McCarter Theatre's The How and The Why, with Tony and Oscar Winner Mercedes Ruehl, Opens Jan. 14

News   McCarter Theatre's The How and The Why, with Tony and Oscar Winner Mercedes Ruehl, Opens Jan. 14
 
Academy,Tony and Obie Award winner Mercedes Ruehl stars in the McCarter Theatre's world premiere of Sarah Treem's The How and The Why, which officially opens Jan. 14 following previews that began Jan. 7.

Bess Rous and Mercedes Ruehl
Bess Rous and Mercedes Ruehl Photo by T. Charles Erickson

Directed by artistic director Emily Mann, the cast also features New Jersey native Bess Rous. Performances will continue through Feb. 13.

"Evolution and emotion collide in Sarah Treem’s thought-provoking and sharp new play about science, family, and survival of the fittest," according to McCarter notes. "On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. This intimate and keenly perceptive play explores the difficult choices women of every generation face."

The production features set design by Daniel Ostling, costume design by Jennifer Moeller, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz and lighting design by Stephen Strawbridge.

The How and The Why is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Show times are Tuesday-Thursday at 7:30 PM, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM, with matinees Saturday at 3 PM and Sunday at 2 PM.

Tickets start at $20. To reserve by phone, call (609) 258-2787; toll-free at (888) 278-7932; online at www.mccarter.org; or at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office at 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ.

Mercedes Ruehl and Bess Rous
Mercedes Ruehl and Bess Rous Photo by T. Charles Erickson
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