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2008-09 Season

To Be or Not To Be more info

To Be or Not To Be

Romantic Poetry more info

Romantic Poetry

Back Back Back more info

Back Back Back

The American Plan more info

The American Plan

Ruined more info


Humor Abuse more info

Humor Abuse

Accent on Youth more info

Accent on Youth

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

—The New York Observer

To Be or Not To Be

Final performance was November 16th, 2008

By Nick Whitby
Directed by Casey Nicholaw
with Peter Benson, Robert Dorfman, Steve Kazee, Peter Maloney, Jan Maxwell, Michael McCarty, Kristine Nielsen, Brandon Perler, David Rasche, Rocco Sisto, Jimmy Smagula, Marina Squerciati, Mark J. Sullivan

Based on Ernst Lubitsch’s 1942 film, Nick Whitby’s dark comedy follows a troupe of Polish actors who use their performance skills to outsmart the Nazis during Hitler’s invasion.

Romantic Poetry

Final performance was December 8th, 2008

Music by Henry Krieger
Book & Lyrics by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by John Patrick Shanley

with Mark Linn-Baker, Jeb Brown, Jerry Dixon, Ivan Hernandez, Patina Renea Miller, Emily Swallow

Connie of Woodmere has just married Fred of Newark, but her exes are back in the picture and not sure they approve of the union. Mary of Greenpoint climbs Frankie of Little Italy’s fire escape with amorous erotic intent – but things go awry as she reaches for her dream.

Back Back Back

Final performance was January 4th, 2009

By Itamar Moses
Directed by Daniel Aukin

with Jeremy Davidson, James Martinez, Michael Mosley

Does greatness always come with a price? Can only someone with nothing to lose tell the whole truth? From Itamar Moses, the acclaimed writer of last season’s MTC Stage II hit The Four of Us and Bach at Leipzig, comes a stirring new drama about America’s favorite pastime. BACK BACK BACK follows the turbulent careers of three very different teammates in baseball’s steroid era whose clubhouse secrets bring them under federal scrutiny. This timely new play reveals a riveting portrait of pressure, paranoia and payback in professional sports.

The American Plan

Final performance was March 22nd, 2009

By Richard Greenberg
Directed by David Grindley
with Kieran Campion, Austin Lysy, Brenda Pressley, Lily Rabe, Mercedes Ruehl

In a 1960s Catskills summer home, an elegant and imperious German-Jewish refugee tries to control her eccentric daughter, who begins to fall for a handsome stranger and longs to escape her mother’s manipulative stronghold.


Final performance was March 29th, 2009

By Lynn Nottage
Directed by Kate Whoriskey

with Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Cherise Boothe, Chris Chalk, Saidah Arrika Ekulona, William Jackson Harper, Chiké Johnson, Russell Gebert Jones, Kevin Mambo, Tom Mardirosian, Ron McBee, Condola Rasha

From Lynn Nottage, the Obie Award-winning author of such plays as Fabulation and Intimate Apparel, comes this haunting, probing work about the resilience of the human spirit during times of war. Set in a small mining town in Democratic Republic of Congo, this powerful play follows Mama Nadi, a shrewd businesswoman in a land torn apart by civil war. But is she protecting or profiting by the women she shelters? How far will she go to survive? Can a price be placed on a human life?

Humor Abuse

Final performance was April 12th, 2009

Created by Lorenzo Pisoni & Erica Schmidt
Directed by Erica Schmidt

with Lorenzo Pisoni

HUMOR ABUSE is the unique story of Pisoni’s upbringing as the youngest member of the Pickle Family Circus, the Bay Area’s tiny big top that entertained thousands of people worldwide and launched the careers of several legendary performers. Filled with the clowning that Pisoni learned at his father’s knee, and the wonder, heartache and complexity of stepping into (and out of) his father’s shoes, HUMOR ABUSE shows that running away with the circus isn’t always all fun and games.

Accent on Youth

Final performance was June 28th, 2009

By Samson Raphaelson
Directed by Daniel Sullivan
with Lisa Banes, Rosie Benton, Curt Bouril, David Furr, Mary Catherine Garrison, David Hyde Pierce, Byron Jennings, Charles Kimbrough

A successful playwright in his 50s finds love and inspiration in his much-younger secretary. But when his new muse becomes a leading lady in his latest play, she begins to fall for her costar, a man closer to her age.