World premieres by John Guare and Danai Gurira are among the offerings on tap in the 2011-12 season at N.J. regional McCarter Theater.
Newest work from Guare (“Six Degrees of Separation,” “A Free Man of Color”), whose 1971 play “The House of Blue Leaves” is gearing up for a Broadway revival later this spring, is a McCarter commission called “Are You There, McPhee?” (May 4-June 3) about a man trapped in a house that has a mysterious past. Sam Buntrock, who directed the recent Main Stem revival of “Sunday in the Park With George,” helms.
Latest by Gurira (“In the Continuum”), “The Convert” (Jan. 13-Feb. 12), follows a young African girl who converts to Catholicism in 1895 Africa. McCarter a.d. Emily Mann directs.
The other world preem on the bill is a new mythology-inspired contempo outing from Irish scribe Marina Carr, “Phaedra” (Oct. 18-Nov. 6), also helmed by Mann. Prior to that one, the season kicks off with a stint of “Ten Cents a Dance,” John Doyle’s Rodgers and Hart song-cycle playing a run this summer at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
Also lined up are productions of Tom Stoppard’s “Travesties” and, in the holiday slot, a staging of “A Christmas Carol.”