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A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN - October 10-29, 2017
Like a comet burning far too bright to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became an iconic rock ‘n’ roll queen. Fueled by a live band and psychedelic performances of her unforgettable songs “Piece of my Heart,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Cry Baby,” A Night with Janis Joplin is a powerful celebration of Janis, and her musical inspirations. Break out those bell bottoms and put on your dancing shoes—this electric musical event will bring down the house! (Matthews)

Contemporary Dance from Cuba:
- October 18-19, 2017
As the “crown jewel” in the emerging Cuban contemporary dance scene, Malpaso Artistic Director Osnel Delgado has been able to attract both international choreographers and new voices in Cuban choreography. With balletic precision and muscular, grounded footwork, Malpaso’s dancers are a sheer delight to watch, not only in Delgado’s own work (like Ocaso) but in that by Ron K. Brown (Why You Follow) and Indomitable Waltz (Aszure Barton)—all three of which will be part of their McCarter debut program. (Berlind)

A Red Orchid Theatre’s
- Sept 8-Oct 15, 2017
Buried secrets, blackmail, and false identities race onto the stage in Simpatico, a tragicomedy about the slippery netherworld of thoroughbred racing from Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Sam Shepard. McCarter is proud to collaborate with the acclaimed Chicago ensemble A Red Orchid Theatre to bring this riveting American drama to Princeton, starring Tony and Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Nocturnal Animals, Long Day’s Journey Into Night) and members of A Red Orchid Theatre. (Berlind)

JOSHUA BELL, violin - November 1, 2017
Joshua Bell is the nation’s number one violinist and one of music’s true superstars, capturing the public’s attention as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, orchestra leader, and conductor. You can’t miss him on his numerous Live From Lincoln Center specials and you’ve heard him on movie soundtracks. And since his musical outlook encompasses progressive bluegrass, rock, jazz, and every other genre you can think of, your music library is bound to include at least one of his more than 40 album releases. (Matthews)

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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