Under the leadership of Artistic Director Emily Mann and Managing Director Timothy J. Shields, McCarter Theatre Center is recognized as one of the nation’s premier theater companies. Built as a permanent home for the Princeton University Triangle Club with funds from Thomas N. McCarter, class of 1888, the theater opened its doors on February 21st, 1930 with a special performance of the 40th annual Triangle Show, “The Golden Dog.” One of its stars was Joshua Logan, and a sophomore named James Stewart was in the chorus.
During the 1930′s, McCarter gained popularity as a pre-Broadway showcase, due to its large seating capacity, its 40-foot proscenium stage, and its short distance from New York. Ms. Mann’s tenure as Artistic Director has been notable for its emphasis on the creation and development of new work, marked especially by an on-going program of commissions and the fostering of long term relationships with playwrights both established and emerging.
Renowned for major contributions to the theatrical canon, McCarter premieres include Christopher Durang’s “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” (winner of the 2013 Tony Award® for Best Play) and “Miss Witherspoon” (both commissions); Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “The Brother/Sister Plays;” Will Power’s “Fetch Clay, Make Man” (commission); Edward Albee’s “Me, Myself & I” (commission); Emily Mann’s “Having Our Say;” Danai Gurira’s “The Convert;” Beth Henley’s “Ridiculous Fraud” (commission); Regina Taylor’s “Crowns” (commission); Dael Orlandersmith’s “Yellowman” (commission); Athol Fugard’s “Valley Song;” and Stephen Wadsworth’s Marivaux trilogy. McCarter has also produced major new productions of Brian Friel’s “Translations,” directed by Garry Hynes; Nilo Cruz’s “Anna in the Tropics” and Edward Albee’s “All Over,” directed by Emily Mann; and “Electra,” directed by David Leveaux. McCarter is supported by Princeton University, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and over 3,000 individuals, corporations, and foundations. www.mccarter.org.