McCarter Theater’s 2011-’12 theater season includes, for the first time, three world premieres, including one from theatrical giant, John Guare, and one from America’s rising star playwright, Danai Gurira.
Ten Cents a Dance. Tony Award-winning director John Doyle brings his trademark twist to the Rodgers and Hart songbook with “Ten Cents A Dance,” a stylish new production with a cast that doubles as the orchestra. September 9 through October 9, 2011 (Berlind Theater).
Phaedra. World premiere by Marina Carr, one of Ireland’s leading contemporary playwrights. October 18 through November 6, 2011 (Matthews Theater).
The Convert. A new play by US-based Zimbabwean actress and playwright Danai Gurira. Set amid the colonial scramble for southern Africa in 1895, “The Convert” tells the tale of Jekesai, a young girl who escapes from a forced marriage by becoming the newest convert of a well-meaning black catechist for the Catholic Church. January 13 through February 12, 2012 (Berlind Theater).
Travesties. Tom Stoppard’s classic comedy, directed by Sam Buntrock. Mix one part Wilde, a touch of Lenin, a dash of Dada, and a pinch of Joyce for a dazzling medley of literature, philosophy, politics, and history. March 13 through April 1, 2012 (Matthews Theater).
Are You There, McPhee? A world premiere by master American playwright John Guare (“House of Blue Leaves,” “Six Degrees of Separation”) who takes us on an epic and suspenseful ride in his newest play. Trapped in a house with a mysterious past, Edmund Gowery knows the only way to escape is to change his life — he just doesn’t know how. May 4 through June 3, 2012 (Berlind Theater).
Tyne Daly, Saturday, October 22, 2011
Jane Monheit, Saturday, February 18, 2012
Christine Ebersole, Saturday, March 17, 2012
Florence Henderson, All the Lives of Me: A Musical Journey Saturday, April 14, 2012
SF Jazz Collective: The Music of Stevie Wonder, Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Cuban Keyboard Colossus: Chucho Valdes and his Afro-Cuban Messengers, Friday, January 20, 2012
The Overtone Quartet: Dave Holland, Jason Moran, Chris Potter & Eric Harland, Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Herbie Hancock, solo piano, Monday, March 26, 2012
Soledad Barrio & Noche Flamenca, Saturday, January 28, 2012
Contemporary Dance from Canada: Edouard Lock’s La La La Human Steps, Tuesday, February 14, 2012
New York City Ballet Moves, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
State Ballet Theatre of Russia, Romeo and Juliet, Saturday, February 4, 2012
Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence: A Dance Company, Friday, March 2, 2012
Paul Taylor Dance Company, Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Joint Recital: Christian Tetzlaff, violin, and Lars Vogt, piano, Tuesday, October 25, 2011
The Tallis Scholars, Peter Phillips, director. A Program for the Christmas Season, Monday, December 12, 2011
Yundi, piano, Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Andras Schiff, piano, with members of the Salzburg Marionette Theate, Friday, May 4, 2012
Vivaldi’s the Four Seasons: Fabio Biondi and Europa Galante, Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Joint Recital: Vladimir Spivakov, violin, and Olga Kern, piano, Thursday, February 16, 2012
The King’s Singers, Monday, March 19, 2012
Emanuel Ax, piano, Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Audra McDonald, Thursday, October 6, 2011
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Saturday, October 8, 2011
No Reservations: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain, Monday, October 24, 2011
Penn & Teller, Monday, November 7, 2011
Mariza, Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones with original member Howard Levy, Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Yamato, Japanese Taiko Drum Ensemble Thursday, November 10, 2011
Jake Shimabukuro, Uber-Uke, Monday, December 19, 2011
Soweto Gospel Choir Saturday, February 18, 2012
Peking Acrobats, Sunday, February 26, 2012
Australia’s National Circus, Circus Oz, Saturday and Sunday, April 7 and 8, 2012
David Sedaris Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Pilobolus, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Henson Alternative’s Stuffed and Unstrung, 80 Henson Puppets/6 Comedians/100 Percent Uncensored, Saturday, April 21, 2012
Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight!, Friday, May 11, 2012
The Spencers: Theater of Illusion, Friday, May 18, 2012
Purchase single tickets, subscribe or renew online at www.mccarter.org, call 609-258-2787 or visit the box office at 91 University Place.