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McCarter Theater season 2015-16

Tennessee Williams’ ‘Baby Doll 

Sept 11 – Oct 11, 2015 

Times are tough in the Mississippi Delta, where cotton is king and the summer heat drives desires of every kind. Williams’ 1950s

Dylan McDermott stars in the season opener at McCarterTheatre in Princeton.
Dylan McDermott stars in the season opener at McCarterTheatre in Princeton.

film masterpiece, “Baby Doll,” was condemned in its time for its riveting tale of commercial and erotic vengeance. The American premiere of this theatrical adaptation will ignite the stage with its darkly comic,steamy tale of one delicate girl’s awakening. Emmy Award-nominated actor (“The Practice”) stars as Silva Vacarro, a cotton gin owner whose relationship with the young title character “ignites an explosive game of cat-and-mouse,” as the news release puts it, in a small Mississippi Delta town. Susannah Hoffman will play the title role. Directed by Emily Mann, McCarter’s artistic director.

Visit the “Baby Doll” website

Ken Ludwig’s ‘A Comedy of Tenors 

Oct 13-Nov 1, 2015 

Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 8.15.47 PM One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? Comedy mastermind Ken Ludwig (“Baskerville”) returns to McCarter for the world premiere sequel to his side-splitting international hit, “Lend Me a Tenor.”  Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight. Directed by Stephen Wadsworth (“The Figaro Plays”).

Visit  ‘A Comedy of Tenors’ website.

A Christmas Carol 

December 4-27, 2015 

A Christmas Carol.”  Join us for the perennial favorite the New York Times calls “A must-see,” and make this cherished McCarter tradition part of yours!

Visit ‘A Christmas Carol’ website.

August Wilson’s ‘The Piano Lesson’ 

Jan 8 – Feb 7, 2016 

There’s nobody like August Wilson. His 10-play cycle, chronicling the lives of African-Americans in each decade of the 20th century, is Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 7.41.37 PMamong the greatest masterpieces of our time. One of Wilson’s most powerful and transcendent works, “The Piano Lesson” is a profound, melodic tale set in 1930s Pittsburgh. To reclaim his family’s legacy, Boy Willie must sell their priceless heirloom, but will his sister and the ghosts of their past stand in his way? Full of soaring poetry and shattering intensity, “The Piano Lesson” is a universal story of memory and perseverance. Directed by Jade King Carroll.

Visit “The Piano Lesson” website.

Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ 

Mar 8-27, 2016 

It’s murder—pure and simple…and spine-tinglingly fun. The snow is falling around Monkswell Manor, but the body count keeps rising. Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 7.49.29 PMAgatha Christie, the undisputed queen of crime, pens this fiendishly delightful, nerve-shredding whodunnit. A perfectly twisted web of a play, this mystery-thriller truly invented the rules of the genre. You’ll be filled with shuddering suspense and edge-of-your-seat intrigue until the final twist unfolds. Be careful, murder lurks around every corner! Directed by Adam Immerwahr.

Visit ‘The Mousetrap’ website.

Sharyn Rothstein’s ‘All the Days’ 

Apr 29 – May 29, 2016 

There’s nothing worse than family…and nothing better. Miranda has done everything in her power to create a life completely different Screen Shot 2015-07-16 at 7.57.35 PMthan the one she came from. But a week before a family celebration, Miranda suffers a lapse of judgment and invites her deliciously eccentric and overbearing mother to come stay. With all the kin in one place, will they all stay in one piece? This heartfelt and hilarious world premiere is about a family of very funny people in the midst of loss, love, and forgiveness. Directed by Emily Mann.

Visit “All the Days” website.

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