MCC Theater is now at home in Hell’s Kitchen. 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.
Our 2019/20 SEASON will feature some of today’s most talked-about writers and directors and the return of some of our favorite artists. Making their MCC debuts are HAMILTON’s Tony Award-winning director and orchestrator, THOMAS KAIL and ALEX LACAMOIRE, teaming with recording artist ROSS GOLAN; playwrights THERESA REBECK and C.A. JOHNSON and directors KATE WHORISKEY and SAHEEM ALI. Returning are MCC alums MORITZ VON STUELPNAGEL (HAND TO GOD), LUCY THURBER (TRANSFERS), THOMAS SADOSKI (REASONS TO BE PRETTY) and JOCELYN BIOH (SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY).
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new musical / SEP 18 thru OCT 27
book, music and lyrics by ROSS GOLAN
music supervision, vocal arrangements and orchestrations ALEX LACAMOIRE
choreography by TRAVIS WALL
directed by THOMAS KAIL
THE WRONG MAN is a new musical by multi-platinum singer-songwriter ROSS GOLAN that reunites HAMILTON’s Tony award-winning director THOMAS KAIL & three-time Tony award-winning orchestrator ALEX LACAMOIRE. The wrong man meets the wrong woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Set in Reno, Nevada, THE WRONG MAN is the story of Duran, a man just scraping by who is framed for a murder he didn’t commit, told through poetic lyrics and haunting melodies.
Ross Golan is a multi-platinum songwriter, artist, podcast host, and advocate. He has written hits for artists spanning multiple genres including ARIANA GRANDE, JUSTIN BIEBER, MAROON 5, CHARLIE PUTH, FLO RIDA, LADY ANTEBELLUM, SELENA GOMEZ, PINK, MICHAEL BUBLÉ, IDINA MENZEL and more.
new play / OCT 3 thru NOV 10
by THERESA REBECK
directed by MORITZ VON STUELPNAGEL
SEARED is a new fit-for-foodies comedy by critically-acclaimed playwright THERESA REBECK (BERNHARDT/HAMLET) directed by Tony® nominee MORITZ VON STUELPNAGEL (MCC’s HAND TO GOD). Brilliant, hot-headed chef Harry scores a mention in a food magazine with his signature scallops, and his business partner Mike finally sees profits within reach. The only problem is Harry refuses to recreate his masterpiece for the masses. Mix in a shrewd restaurant consultant with a waiter with dreams of his own and it all goes to hell in this hilarious and insightful new play that asks us to consider where art ends and commerce begins. You’ve never seen (or smelled) a production quite like this. Audiences will be up close to the action of SEARED’s working kitchen onstage in our intimate and flexible space.
The east coast premiere of SEARED was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2018, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director.
Originally commissioned and produced by
San Francisco Playhouse/Bill English, Artistic Director
Susi Damilano, Producing Director
San Francisco, California
new play / FEB 6 thru MAR 15
by C.A. JOHNSON
directed by KATE WHORISKEY
ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS is a fantastical new coming-of-age comedy written by C.A. JOHNSON (MCC debut) and directed by KATE WHORISKEY (SWEAT, RUINED). Sixteen year old Keyonna and her older brother Samuel are living on the brink of eviction while dreaming of a better tomorrow. Too smart, “too gay”, and too lonely to fit in, Keyonna escapes by writing to her muse (or muses) Natalie Portman in her most iconic roles. When “all the Natalie Portmans” start talking back to her, Keyonna finally has to face her own off-screen drama in this imaginative new play about the beauty of life even if we can’t see the stars.
ALL THE NATALIE PORTMANS was developed, in part, at the 2018 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab.
new play / MAR 19 thru APR 26
by JOCELYN BIOH
directed by SAHEEM ALI
JOCELYN BIOH (MCC’s SCHOOL GIRLS…, “SHE’S GOTTA HAVE IT”) returns with a new romantic comedy directed by SAHEEM ALI (SUGAR IN OUR WOUNDS, FIREFLIES). It’s the 1990s and in Lagos, Nigeria, the NOLLYWOOD film industry is exploding and taking the world by storm. Ayamma dreams of stardom while working at her parents’ travel agency alongside her lovable and celebrity-obsessed sister Dede. When Ayamma lands an audition for a new film by Gbenga Ezie, Nigeria’s hottest director, she comes head-to-head with Gbenga’s former leading lady, Fayola. Tensions flare just as sparks start flying between Ayamma, the aspiring ingénue, and Wale, Nollywood’s biggest heartthrob, in this hilarious new play about dreaming big.
new play / JUN 4 thru JUL 12
by LUCY THURBER
directed by THOMAS SADOSKI
Written by LUCY THURBER (MCC’s TRANSFERS) and directed by THOMAS SADOSKI (HBO’s THE NEWSROOM, MCC’s REASONS TO BE PRETTY), PERRY STREET is a funny and subversive new play that explores family, class and sex. (And sex.) Phil and Maggie live a life of leisure in their handsome West Village brownstone. They indulge in the finer things. They find joy bringing aspiring artists into their home and making them part of the family, with a few strings attached. But when their daughter returns from Brown with her new girlfriend, Annabelle, the family is challenged by a series of startling and unsettling events. In the tradition of the great American family dramas, Thurber’s provocative and unpredictable new play asks: what are you willing to pay for the people and things that you desire most?
THE ROBERT W. WILSON MCC THEATER SPACE
Our new home in Hell’s Kitchen allows us to deepen our mission and encourage greater collaboration among all of our ARTISTS, STUDENTS, and AUDIENCES.