The Vault

McCarter LIVE: In Conversation with Lucy Simon

American composer for the theatre and of popular song, Lucy Simon (Carly & Lucy Simon Sing Songs for Children, Broadway’s The Secret Garden and Dr. Zhivago), joins Emily Mann for a conversation about their newfound friendship and collaboration on an original musical based on Ken Haruf’s novel Our Souls at Night.


McCarter LIVE: In Conversation with Joyce Carol Oates

Prolific and celebrated author of novels, short stories, essays, poems, and plays Joyce Carol Oates (Them; Black Water; Blonde; Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories; The Perfectionist) joins Emily Mann for a moderated conversation that will touch upon their long friendship, influence on one another, and lifetime achievements.


McCarter LIVE: In Conversation with Nilo Cruz

Cuban-American and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz (Anna in the Tropics, Bathing in Moonlight, Two Sisters and a Piano) joined McCarter’s Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann for a moderated conversation about playwriting, their friendship, and work as artistic collaborators. 


McCarter LIVE: In Conversation with Cynthia Nixon

Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor Cynthia Nixon ("Sex and the City"; The Little Foxes and Rabbit Hole on Broadway, and A Doll's House at McCarter) joins McCarter’s Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann for a moderated conversation about their careers, theatrical history, and activism.


McCarter LIVE: In Conversation with Dylan McDermott

Golden Globe-winning actor Dylan McDermott ("American Horror Story," "The Practice," "Hollywood," and The Glass Menagerie and Baby Doll at McCarter) joins Emily Mann for a conversation about their theatrical history and shared passion for Tennessee Williams.


Social Distance in 30 Minutes: The Authors of Come From Away

Join us for a conversation with Irene Sankoff and David Hein, authors of the Tony-winning Broadway musical Come From Away. We discuss their unique career trajectories, artistic partnership, and how they’re maintaining their creative inspiration during these bizarre times.


McCarter LIVE: In Conversation with Oskar Eustis

Acclaimed Artistic Director of New York’s Public Theater Oskar Eustis joins McCarter Theatre Center’s Artistic Director and Resident Playwright Emily Mann for a moderated conversation about their history as friends and artistic collaborators, the joys and challenges of artistic leadership in the nonprofit American Theater, and the state of the art in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis.


McCarter Celebrates Emily Mann

Settle into a comfy seat, pour your favorite beverage and watch our tribute to Emily Mann featuring highlights from the last 30 years, tributes, and special guest appearances.


Social Distance in 60 Minutes: Quarantined with Michael Shannon

Resident Producer Debbie Bisno hosts a conversation with Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Tony Award® nominated actor Michael Shannon. Michael spent stage time at McCarter, and recently worked on Broadway with the late Terrence McNally. Tune in to hear about life in Brooklyn during COVID-19 and his just-released narration of "Frederick," a puppet rendition of Leo  Lionni's children's tale.


McCarter LIVE: In Conversation with Ken Ludwig

Watch internationally-acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig and McCarter’s Artistic Director Emily Mann in a conversation about the Bard and Ludwig’s book How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare. A must-experience online offering for teachers, parents, and kids.


McCarter LIVE: In Conversation with Mary McDonnell

Enjoy two-time Academy Award-nominated actress Mary McDonnell and McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann in a McCarter LIVE conversation.

The Artist Speaks: Rudresh Mahanthappa

We caught up with alto saxophonist, composer, and educator Rudresh Mahanthappa, who is the Director of Jazz at Princeton University and made his McCarter debut in 2018. Hailed by Pitchfork as “jaw-dropping… one of the finest saxophonists going,” he has over a dozen albums to his credit.

His newest album, Hero Trio with François Moutin on bass and Rudy Royston on drum, will be released this Friday.


The Artist Speaks: Moritz von Stuelpnagel

The critically acclaimed Tony® nominated director is considered a master of stage comedy, known for his inventive, bold productions (Broadway’s Hand to God, Noël Coward's Present Laughter starring Kevin Kline, Bernard/Hamlet with Janet McTeer). Moritz connected with us during quarantine to share what he's up to.


The Artist Speaks: Kate Hamill

Known for her inventive and explosive take on classics (Sense and SensibilityPride and PrejudiceDracula), celebrated playwright and actress Kate Hamill talks about what she’s been cooking, reading, and contemplating — and shares the genesis of her new play inspired by Nathanial Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.


A Thrilling Transformation

Last October, McCarter's 1,000+ seat Matthews Theatre was transformed to host the extraordinary talents of Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company. Journey back to experience the magic of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the stunning artistry as our proscenium was transformed into theater-in-the-round.


Inside The Audition Room

Have you ever wondered how a casting session works? What if the role you're casting for is... a chicken? Check out this audition for the 2015 production of Tennessee Williams’ Baby Doll.

Inside the Mind of Beowulf Boritt

Go inside the mind of one of our favorite scenic designers and one of Broadway's best as he reveals the magic behind Christopher Durang's Turning Off The Morning News.


The LAB: What Does A Writer Need?

McCarter’s LAB is a year-round creative incubator for writers at all stages of their careers. Through the development of new plays, adaptations, and musicals, artists engage in readings, workshops, commissions, the Sallie B. Goodman Artist Retreat — and audiences enjoy an exclusive window into the creative process. Celebrated playwrights including Ayad Akhtar, Lydia R. Diamond, Denis O’Hare, Lisa Peterson, and more share personal insights into this special R&D platform.


Jazz in June Virtual Festival

Although we can't gather together to celebrate the 2020 Jazz in June Festival at McCarter, we invite you to enjoy the art and mastery of these phenomenal jazz artists, including Jazzmeia Horn, Danilo Pérez, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Elling, and many more, with footage from some of their past live performances, plus a 3–hour Spotify playlist featuring some of their greatest hits.


#BlackLivesMatter: Art That Moves Us

Few weeks ago, we shared a list of several powerful works and artists that have moved us with their Black Lives Matter messages. We invite you to watch, listen and join in the discussion.


Scenes from Tennessee Williams' Baby Doll

You may have enjoyed last Friday's McCarter LIVE chat with actor Dylan McDermott (currently starring in Netflix’s latest hit, “Hollywood”). We went to our archives and found these short scenes from McDermott's stage time at McCarter. Watch him turn up the heat in our 2015 production of Tennessee Williams Baby Doll


Work-From-Home Playlist: Jazz

Let your mind wander and get inspired by the jazz artists from our 2020-2021 Season. Listen to our curated playlist featuring music from Charlie Parker, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Billie Holiday and more.


The Lockwood List

Bill Lockwood has curated McCarter’s Special Programming for almost half a century — bringing thousands of world-renowned artists in every genre to our stages. When Bill talks talent, people listen. This week he shares new recommendations on talent to follow: blues, jazz, and “next-level” jugglers-meet-postmodern-dance. If you missed Volume I our series, it’s all there for you to explore. 


The Princeton and Slavery Plays

In 2016, McCarter commissioned 7 short plays in conjunction with Princeton University's national public rollout of The Princeton and Slavery Project. History Professor Martha Sandweiss spearheaded this powerful community initiative, examining how the history of Princeton University is entwined in the institution of slavery. Watch Part 1 in our series & read The New York Times feature here.



Photographic Memory

Explore this week's photo album as we look back on some great McCarter moments and bold projects from the 2014-2015 Theatre Series, including Antony & Cleopatra starring Nicole Ari Parker.

Work-From-Home Playlist: Classical Music

Whether music helps you relax & unwind or you need tunes to focus, the artists from McCarter’s Classical Music Series are here to help. We've curated a beautiful playlist featuring Mitsuko Uchida, Jeremy Denk, Pinchas Zukermanand more.


Community Play Reading: Execution of Justice

A New Jersey Theatre Alliance Stages Online Event 

On the 90th Anniversary of the birth of Harvey Milk, McCarter collaborates with the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice on a virtual reading of Emily Mann’s docudrama Execution of Justice.


Arts Education: Harnessing the Power of "STEAM"

McCarter's 2017 STEAM Project with Middlesex County’s Vocational Technical School infuses science, technology, engineering, and math with the arts to build upon students’ passion for theater.


Make Your Own Masks!

McCarter's Wardrobe Department has been hard at work designing and creating masks to donate to local hospitals and residents. First Hand Sarah Romagnoli put together a tutorial based on her highly-researched, unique design.


Spruce Up Your Zoom

Are you using Zoom to connect in quarantine? Show off your creative side with new McCarter backgrounds. Stand in front of our Princeton building, grab a front-row seat, pose on the red carpet at an Opening Night, or make your debut on stage!