McCarter Theatre reveals 2016-17 season, premieres by Ken Ludwig, Nilo Cruz

Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre’s 2016-17 season features the world premiere of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient
Express” adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig; a world premiere from Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz; works by fellow Pulitzer-winners Ayad Akhtar and Lynn Nottage, and Bedlam Theatre Company’s “Hamlet” and “St. Joan” in repertory.

Woo, hoo!! I. Am. Psyched. This is why, I tell my husband, I won’t consider moving to Washington state so he can live near his sisters. I just can’t leave McCarter Theatre behind. Or other NJ theaters such as Two River Theater,  George Street Playhouse, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ, Paper Mill Playhouse, and more.

OK. Let’s get back to McCarter Theatre, which presents works in its 1,100-seat Matthews Theatre and the 360-seat Berlind Theatre in Princeton.

Graphic listing all the theater productions for the 2016-17 season at McCarter Theatre in Princeton.

 “This season is an ambitious lineup, marked by the quality and variety that defines all we do,” said McCarter Theatre Center artistic director and resident playwright Emily Mann. “We are featuring some of the finest playwrights in contemporary American theater, three of whom are Pulitzer Prize-winners, one of whom is an Olivier award-winner, and all of whom call McCarter an artistic home.

“We take great pride in creating a theater series that
offers a rich diversity of stories and styles, bringing you plays that are in conversation with each other and which encourage discussion on and off stage,”she added.

THE 2016-2017 SEASON

Written by Nilo Cruz
Directed by Emily Mann
September 9 – October 9, 2016
World Premiere
Berlind Stage

Mann and playwright Nilo Cruz reunite for the first time since the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Anna in the Tropics” opened the Berlind

Image of Nilo Cruz
Nilo Cruz

Theatre in 2003 to bring you this lyrical new play
about falling in love and longing for a place to truly call home.

Guided by compassion, warmth, and the implicit love of God, Father Monroe believes in keeping the faithful doors of his Miami church open to all. Upon discovering that Marcela is struggling to keep the
doors of her own house open, he steps in to help with such heart and kindness unlike anything the Cuban-American family has ever experienced. When small acts of kindness and generosity blossom
into pure love, the lines between vocation and passion blur and Father Monroe finds himself at a complex crossroad of adoration and divinity.

By Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Marcela Lorca
October 11 – 30, 2016
Matthews Stage, produced in association with the Guthrie Theater and Milwaukee Repertory Theater.

Between the lies we tell ourselves and the secrets we keep from others, how do we find our true place in the modern world?

Ayad Akhtar is a first generation Pakistani-American screenwriter and playwright from Milwaukee.
Ayad Akhtar is a first generation Pakistani-American screenwriter and playwright.

Ayad Akhtar’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play took Broadway by storm,
leaving audiences on the edges of their seats. This provocative, timely drama inspires passionate debate and powerful dialogue long after leaving the theater.

Amir Kapoor is trying to live a good life. He’s married to a beautiful woman, lives in a spacious Upper East Side apartment, and is a successful lawyer at a prestigious Manhattan firm. When conversations at a dinner party abruptly turn confrontational, racial and religious tension fills the air and Amir must
grapple with his own ambition and stifled cultural identity.

By William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw, rotating in repertory, directed by Eric Tucker
January 13 – February 12, 2017
Berlind Stage

He is a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father’s death. She is a steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the church to restore France to greatness. Both are iconic figures
from two great dramatic classics.

Presented in rotating repertory by Bedlam Theatre Company, one of New York’s most innovative and lauded ensembles, four masterful actors bring two of Western literature’s greatest characters to life in
a riveting stripped-down staging. Bedlam’s signature style creates an immersive tour-de-force that illuminates these classics with sheer inventiveness and energy.

Agatha Christie’s masterpiece (IMHO)
Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig
Directed by Emily Mann
March 14 – April 2, 2017
World Premiere Production
Matthews Stage

The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails. With a train full of suspects and alibis, it’s the perfect mystery for infamous detective Hercule Poirot.

An iconic classic called  “positively miraculous” by The New York Times book review, Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” has thrilled mystery lovers from the page, the screen, and over the airwaves since its publication in 1934.  In collaboration with the Agatha Christie estate, Olivier Award-winning
playwright Ken Ludwig (“A Comedy of Tenors,” “Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery”) and multi-award-winning director Emily Mann (“Baby Doll,” “Five Mile Lake”) join forces for the first time to present this production of Agatha Christie’s mystery.

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Jade King Carroll
May 5 – June 4, 2017
Berlind Stage

Image of Lynn Nottage
Lynn Nottage

The year is 1905. A young, single African-American seamstress is supporting herself by creating exquisite lingerie for wealthy Manhattan clients. When an unexpected letter arrives from a stranger, a desire is awakened within her that leads to the love she yearned for, but is nothing like she expected.

Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle and Outer Critics Circle Awards, this tender and historical romance from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage (“Ruined,” “Sweat”) is a deeply moving tale of one woman’s discovery of her own empowerment and the true meaning of intimacy.

Ticket Information 

Subscriptions and membership packages for the 2016-2017 Theatre Season are available now by calling McCarter Theatre Center at (609) 258-5050, online at, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, 91 University Place in Princeton.

Single tickets go on sale in July, 2016.


By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
December 9 – 31, 2016

A reimagined  production of Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol.” McCarter is in the early stages of building
a brand new version of Ebenezer Scrooge’s magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future. Using period-specific carols and music, a cast of professional actors will be joined by ensemble members chosen from the greater Princeton community.