McCarter Theatre just revealed a 2017-2018 season that includes the world premiere of Tony Award-winner Christopher Durang’s “Turning Off the Morning News”; a revival of Regina Taylor’s gospel musical “Crowns” that had its world premiere here 15 years ago; a rare staging of Sam Shepard’s “Simpatico” in collaboration with Chicago’s A Red Orchid Theatre, a recipient of this year’s MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions; Marie Jones’ Irish comedy “Stones in His Pocket” with two actors playing 15 plus characters. The musical biography “A Night With Janis Joplin,” written and directed by Randy Johnson, fills out the schedule.
Agatha Christie + Hercule Poirot + Ken Ludwig. That’s a theater trifecta. And that’s also before you know who makes up the creative dream team for the world premiere of the stage version of “Murder on the Orient Express,” beginning three weeks of performances tonight at McCarter Theatre in Princeton. (Two more performances already have been added.)
Emily Mann, McCarter’s artistic director, is at the helm. Her team includes Tony Award-winning designers: sets by Beowulf Boritt (Act One, On the Town); costumes by William Ivey Long (15 Tony noms.; 6 wins); lighting by Ken Billington (Chicago), and sound by Darron L. West (Peter and the Starcatcher).
This is headed to Broadway, right?
McCarter Theatre’s artistic director Emily Mann and playwright Nilo Cruz have been reunited for the first time since the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Anna in the Tropics” that opened the Berlind Theater in 2003. Unfortunately, their collaboration on “Bathing in Moonlight” isn’t as successful.
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.
McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann helms this 90-minute slice-of-life work in which not much happens as 20- and 30-somethings look for meaning in their lives during a 48-hour period in a small town near Scranton, Pennsylvania on the edge of an unseen lake.
Emily Mann writes, directs and runs McCarter Theatre
When McCarter Theatre’s Artistic Director Emily Mann isn’t introducing major new works in Princeton, she’s creating her own. Her new translation, a stage version of Ingmar Bergman’s six-hour Swedish miniseries “Scenes From a Marriage,” is receiving a very innovative staging at the New York Theater Workshop under the direction of Ivo van Hove.
The theater has essentially been gutted. (Watch video of transformation here.) The proscenium gone. According to an article by Erik Piepenburg in the New York Times, the audience is divided into three groups of about 60 each for three different 30-minute scenes. After an intermission the theater is transformed and the audience sits in the round for the second act.
That sounds so cool and so off-Broadway, where risk is embraced much more so than on Broadway. Click here to read the complete article. Also, Mann directs Rachel Bonds’ new play “Five Mile Lake” at McCarter Theatre from May 1-31. The theater’s website says: … Bonds paints a moving portrait of a group of young people, yearning to make the right choices—and facing the choices they have already made—as they journey into their thirties in a rapidly transforming world.” Continue reading Kathleen Marshall, Emily Mann create cutting-edge theater