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Tickets Now on Sale for MCC Theater Productions of CARRIE and WILD ANIMALS YOU SHOULD KNOW

TICKETS ON-SALE TODAY FOR

MCC THEATER PRODUCTIONS OF

“ C A R R I E ”

AND

“ W I L D   A N I M A L S   Y O U   S H O U L D  K N O W ”

New York, NY – MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) has announced that tickets are now on-sale for the remaining two productions of the company’s 2011-2012 season: the world premiere of Wild Animals You Should Know and the newly reworked and fully re-imagined production of Carrie, the musical.  Performances for Wild Animals You Should Know begin November 3, 2011.  Performances for Carrie begin January 31, 2012.  Both will be performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC).  Tickets are available by visiting www.mcctheater.org.  In addition, the Lortel box office will be open from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m. today for in-person sales. 

Individual tickets for Carrie are priced at $89 and individual tickets for Wild Animals You Should Know are priced at $65, with premium tickets available for both.  A two-play subscription, priced at $99, is also available.  Go to www.mcctheater.org for more information. 

Based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, the musical of Carriehasn’t been seen since its legendary 1988 Broadway production.  Now, the show’s original authors have joined with director Stafford Arima (Altar Boyz) and MCC Theater for a newly reworked and fully re-imagined vision of this gripping tale.  Set today, in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie features a book by Lawrence D. Cohen (screenwriter of the classic film), music by Academy Award winning composer Michael Gore (Fame, Terms of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winning lyricist Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose).  The cast will be led by Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie (Next to Normal, Kiss Me Kate) as Carrie’s evangelical mother, Margaret White, and Molly Ranson (Jerusalem, August: Osage County) as the lonely, vengeful, yet fragile girl at the center of it all.  An official opening night is set for March 1, 2012.

In Wild Animals You Should Know by Thomas Higgins, Matthew (Jay Armstrong Johnson) and Jacob (Gideon Glick) are an unlikely pair of friends.  Matthew is a soccer star, full of brio and teenage swagger.  Jacob is, well, not.  Beneath the surface, though, the two are locked in an innocently erotic game of cat and mouse.  When Matthew's reluctant father, Walter (Patrick Breen), is wrangled by his wife Marsha (Alice Ripley) into chaperoning the boys' trip to a wilderness scout camp, he finds himself drawn into their adolescent game.  But Matthew has secretly decided just how far he's willing to go for his final act of scouting and everyone might do well to heed the scouts' motto: Be Prepared.  The production will be directed by Trip Cullman (A Small Fire, Bachelorette) and open officially on November 20, 2011.

MCC’s world premiere production of The Submission, by Jeff Talbott is now running through October 22 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre under the direction of Tony Award-Winner Walter Bobbie (School for Lies, Chicago).  The cast of The Submission features Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, “Glee”), Will Rogers (When the Rain Stops Falling), Eddie Kaye Thomas (American Pie, HBO’s “How to Make It in America”), and Rutina Wesley (“True Blood,” The Vertical Hour).  

MCC Theater recently celebrated its 25th anniversary season as one of New York City's leading Off Broadway theater companies, committed to presenting New York and world premieres each season.  When MCC Theater was founded in 1986, its mission was simple: to bring new theatrical voices to theater-going audiences.  MCC Theater continues to accomplish this yearly through three programmatic areas: its mainstage works; its Playwrights’ Coalition, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers; and its Education & Outreach Programs, including the Youth Company, which allow more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices through the creation of original theater pieces.  Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, last season’s The Pride, Fifty Words, the 2004 Tony-winning production of Bryony Lavery’s Frozen; Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig;Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living; Marsha Norman’s Trudy Blue; Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone and Alan Bowne’s Beirut.  Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards.

For more information on MCC Theater, visit www.mcctheater.org.

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