McCarter Theater has announced three of the five plays that will comprise its 2012-’13 theater season, with two productions to be announced at a later date. Selections include a new Chekhov-inspired play by Christopher Durang, an Edward Albee classic, and one of Shakespeare’s late romances.

Christopher Durang’s new play, “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” will play in the Berlind Theater, September 7 through October 7, after which the production will move to New York’s Lincoln Center Theater. Durang, the acclaimed author of satires and absurdist comedies like “Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You,” and “Why Torture Is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them,” has mixed themes and characters from “Uncle Vanya” and other Chekhov plays and set them (as well as a new character, a “20-something boy toy Spike”) in present-day Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Nicholas Martin, who directed McCarter’s 2009 production of “She Stoops to Conquer” by Oliver Goldsmith (U.S. 1, October 21, 2009), will direct. He previously staged Durang’s “Why Torture Is Wrong at the Public Theater,” and “Betty’s Summer Vacation” at Playwrights Horizons.

Home, family, and friendship are at stake in Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Delicate Balance,” which will run from January 18 through February 17, 2013. Agnes and Tobias’ precarious suburban lives are shaken when they find themselves facing unexpected house guests who plan to stay indefinitely. Albee examines emptiness, sanctuary, and love in this stylish, bold, and profoundly touching social comedy.

The production will be directed by McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann, a leading interpreter of Albee’s work who directed the world premiere of Albee’s “Me, Myself, & I” at McCarter (U.S. 1, January 30, 2008).

Director Rebecca Taichman (“Twelfth Night,” “Sleeping Beauty Wakes”) brings her astonishing artistry to McCarter’s audiences once again with Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale” from April 2 through 21, 2013. Tragic, romantic, hilarious, and uplifting, this rarely performed genre-bending masterpiece is one of Shakespeare’s most elegant, haunting, and sumptuous plays.

Says McCarter Producing Director Mara Isaacs: “We are building a season around the most talented and accomplished artists in the theater today. Christopher Durang and his director Nicholas Martin, Edward Albee and his director Emily Mann, and Rebecca Taichman are drawing upon their remarkable talents to create work that brings our audiences the extraordinary experiences they have come to expect at McCarter.”

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