Friday, June 3, 2016

PRINCETON SUMMER THEATER 2016: A HOT ITEM FOR THEATER LOVERS!

2016: THE OTHER

The 2016 Princeton Summer Theater (PST) troupe invites Central Jersey residents to experience thought-provoking, entertaining, and high-quality theater performances this summer from June 16 through August 11 on the Princeton University campus.

This summer’s season explores the theme of “the Other.” Each of the four shows delves  into the other side of a story or character and brings the audience to a deeper understanding of human nature. The theater goers will come away with a souvenir – a new perspective on what was once an old familiarity and an appreciation of the differences in all of us.

WHERE: All performances take place in the air-conditioned, newly refurbished Murray-Dodge Hall on the Princeton University Campus
TICKETS: Subscribe to the season at $79 and save 30% off of single ticket prices!
Check the website for details about purchasing subscriber and single tickets, as well as for further information on our special children’s show, show times, directions, and parking.

Assassins
with Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
book by John Weidman
Directed by Tatiana Pandiani

WHEN: June 16-19 and June 23-26
Assassins is an explosive tale of the American Dream gone awry. A multiple Tony Award-winning musical, Assassins combines Sondheim’s brilliant lyricism and rich music in a revue-style tale addressing our nation’s culture of celebrity and the violent means taken to obtain it. Clever, original, dark, and surprisingly funny, Assassins is perhaps Sondheim’s most controversial musical. 

God of Carnage
by Yasmina Reza
Directed by Annika Bennett

WHEN: June 30-July 3 and 7-10
After a playground fight erupts between their two young sons, two sets of parents are brought together in a meeting to resolve the matter. While they play nice at first, they soon devolve into outlandish, bickering children themselves. The 2009 Tony Award-Winner for Best Play, Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage is an energetic and hilarious triumph, showing us what is underneath the polite facade of these upper class adults.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Emma Watt

WHEN: July 14-17, 21-24, and 28-31
Praised as Tom Stoppard’s modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a wonderfully inventive behind the scenes look into Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Told through the worm’s-eye view of the once minor characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, Stoppard’s play takes us to a place where reality and illusion intermix. Join the protagonists on an absurdist tale of musings and misadventures as they discover their inevitable fate.

Fool for Love
by Sam Shepard
Directed by Ogemdi Ude

WHEN: August 4-7, 11-14
Winner of multiple Obie Awards, Sam Shepard’s dramedy unfolds in a motel room in the Mojave Desert in which we find the continuously bickering former lovers May and Eddie. There, they unravel their tangled relationship, almost tearing each other apart. A dark exploration into love and family, Fool for Love shows us how our pasts surely come back to haunt us.

Geoff Rich, PST Board President and Tony-award winning producer of Avenue Q commented, "This summer's Artistic Director, Ogemdi Ude has created an exciting and rewarding season that's ideal for PST's intimate stage.  Returning subscribers and new patrons are in for a joyous thrill-ride of comedy, drama and music."

Founded in 1968 by a group of Princeton University undergraduates, Princeton Summer Theater provides an opportunity for young actors, directors, designers, and theater administrators to become part of a unique artistic community. PST offers its company an unparalleled experience: a nurturing environment that inspires artistic ingenuity and prepares creative minds to enter the professional theater world. Through our Children’s Show, partnerships with area businesses and residents, and plays that span a wide range of genre and subject matter, we bring together artists and community members in a 9-week long celebration of the power of theater.