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MCC Announces 2014-15 Season Featuring Works by Labute, Askins, Stephens & Haley

MCC THEATER

ANNOUNCES COMPLETE

2014-2015 SEASON

THRILLING NEW WORKS BY
NEIL LABUTE, ROBERT ASKINS,

SIMON STEPHENS & JENNIFER HALEY

New York, NY – MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) is pleased to announce its four-show 2014-15 Main Stage Season, which runs Fall 2014 through Summer 2015.  All productions will be staged at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street).  This announcement comes on the heels of one of MCC’s most acclaimed seasons yet, which began in Fall 2013 with the New York premiere of John Pollono’s Small Engine Repair and continued with the Off-Broadway premiere of Robert Askins’ Hand to God.  The final production of MCC’s 2013-14 Season, Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike starring Greta Gerwig and directed by Sam Gold, has its North American debut beginning May 22, 2014.  For more information on MCC Theater, please visit www.mcctheater.org.

The MCC Theater 2014-15 Main Stage Season includes:

Sept 3 – Oct 12  /  World Premiere

THE MONEY SHOT 

by Neil LaBute  

directed by Terry Kinney

Karen and Steve are glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. It’s been years since either one’s had a hit, but the latest movie by a hot shot European director could change that. The night before filming a big scene (that seems destined to assure them a spot back on the pop culture radar), Karen, her partner Bev, Steve, and his aspiring actress wife Missy meet in order to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain?

The Money Shot reunites MCC Theater’s Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute with director Terry Kinney (Reasons to Be Pretty) for a hilarious and insightful comedy about ambition, art, status and sex in an era – and an industry – where very little is sacred and almost nothing is taboo.

Oct 29 – Dec 7  /  New York Premiere

PUNK ROCK

by Simon Stephens

directed by Trip Cullman

In a private school outside of Manchester, England a group of highly-articulate seventeen year-olds flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for their A-Level mock exams. With hormones raging and minimal adult supervision, nothing can mask the underlying tension that becomes increasingly pronounced as the clock ticks towards the ultimate dismissal.

Inspired by playwright Simon Stephens’ (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Harper Regan) own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock is an unnerving chronicle of contemporary adolescence at the breaking point.

Feb 4 – Mar 15  /  New York Premiere

THE NETHER   

by Jennifer Haley

directed by Anne Kaufman

There is a new immersive realm for the senses online, a virtual playground where those who plug in are coaxed into acting out their darkest fantasies – with no consequences in the “real” world. Or so it seems…until a young female detective begins an investigation to determine if there is a point at which thought or intention may actually constitute a crime within -- and outside of -- this new frontier.

Winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Jennifer Haley’s The Nether is a haunting thriller that will make you question when the fantastic becomes too real.

Apr 29 – June 7  /  World Premiere

PERMISSION   

by Robert Askins

Eric and Cyndy are looking for some direction. They’ve decided to follow the lead of their friends Zach and Shelley and make Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. But restructuring their lives and their union according to role play and a new moral code upends everything they knew – and took for granted – about one another, their friends, and more importantly, who really holds the paddle!

Robert Askins returns to MCC Theater following the critically-acclaimed Hand to God with this new comedy about our all-too-human impulse to make order out of the chaos of modern relationships.

MCC Theater is currently in rehearsals for the final show of the 2013/14 Season: Greta Gerwig will be joined by Max Baker, Jason Butler Harner, Lucy Owen, Cara Seymour, and Scott Shepherd in the American premiere of Penelope Skinner’s celebrated play The Village Bike, the final production of MCC’s 2013-14 Main Stage season.  The Village Bike will be directed by Sam Gold, who recently directed the much-raved new musical Fun Home and this season’s The Realistic Jones on Broadway.  The Village Bike will premiere at The Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) beginning May 22, 2014 with an official opening on June 10, 2014.  Tickets for The Village Bike are now on sale at www.mcctheater.org.

MCC Theater - founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company - is driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would.  Led by Artistic Directors Robert LuPoneBernard TelseyWilliam Cantler, and Executive Director Blake West, MCC fulfills its mission by producing new work that challenges artists and rewards audiences, and by nurturing the development of playwrights and students through a variety of literary and education programs that enable nearly 1,200 New York City high school students to find – and use – their own unique voice each year through the creation and performance of original theater pieces.  MCC currently produces its annual season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) and will open its own two-theater complex on West 52nd Street and 10th Avenue in 2017.  Notable productions include the recent hits Hand to God and Small Engine Repair; The Other Place; Really Really; The Submission, winner of the inaugural Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for new American plays; The Pride; Fifty Words; Nixon's Nixon; The Grey Zone; the Tony Award-winning Frozen; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; the re-imagined production of the musical Carrie; and eight plays by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute, including Fat Pig, Reasons to Be Pretty and last season’s hit Reasons to Be Happy.

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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway League and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is presently the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers Association, AEA and AFTRA.

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

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