The Princeton Summer Theater (PST) returns to the Murray-Dodge Hall on the Princeton University Campus on Thursday, June 16, with a four-part series featuring works by some of today’s most influential theater writers.

The season opener is the Tony Award-winning musical “Assassins,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim — lyricist for “West Side Story” and composer for the groundbreaking musicals “A Little Night Music” and “Sunday in the Park with George.” The libretto is by John Weidman, who worked with Sondheim on “Pacific Overtures” and “Road Show.” The musical mediation on violence, democracy, and the failed American dream continues through Sunday, June 26.

French playwright Yasmina Reza’s 2009 Broadway hit “God of Carnage” follows and runs Thursday, June 30, through Sunday, July 10. The Tony Award winner involves two sets of New York upper class parents brought together to discuss their young sons’ playground fight. The New York Times called the 90-minute play a “study in the tension between civilized surface and savage instinct.”

“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead,” by renowned British playwright Tom Stoppard, lights up the stage on Thursday, July 14, and continues through Sunday, July 31. The 1968 New York and London stage success uses two secondary characters from “Hamlet” to explore both Shakespeare’s play and the human condition.

American playwright and film actor Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” is the season’s closer, opening on Thursday, August 4, and running through Sunday, August 14. The 1983 Pulitzer Prize-nominated “dramedy” explores love, family, and the power of the past. It is one of Shepard’s most known stage works.

The PST was founded in 1968 by Princeton University undergraduates to provide opportunities for young actors, directors, designers, and administrators to create theater.

Performances run Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $24.50 to $29.50.

While not part of its main stage offerings, PST also produces an annual children’s show. This year’s production is “The Owl and the Pussycat,” created by company member Annika Bennett from the poem by 19th-century British “nonsense” poet Edward Lear. The show opens on Thursday, July 7, and runs through July 30, Thursdays through Saturdays at 11 a.m. Tickets are $12 (free for children under 3).

www.princetonsummertheater.org.

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