Princeton Summer Theater is back! A staple of the Princeton arts scene since 1968, Princeton Summer Theater has grown into Mercer County’s premiere summer repertory company – a feat that is even more impressive given that their company is made up entirely out of passionate undergraduates and recent graduates The program is Run out of the Hamilton Murray Theater on Princeton University’s campus.
For the 2015 Season the company explores what it means to tell and retell myths, and have assembled five diverse and fascinating plays from truly great playwrights to share with you.
In Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses (June 18 – 28), the myths of Ovid are distilled to their raw, poetic cores. Directed by company stalwart Maeli Goren, PST’s production of Metamorphoses promises to provide an exploration of change, love, and the persistence of the human spirit.
July features George Bernard Shaw’s classic Pygmalion (July 3 – 19), in a vibrant and hilarious new production adapted and directed by R.N. Sandberg that highlights the battle of wits and wills between Professor Henry Higgins and street urchin Eliza Doolittle.
From July 23 – August 2, director Brad Wilson will explore the myths of the theater in a double-header of farcical one-acts. Christopher Durang’s surreal The Actor’s Nightmare and Tom Stoppard’s lampoon of both theater critics and Agatha Christie plays The Real Inspector Hound are sure to have you rolling in the aisles as they hold up a mirror to the theater, those who make it, and those who watch.
The season closes with Sarah Ruhl’s whimsical and touching adaptation of the classic Orpheus myth from the perspective of its heroine Eurydice (August 6 – 16), directed by Artistic Director Wesley Cornwell. Lyrical and charmingly funny, Eurydice is ultimately a poignant reflection on the pain of loss and love that we all experience.
What’s more, PST has programming for families: they’ll be mounting an original children’s show based on New Jersey folklore called The Legendary True Story of Sparrow Jones and the Jersey Devil, as well as hosting six Young Artists’ Workshops where kids ages 6-12 can learn all about the fundamentals of theater.
With these plays and PST’s wonderful crew of technicians, directors, and actors, we are confident that this season is going to be an excellent relaunch to this great local artistic resource. Visit www.princetonsummertheater.org or call (732)-997-0205 for more information or to purchase tickets!