Mon, Sept 12, 7pm—School Girls (Or; The African Mean Girls Play)
Mon, Sept 19, 7pm—The Parlour
Mon, Sept 26, 7pm—The Anatomy of Love
Mon, Oct 17, 7pm—PORNPLAY, or Blesséd Are the Meek
Tickets now on sale.
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 12
SCHOOL GIRLS (OR; THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY)
by Jocelyn Bioh
directed by Rebecca Taichman
Set at a girls’ boarding school in the Aburi mountains of central Ghana, School Girls examines the tension-filled and hilarious milieu of competitive, cliquish, mean private schools. Paulina, the acknowledged queen bee, has her sights set on winning the imminent Miss Ghana competition until the arrival of a new girl, Ericka, throws her seriously off her stride. The play throws unsparing light on the questions of ambition, deceit, and the ultimate value of a fair-skinned complexion.
Eclipsed OBIE Award winner Zainab Jah and current Hamilton cast member Alysha Deslorieux will be joined by MaameYaa Boafo, Maechi Aharanwa, Mirirai Sithole, Danaya Esperanza, Myra Lucretia Taylor and Joniece Abbott-Pratt.
Mon, Sept 19
by Xavier Galva
directed by Mike Donahue
We are thrown headlong into the hectic, sometimes crazy world of New York restaurants in this new comedy of life for the haves and have-nots of urban existence. In the strict hierarchy, owners and managers are at the top of the chain, followed by chefs and servers. At the bottom is Mamadue, the African immigrant dishwasher. All the workers, often to humorous effect, struggle to rise in this political pecking order. Some more privileged few succeed, while the most dignified of them, Mamadue, suffers the sad, seemingly inevitable fate of the disempowered in modern democratic society.
Mon, Sept 26
THE ANATOMY OF LOVE
by Ted Malawer
directed by Sheryl Kaller
Danny and Laura are a typical modern couple; she is a dedicated, hard-working lawyer while he, an underemployed actor, is a stay at home dad. Their marriage has been shifted to auto pilot as both of them strive for the American dream. But all is brought to a dead, frightening stop when their seven-year old daughter’s teacher suggests that the child is most likely transgender. What follows is a fierce and sometimes hostile battle with Danny and Ms. Spencer advocating acceptance and pre-emptive reassignment and Laura adamantly refusing either action. This highly relevant issue of our time is the battleground for this highly emotional and heartbreaking story of fierce love and dreaded loss.
Mon, Oct 17
PORNPLAY; OR BLESSÉD ARE THE MEEK
by Eric Micha Holmes
directed by Saheem Ali
A slave buries a stone-carved small idol that reminds him of his African history. Forward a hundred plus years when an African American workman uncovers it on the grounds of a former plantation. We are in the world of Pornplay, where the mansion has become a location for a thriving porn business, and the inhabitants grapple viciously for the power and money the films bring in. Betrayal, infidelity and brutality thrive in Eric Micah Holmes’s dark and bitterly funny story of survival of the fittest in this new America.
Programming and casting is subject to change.