Emily Mann’s new play about Gloria Steinem will be part of 2019-20 McCarter season

Gloria Steinem McCarter Princeton

McCarter Theatre Center artistic director and “Gloria: A Life” playwright Emily Mann.

“Gloria: A Life,” a new play about feminist activist and journalist Gloria Steinem that is current running off-Broadway, will kick off the 2019-20 theater series at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. The play was written by McCarter artistic director Emily Mann, who will leave the position. which she has held since 1990, at the end of the season. She will be restaging it for the McCarter, with direction by Diane Paulus.

“Gloria: A Life” will be presented from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6. Other season offerings will include:

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” Oct. 15-Nov. 3.
“Goodnight Nobody,” a world premiere, written by Rachel Bonds, Jan. 10-Feb. 9
“Sleuth,” March 10-29, 2020
“The Refuge Plays,” a world premiere, written by Nathan Alan Davis, May 8-June 7, 2020

Though it is not officially part of the theater series, the McCarter will also present its annual production of “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol,” Dec. 10-29.

“Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,” “Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol” and “Sleuth” will be presented in McCarter’s Matthews Theatre. “Gloria: A Life,” “Goodnight Nobody” and “The Refuge Plays” will be in the smaller Berlind Theatre.

The theater has also announced its Music, Dance and Signature Series. Here are the shows, which will take place at the Matthews Theatre, unless otherwise noted.

Yuja Wang will perform at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton on Feb. 12.


Oct. 21: Christian Tetzlaff, violin, and Lars Vogt, piano. Program includes sonatas by Beethoven, Franck, and Shostakovich. Richardson Auditorium.
Nov. 21: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Volodymyr Sirenko, conductor. Program includes Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 (with pianist Olga Kern) and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5.
Dec. 13: The Tallis Scholars. Holiday show featuring a cappella Renaissance sacred music. Richardson Auditorium.
Feb. 12:
Yuja Wang, piano. Program features works by Debussy, Schoenberg, and Brahms.
May 5, 2020: Opera-in-Concert: Handel’s Rodelinda. Harry Bicket, conductor. Singers include countertenors Anthony Roth Costanzo and Iestyn Davies.
May 13, 2020: Igor Levit, piano. All-Beethoven program including Sonatas No. 9, 10, 11, and 29 (the Hammerklavier).


Oct. 16-17: Ailey II. Program includes Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations” and more. Berlind Theatre.
Feb. 8: Dance Theatre of Harlem
Feb. 16: National Ballet Theatre of Odessa: “Romeo & Juliet”
April 9, 2020: Dorrance Dance

Catherine Russell will sing Billie Holiday songs at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton on Nov. 13-14.


Sept. 28: Pink Martini
Oct. 18: Hiromi. Berlind Theatre
Oct. 20: “Paris! The Show” with Anne Carrere. Songs associated with Chevalier, Montand, Aznavour, Brel, Baker and Piaf will be featured. Berlind Theatre.
Nov. 6: “Harlem 100: Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance.” Tribute to Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday and others, featuring Michael Mwenso and the Shakes, and vocalists Brianna Thomas and Michela Lerman.
Nov. 22: The Moth Mainstage. Storytelling.
Nov. 23: Salzburg Marionette Theatre: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Nov. 13-14: Catherine Russell and John Pizzarelli. Tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.Berlind Theatre.
Jan. 25: “The Mikado,” by the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Orchestra.
Feb. 5: Yamato Drummers of Japan
Feb. 15: Jake Shimabakuro Trio
Feb. 16: Russian Renaissance. Chamber music featuring Russian folk instruments. Berlind Theatre.
Feb. 21: Mummenschanz
Feb. 29: Joey Alexander Trio, Edmar Castañeda Trio
March 13: Milos. Classical guitar. Berlind Theatre.
March 14: The Hot Sardines. Berlind Theatre.
March 31, 2020: The Peking Acrobats
April 3, 2020: The Hit Men
April 4-5, 2020: Cirque Éloize
April 7, 2020: David Sedaris
April 11, 2020: Zakir Hussain Trio
April 17, 2020: Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Stefon Harris + Blackout
April 24, 2020: Pilobolus

For more information or to order subscription packages, visit mccarter.org.

Explore more articles:

Leave a Comment

Sign up for our Newsletter