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LIVE THEATER IS BACK and MCC will re-open its doors in Hell’s Kitchen starting this Fall! We’re bringing you an exhilarating season of new works from some of today’s most talked-about playwrights and directors.

Our 2021/22 SEASON features the anticipated return of MCC alums, including Burnt-Umber Playwright-in-residence, JOCELYN BIOH (SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY) and director MIKE DONAHUE (COLLECTIVE RAGE: A PLAY IN 5 BETTIES), plus the MCC debuts of playwrights DONJA R. LOVE and ANA NOGUEIRA and directors SAHEEM ALI and WHITNEY WHITE. AND, a BRAND NEW musical from VAN HUGHES and NICK BLAEMIRE!

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NOLLYWOOD DREAMS

new play / OCT 2021

by JOCELYN BIOH
directed by SAHEEM ALI

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.

Nollywood Dreams is supported by The Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, The Bonnie Cashin Costume Design Fund, and by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council. 

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SPACE DOGS

new musical / JAN 2022

music and lyrics by VAN HUGHES and NICK BLAEMIRE

SPACE DOGS tells the heartbreaking, mind-blowing true story of Laika and the Chief Designer — a stray dog and the top secret Russian scientist who sent her to space during the Cold War. Written and performed by actor-musicians Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, it is a sweeping, kaleidoscopic tale of invention, betrayal, international political intrigue, and the immortal friendship that exists between man and dog, as they journey together to the stars.

Space Dogs is supported by the Gary Platt Initiative for New Musicals, Nicole and Stephen Eisenberg, the Burton A. Zipser and Sandra D. Zipser Foundation, and public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council. Space Dogs was developed in SongLabs with leadership support provided by Jill Furman.

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HERE SHE IS, BOYS

new play / APR 2022

by ANA NOGUEIRA
directed by MIKE DONAHUE

The year is 2015 and Jeff and Judy are right where they’re supposed to be: waiting outside the stage door of If/Then to get an autograph from the star. But the conversation they have while they wait will change the course of their decades-long friendship forever. Warning: Beware of Tourists.

Here She Is, Boys is supported by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council. 

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new play / MAY 2022

by DONJA R. LOVE
directed by WHITNEY WHITE

Flowers are in full bloom—in Mr. Isaiah’s classroom, in the halls of the correctional boarding school where he teaches, and in the depths of his students’ imaginations. After one boy dies by suicide, Mr. Isaiah struggles to figure out how to save the Black and Brown boys he teaches from a world that tries to crush their softness.

soft is supported by The R&S Shulman Fund at MCC Theater, and by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.

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UNCENSORED

new work from the MCC Youth Company / SPRING 2022

An annual highlight of the MCC calendar, the 21st edition of Uncensored will feature New York City teens taking over MCC’s main stage to speak their truth. MCC Youth Company’s Performance Lab and Brooklyn Youth Company branches put on exhilarating shows with student-written monologues, scenes, music, and ensemble pieces.  Uncensored is a celebration of young voices who speak to their experiences, hopes and dreams reflecting on today, while looking toward the future.  Their words are emboldened with music and movement, resulting in a show that will bring you to your feet.
This program is supported by The Pinkerton Foundation, the Tiger Baron Foundation, and by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council. 

MCC will closely monitor and adhere to all local, state and federal guidelines for all in-person activity and will alter plans if it is deemed in the best interests of public health. MCC is committed to the health and safety of its staff, artists, production crews, students and audience members. The theater has expanded its safety initiatives by installing a Needlepoint Bipolar Ionization (NPBI) technology system, upgrading the HVAC system with MERV 14 & MERV 15 filters, placing standing HEPA filters throughout the building, as well doubling the facility deep cleaning schedule, and going contactless with digital ticket scanning and digital playbills, among other efforts.