McCarter to Present U.S. Premiere of Maltby & Shire's Take Flight; 2008-09 Season Announced

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The 2008-2009 theatre season at New Jersey's McCarter Theatre — under artistic director Emily Mann — has been announced.
Scenes from Take Flight at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Scenes from Take Flight at the Menier Chocolate Factory.

According to the theatre company's official website, the upcoming season will include the John Weidman-David Shire-Richard Maltby, Jr. musical Take Flight, which recently made its world premiere at London's Menier Chocolate Factory; Lanford Wilson's Talley's Folly, directed by Marshall W. Mason; George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession, directed by Emily Mann; William Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, directed by Rebecca Taichman; and what's being billed as The Brother/Sister Plays: Tarell Alvin McCraney's In the Red and Brown Water and The Brothers Size and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet.

Season details follow:

Take Flight
Book by John Weidman, music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.
Sept. 5-Oct. 12
"Lift your spirits with this rousing new musical that takes flying, creativity, and American invention to new heights. Take Flight melds fact and fiction to tell the interweaving stories of three pioneers of aviation: the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart."

Talley's Folly
By Lanford Wilson; directed by Marshall W. Mason
Oct. 12-Nov. 2
"A poignant valentine to unlikely love, this charming romantic comedy is a waltz, a duet, an uneasy love story. On a moonlit night in 1944 Missouri, Jewish accountant Matt Freidman knows he has only one chance to win Sally Talley's heart."

Mrs. Warren's Profession
By George Bernard Shaw; directed by Emily Mann
Jan. 9-Feb. 15, 2009
"In this witty and provocative comedy, Shaw tests the bonds between a mother and daughter in a battle of sex, money and morality. Determined to have a comfortable life, Mrs. Warren refuses to take the dangerous, menial and underpaid jobs available to women of the 19th century." Twelfth Night
By William Shakespeare; directed by Rebecca Taichman
March 8-29, 2009
"Shipwrecked in a foreign land without family, friends or possessions, whats a girl to do? Identity is under siege in the labyrinth of misconceptions that is Twelfth Night, Shakespeares bewitching comedy of unquenchable desire, self deception, and misdirected love."

The Brother/Sister Plays: Presented over two evenings
Evening A
In the Red and Brown Water
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
April 17-June 14, 2009 "How far will Oya go to make a mark in the world? Fast, beautiful Oya is a young runner with enormous promise, forced to choose between her ailing mother and her own dreams."

Evening B
The Brothers Size and Marcus; or The Secret of Sweet
By Tarell Alvin McCraney
May 7-June 14, 2009
"Even though Oshooshi Size is out of jail, he's hardly free," according to Brothers Size press notes. "In this taut, rhythmic and playful drama, two brothers walk the line between law and liberty, locked in a fierce tug-of-war for their own souls." Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet is described as such: "Marcus' life is not so sweet. His mother wants him to stay young forever, his friends don't understand him, and he has a secret he can't seem to wash away. A beautiful and touching tale of about one boy's tenuous connections with his history, his friends, and himself, Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet explores growing up gay and black in the modern South."

The McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place in Princeton, NJ. Tickets are available by calling (609) 258-2787 or by visiting

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