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MCC Theater Announces 2009 Fall Playlab Readings





New York, NY – MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Artistic Directors; William Cantler, Associate Artistic Director; Blake West, Executive Director) has announced the line-up for their Fall 2009 PlayLab play readings of new plays by members of the company’s Playwrights’ Coalition Anton Dudley, Matthew Stephen Smith and Kara Manning to be held on October 26, November 2 and November 9, 2009.  The three-week Monday night series will offer a special opportunity to experience works in development by some of New York’s most exciting playwrights.  As an added bonus, audience members will be invited to mingle with the artists at post-performance receptions to be held each night. 

MCC's commitment to new work extends beyond its Mainstage.  Now in its ninth year, the Playwrights' Coalition is a diverse group of some of the most talented, exciting playwrights working today.  The Coalition's programs give writers the resources and support to generate, develop and showcase new work.  Through intensive work and roundtable readings, member playwrights develop dynamic and challenging new plays, and twice-a-year PlayLab readings put these plays in front of an audience, providing a showcase and celebration of the writers' work.  Plays developed through the Playwrights' Coalition have gone on to production at MCC and other notable theaters in the U.S. and abroad. 

All readings will take place at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (25th  St. between Lexington and Third Avenue.) at 7:00 p.m.  The series is offered free of charge, but reservations are recommended.  Reservations can be made by phoning 212-727-7722 ext. 244 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

2009 Fall PlayLab Readings____________________________________

October 26, 2009
Fluid Love
Written and Directed by Anton Dudley
With Isabel Keating, Polly Lee, Peter O'Connor and Armando Riesco
Bret and Carla are neighbors, best friends, and intensely co-dependent.  Carla has a husband and two kids.  Bret has an empty apartment with new locks on the window and door; Carla has the keys.  So, when Bret brings home a pretty co-worker after his first day on the job, it's fair to wonder: is he turning over a new leaf, or running headlong into destruction?

November 2, 2009
7 Ways to Mourn the Dead
By Matthew Stephen Smith
Directed by Esther Neff
With Leslie Ayvasian, Louis Cancelmi, Sasha Higgins, Marin Ireland, Chelsea O'Connor, Larry Pine, Matthew Rauch and Michael Urie
In this darkly funny retelling of the fall of Troy, the royal House of Priam simmers and stews, bored to tears by a twelve-day break in the war.  The mute prophetess Cassandra knows of the looming terror, but the rest of the family would rather fill its time with parties, fights and illicit sex.  Is it better not to know your fate?  How do you distract yourself once you do?

November 9, 2009
Sleeping Rough
By Kara Manning
Directed by Wendy McClellan
With Aya Cash, Margaret Colin and Michael Countryman
Unable to forgive her country for a grievous trespass, Joanna makes a desperate trip to London, graffitiing her grief all over the city and ignoring the pleas of her British ex-husband and bee-obsessed daughter to go home.  In this prickly, compelling play, a shattered family tries to recover from loss and long-ago regrets...if they can even find each other to begin.

Please note that casting is subject to change.

MCC Theater is 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 presentation of its mainstage works; its Literary Program, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers and its Education & Outreach Program, allowing more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices in the arts.  Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, last season’s 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.  The company’s current production of Alexander DinelarisStill Life is now in currently in performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) through November 5.  2-Play subscriptions are available on for as little as $79.

About the Authors___________________________________________

Anton Dudley's Off-Broadway productions include Substitution (Soho Playhouse featuring Jan Maxwell), Getting Home (SecondStage Theatre Uptown directed by David Schweizer) and Slag Heap (the Cherry Lane Theatre featuring Vincent Kartheiser).  Other New York productions include Circumvention (Keen Company), Honor and the River (SPF; New York Stage & Film), Davy & Stu (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Lake’s End (Adirondack Theatre Festival featuring Jason Butler Harner), BOB (New York Stage & Film directed by Leigh Silverman), Flight of Kings (Baryshnikov Arts Center/37Arts), January 1, 2000 (Lincoln Center Theater@HERE), Pleaching the Coffin Sisters (EST), Drowned People (Fire Dept.@Joe's Pub), Up Here/In Here (Altered Stages), Antarctica (Vital Theatre), and edWARd2 (FringeNYC).  Regionally, his work has been presented by the Walnut Street Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cleveland Public Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata in Minneapolis, Luna Stage in New Jersey, New Works/New Haven, Cherry Red Productions in Washington DC, The Kennedy Center’s Prelude Festival, Momentum Productions in Texas, the Playwright’s Center of San Francisco, and Signature Theatre in Virginia.  Anton’s work has been published by Playscripts, Inc. (both Honor and the River and Circumvention) and in The Dramatist, PLAY A Journal of Plays (Vol. II), The Waverly Review, both volumes of Gary Garrison’s Monologues for Men by Men (Heinemann Press), Actor's Choice: Monologues for Teens (Playscripts, Inc.), The Theatre Audition Book II (Meriwether Publishing), and New American Short Plays 2005 (Backstage Books) edited by Craig Lucas.  The short film of Davy & Stu, for which Anton adapted the screenplay, appears on Strand Releasing's collection Boys Life 6.  The award-winning film was an official selection of over 60 international film festivals, playing on 5 continents.  Anton is a recipient of the Manhattan Theater Club Playwriting Fellowship and commission, the Bill Foeller Fellowship at Williamstown Theater Festival, the Cherry Lane Mentor’s Project Fellowship (Mentor: Ed Bullins), a Dramatists’ Guild of America Fellowship, a Translation Residency and Travel Grant from Quebec's Centre des Auteurs Dramatiques, a New York Theatre Workshop Summer Residency at Dartmouth College, a Baryshnikov Dance Foundation Residency (Mentor: Edwin Sanchez), both NYU’s Goldberg Award for Best Play (Mentor: Tony Kushner) and the John Golden Prize in Playwriting, an Arch & Bruce Brown Foundation Grant, and was chosen by Arthur Kopit to be an inaugural member of the Lark Play Development Center's Playwrights Workshop and was its Playwright-in-Residence for the 2006-2007 season.  A two-time finalist for the Heideman Award at Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Anton is a member of New York Theatre Workshop's "Usual Suspects" and MCC Theater's Playwrights' Coalition.  Currently, Anton is under commission from the Cherry Lane Theatre, and is developing the new musical Tina Girlstar for Olympus Theatricals, LLC.

Matthew Stephen Smith's play Endoftheworld Lovesong was performed at the Flea Theater (NYC) in 2008.  His other plays, including The Minotaur, A Fear of Being Eaten By Your Lover In the Dark, Night in the Land of Gracious Living, Shiver Meek & Mute (The Hostage Play), and Daedalus/Myth have been performed through Prospect Theater, Chicago's Remy Bumppo Theater Company, Panoply Performance Laboratory, The University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. He is currently developing two new plays, Shouting from the Burned House, and 7 Ways to Mourn the Dead.  As a performer, he recently appeared in Panoply Performance Laboratory's On the Cranial Nerves of Barbarians; A Documentary Operetta, and Anxious About Atlantis, which he co-wrote with Panoply Founder Esther NeffMatthew received his MFA in playwriting from Northwestern University where he also taught screenwriting.  He is a member of Panoply Performance Laboratory, The Dramatists Guild and MCC's Playwrights' Coalition.

Kara Manning’s plays, including Mind the GapKilling Swansafterdark and Sleeping Rough, have been performed or developed via the Royal Court Theatre, Hampstead Theatre, the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Horizons, MCC Theater, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, NYTW, LAByrinth Theater, the Magic Theater, New Dramatists, the Lark Play Development Center, Studio Dante, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (The 24 Hour Plays), Here (Raw Impressions), The Directors Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Makor, Expanded Arts, Theatre for the New City and the Bloomington Playwrights Project. She is the 2007-08 recipient of the Princess Grace Award in playwriting and a member of the 2008-2010 Women’s Project Playwrights Lab and MCC Theater’s Playwrights Coalition. Kara was a playwright-in-residence with the Royal Court Theatre’s International Residency, Page 73 Productions’ 2008 Yale retreat and Women's Project's 2009 Envision Lab retreat via Voice & Vision. She was a recipient of the 2000-2001 Jerome Foundation, Affiliated Writers Program grant in association with American Theatre magazine, a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (2008), P73 fellowship (2008), the Heideman Award (2009, 2007), PlayPenn Conference (2006), Barrie Stavis Award (2005), semifinalist for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (2007), shortlisted for NYU’s  Hot Ink festival (2008) and nominee for the 2007-08 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. She is the literary manager of the Irish Repertory Theatre in New York.  Member of the Dramatists Guild. She served as an assistant director at Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre (Fringe Festival), research assistant to Anne Bogart and the SITI Company. Kara is also a freelance music/arts journalist and a former MTV News reporter and staff writer for Rolling Stone magazine. She wrote liner notes for the Grammy-nominated Rhino box set "Respect: A Century of Women in Music.”  In addition, she is a web editor/on-air interviewer for WFUV/The Alternate Side and wrangles musicians for Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" on WFUV and John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders.  Graduate of Columbia University's MFA program in playwriting.

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