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2018/19 Season

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Our 2018/19 Season starts at the Lucille Lortel in the West Village with two plays then moves to our new home in Hell’s Kitchen with four new shows. THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE  is MCC’s brand new multi-theater complex that will help us do more of what we do best: make great theater with exciting artists for adventurous theater lovers. Like you.

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AUG 16-OCT 7, 2018 / NEW PLAY
LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE

COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES

by JEN SILVERMAN
directed by MIKE DONAHUE

Meet five different women named Betty: one rich, one lonely, one charismatic, one lovelorn, and one who keeps working on her truck. Oh, and one has decided to stage a production of that play-within-a-play by… that old English guy, what’s his name? Ah, forget it. In Jen Silverman’s unpredictable comedy Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, five women collide at the intersection of rage, love, and the “thea-tah,” provoking each other to take a look in the mirror and face the person they didn’t know they could be. Directed by Mike Donahue (The Legend of Georgia McBride), this New York premiere invites us all to be a little braver, live a little louder, laugh a little harder, and unleash our inner Betty.

OCT 16-DEC 9 / ENCORE RUN / 2018 LORTEL AWARD for BEST PLAY
LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY

by JOCELYN BIOH
directed by REBECCA TAICHMAN

New York Times Critic’s Pick, School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play by Jocelyn Bioh is back in session for an encore run this fall at MCC Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter—and Paulina’s hive-minded friends. Directed by Tony Award® winner Rebecca Taichman, Bioh’s buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe. Don’t miss what the Hollywood Reporter calls, “ferociously entertaining and as heartwarming as it is hilarious” for a strictly limited engagement.

ADD ON: School Girls is only offered as an add-on and is not included in any subscription.

JAN 23–MAR 17 / NEW PLAY
Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at
THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE

THE LIGHT

by LOY A. WEBB
directed BY LOGAN VAUGHN

Not every marriage proposal goes as planned. Loy A. Webb’s The Light introduces us to Rashad and Genesis on what should be one of the happiest days of their lives, but their joy quickly unravels when ground-shifting accusations from the past resurface in this gripping two character drama. Can their relationship survive the growing divide between them over who–and what–to believe? Directed by Logan Vaughn, The Light is a reckoning that unfolds in real-time and peels away the layers of truth, doubt, pain, and ultimately the power of love.

JAN 30–MAR 10 / NEW MUSICAL
Newman Mills Theater at
THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE

ALICE BY HEART

book by STEVEN SATER by JESSIE NELSON
music by DUNCAN SHEIK
lyrics by STEVEN SATER
choreographed by RICK and JEFF KUPERMAN
directed by JESSIE NELSON

When the madness of the world is too much to bear, we take refuge in the stories we love. Tony® and Grammy® award-winning creators of Spring Awakening, Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, reunite for their new musical Alice By Heart, inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and directed and co-written by Jessie Nelson (Waitress). In the rubble of the London Blitz of World War II, Alice Spencer’s budding teen life is turned upside down, and she and her dear friend Alfred are forced to take shelter in an underground tube station. When the ailing Alfred is quarantined, Alice encourages him to escape with her into their cherished book and journey down the rabbit hole to Wonderland. As they travel through the tale, Alice By Heart explores the poignancy of first love, coming to terms with loss, and finding the courage to move forward. This world premiere musical encourages us all to celebrate the transformational power of the imagination, even in the harshest of times.

APR 18–MAY 26 / NEW PLAY
Newman Mills Theater at
THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE

BLKS

by AZIZA BARNES
directed by ROBERT O’HARA

When shit goes down, your girls show up. As sharply funny as it is poignant, BLKS introduces us to Octavia, Imani, and June–three twenty somethings in New York City hunting for intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn’t seem to care. They drink a lot. They smoke a lot. They try to have sex. A lot. When they need each other the most, the women rally to “resurrect their fly” in a day full of humorous and painful attempts to be heard through the noise that surrounds them. Robert O’Hara (Barbecue) directs. Poet Aziza Barnes makes their playwriting debut which signifies the arrival of a wholly original voice.

JUN 7–AUG 4 / NEW PLAY
Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at
THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE

MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW
MOSCOW MOSCOW MOSCOW

by HALLEY FEIFFER
directed by TRIP CULLMAN

The struggle is real for Olga, Masha, and Irina: siblings who are NOT super thrilled to be stuck in rural Russia circa 1900 (laaame). In Halley Feiffer’s contemporary reimagining of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, we follow the joys and heartbreaks of one lovably dysfunctional family over the course of several pivotal years in a world that proves to be eerily similar to the one we live in today. Directed by Trip Cullman, this new black comedy tackles the absurdity of the privileged class and the power of love in a fresh twist on a classic tale that reveals itself to be far more relevant, than like, ever before.

Presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival

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