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Monday, August 20, 2012

August 20 Update: MCC Theater Season

As I said, it is Theater Season Announcement time.  The MCC Theater, which performs at the Lucille Lortel Theatre has an interesting upcoming season.  Last year their productions included Carrie as well as The New York Idea (review here).
This year their season includes:
Don't Go Gentle, Really Really & Small Engine Repair - they all look great.
If you are interested, the web site is here.

The SubmissionSep 27-Nov 4, 2012
World Premiere
Don't Go Gentle
by Stephen Belber
with David Wilson Barnes, Maxx Brawer, Michael Cristofer, Angela Lewis, Jennifer Mudge
directed by Lucie Tiberghien

“Belber tells stories with wit, humanity and richly drawn characters.”
-NY Daily News

Judge Lawrence Driver: conservative powerhouse on the bench, failure at home. Now retired, widowed, and seeking redemption, Lawrence volunteers to do pro bono legal work with Tanya, a vulnerable ex-con with a troubled teenage son, while working to repair the increasingly complicated relationships with his own adult children. But do-overs don’t come easy, and when his newfound generosity is perceived as condescension, Lawrence runs the risk of losing everything.

A world premiere by Stephen Belber, an MCC Theater Playwrights' Coalition member, whose chronicles of moral ambiguity include TapeDusk Rings a Bell, and Match on Broadway. Acclaimed director Lucie Tiberghien, a frequent collaborator with Belber, directed his playGeometry of Fire at the Rattlestick Theater. She most recently directed the West Coast premiere of Blood and Gifts at the La Jolla Playhouse. The cast features David Wilson Barnes (Becky Shaw), newcomer Maxx Brawer, Michael Cristofer (NBC’s “Smash”), Angela Lewis (Milk Like Sugar), and Jennifer Mudge (The Philanthropist).

Really ReallyJan 31–Mar 10, 2013
New York Premiere
Really Really
by Paul Downs Colaizzo
directed by David Cromer

“David Cromer is a visionary wunderkind, a genius in a black cape with secrets up his billowing sleeves."
–New York Times

In the hazy aftermath of a wild party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a close circle of friends. But when morning-after gossip turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
Paul Downs Colaizzo’s startlingly funny, booze-soaked cornucopia was a hit last season at D.C.’s Signature Theater. Really Really now gets its New York premiere in a new production directed by David Cromer, whose visionary take on Our Town took New York by storm in 2009, and whoseTribes is one of this year’s biggest off-Broadway hits.

May 16–Jun 23, 2013

New York Premiere
Small Engine Repair
by John Pollono
with Jon Bernthal, Christopher Fitzgerald, John Pollono
directed by Jo Bonney

"Packs a punch! Exquisitely modulated. Gripping, shocking, and sobering in its contemporary take on modern interactions in the technological age."
–L.A. Weekly

Frank, Swaino and Packie - buddies since high school, now past their prime - meet off-hours in Frank’s out-of-the-way repair shop under cloudy circumstances that only Frank has a handle on. Enter Chad, a plugged-in preppy college jock, whose arrival ignites an explosion of long-simmering resentment and rage in this taut, twisty, comic thriller.

A hit at L.A.’s Rogue Machine Theatre last spring, Small Engine Repair makes its New York premiere at MCC Theater with a new production directed by MCC veteran Jo Bonney (Neil LaBute's The Break of NoonSome Girl(s)Fat Pig). The cast features Jon Bernthal, of AMC's "The Walking Dead," Tony-Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian's RainbowYoung Frankenstein), and actor/playwright John Pollono, whose dazzling play took home nearly every theater award in the city of angels, including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Playwriting.

1 comment:

  1. The veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition, and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive.
    Transmission Fort Lauderdale