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LIVELABS: ONE ACTS

WEDNESDAYS AT 5:30

We began our life at MCC almost 35 years ago with the One Act Festival, so as we embark on another beginning – the birth of MCC Virtual Events – we wanted to pay homage to our roots, by hosting a series of One Act play readings. Act readings will be between 25 – 45 minutes in length, and will be read and live streamed for free to the MCC Theater audience.

JUNE 3: PUES NADA
by AZIZA BARNES
directed by WHITNEY WHITE
featuring ITO AGHAYERE, CHERISE BOOTHE, KAREN PITTMAN, SAMIRA WILEY

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WEDNESDAYS
5:30PM EST
PRESENTED VIRTUALLY

RUN TIME: 25-45 MIN

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PARTICIPATING PLAYWRIGHTS

Aziza Barnes

AZIZA BARNES

Aziza Barnes

AZIZA BARNES

Aziza Barnes is blk & alive. Z’s play BLKS has been produced at Steppenwolf Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theater and MCC, and was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding play. Z has participated with residencies such as Sundance, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Center Theater Group Playwriting Workshop, Callaloo and Cave Canem. Barnes’ play NANA, was commissioned by Williamstown Theater Festival. Z lives in LA.

Matthew Lopez

MATTHEW LOPEZ

Matthew Lopez

MATTHEW LOPEZ

Matthew Lopez is the author of The Inheritance, which premiered at London’s Young Vic in 2018 and transferred to the West End later that year. It opened on Broadway last autumn.  The Inheritance is the most honored new play in West End history, winning an unprecedented five “Best Play” awards, including the Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award, the London Critics Circle Award, the WhatsOnStage Award, and the Southbank Sky Arts Awards. His play The Legend of Georgia McBride was produced by MCC Theater in 2015. Other plays include The Whipping Man, Somewhere, Reverberation, and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. He is currently writing the musical adaptation of the classic film Some Like it Hot with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. In 2019 he received the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Talene Monahon

TALENE MONAHON

Talene Monahon

TALENE MONAHON

Talene Monahon is thrilled to return to MCC, where she last appeared in Robert Askins’ Permission. Talene’s play, How to Load a Musket, an interview-based exploration of historical reenactors, premiered January 2020 at 59E59, produced by Less than Rent and directed by Jaki Bradley. Her play All in Good Fun was produced at the Peterborough Players and toured various academic institutions across New England. Her plays have been produced with Cape Cod Theater Project, Northern Stage, 24-Hour Plays, and Play-Per-View. As an actor, Talene has performed in productions at the Roundabout Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, the Atlantic, MCC, New Georges, Encores! Off-Center, Red Bull, La Jolla Playhouse, the Huntington Theater Company, Gingold Theater Group, Partial Comfort and Les Freres Corbusier as well as selected film and television. Her satire writing can be found on McSweeneys and Points in Case. B.A:  Dartmouth College.

Aziza Barnes

AZIZA BARNES

Playwright

Aziza Barnes

AZIZA BARNES

Playwright

Aziza Barnes is blk & alive. Z’s play BLKS has been produced at Steppenwolf Theater, Woolly Mammoth Theater and MCC, and was nominated for the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding play. Z has participated with residencies such as Sundance, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Center Theater Group Playwriting Workshop, Callaloo and Cave Canem. Barnes’ play NANA, was commissioned by Williamstown Theater Festival. Z lives in LA.

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WHITNEY WHITE

Director

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WHITNEY WHITE

Director

Whitney White is a director, writer, and musician originally from Chicago based in New York. She is a believer of alternative forms of performance, multi-disciplinary work, and collaborative processes. Her directing projects include: New York Times Critic’s Pick and twice extended Our Dear Dead Drug Lord by Alexis Scheer (WP Theatre and Second Stage), New York Times Critic’s Pick What To Send Up When it Goes Down by Aleshea Harris celebrating black lives who have been lost to racialized violence (The Movement Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, American Repertory Theatre and The Public), and James Baldwin’s classic; The Amen Corner (Shakespeare Theatre DC), and LA Times Critic’s Choice Canyon (IAMA, LA). She is an Associate Artist at The Roundabout, a recipient of the Susan Stroman Directing Award and is currently a part of the Rolex Protegé and Mentorship Arts Initiative. BA Northwestern University, MFA Brown University /Trinity Rep. www.whitney-white.com

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ITO AGHAYERE

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ITO AGHAYERE

Ito Aghayere is a recent LA transplant who began her career on the NY stage. Besides several off-Broadway credits at The Public, NYTW, and Classic Stage Company, she received a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for her work in Danai Gurira’s Familiar, directed by Rebecca Taichman at Playwrights Horizons. On Broadway, she originated roles in Ayad Akhtar’s Junk, directed by Doug Hughes and in Theresa Rebeck’s Bernhardt/Hamlet, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. She graduated Duke University with a degree in Political Science and Theater Arts and later interned in the Obama White House while pursuing her graduate studies at Columbia University where she received her MFA. With film/TV credits including Logan Lucky with Hilary Swank and guest starring roles on InstinctThe Blacklist, and Elementary, Ito now stars as a series regular alongside Patricia Heaton as Chief Resident Dr. Maya Jacobs in the new sitcom Carol’s Second Act on CBS.

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CHERISE BOOTH

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CHERISE BOOTH

Recently seen as Undine in Signature Theatre’s highly acclaimed revival of Lynn Nottage’s FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE for which she won her second Obie Award for Performance (Lucille Lortel Nom. Outstanding Revival, Drama Desk Nom. Outstanding Revival of a Play).  Her first Obie was awarded for her performance in Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons/WP Theater/La Jolla).  She may be best known for originating the role of Josephine in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winning play Ruined (Goodman/MTC). Theatre: west coast premiere of Robert O’Hara’s Barbecue (Geffen, NAACP Theatre Award Best Ensemble Cast), Danai Gurira’s Familiar (Yale Rep), Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young And Unafraid (MTC) and Suzan-Lori Parks’ Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Public Theater Lab).  For her accomplished and extensive work in Regional Theatre, Cherise received a Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship.  Film/TV: Ricki and the Flash (opposite/Meryl Streep) 42 (w/Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie) and The Wool Cap (opposite/Keke Palmer, William H. Macy), New Amsterdam, The Blacklist, CSI, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, The Good Wife and L&O:SVU.

Voice Over in Film/TV/Video Games: Everyone’s Hero, DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny as Jade Tusk, Overwatch as Sojourn, Guild Wars 2 as Zafirah, Agents of Mayhem as Agent Janel Braddock and Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  Her audiobook narration of The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson helped lead to its selection by the American Library Association to receive a prestigious Odyssey Honor award.

NYU Graduate Acting MFA.  www.cheriseboothe.com.

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KAREN PITTMAN

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KAREN PITTMAN

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SAMIRA WILEY

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SAMIRA WILEY

SAMIRA WILEY: currently plays Moira on Hulu’s original drama series The Handmaid’s Tale, a role that just earned her an Emmy win, two Emmy nominations and an NAACP Image Award nomination. She is also well known for her SAG Award winning performance as inmate Poussey on Orange Is the New Black. Wiley was just seen on stage in Antigone in Ferguson. Her next films include the sci-fi drama Bios, where she stars alongside Tom Hanks, and the drama-comedy film Breaking News in Yuba County.

Wiley’s past film credits include: Detroit (directed by Kathryn Bigelow), Social Animals37NerveRob The MobBeing Flynn and The Sitter. Additional television credits include a starring role on YouTube Red’s comedy series Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on TV, recurring roles on You’re the Worst and Unforgettable as well as appearances on The CatchLaw & Order: SVU and Person of Interest. Wiley also starred in the Off-Broadway play Daphne’s Dive, directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton). She is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

THE SENTINELS

Matthew Lopez

MATTHEW LOPEZ

Playwright

Matthew Lopez

MATTHEW LOPEZ

Playwright

Matthew Lopez is the author of The Inheritance, which premiered at London’s Young Vic in 2018 and transferred to the West End later that year. It opened on Broadway last autumn.  The Inheritance is the most honored new play in West End history, winning an unprecedented five “Best Play” awards, including the Olivier Award, the Evening Standard Award, the London Critics Circle Award, the WhatsOnStage Award, and the Southbank Sky Arts Awards. His play The Legend of Georgia McBride was produced by MCC Theater in 2015. Other plays include The Whipping Man, Somewhere, Reverberation, and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. He is currently writing the musical adaptation of the classic film Some Like it Hot with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. In 2019 he received the Literature Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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REBECCA TAICHMAN

Director

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REBECCA TAICHMAN

Director

REBECCA TAICHMAN (Director). 2017 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play, Obie, and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Indecent written by Paula Vogel (Yale Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Vineyard Theater, Broadway at The Cort Theatre). Rebecca has directed on and off Broadway, new plays and classics, musicals and opera. She has worked with writers Jocelyn Bioh, Sarah Ruhl, Danai Gurira, Enda Walsh, Brian Selznick, Kirsten Greenidge, Nico Muhly, David Adjmi, and Stephen Karam among others. She has worked at theaters such as The Roundabout Theatre, Lincoln Center Theatre, The Public Theater, Playwrights Horizons, MCC, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, The Old Globe Theatre, ART, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, McCarter, Woolly Mammoth, and others. Rebecca is a resident director at The Roundabout Theatre in NYC, a Henry Crown Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. www.rebeccataichman.com 

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JANE ALEXANDER

Alice

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JANE ALEXANDER

Alice

Ms. Alexander has a distinguished stage career. She has performed in more than 100 plays, been honored with numerous awards including her Tony Award for “THE GREAT WHITE HOPE”, and Obie, Drama League, Drama Desk and Theatre World awards, and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994. Jane starred at Long Wharf Theater in the world premiere of Matthew Barber’s play “FIREFLIES”. Recently, Jane starred on Broadway in Bess Wohl’s GRAND HORIZONS, directed by Leigh Silverman.

A four-time Oscar nominee for “TESTAMENT”, “KRAMER vs KRAMER”, “ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN”, and “THE GREAT WHITE HOPE”, Ms. Alexander has appeared in over 70 screen and television roles.

On television, Jane won Emmy Awards for “PLAYING FOR TIME”, and WARM SPRINGS”, and a Television Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in “ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN: THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS”. Jane has been seen in recurring roles recently on “BULL”, “THE BLACKLIST”, “ELEMENTARY”, and “THE GOOD WIFE”. Jane stars in the final episode of the new Amazon series “MODERN LOVE”, and shot a recur role on the new Fox 21/Amazon series TALES FROM THE LOOP.

In 1994, President Clinton appointed Ms. Alexander Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, a position she served for 4 years. Her book “COMMAND PERFORMANCE: AN ACTRESS IN THE THEATRE OF POLITICS” documents her tenure.

Jane has been active as a wildlife conservationist for many years and sits on the national board of the Audubon Society, the Global Advisory Group of BirdLife International, and co chairs the Conservation Council of Panthera.

Her new book is “WILD THINGS, WILD PLACES: ADVENTUROUS TALES OF WILDLIFE AND CONSERVATION ON PLANET EARTH”.
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DENÉE BENTON

Kelly

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DENÉE BENTON

Kelly

DENÉE BENTON  most recently starred as ‘Eliza’ in Broadway’s Tony Award winning musical HamiltonShe received the 2017 Tony Award nomination, Drama League Distinguished Performance Award nomination, Theatre World Award, and Lilly Award for her portrayal of ‘Natasha’ in the Broadway production of Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812.  She had previously played the role of ‘ Natasha’ at the American Repertory Theater. Other credits include Nabulungi in the West End and U.S. national tour of The Book of Mormon.  She starred as ‘Ruby’ in season 2 of Lifetime’s hit television series UnREAL and filmed the pilot 25 for CBS. She also stared along side Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, and Jason Segel in the independent feature film, The Friend . Upcoming, she will star in HBO’s highly anticipated series, The Gilded Age.

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KATRINA LENK

Christa

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KATRINA LENK

Christa

Katrina Lenk currently stars as Bobbie in the revival of Stephen Sondheim’s Company and is the first woman to play the role on Broadway. She previously starred as Dina in The Band’s Visit, for which she earned Tony, Grammy, and Lucille Lortel Awards. She also received nominations from OCC, Chita Rivera Awards, Drama League, Theatre World Award’s Dorothy Louden Award, and a Clarence Derwent Award (Breakout Female of the Year). Other Broadway credits: Pulitzer Prize winning Indecent (OCC nomination), OnceSpider-Man: Turn Off the DarkThe Miracle Worker. Additional theater credits: Indecent (Vineyard, LaJolla Playhouse, Yale Rep), iWitness (Mark Taper Forum), Lost Land (Steppenwolf), Caucasian Chalk Circle (South Coast Rep), Lovelace: A Rock Opera (L.A./Edinburgh). She can currently be seen in CBS’ “Tommy.” Other TV credits: “The Village,” “The Good Fight,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “The Get Down,” “Elementary,” The Blacklist.” Lenk is the ringleader of the band/performance art piece, moxy phinx. @TheKatrinaLenk

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PRISCILLA LOPEZ

Waitress

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PRISCILLA LOPEZ

Waitress

Ms. Lopez last appeared on Broadway in GRAND HORIZONS in the role of Carla, which she created at WTF. She joined the WTF family 2017 in THE CLEAN HOUSE by Pulitzer winner Sarah Ruhl. She was In the Broadway Tony Award revival of PIPPIN, as Berthe, the trapeze flying Granny and toured the USA and Tokyo with fellow 1972 PIPPIN alum John Rubinstein. In Lin Manuel Miranda’s IN THE HEIGHTS, she originated the role of Camila Rosario. She appeared in Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize ANNA IN THE TROPICS on Broadway. She received a Tony Award as Best Featured Actress for her portrayal as Harpo Marx in A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE and her performance as the original Diana Morales in A CHORUS LINE led to an OBIE Award and Tony Nomination, where she introduced the songs “Nothing” and “What I Did For Love”. Her film credits include “Maid in Manhattan” “Center Stage” “Revenge of the Nerds2” “Tony and Tina’s Wedding”

PREVIOUS LIVELABS

FRANKIE & WILL
by TALENE MONAHON
directed by JAKI BRADLEY

PREMIERED ON MAY 13, 2020

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RYAN SPAHN

FRANKIE

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RYAN SPAHN

FRANKIE

Off-Broadway: Mr. Toole (59E59), How To Load A Musket (59E59), Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow (MCC and Williamstown), Daniel’s Husband (Westside Theatre, Primary Stages, and Penguin Rep), Summer and Smoke (Classic Stage and Transport Group), Still at Risk (TFTNC), Exit Strategy (Primary Stages and Philadelphia Theatre Company), Gloria (Vineyard Theatre and Goodman Theatre). Film: He’s Way More Famous Than You (co-writer), Grantham and Rose (writer), Woven (writer). Playwright: Inspired By True Events (developed at Vineyard Theatre and NYSAF), Nora Highland (semi-finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference), Blessed and Highly Favored (developed at Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse, EST, and Hangar Theatre). Ryan is a graduate of Juilliard, and will appear in the film Shirley (Sundance, 2020).

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MICHAEL URIE

WILL

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MICHAEL URIE

WILL

MICHAEL URIE  Michael recently appeared on Broadway in Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons at 2nd Stage and produced Drew Droege’s Happy Birthday Doug at Soho Playhouse. NYC Theater: Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day, Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song, Buyer & Cellar, How to Succeed in Business Without Really TryingHigh Button ShoesThe Government InspectorHomos, or Everyone in AmericaShows For DaysAngels in AmericaThe Temperamentals. As director, Michael helmed Bright Colors and Bold Patterns on stage, He’s Way More Famous Than You and The Hyperglot on film He produced Happy Birthday Doug and co-produces Pride Plays. Regional: The Shakespeare Theater, The Old Globe, Seattle Rep, The Folger, South Coast Rep, Barrington Stage, and Center Theater Group. Film: LavenderBeverly Hills ChihuahuaThe Decoy BrideSuch Good People, Abducted. TV: Modern Family, The Good Fight, YoungerThe Good WifeHot in ClevelandPartners, Workaholics, Almost Family and Ugly Betty. Training: Juilliard.

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JAKI BRADLEY

Director

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JAKI BRADLEY

Director

Jaki is a Brooklyn-based director. Recent projects: White Noise (Berkeley Rep), Radio Island, Good Men Wanted (New York Stage and Film), House Plant, 1969: The Second Man (NYTW Next Door), How to Load a Musket (59e59), Mama Metallica (Denver Center), and Playing Hot (Ars Nova/Pipeline). She has developed and presented work with The Public, Williamstown, Soho Rep, Clubbed Thumb, the O’Neill and Arena Stage. Jaki has been a member of the Civilians R&D Group, an Artist-in-Residence at Ars Nova, a Drama League Artist-in-Residence and TV/Film Fellow, a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Williamstown Directing Corps, Lincoln Center Director’s Lab, and a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. Her screenplay Detox made the 2019 HIT List and is in development with XYZ Films. www.jakibradley.com

Talene Monahon

TALENE MONAHON

Playwright

Talene Monahon

TALENE MONAHON

Playwright

Talene Monahon is thrilled to return to MCC, where she last appeared in Robert Askins’ Permission. Talene’s play, How to Load a Musket, an interview-based exploration of historical reenactors, premiered January 2020 at 59E59, produced by Less than Rent and directed by Jaki Bradley. Her play All in Good Fun was produced at the Peterborough Players and toured various academic institutions across New England. Her plays have been produced with Cape Cod Theater Project, Northern Stage, 24-Hour Plays, and Play-Per-View. As an actor, Talene has performed in productions at the Roundabout Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, the Atlantic, MCC, New Georges, Encores! Off-Center, Red Bull, La Jolla Playhouse, the Huntington Theater Company, Gingold Theater Group, Partial Comfort and Les Freres Corbusier as well as selected film and television. Her satire writing can be found on McSweeneys and Points in Case. B.A:  Dartmouth College.