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2005-06 Season

Absurd Person Singular more info

Absurd Person Singular

The Other Side more info

The Other Side

Beauty of the Father more info

Beauty of the Father

Rabbit Hole more info

Rabbit Hole

Defiance more info


Based on a Totally True Story more info

Based on a Totally True Story

Shining City more info

Shining City

“Never more so than now, MTC is making beautiful theatre, producing the hottest plays in town.”

—The New York Observer

Absurd Person Singular

Final performance was December 4th, 2005

By Alan Ayckbourn
Directed by John Tillinger

with Mireille Enos, Clea Lewis, Sam Robards, Alan Ruck, Deborah Rush, Paxton Whitehead

The radically shifting fortunes of three married couples are examined as they come together for some dubious merriment on three consecutive Christmas Eves.

The Other Side

Final performance was January 15th, 2006

by Ariel Dorfman
Directed by Blanka Zizka

with John Cullum, Gene Farber, Rosemary Harris

From the provocative author of Death and the Maiden comes a powerful, timely new play. In a country at war, a man and a woman wait. They pass their days identifying the casaulties. When peace and a border guard arrive, chaos ensues. This moving and strangely comic work raises potent questions about war, identity, and love in our times.

Beauty of the Father

Final performance was February 19th, 2006

By Nilo Cruz
Directed by Michael Greif

with Ritchie Coster, Oscar Isaac, Priscilla Lopez, Pedro Pascal, Elizabeth Rodriguez

A young woman travels to Spain to visit her estranged father and quickly becomes immersed in his vibrant, artistic world. But will a charming young Moroccan suitor stand in the way of their reconciliation?


Rabbit Hole

Final performance was April 9th, 2006

By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with Tyne Daly, John Gallagher Jr., Mary Catherine Garrison, Cynthia Nixon, John Slattery

David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the grieving process of a couple who have lost their only child to a senseless car accident and are now attempting to survive the enormous loss that threatens to bring them down.


Final performance was April 23rd, 2006

by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Doug Hughes

with Chris Bauer, Chris Chalk, Margaret Colin, Stephen Lang, Trevor Long, Jeremy Strong

World Premiere at New York City Center Stage I

An exciting world premiere by the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Doubt, now running on Broadway. DEFIANCE is set on a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina in 1971. Two officers, one black and one white, are on a collision course over race, women and the high cost of doing the right thing. This riveting surprising new work is about power, love and responsibility – who has it, who wants it and who deserves it. Directing is Doug Hughes, who was honored with a Tony Award for Doubt.

Based on a Totally True Story

Final performance was May 28th, 2006

By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Directed by Michael Bush

with Carson Elrod, Erik Heger, Kristine Nielsen, Pedro Pascal, Michael Tucker

New York City Center Stage II

Ethan Keene is a young playwright and comic book writer who’s on the verge of breaking through. When a veteran Hollywood producer decides she wants to turn one of his plays into a horror movie, the frenzy that follows forces him to deal with the real drama in his life – his relationships with his boyfriend and his father. MTC Director of Artistic Production Michael Bush directs the world premiere of this contemporary comedy by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.

Shining City

Final performance was July 16th, 2006

by Conor McPherson
Directed by Robert Falls

with Brían F. O’Byrne, Oliver Platt, Martha Plimpton, Peter Scanavino

American Premiere at the Biltmore

Originally produced at London’s Royal Court Theater to critical acclaim, SHINING CITY is set in Dublin, where a guilt-ridden man reaches out to a therapist after seeing the ghost of his recently deceased wife.  Wrestling with his own demons, the therapist can only do so much to help. Routine visits between the two men quickly become a gripping struggle to survive, changing both of them for the rest of their lives.