McCarter Theatre Center Presents ERS' THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES), 10/26-11/4


McCarter Theatre Center will present The Select (The Sun Also Rises), created by Elevator Repair Service (ERS) based on Ernest Hemingway's novel, The Sun Also Rises. Directed by John Collins, performances run October 26 through November 4. Opening night is set for Friday, October 26 at 8pm. Support provided in part by the Edward T. Cone Foundation.

Internationally-acclaimed Elevator Repair Service had audiences lining out the door for The Sound and the Fury and for GATZ. Now, ERS completes its trilogy of classic American works with The Select (The Sun Also Rises), an inspired staging of Ernest Hemingway's masterpiece novel. With cutting wit, doomed romance, and a live bullfight that has to be seen to be believed, this is an exquisite, wine-soaked homage to one of the finest novels ever written. The Select promises a smart and compelling conclusion to ERS' exploration of some of the greatest American literature.

John Collins founded Elevator Repair Service in 1991. Since then, he has directed or co-directed all of the company's productions. John is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and Performance Art and a 2011 United States Artists Donnelley Fellowship. In 2010 John received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director and the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for ERS' production of GATZ. John was born in North Carolina and raised in Georgia. He holds a BA in English and Theater Studies from Yale.

Elevator Repair Service is a New York City-based company that creates innovative original works for live theater with an ongoing ensemble. ERS has built a body of work that has earned it a loyal following and made it one of New York's most highly acclaimed experimental theater companies. Their work has been seen across America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and they have been the recipient of many awards including a 2012 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence.

The Select (The Sun Also Rises) plays at McCarter Theatre Center (91 University Place, Princeton) Friday, October 26 at 8pm; Saturday, October 27 at 2pm & 8pm; Sunday, October 28 at 2pm; Thursday, November 1 at 7:30pm; Friday, November 2 at 8pm; Saturday, November 3 at 2pm &8pm; and Sunday, November 4 at 2pm. Tickets start at $20 ($15 for students with ID) and may be purchased online at, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by phoning (609) 258-2787.

Inside Story takes place 45 minutes prior to every performance of The Select (The Sun Also Rises) offering a 20-minute talk led by a member of McCarter's artistic staff. This is a chance to hear about the development process of this play, learn intriguing tidbits about the production element, and much more.

Open-captioned performance: October 27 at 2pm
terpreted performance: Saturday, November 3 at 2pm
Audio-described performance: Saturday, November 3 at 2pm

McCarter is committed to making live theater available and affordable to all members of our community. Public Rush makes unsold tickets available for half-price on the day of performances, and is not available in all seating locations. A Pay-What-You-Can performance will be offered on Saturday, November 3 at 2pm. Tickets are subject to availability and must be purchased at the McCarter box office or at the door an hour prior to curtain. McCarter Theatre is located at 91 University Place, Princeton.

During October, in support of McCarter Theatre's limited engagement of The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Princeton Public Library is presenting several programs related to Ernest Hemingway. For a complete schedule of events, visit

McCarter Theatre Center is easily accessible by car via US Route 1, Interstate 95/295, and NJ Route 206. Or take the train to McCarter: New Jersey Transit serves Princeton Junction via the Northeast Corridor Line. Then it's a ride of four minutes on New Jersey Transit's "Dinky" train to Princeton Station–McCarter is directly across the street at 91 University Place.

The Select (The Sun Also Rises) is a co-production of Elevator Repair Service and New York Theatre Workshop. It was commissioned by the Ringling International Arts Festival, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, in association with the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY; the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival with funding from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative; ArtsEmerson: the World on Stage, Boston, MA; and Festival Theaterformen Hannover/Braunschweig.

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