PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage at the McCarter's Phaedra Backwards

Photos   PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: Backstage at the McCarter's Phaedra Backwards
Mariann Mayberry and Jake Silbermann are among the cast of McCarter Theatre's world premiere staging of Marina Carr's Phaedra Backwards.

They share an exclusive look backstage and invite readers to see how the company celebrated Halloween and weathered the October Blizzard of 2011.

The cast comprises Susan Blommaert, Christopher Coucill, Angel Desai, Sean Haberle, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Julienne Hanzelka Kim, Mariann Mayberry, Julio Monge, Randall Newsome and Jake Silbermann. Members of the Young Ensemble are Alexandra Erickson, Noah Hinsdale, Elsa Rodriguez and Hope Springer.

About the production, a McCarter commission, director Emily Mann said in a statement, "Marina Carr has written an aural and visual poem, telling an ancient story in modern terms – poetic, fractured, and deconstructed. As a director, I lie awake at night dreaming about this play and the visual world it evokes. I am thrilled by the immense power of the piece and excited to introduce our audiences to such innovative work." 

The design team includes Rachel Hauck (set design), Anita Yavich (costume design), Jeff Croiter (lighting design), Mark Bennett (original music and sound design), Peter Nigrini (projection design) and Peter Pucci (movement director). The production stage manager is Cheryl Mintz.

Tickets for Phaedra Backwards start at $20 and can be purchased online at, by phone at (609) 258-2787, or in person at 91 University Place, Princeton, NJ.

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