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The Understudy - Oct 14 - Nov 2, 2014

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The show must go on—even when everything seems to be going hilariously wrong. It’s the understudy rehearsal for a hit new Broadway play, but the set technician is high, the cocky movie star doesn’t understand the script, and the understudy is surprised to find that the stage manager is his jilted ex-fiancée. Backstage friction takes center stage in a biting comedy about art, celebrity, and the things we do for the business we love. Just another day in the life of an understudy!

Martha Graham Dance Company - November 5, 2014
Martha Graham founded contemporary dance in this country as we know it today, and together with Picasso, Stravinsky, and Balanchine, stands as one of the true artistic giants of the 20th century. Although the company she founded in 1926 is still going strong, it hasn’t been to McCarter in a decade, so we are long overdue! In the course of the 181 works she created, Graham conveyed the depth of human emotion by creating her own vocabulary of movement which remains unique to the company of dancers who continue to carry the torch.

Jeremy Denk, piano - November 7, 2014
Who’s the hottest pianist on the classical scene right now? The answer’s easy: Jeremy Denk.  McCarter audiences have seen him touring with violinist Joshua Bell, but it’s as a recitalist that he has carved out his own unique place, focusing on a broad and thought-provoking repertoire that ranges from Beethoven to the Ives Sonatas and the Ligeti Etudes to Bach’ Goldberg Variations. Denk is equally recognized for his personal musical writing and for his blog (“Think Denk,” check it out) where he recounts his touring and performance experiences. The New York Times says “He is clearly a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs, both for his penetrating intellectual engagement with the music and for the generosity of his playing.”

Rosanne Cash - November 6, 2014
The latest CD from the legendary Rosanne Cash, The River & the Thread, resembles its predecessors (Black Cadillac, The List) in exploring family, heritage, place and time, resonating with her complex and soulful relationship to the American south, where her musical and family legacy is firmly rooted. Her older recordings, encompass country, rock, roots and pop influences, and have earned her 12 Grammy nominations and 11 number one singles.

McCarter Theatre Center Located in beautiful historic Princeton , NJ , Tony Award-winning McCarter Theater Center is recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional theatre companies. The Center is home to two distinctive auditoriums, allowing McCarter to both present and produce a wide range of performances. From Theater, Classical Music and Jazz, to Dance, Pop, and World events, McCarter has it all.


The Matthews Theatre Auditorium

The magnificent 1100 seat Matthews Theatre , located in the main building, was recently renovated thanks to the generosity of Princeton University . The new handcrafted imported lighting fixtures, rich velvet covered seats, new carpeting, and a welcoming color scheme, maintain the original dignity and charm of the 75 year old house. The auditorium, which includes Premium Orchestra, Front and Rear Orchestra, Front and Rear Balcony, and Box/Grand Tier sections, has superb acoustics and sightlines from any seat and boasts state-of-the-art computerized sound and lighting systems. Some of the greatest performers in the world have graced this stage including such artists as James Stewart, George Balanchine, Lucille Ball, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., The Grateful Dead, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Dustin Hoffman, Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Miller, and Luciano Pavarotti, just to name a few.


The Berlind Theatre Auditorium

This dynamic new contemporary 360-seat performance space, which opened for McCarter’s 2003-2004 season, was designed by award-winning architect Hugh Hardy. The auditorium features stepped stadium seating that allows excellent visibility of the stage from all seats for an intimate and unique theatrical experience. Rows are lettered A through Q, so every location is equivalent to sitting in the front orchestra in the Matthews theater, and are numbered in the same way as the Matthews. There are 4 entrances on two levels and two center aisles with handrails to ease the flow of patrons locating their seats. 


The Room in the Berlind

The Berlind Theatre also houses a large rehearsal hall that doubles as a 75-seat flexible performance space. New, experimental, and works in process are presented during the course of the season in this theater-within-a-theater. These readings and small productions are open to the general public free or at a nominal ticket price.

The lockwood and west lobbies

The Matthews Theatre has two beautiful and spacious lobbies that can accommodate groups wishing to host a fundraiser, reception, or celebration in conjunction with a theater performance. Please refer to the GROUP SERVICES section of the website for more details.

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McCarter is grateful for the support of our corporate impresarios.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts
This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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