Friday, August 25, 2017


WHEN: Sept. 8 (previews) – Oct. 15; opens Sept. 16
McCarter Theatre Center, 91 University Place, Princeton

Featuring members of A Red Orchid TheatreL (L-R) Kristin E. Ellis, Jennifer Engstrom, Mierka Girten, John Judd, Michael Shannon, and Guy Van Swearingen

Buried secrets, blackmail, and false identities race onto the stage in Simpatico, a tragicomedy about the slippery netherworld of thoroughbred racing from Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Sam Shepard.

McCarter is proud to collaborate with the acclaimed Chicago ensemble A Red Orchid Theatre to bring this riveting American drama to Princeton, starring Tony and Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Nocturnal Animals, Long Day’s Journey Into Night) and members of A Red Orchid Theatre.

“A sharply hilarious lament for a mythic America and the fallout of one quintessential con.”– Chicago Sun Times

“It is like a cross between a modern film noir, Ibsenesque thriller and revenge drama.”– London Evening Standard.

Celebrating Sam Shepard
WHEN: November 5, 1943 – July 27, 2017

“One of the most important playwrights of his generation, Sam Shepard shaped the American theater from the moment his plays appeared on our stages—and in so many theaters across the globe—in the late 1960s. We dedicate our opening play of the season, Sam's Simpatico featuring A Red Orchid Theatre, to his memory. In this way, he lives on." —Emily Mann, Artistic Director/Resident Playwright

Special Events

Community Play Reading Event

Cowboys and Con Artists in the Plays of Sam Shepard
WHEN: Wednesday, September 6, 2017; 7– 8:30pm
WHERE: Princeton Public Library, Community Room
ADMISSION: Free and open to the public

An interactive, round-robin format reading in which everyone gets a chance to read aloud. No experience or preparation is necessary at all—and it’s fun! LEARN MORE

This is a Princeton Public Library and McCarter Theatre Center community partnership event.

Dialogue on Drama
An in-depth post-show interview with director Dado of The Red Orchid Theatre.
WHEN: Sunday, September 17


Pride Night Party
Mix and mingle with the LGBTQ community before the show and enjoy hearty appetizers, exciting giveaways, and special guest appearances.
WHEN: Thursday, September 21 – 6pm


Post-Show Discussions
Highly interactive audience-based conversations facilitated by an artist from the production and members of The Red Orchid Theatre Company.

  • Sunday, September 24 following 2pm performance
  • Wednesday September 27 following the 7:30pm performance


Access Programs

  • Open Captioning
    Saturday, September 30 – 2pm
  • Audio Described
    Saturday, October 7 – 2pm
  • ASL Interpreted
    Saturday, October 7 – 2pm