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Carroll Baker and Eli Wallach in the 1956 film "Baby Doll."

Sex, Comedy and Mystery on Tap for McCarter’s 2015–16 Season

World-premiere laffers by Ken Ludwig and Sharyn Rothstein are on the Jersey theatre’s schedule, along with a staging of Tennessee Williams’s film ‘Baby Doll.’

PRINCETON, N.J.: McCarter Theatre Center artistic director and resident playwright Emily Mann, celebrating 25 years at the helm of the Tony-winning theatre company, announced the lineup for the theatre’s upcoming 2015–16 season, including two world-premiere comedies, a newly adapted classic and two revivals of contemporary chestnuts.

First up is a staging of Tennessee Williams’s controversial 1956 film Baby Doll (Sept. 11–Oct. 11), adapted for the theatre by Pierre Laville and McCarter a.d. Mann, who will also direct. It tells the steamy Missisippi Delta tale of one girl’s awakening.

Next is Ken Ludwig’s world-premiere sequel to his popular perennial, Lend Me a Tenor, titled A Comedy of Tenors (Oct. 13–Nov. 1). This time the ingredients are one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends—and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. This coproduction with Cleveland Play House will be directed by Stephen Wadsworth.

August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (Jan. 8–Feb. 7, 2016) is next, directed by Jade King Carroll. Set in 1930s Pittsburgh, this story of a family legacy and its ghosts is the fourth of Wilson’s 10-play Pittsburgh Cycle to be produced by McCarter Theatre Center.

The beloved murder mystery The Mousetrap by Agatha Christie (Mar. 8–27, 2016) is next, to be directed by Adam Immerwahr.

The season closes with a comedy by Sharyn Rothstein, All the Days (Apr. 29–May 29), about a complicated mother/daughter relationship coming to head at a family gathering. Mann will direct.

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