In UNCHAINED MEMORIES, Charlotte invites Clay to a play at Pendleton Theater. The inspiration for Pendleton Theater was McCarter Theater, a performing arts center at 91 University Place in Princeton. It was originally built in 1930 with funds from Thomas N. McCarter (class of 1888) for The Triangle Club – a club that to this day produces and performs musical comedies. The first performance at McCarter, THE GOLDEN DOG, celebrated the 40th anniversary of The Triangle Club and starred Jimmy Stewart who was a sophomore at the University at the time.
For many years, McCarter Theater was used as a pre-Broadway showcase, given its proximity to New York City and large seating capacity. Some notable plays which got their start at McCarter and ended up on Broadway were OUR TOWN, YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU and BUS STOP.
In 1950, the University assumed ownership of the theater. In addition to plays, McCarter Theater hosts concerts, dance troupes and special events. Every year at Christmas, during the month of December, there are several performances of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and THE NUTCRACKER BALLET. For a photo of McCarter Theater, go to my Photo Gallery, #5.
RAFFLE QUESTION: What play does Charlotte invite Clay to at the Pendleton Theater?