Mon, Sep 15, 7pm—Lost Girls
Mon, Sep 29, 7pm—How to Use a Knife
Mon, Oct 6, 7pm—Shut Up When You Talk to Me
Admission is $10
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The Lucille Lortel Theatre
121 Christopher Street
(between Bleecker Street and Hudson Street)
In September and October, MCC Theater will present its annual PlayLabs reading series. These readings take the development of new plays to the public, bringing you exciting new work and giving the playwrights the invaluable opportunity to engage directly with an audience.
PlayLabs feature new work by some of the most exciting writers working today. Each has their own unique voice that is brought to life by New York's best actors. Past readings have featured Michael Shannon (Oscar nominee for Revolutionary Road, Bug), Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), Marin Ireland (reasons to be pretty on Broadway, Blasted), and many more.
With our PlayLabs, MCC Theater brings new plays to you and gives you an important role in the play development process. Join us after every reading for a reception, a chance to chat with the playwright, the actors, and meet other new play enthusiasts.
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Mon, Sep 15
by John Pollono
directed by Jo Bonney
with Jonathan Gordon, Marin Ireland, Tasha Lawrence,
Danny McCarthy, Morgan Saylor, and Sarah Sokolovic
Lou and Maggie, divorced but now compelled to join forces when their daughter has stolen the car and disappeared into a blinding snowstorm, must confront their volatile past and come to terms with the bitter unravelling of a once promising romance. A story of deep resentment and great love by the writer of MCC’s smash hit Small Engine Repair.
Mon, Sep 29
HOW TO USE A KNIFE
by Will Snider
directed by Kareem Fahmy
In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a popular restaurant kitchen, Steve is hiding in plain sight. An East African immigrant, he seems to be a humble yet dignified dishwasher, but Steve has a shocking past during the bloody Rwandan ethnic cleansing, and Immigration authorities are on his trail. Written by a young, exciting new talent, the play bursts with grinding suspense, energy and surprise.
Mon, Oct 6
SHUT UP WHEN YOU TALK TO ME
by Stephen Belber
directed by David Schwimmer
From celebrated writer Stephen Belber comes a new play about the journey of friends from “brave new world” youth to wiser but deceivingly complicated middle age. Mack, amusing and tragic, drops into Luke’s circumscribed life, threatening the interconnection between Luke, his wife Emma and their 17 year-old son Gifford. Life can be fragile, teetering on the edge of destruction, and in his own chaotic way, Mack asks the question, "What will save it?"
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About the Playwrights
John Pollono who wrote and co-starred in MCC’s critically acclaimed Small Engine Repair, is an actor and playwright from New England. He won the LA Ovation and Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle (LADCC) Awards for Best Play for the 2011 LA production of Small Engine Repair, and also received the LADCC Award for Best Writing. As an actor, John has appeared in “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Major Crimes” and Showtime’s upcoming “Masters of Sex.” This winter he appeared in the new series “Mob City,” written and directed by Frank Darabont. He is a founding member of Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles, which produced Small Engine Repair as well as his plays Lost and Found, Razorback and Lost Girls.
Will Snider was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, DC. His plays include Extinction, Sundowners, The Old Man is Dead, and How to Use a Knife and have been produced at Ensemble Studio Theatre, #serials@theflea, FringeNYC, Columbia University, and Wabash College. He has been a semi-finalist for the Princess Grace Award and the Page 73 Fellowship and is an MFA Playwriting Candidate at UCSD and member of the Obie Award-winning playwrights group Youngblood at EST. He studied African history at Columbia and spent three years working in agricultural development in East Africa.
Stephen Belber’s plays have been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries. His plays include The Power Of Duff, Match, Tape, Don’t Go Gentle, Dusk Rings a Bell, McReele, A Small, Melodramatic Story, Geometry of Fire, Fault Lines, One Million Butterflies, Finally, The Muscles In Our Toes, The Transparency Of Val, and Carol Mulroney. He was an Associate Writer on The Laramie Project, and co-writer on The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Movies include Tape, The Laramie Project (Associate Writer), Drifting Elegant, Management and Match, the last two of which he also directed, starring Jennifer Aniston and Patrick Stewart, respectively. Television credits include Rescue Me, Law & Order SVU, and pilots for HBO and F/X.
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About the Directors
Jo Bonney has directed Culture Clash’s American Night (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); Darci Picoult’s Lil’s 90th (Long Wharf Theatre); Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home from the Wars (Public Theatre Lab); Naomi Wallace’s The Hard Weather Boating Party (The Humana Festival) and Fever Chart (Public Theatre Lab); Michael Weller’s Beast (New York Theatre Workshop); Alan Ball's All that I Will Ever Be (NYTW); Eric Bogosian's subUrbia; Charles Fuller's A Soldier's Play and Lisa Loomer's Living Out (Second Stage, NY); Will Power's The Seven (NYTW & La Jolla Playhouse) (L. Lortel Best Musical); Neil LaBute's Fat Pig (MCC Theater & Geffen Playhouse); Some Girl(s) (MCC Theater); Carol Churchill's Top Girls (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Christopher Shinn's On the Mountain (Playwrights Horizons); Nilo Cruz's Anna in the Tropics (Arena Stage); Universes' Slanguage (NYTW/ Mark Taper Forum); Lanford Wilson's Fifth of July (Signature Theatre) (L. Lortel Best Revival); Jose Rivera's Adoration of the Old Woman (La Jolla Playhouse) and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (The Public Theater); Diana Son's Stop Kiss and Anna Deavere Smith's House Arrest (The Public Theater); Jessica Goldberg's Good Thing (The New Group); John Osborne's Look Back in Anger (CSC,NY); Danny Hoch's Some People and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (USA/Britain); Dael Orlandersmith’s Stoop Stories (Studio Theatre, Washington & The Goodman Theatre); numerous solos Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll; Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead by Eric Bogosian (USA/Britain). Recipient of a 1998 Obie Award for Sustained Excellence of Direction and editor of Extreme Exposure: An Anthology of Solo Performance Texts from the Twentieth Century (TCG).
Kareem Fahmy is a Canadian-born director of Egyptian descent. He’s worked extensively in new play development with companies including New York Theatre Workshop, Second Stage, Soho Rep, Berkeley Rep, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Sundance Institute Theatre, Partial Comfort Productions, and Noor Theatre. He is an alumnus of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, the Van Lier Directing Fellowship, the Drama League’s Classical Directing Fellowship and NTYW’s Emerging Artist Fellowship. Kareem has assisted Tony Award-winners Michael Mayer (The Illusion, Signature Theatre) and John Tiffany (Once, NYTW). In Montreal he directed the Canadian premieres of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Venus and Naomi Iizuka’s Language of Angels. Kareem is a founding member of |the claque|, a member of Rising Circle Theater Collective and is an NYTW Usual Suspect. MFA: Columbia. www.KareemFahmy.com
David Schwimmer is co-founder of the Lookingglass Theatre Company of Chicago, where he has acted in and directed many productions for Lookingglass including Big Lake Big City, Trust, Our Town, West, The Master and Margarita,The Jungle, Eye of the Beholder, The Odyssey, The Idiot, Of One Blood and his adaptation of Studs Terkel's book, Race. Other directing credits include Sex with Strangers at Second Stage. He starred in the premieres of D Girl and Turnaround in Los Angeles, Glimmer Brothers in Williamstown, Some Girls in London, the revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial on Broadway, and Detroit at Playwrights Horizons. Schwimmer's notable television and film credits include The Iceman, Nothing But The Truth, Madagascar I, II, & III, Duane Hopwood, Big Nothing, Band of Brothers, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Six Days Seven Nights, Apt Pupil, The Pallbearer and the hit comedy series "Friends," for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. Television directing includes "Friends," the HBO series "Little Britain USA," and NBC's "Growing Up Fisher." Film directing includes Since You've Been Gone, Run Fat Boy Run and Trust starring Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis.
Programming and casting is subject to change.