McCarter Theatre Will Stage World Premieres by Ken Ludwig, Douglas McGrath, and Eleanor Burgess | Playbill

Regional News McCarter Theatre Will Stage World Premieres by Ken Ludwig, Douglas McGrath, and Eleanor Burgess Artistic Director Emily Mann has announced the theatre’s 2018–2019 season, which will also include works by Dominique Morisseau and David Hare.
Ken Ludwig, Douglas McGrath, and Eleanor Burgess
Ken Ludwig, Douglas McGrath, and Eleanor Burgess

New Jersey’s McCarter Theater Center will launch its 2018–2019 season with a new stage adaptation of Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Age of Innocence, running September 7–October 7. Adapted by Oscar nominee Douglas McGrath (Bullets Over Broadway, Beautiful) and directed by Doug Hughes (Junk, The Father), Wharton details the twilight of Old New York upper-class society in the years following WWI. The world premiere is a co-production with Hartford Stage.

Dominique Morisseau’s Kennedy Prize-winning drama Detroit ’67 will follow, running October 9–28. Jade King Carroll directs the explosive drama about three African American siblings that is set against the Detroit race riots of 1967.

Eleanor Burgess’ The Niceties, a contemporary debate on race, history, and power in America, will have its world premiere at the McCarter January 11–February 10, 2019. Kimberly Senior directs the co-world premiere with the Huntington Theatre Company.

Tony Award winner Kathleen Marshall will direct the world premiere of Olivier Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy, running March 12–31. The new play from the writer of Lend Me a Tenor and Crazy for You centers on a college classics professor who calls out to the gods of ancient Greece to help save her career and relationship, only to have the gods of comedy show up instead. The Gods of Comedy is a co-production with the Old Globe Theatre.

The season will close with David Hare’s Tony-winning drama Skylight May 3–June 2. McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann will direct the play about former lovers who reunite years after their affair.


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