World Premieres By Albee and Mann to Highlight McCarter Season

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The McCarter Theatre Center, located in Princeton, NJ, has announced its 2007-2008 theatre season, which will boast world premieres by playwrights Edward Albee and Emily Mann.
Playwright Edward Albee.
Playwright Edward Albee.

The upcoming season will kick off with Lydia Diamond's Stick Fly, playing Sept. 7-Oct. 14 in the Berlind Theatre. The play, according to press notes, is a "heartfelt and funny look at a complicated family in disarray. It's a play about fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, race, class, and privilege — and how ideas become personal."

Daniel Fish will direct Molière's Tartuffe, which will run Oct. 7-28 at the Matthews Theatre. Richard Wilbur penned the translation for what is Molière's most popular work. The play is described as such: "Tartuffe is the epitome of a houseguest from hell. Under a cloak of piety, he works his way into Orgon's household and tries to run off with the family’s fortune and beautiful daughter. Everyone but Orgon sees through Tartuffe’s pose, but is it too late to save them from ruin?"

The world premiere of Edward Albee's Me, Myself and I will play the Berlind Theatre Jan. 11-Feb. 17, 2008, in a production helmed by McCarter artistic director Emily Mann. Three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Albee's newest work is described as a "dark, funny and moving play that takes sibling rivalry to existential heights."

Mary Zimmerman's Argonautika: The Voyage of Jason and the Argonauts will play the Matthews March 16-April 6. The playwright will direct her own work that "[employs] dazzling theatrics and fantastical storytelling [to recount] Jason's perilous quest to capture the Golden Fleece."

The season will conclude with A Seagull in the Hamptons, Emily Mann's world premiere adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull. Set in the 21st-century Hamptons, the play is "a story about the heartbreaking betrayal of children by their parents." Mann's work will play the Berlind May 2-June 8. The McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ. Subscriptions, ranging from $65-$235, are available by calling (609) 258-2787 or by visiting www.mccarter.org.

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