Turning Off the Morning News

May 4 - June 3, 2018

Venue Berlind Theatre
Advisory This play contains mature themes and potentially disturbing content, including references to gun violence and domestic abuse. If you have questions or require additional information, please call the Ticket Office at 609.258.2787 or email sales@mccarter.org.
Run Time 90 minutes, no intermission
Opening Night May 12 - 8pm


Mr. Durang has turned the fear of practically everything into a series of scalding comedies.

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

From the same pen that gave you the Tony Award®-winning best play Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike comes a decidedly dark and daring comedy that takes hilarious aim at today’s absurd and dangerous world. Christopher Durang is back with a new cast of eccentric characters—starting with Cliff and Salena, whose across-the-street neighbors are at best peculiar—and at worst, stark raving mad.



May 13, 2018

Dialogue on Drama

Please join us for an engaging, moderated post-performance conversation with Turning Off the Morning News' playwright Christopher Durang and McCarter Artistic Director and Resident Playwright and director of the play, Emily Mann.

May 16 & 20, 2018

Post-Show Discussions

Highly interactive audience-based conversations facilitated by an artist from the production, typically featuring cast members.


Creative Team

Photos & Video

Rehearsal Photos

Director Emily Mann and Playwright Christopher Durang.  Photo by Matt Pilsner.

Emily Mann and Christopher Durang (center) with the cast of Turning Off the Morning News. Photo by Matt Pilsner.

John Pankow, Nicholas Podany, and Kristine Neilsen. Photo by Matt Pilsner.

Kristine Neilsen and Nicholas Podany. Photo by Matt Pilsner.

Kristine Neilsen in rehearsals. Photo by Matt Pilsner.

Playwright Christopher Durang, McCarter Literary Manager Anna Morton, and Kristine Neilsen. Photo by Matt Pilsner.

Rachel Nicks and Jenn Harris. Photo by Matt Pilsner.

Nicholas Podany and Kristine Neilsen. Photo by Matt Pilsner.

Rachel Nicks and Robert Sella. Photo by Matt Pilsner.

The cast of Turning Off the Morning News with Emily Mann and Christopher Durang. Photo by Matt Pilsner.




Sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation

Turning Off the Morning News was originally commissioned by McCarter Theatre Center and the Roger S. Berlind Playwright-in-Residence Program at Princeton University's Lewis Center for the Arts.