MCC Theater's Literary Programs fuel the theater's mission by discovering new plays that challenge and engage audience and artists alike, setting the stage for exciting and innovative theatrical collaborations. The Literary Department reads over 800 scripts annually. From those, approximately 25 plays a year are chosen for Discovery Readings -- in-house presentations to further explore potential projects -- all to find the four exciting, provocative plays that will become next year's Mainstage season. Our Resident Dramaturg, Stephen Willems, spearheads the development of scripts leading up to and during production, working with the playwright (and eventually, director) to bring each play to the fullest realization of its promise.
Plays that have been identified as potential works for production are developed by individual dramaturgical sessions between the playwright and the Literary Department and eventually shared with the Artistic Directors. Playwrights of interest to the theater are introduced in the same way. An additional opportunity for identifying and developing new work is offered by our annual reading series, the PlayLabs, directed and read by theater professionals.