Murder on the Orient Express

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

September 7 – October 8, 2017

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Darko Tresnjak

“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”

Shakespeare’s most perfect comedy captivates with its intertwined stories of four impulsive, lovestruck teenagers; a Duke and his wedding plans; a hysterically incompetent troupe of actors; and the breathtaking, supernatural dreamland of the fairies. Lust, folly, madness—and even true love—hide in the shimmering lights of the enchanted forest in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


October 19 – November 12, 2017

By Sarah Gancher

Directed by Elizabeth Williamson

Her own face, on the Wall of Murderers

A retired typist for the Hungarian KGB visits her former workplace, now a museum devoted to Communist atrocities. She’s aghast to find her picture on the museum’s Wall of Murderers—even before she learns her estranged daughter works for the museum. As her family celebrates its first Seder, she relives the horrors that led to a lifetime of dark secrets. Inspired by a true story.

Feeding the Dragon

January 11 – February 4, 2018

Written and Performed by Sharon Washington

Directed by Maria Mileaf

A Co-Production with Primary Stages

The little girl who lived in the library

Sharon Washington plays nearly 20 characters in her own true story of growing up in the custodial apartment of a Manhattan library, where her father toils night and day to load the fiery furnace with coal, or in the eyes of a fanciful little bookworm, to feed the dragon. Shrouded in family mystery, Sharon’s story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness and her lifelong love for the written word have helped her battle dragons of all forms.

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The McCarter Theatre Production of

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

February 15 – March 18, 2018

Adapted for the Stage by Ken Ludwig

Directed by Emily Mann

Eight Suspects, One Thrilling Ride

The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails! With a locomotive full of suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot, n’est-ce pas? Wax your mustache and hold on to your passport—adapted from Agatha Christie’s masterpiece, two-time Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig and multi-award-winning director Emily Mann will take you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express!

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The Age of Innocence

April 5 – May 6, 2018

By Edith Wharton

Adapted for the Stage by Douglas McGrath

Directed by Doug Hughes

The Gilded Age of the 1870s.

New York City society at its most cultivated, wealthy and rigid—an elite class of people who dreaded scandal more than disease. In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Edith Wharton introduces us to the courtly young gentleman lawyer Newland Archer; his traditional and demure fiancée May; and the free-spirited Countess Olenska, who has come home from Europe, tainted by scandal. From the moment Newland meets the Countess, he is torn between virtue and desire, and all three are forced to make the agonizing choice, ever old and ever new, between love and honor.

Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act

May 17 – June 10, 2018

By Athol Fugard

Directed by Darko Tresnjak

When love is a crime.

A black man and a white woman meet after-hours, in a shadowy library, to make love and to talk, hiding from the venomous gaze of a never-seen but ever-present neighbor. Written in 1972, set against the background of apartheid, Statements is a masterpiece by Athol Fugard, one of the great poets of the stage.

Top photo: The cast of the McCarter Theater’s current production of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Photo by T. Charles Erickson.