Princeton Summer Theater: Visitor FAQ
We want to make your visit to our theater as simple and enjoyable as possible - scroll down for answers to common questions regarding about our organization and facility!
If you have any questions not covered here, please contact us! We need your feedback in order to continually improve our practices and make the theater better.
Where is the theater located?
The Hamilton Murray Theater (home to both PST & the student group Theatre Intime) is located in Murray-Dodge Hall, on Princeton University's campus in Princeton, NJ.
In less specific terms, we're located on-campus in between the University Chapel and the Art Museum.
Where can I park?
We generally recommend University Lot 10, which is free and open on weekends and after 5 PM on weekdays. To navigate to Lot 10, simply type in "Princeton Summer Theater Parking" on Google Maps, or plug in 40 William St, Princeton NJ to other mapping applications.
Other options include the metered parking on Nassau, William, and Prospect, or the municipal lot on Spring Street.
Is handicap parking available?
There are dedicated handicap accessible spots in University Lot 10; for patrons with difficulty walking who wish to park near the theater, you must call University Parking at 609-258-3157 well in advance of your visit (24 hours) to ensure that you will be permitted to enter campus and park on Chapel Drive.
All Chapel Drive parking decisions are completely at the discretion of University Parking and Public Safety - we at the theater have no power of appeal in that area, nor can we assist in securing Chapel Drive parking.
I'm looking for a hotel in Princeton - any recommendations?
Yes! The Nassau Inn is our hotel of choice, being located within walking distance of the theater in Palmer Square. We recommend them heartily.
What else can I see in Princeton while I'm in town for a show?
The Princeton University Art Museum is world class, and also happens to be our next door neighbor - why not come enjoy a full day of culture in this part of campus? Otherwise, the Princeton Tour Company offers fabulous themed tours of both town and campus that cater to a number of tastes.
How can I buy tickets?
The easiest way to purchase tickets is to purchase them online, where can select performance dates and seats through the interactive seating chart. Note that if you do not pick a specific seat, you will be assigned automatically to Row A, which many patrons find to be too close to the stage!
Otherwise, we recommend either coming by the theater beginning an hour and a half before any performance, or calling our box office at 732-997-0205.
Please be patient when calling - our box office staff is extraordinarily small and has many other responsibilities, and we only have one phone line.
How can I receive my tickets?
By default, all orders come with Print-at-Home tickets when you receive your emailed receipt.
We are also happy to hold physical copies of your tickets at the Will Call station in the Charrier Room, should you wish to collect them upon arrival - just give us a call at 732-997-0205 or email email@example.com to confirm that you would like your tickets held at Will Call (and if you can't, don't worry - we can always print another copy at the Box Office upon your arrival).
Fret not - there is almost never a wait at Will Call, even on the busiest of nights.
can I buy tickets at McCarter? At University Ticketing?
Princeton Summer Theater manages its own box office; we are not affiliated with the McCarter Theatre Center Box Office, or the Princeton University Ticketing service. To purchase tickets for Princeton Summer Theater, you must use our online box office powered by Tixato, or call our own box office at 732-997-0205.
While we may try to partner with local organizations in the future, managing our own box office allows us to keep fees low and provide you with detailed service specific to the Hamilton Murray Theater.
Why did you raise ticket prices?
In 2017, our ticketing service became subject to an additional service fee of $2.00. The face value price of the tickets is still the same - we just believe that it is more honest to include the service fee upfront, rather than to include it at the end.
Where can I get discounted tickets?
All over! We encourage you to seek out our community partners for special deals, ask a current subscriber, or follow our Facebook feed for flash sales and coupon codes.
(The only way to guarantee that you won't receive a discount is by berating a member of the box office staff - but that rarely happens.)
why did you change the subscription modeL?
We wanted to reward patrons who were committed to supporting our company members in the audience for the entire season, not just for one or two big shows. However, we've since heard from many patrons who appreciated the flexibility of the previous system; our successors in 2016 will once again evaluate the subscription model.
I've been a patron for years - why are you asking me for my address or email address again? Don't you have that on file?
Since PST's management turns over almost every year, and since such a long time passes between seasons, we like to double-check our records every year. It's not that we've forgotten you - we're just doing our best to build a comprehensive system and keep our records accurate.
Who runs PST?
Princeton Summer Theater is run by university students and recent graduates, primarily from Princeton University.
Are the Actors Professionals, or students?
Our actors are primarily university students and recent graduates who are pursuing careers in theater; actors also come from various graduate programs in New York.
What were the renovations done in 2014?
The theater was closed in the summer of 2014 for both extensive renovations to the theater's air handler & HVAC system and the installation of new lighting and technical equipment. While the changes may not look like much, they make working in and attending the theater much, much better.