Mon, Sept 11, 7pm—Our Very Own Carlin McCullough
Mon, Sept 25, 7pm—El Huracán
Mon, Oct 2, 7pm—Happiness and Joe
Mon, Oct 16, 7pm—Dear
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All shows just $15!
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 free post-reading reception including wine and snacks, with a chance to chat with the playwright, the actors, and meet other new play enthusiasts.
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Mon, Sept 11
OUR VERY OWN CARLIN MCCULLOUGH
By Amanda Peet
Director by Tyne Rafaeli
Carlin McCullough is a tennis prodigy with the chance for greatness, but the adults in her life can’t agree on what it takes to succeed in the intense world of competitive tennis. While her long-time coach and troubled mother grapple with their own pasts and failed ambitions, a dramatic encounter forces Carlin to come to terms with her past and face her future head on. Written by MCC alum Amanda Peet.
Mon, Sept 25
By Charise Castro Smith
Director Laurie Woolery
Hurricane Andrew is quickly approaching Miami, and three generations of women prepare for the storm while the matriarch Valeria battles her quickly advancing Alzheimer’s disease. Held captive to her debilitating condition, Valeria’s memories and inner world are revealed in a journey both tragic and dreamlike. Thirty years later, the family is again threatened by rising waters and an impending disaster as they face each other in the wake of an unforgivable mistake. With allusions to Shakespeare’s The Tempest, El Huracàn is a magical exploration of one family’s multi-generational battle with acceptance and forgiveness. Written by Charise Castro Smith.
Mon, Oct 2
HAPPINESS AND JOE
By Jocelyn Bioh
Directed by Saheem Ali
Happiness and Joe are madly in love and their wedding is the most anticipated event in the (fictional) African country of Upendo. But the rising tensions are becoming harder to ignore and they find themselves unwittingly, in the center of it. Written by Jocelyn Bioh, whose play School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girl Play will be presented as part of MCC Theater’s mainstage season. Bioh is also MCC’s 2017-2018 Tow Playwright-in-Residence.
Mon, Oct 16
By Lily Houghton
Directed by Jenna Worsham
April has disappeared from her college campus, and her three friends convene in their dorm’s shared bathroom to trade theories about her whereabouts and attacks against each other. When April’s paper on female serial killers begins to bare striking similarities to their behavior, the students are forced to face their own secrets and rage. Written by MCC Youth Company alum Lily Houghton, Dear explores the violence against and within young women today.
Programming and casting is subject to change.