McCarter LAB Festival 2012

Join some of the most talented artists of the American theater for this series of unstaged readings and special events.

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To reserve your seats, call 609.258.2787



By Ken Ludwig, Directed by Gary Griffin

Sherlock Holmes is on the case. Comedy genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a murderously funny adventure. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors. This developmental reading will introduce you to the joyful, mischievous, comedy thriller that will be fully produced as part of McCarter’s upcoming 2014-2014 season.
Berlind Rehearsal Room


The Guilty Mother - 7PM
David Coward translation
By Pierre Beaumarchais, Directed by Stephen Wadsworth

The Figaro Plays conclude with an exclusive reading of The Guilty Mother, the final play in Beaumarchais’ comic trilogy. In this fascinating finale, an interloper sets out to acquire Count Almaviva’s fortunes as well as his beautiful ward, Florestine. Will Figaro’s wit be able to save the day once again, or will the Count be ruined forever? Join us as we listen to the poignant conclusion of The Figaro Plays read aloud by actors from the company. Berlind Stage


Written and Directed by Emily Mann

Hoodwinked is a documentary play created by McCarter Theatre's Artistic Director Emily Mann out of interviews, transcripts, and other primary sources. Inspired by questions, confusion, and misinformation that circulated in the media after the Fort Hood massacre, Hoodwinked explores Radical Islam/Islamism and the dangers that ideology can pose not only to western nations but also to moderate/traditional Muslims around the world. The play uses an experimental dramatic structure to weave together scenes inspired by real conversations, speeches, video, and performance of primary text and is designed to be a catalyst for discussion and political action.

A symposium will directly follow the reading, providing audience members an opportunity to explore the challenging issues and ideas raised by the play. Examples of topics to be explored in the keynote address and panel might include: current trends in counter-terrorism, gender politics in the Muslim world, the dangers of extremism, the growth of radicalization in western countries, promoting understanding of traditional/moderate Islamic ideas, representations of Islam in the U.S. media, and radical Islam and the Arab Spring.

This reading and symposium are made possible by the National Foundation for the Arts, The Lewis Center for the Arts, McCarter Theatre Center, The Princeton University Council on the Humanities, The Princeton University Department of English, the Woodrow Wilson School, and the Princeton University Community Based Learning Initiative.

PLEASE NOTE: This reading will take place at the James M. Stewart Theatre at Princeton University (185 Nassau Street). Seating will be granted on a first-come-first-serve basis.




By William Shakespeare, Directed by Emily Mann

Starring Nicole Ari Parker as Cleopatra
A sneak peek reading of next year’s season opener. She was the seductive queen of Egypt, and he one of the generals of Rome. Their tempestuous love affair would tear empires apart. Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra is one of literature’s great masterpieces, full of romance, passion, and betrayal. Berlind Rehearsal Room


In The Writer’s Voice - 7pm

An extraordinary opportunity to hear writers and composers reading and performing excerpts from the works-in-process. A rare glimpse into the creative process, this evening will give you a chance to hear from some of your favorite writers, and maybe meet some new ones along the way! Berlind Rehearsal Room


All the Days - 7PM
By Sharyn Rothstein, Directed by Emily Mann

The bar mitzvah is less than two weeks away, but with the eccentric Zweigman family all in one place, who can say if they’ll live to see it? We’re thrilled to introduce McCarter audiences to playwright Sharyn Rothstein with a reading of All The Days, a heartfelt new play about faith, growing old, and the legacy of family. Berlind Rehearsal Room


Last of the Red Hot Lovers - 7pm
By Neil Simon, Directed by Adam Immerwahr

A classic comedy from America’s most prolific and acclaimed comedy writer, Neil Simon (The Odd Couple, Lost in Yonkers), performed with a twist. The free love era of the sixties is winding down and Barney Cashman, a middle-aged and married seafood restaurateur, doesn’t want to miss out on the action. In an effort to infuse his humdrum life with a dose of thrill and a shot of adventure, Barney attempts to seduce three very different women. Only, in this script-in-hand reading, all three are brought to life by a single actress. This fresh take is sure to shed new light on a hilarious and surprisingly touching comedy. Berlind Rehearsal Room


All events are free, but seating is limited and reservations are encouraged.

Please arrive early, as unoccupied seats will be opened up to the waiting list
10 minutes prior to the event.

Please contact the ticket office if you cannot attend.
To reserve your seats, call 609.258.2787

> What is the McCarterLab?

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting McCarter Theatre Center.

Play development at McCarter Theatre is sponsored by The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation, The Geraldine R. Dodge foundation, Edgerton Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and Theatre Communications Group.