and original 20s arrangements.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

with Stefon Harris + Blackout

The pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill is the “Wynton Marsalis of Latin jazz”—its foremost ambassador and exponent, whose Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the genre’s big band standard-bearer and regular winner of the “Best Latin Jazz Grammy.” Stefon Harris is the pre-eminent vibraphonist in jazz today, and his latest album Sonic Creed with his band Blackout explores the music of masters Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter, and Horace Silver.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020

Rosanne Cash

She Remembers Everything

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash returns to McCarter with her band for an evening of music from her latest album, She Remembers Everything.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020

Pilobolus

Come To Your Senses

Pilobolus returns with their usual synthesis of dance, gymnastics, theatre, and mime—all armed with wit, a little sensuality, and pretzel-like partnering. (Note: this performance may contain nudity.)

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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020

Handel’s Rodelinda with The English Concert

Harry Bicket, conductor
Featuring soloists Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies,
and Anthony Roth Costanzo

Handel’s baroque opera masterpiece with an all-star cast of vocalists including soprano Lucy Crowe and countertenors Anthony Roth Costanzo and Iestyn Davies.

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MAY 8 – JUNE 7, 2020

The Refuge Plays

By Nathan Alan Davis
Directed by Patricia McGregor

If you could go back in time, and visit multiple generations of your family, what questions would you ask?

Gail, Joy, Ha-Ha & Grandma Early share a home, speak their minds - and store their secrets - in this compassionate and funny mystical drama. Award winning playwright Nathan Alan Davis explores the need for connection and love when, despite a complex past, family and forgiveness can still prevail.

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SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020

Underwater Bubble Show

A breathtaking blend of drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art, and magic, plus the amazing beauty of soap bubbles! Perfect for audiences of all ages.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020

Igor Levit, piano

Music’s newest keyboard sensation in an all-Beethoven program, including Sonatas No. 9, 10, 11, and 29 (the Hammerklavier).

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SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2020

Acrobuffos

Visual, completely wordless, comedic physical theater. The Acrobuffos present sophisticated image-driven performances, playing games using poetic mime.

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