McCarter Will Present World Premieres of Orient Express and Nilo Cruz Play

News   McCarter Will Present World Premieres of Orient Express and Nilo Cruz Play The New Jersey theatre has announced its 2016-17 line-up.
A scene from the 1974 film <i>Murder on the Orient Express</i>
A scene from the 1974 film Murder on the Orient Express

The McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ, has announced the line-up for its 2016-17 theatre series. The slate includes the world premiere of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express, adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig; as well as the debut of Bathing in Moonlight, the newest work from Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz.

Nilo Cruz
Nilo Cruz Photo by Monica Simoes

The 2016-17 season will also feature Ayad Akhtar‘s Broadway hit Disgraced, Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel and two plays in repertory by the Bedlam Theatre Company.

The season will kick off September 9 with Cruz’s Bathing in Moonlight, directed by Emily Mann. The two reunite for the first times since working on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna and the Tropics. The new work, about a pastor who finds himself at a complex crossroads, is billed as “a lyrical play about falling in love and longing for a place to truly call home.”

In March 2017, the Center will present the debut staging of Christie’s iconic classic Murder on the Orient Express, adapted by Ludwig. Also directed by Mann, the whodunit is scheduled to play March 14-April 2.

“This season is an ambitious lineup, marked by the quality and variety that defines all we do,” commented artistic director and resident playwright Mann. “We are featuring some of the finest playwrights in contemporary American theater, three of whom are Pulitzer Prize-winners, one of whom is an Olivier award-winner, and all of whom call McCarter an artistic home.”

Subscriptions, membership packages and more information are available by calling McCarter Theatre Center at (609) 258-5050, online at mccarter.org, or in person at the McCarter Theatre Ticket Office, located at 91 University Place in Princeton.

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