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MCC Theater Announces Playlabs Reading Series for September 2013




New York, NY – MCC THEATER (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) has announced the line-up for their upcoming PlayLabs reading series, featuring new plays by members of the company’s Playwrights’ Coalition.  Traditionally held in the Spring, MCC’s PlayLab will now shift to the autumn months, launching this year on four consecutive Mondays throughout September (beginning September 9th) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street).  All readings are at 7pmNew York actors currently scheduled to appear in the readings include: Tony Award® nominee Jeremy Shamos, Patch Darragh, Brett Donaldson, Maxwell Hamilton, Rachel Lee, Christopher McLinden, Deirdre O’Connell, and Shannon Sullivan.   The series is offered free of charge, but reservations are recommended.  For reservations and more info, please visit

MCC’s PlayLabs provides audiences with: a rare first look at brand new plays by a group of notable emerging playwrights; the opportunity to participate in post-show conversations that aid in the development of the work; and a meet-n-greet wine reception with actors and the creative team following all activities.  Participating playwrights are selected from MCC’s Playwrights’ Coalition, now in its thirteenth year of offering a diverse group of writers the resources and support necessary to help conceive, develop and ultimate present their work to a New York audience, with an emphasis on roundtable readings and intensive script analysis.  PlayLabs works often find later life through full-scale productions at MCC and other renowned theaters regionally across the U.S., in New York, and internationally.  Alums of the program include early works by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp and Tony Award® nominee Stephen Adly Guirgus, among many others. 

MCC Theater—renowned for its commitment to nurturing new works—recently announced its 2013-14 Main Stage Season which includes: the Broadway premiere of the Mary-Louise Parker-starrer The Snow Geese by MCC alum Sharr White, which is a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) set for October 1 through December 15, 2013 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre; the New York Premiere of John Pollono’s celebrated Small Engine Repair, the comic thriller that premiered to rave reviews and sold-out audiences at L.A.’s Rogue Machine Theatre, which will begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on October 30, 2013 with an official opening on November 19, 2013; the Off-Broadway premiere of Robert AskinsHand to God, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and starring Steven Boyer (Modern Terrorism, The Wolf of Wall Street), at Lucille Lortel Theatre, beginning on February 20, 2014 with an official opening on March 11, 2014; and the North American premiere of Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike, directed by Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation), starring Academy Award® nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight) at the Lucille Lortel Theatre beginning May 21, 2014 with an official opening on June 9, 2014.

See below for full details on the PlayLabs Readings:

2013 Fall PlayLabs Readings____________________________________________

Monday, September 9th, 7 p.m.


Written by Julian Sheppard
Directed by Gene Taylor Upchurch

Ray and Ed have been in the same place in their lives longer than they can remember - and nobody says when I grow up I want to be a bartender. When an opportunity to change everything comes along, can they succeed in making their dreams come true?  And where does Morgan, the woman who breezed into the bar one afternoon, fit in? A dark comedy about true friendship and useful lies.

Monday, September 16th, 7 p.m.


Written by Brooke Berman
Directed by Trip Cullman

When twenty-something Alicia is drawn to sexy bad boy Ryder, she's brought to her senses by a charismatic spiritual healer who claims to have all the answers. But ten years later and still without a committed relationship, will these same answers satisfy her?

Monday, September 23rd, 7 p.m.

Mike and Seth

Written & Directed by Daniel Talbott

Childhood friends Mike and Seth share a hotel room the night before Mike's wedding, as a winter ice storm rages outside. Unable to sleep, they desperately try to make sense of themselves, each other, and their unknown future. What do two best friends say to each other on the night before everything changes?

Monday, September 30th, 7 p.m.

Nicholas Maeve Marianne

Written by Matthew Stephen Smith
Directed by Jaclyn Biskup

Bushwick. A cold kitchen. Three estranged friends reunite. Fueled by bourbon and excited debate they attempt to rekindle their old friendship... Before tomorrow they'll confront a shared desperation, fighting to save what happiness and home they have left.

MCC Theater – founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company – is committed to developing and producing new work that challenges artists and rewards audiences.  Our mission is carried out through an annual season of world, American, and New York premieres, literary development programs for emerging writers, and ground-breaking education programs that enable more than 1,100 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.  Notable MCC Theater highlights include: recent hits Reasons to be Happy and Really Really; the New York premiere of The Other Place starring Laurie Metcalf (which transferred to Broadway during the 2012-13 Season); the 2008 Tony Award-nominated Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil LaBute, 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, Alan Bowne’s Beirut, The Submission, winner of the inaugural Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for new American plays, and a newly reworked and fully re-imagined production of Carrie, the musical.  Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards.

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