A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum! Summer 2018

Come see Michael’s return to The Princeton Festival as director of a Sondheim classic!







Thursday evenings – June 21 & 28 at 8 pm
Friday evenings – June 15, 22 & 29 at 8 pm
Saturday evenings – June 16, 23 & 30 at 8 pm
Sunday matinees – June 10, 17 & 24 and July 1 at 4 pm

185 Nassau Street, Matthews Acting Studio
(next to Thomas Sweet)
Princeton University, Princeton

Company …with 11th Hour’s “Next Step Concert Series”

Concert of Company with Philly’s

11th Hour Theater Company

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Directed by Matthew Decker
December 1-3, 2017
Playing at The Drake Theater

Next Step Concert Series

The Next Step Concert Series is intimate, spontaneous and inventive – everything you love about 11th Hour. New and seldom seen musicals are stripped down to their very essence…good storytelling and incredible music. This season we are bringing you three iconic musicals including the first Rock musical the hit Broadway, one of Sondheim’s most sophisticated and beautiful works and a Broadway showstopper about one of literature’s most iconic female characters!

Man of La Mancha opens to rave reviews!

‘La Mancha’ at Princeton Festival: Great songs, voices, message

“Summer festival sometimes implies light, but what this production sacrifices in glamour it makes up for in fidelity to the profound core of this show. Michael Dean Morgan’s disciplined direction gives us a La Mancha not so much boiled down as essential.”

John Timpane — Philly.com (The Philadelphia InquirerJUNE 13, 2017


The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”; Cervantes Becomes Don Quixote in the Broadway Musical

“The musical is well served by the intimate venue. The audience is on three sides of the stage, and on the same level as the prisoners — and therefore is part of the action. Director Michael Dean Morgan and choreographer Cristina Marte make deft staging choices. Antonia and Dr. Carrasco circle Quijana as they plot against him, as he is at the center of their plans. Effective choreography underlines the predatory sexuality of the muleteers, and the deviousness of the gypsies.”

Donald H. Sanborn III (Princeton Town Topics) June 14, 2017

The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”; Cervantes Becomes Don Quixote in the Broadway Musical

The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”

The Princeton Festival Presents “Man of La Mancha”



“Man of La Mancha” at the Princeton Festival

The Princeton Festival’s 


Directed by Michael Dean Morgan

Lyrics by JOE DARION

June 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8 pm
Sunday matinees – June 11, 18, 25 at 4 pm
Saturday matinee – June 24 at 3 pm

Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University
Matthews Acting Studio
185 Nassau Street, Princeton (next to Thomas Sweet)

 TICKETS: THU $40, $45 | FRI $45, $50 | SAT $45, $50, $65* | SUN $45, $50

Princeton University Concert Series on February 14th

Michael is partnering with international percussionist, Colin Currie, for the Princeton Concert Series

PROGRAM:   “Realismos Mágicos” – solo percussion music by Per Norgaard, Toshio Hosokawa, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Iannis Xenakis and Rolf Wallin’s eleven short pieces based on Gabriel García Márquez short stories.  Currie will be joined by actor Michael Dean Morgan who read excerpts from Garcia Márquez’ stories as part of the presentation.

Note from Michael:  “Colin and I are working together to produce poignant selections of Gabriel García Márquez’s stories to parallel the titles of “Realismos Mágicos.”    This will be a fun night.  Don’t miss it!”

 Colin Currie:

as “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator, 2013), Colin Currie is a solo and chamber artist at the peak
of his powers. Championing new music at the highest level, Currie is the soloist of choice for many of today’s foremost composers and he performs regularly with the world’s leading orchestras and conductors. “


“Every 28 Hours” at The McCarter Theater


I was honored to be part of this moving event with some gifted performers.

McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton University Lewis Center for the Arts and the Department of African American Studies present

The Every 28 Hours Plays

Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian

Monday, October 24, 7 – 9pm

About the Every 28 Hours Plays

Conceived shortly after the August, 2014 killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, The Every 28 Hours Plays tap into the role that the arts have played in helping people process and protest what happened in Ferguson. Last October, Theater makers from around the US traveled to Ferguson and St. Louis to listen, learn, and create a theatrical response alongside local artists. They met with historians, high school students, police officers, community organizers, and other residents of the city before crafting one-minute plays around the theme of police violence and inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. The collection of plays was presented as staged readings in St. Louis and Ferguson in October of 2015.

This year, theaters and universities across the US will join forces and offer individual presentations of The Every 28 Hour Plays during the month of October. The mission is to open each city’s public spaces to engage in this critical conversation.


About the Title of the Every 28 Hour Plays

“The title of the project is inspired by the contested nature of the statistic that every 28 hours a black person is killed by security guard, vigilante or police by extrajudicial violence. When the Malcolm X Grass Roots Movement cited this statistic in a report, the claim went viral—inspiring denial and questions about their methodology. For the original artists behind Every 28 Hours, this raised the larger question: every 28 hours, every 48, every 98—how many hours would it take for this not to be a national issue of vital importance?” – Claudia Alick, Oregon Shakespeare Festival



The evening will consist of 54 one-minute plays, performed by a combination of professional and student actors. The presentation will be directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian and willinclude works by such notable playwrights as Tarell Alvin McCraneyLynn NottageDominique Morriseau, and David Henry Hwang, among others.


Community Discussion

The presentation of plays will be followed by a community discussion designed to highlight and create awareness of the people and organizations in our community who are doing anti-racism work. This discussion will also feature a panel of guests gathered to discuss the topics at hand. Featured panel guests will include:

  • Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton
  • Dr. Susan Fiske, Professor of Psychology and Public affairs at Princeton
  • Dr. Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Chair of African American Studies at Princeton
  • Dr. Hilary Herbold, Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Counseling and Psychological Services at Princeton
  • Dr. Ali Michael, UPenn Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education
  • Prof. Peter Moskos, Department of Law and Police Science John Jay College of Criminal Justice; former Baltimore Police Officer
  • Mr. Asanni York, President of the Princeton University Black Student Union


This presentation of The Every 28 Hours Plays will be directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian.

Keith Josef Adkins, Zakiyyah Alexander, Claudia Alick, Bandejo and Van, Nancy Bell, Marty Casey, Eric Coble, Migdalia Cruz, Kristoffer Diaz, D’lo, Coleman Domingo, Larissa FastHorse, Kevin R. Free, Gilmer, Idris Goodwin, Kirsten Greenridge, Aleshea Harris, Grant Harris, Amina Henry, David Henry Hwang, Chisa Hutchinson, Aaron Jafferis, Marshal Jones, Lily Junker, Nambi E. Kelley, Shishir Kurup, Brian “Dyalekt” Kushner, Neil LaBute, Joan Lipkin, Lisa Loomer, Jake Margolin, Robert Maesaka, Tarell Alvin McCraney, James McManus, Olivia Medina, Dominique Morisseau, Jonathan Norton, Lynn Nottage, Stephen Peirick, Liza Jesse Peterson, Aaron Posner, Basmin Red Dear, Mariah L. Richardson, Elaine Romero, Nikole Salter, Ova Saopeng, Robert Schenkkan, Stew, Gisla Stringer, Darius Stubbs, Aurin Squire, Universes, Josh Wilder.


Additional Resources


The Every 28 Hour Plays were originally produced by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival under the leadership of Claudia Alick and The One-Minute Play Festival with Dominic D’Andrea, in association with the University of Missouri and Professor Jacqueline Thompson.

Additional support for this event provided by the Center for Human Values.