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2012-13 Season

An Enemy of the People

Murder Ballad

Golden Age

The Other Place

The Madrid

The Assembled Parties

The Explorers Club

Choir Boy

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

The New York Observer

An Enemy of the People

Final performance was November 18th, 2012

By Henrik Ibsen
A new version by Rebecca Lenkiewicz
Directed by Doug Hughes

with Boyd Gaines, Richard Thomas, Maïté Alina, Gerry Bamman, Kathleen McNenny, Randall Newsome, John Procaccino, Michael Siberry and James Waterston

This fall on Broadway, the political is about to get very personal.

In this fast-paced, two-hour thriller, Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Boyd Gaines) discovers a toxic secret that threatens the health of his entire community. The doctor expects to be hailed as a hero, but his brother, Mayor Peter Stockmann (Richard Thomas), believes the information will destroy the town, forcing the men into a passionate confrontation of political will and personal ethics.

4-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines (The Columnist, Contact) and Emmy winner Richard Thomas (RaceFifth of July, “The Waltons”) play the clashing brothers in this scintillating, and often surprisingly humorous, new version of Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People by one of Britain’s most exciting writers, Rebecca Lenkiewicz.

Tony winner Doug Hughes (DoubtThe Royal FamilyThe Whipping Man) returns to MTC to direct an exceptional ensemble cast that also includes Maïté Alina, Gerry Bamman, Kathleen McNenny, Randall Newsome, John Procaccino, Michael Siberry and James Waterston.

Murder Ballad

Final performance was December 16th, 2012

Conceived by & with Book and Lyrics by Julia Jordan
Music and Lyrics by Juliana Nash
Directed by Trip Cullman

with John Ellison Conlee, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Karen Olivo and Will Swenson

A love triangle gone wrong, MURDER BALLAD centers on Sara, an Upper West Sider, who seems to have it all, but whose downtown past lingers enticingly and dangerously in front of her. This sexy, explosive, new rock musical explores the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that can ultimately undo us.

MURDER BALLAD is conceived by Jonathan Larson Award winner and two-time Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist Julia Jordan with book and lyrics by Jordan and music and lyrics by indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash. Drama Desk Award nominee Trip Cullman (Paul Weitz’s Lonely, I’m Not; Adam Bock’s A Small Fire) directs.

Golden Age

Final performance was January 13th, 2013

New York premiere by Terrence McNally
Directed by Walter Bobbie

with Dierdre Friel, Coco Monroe, George Morfogen, Bebe Neuwirth, Lee Pace, Ethan Phillips, Lorenzo Pisoni, Will Rogers and Eddie Kaye Thomas

Four-time Tony Award® winner Terrence McNally (Master Class, Love! Valour! Compassion!) adds another memorable cast of characters to MTC’s Stage I with the New York premiere of GOLDEN AGE. Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago, Venus in Fur) directs.

It’s opening night of Vincenzo Bellini’s new opera I Puritani in Paris, and the Italian composer is determined to win the adulation of not only his audience, but his colleagues and rivals as well. When the curtain falls, will a thunderous ovation cement his prominence? Or has Bellini unwittingly composed his own swan song?

Blending 21st century language with the timeless beauty of 19th century bel canto opera, Terrence McNally’s new play portrays the final act of an artist whose desire for greatness has eclipsed all else.

The Other Place

Final performance was March 3rd, 2013

Broadway premiere by Sharr White
Directed by Joe Mantello

with Laurie Metcalf, Zoe Perry, Bill Pullman and John Schiappa

Three-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” “The Big Bang Theory,” November) stars in MTC’s Broadway-premiere production of THE OTHER PLACE, a riveting new psychological thriller by fast-rising playwright Sharr White and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Other Desert Cities, Wicked, Love! Valour! Compassion!).

Metcalf gives a “dazzling, must-be-seen performance” (Variety) as Juliana Smithton, a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has filed for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But in this brilliantly crafted work, nothing is as it seems. Piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.

The Madrid

Final performance was May 5th, 2013

World premiere play by Liz Flahive
Directed by Leigh Silverman

with Seth Clayton, John Ellison Conlee, Edie Falco, Darren Goldstein, Brooke Ashley Laine, Heidi Schreck, Frances Sternhagen and Phoebe Strole

Four-time Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Edie Falco (“Nurse Jackie,” The House of Blue Leaves, “The Sopranos”) returns to the New York stage in the world premiere of THE MADRID by Liz Flahive (From Up Here).

Falco stars as Martha, a kindergarten teacher with a life many would want: a loving husband, a devoted daughter. But when she leaves it all behind, it’s up to her daughter Sarah to pick up the pieces. Two-time Obie winner, Leigh Silverman (Chinglish, From Up Here, In the Wake) directs this hilarious and heartbreaking story about motherhood, freedom, and trying to see the people in your family as they really are.

The Assembled Parties

Final performance was July 28th, 2013

World premiere play by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow

with Jessica Hecht, Judith Light, Remy Auberjonois, Mark Blum, Lauren Blumenfeld, Alex Dreier, Jake Silbermann and Jonathan Walker

Tony winner Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, The American Plan) and MTC begin their 10th collaboration with the world-premiere production of THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES. MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (Wit, Collected Stories) directs the stellar cast that includes Tony nominee Jessica Hecht (A View from the Bridge, Harvey) and Tony and 2-time Emmy winner Judith Light (Other Desert Cities, Lombardi).

THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES welcomes us to the world of the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. In a sprawling Central Park West apartment, former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. But tonight, things are not usual. A houseguest has joined the festivities for the first time and he unwittingly – or perhaps by design – insinuates himself into the family drama. Twenty years later, as 2001 approaches, the Bascovs’ seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning new play infused with humor, THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.

The Explorers Club

Final performance was August 4th, 2013

World premiere comedy by Nell Benjamin
Directed by Marc Bruni

with Brian Avers, Max Baker, Steven Boyer, Arnie Burton, Carson Elrod, David Furr, John McMartin, Lorenzo Pisoni and Jennifer Westfeldt

THE EXPLORERS CLUB is a new madcap comedy from Tony®-nominated writer Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), directed by Marc Bruni (Old Jews Telling Jokes) and featuring the most ferociously funny cast in New York.

London, 1879. The prestigious Explorers Club is in crisis: their acting president wants to admit a woman, and their bartender is terrible. True, this female candidate is brilliant, beautiful, and has discovered a legendary Lost City, but the decision to let in a woman could shake the very foundation of the British Empire, and how do you make such a decision without a decent drink?

Grab your safety goggles for some very mad science involving deadly cobras, irate Irishmen and the occasional airship.

Choir Boy

The Studio at Stage II
July 2 - August 11, 2013

“VIVID, MAGNETIC & MOVING.” - The New York Times

“The ensemble delivers EXCEPTIONAL performances!” – New York Post

"GORGEOUSLY SUNG & STAGED." - New York Magazine

“BRACING & PROVOCATIVE!” – New York Post

Final performance was August 11th, 2013

Tarell Alvin McCraney’s CHOIR BOY, the new play featuring gospel music
Directed by Trip Cullman

with Nicholas L. Ashe, Kyle Beltran, Grantham Coleman, Austin Pendleton, Jeremy Pope, Wallace Smith and Charles E. Wallace

CHOIR BOY was commissioned by MTC with support from Time Warner Inc.

CHOIR BOY is a co-production with Alliance Theatre.

The Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys is dedicated to the creation of strong, ethical black men. Pharus wants nothing more than to take his rightful place as leader of the school’s legendary gospel choir. Can he find his way inside the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key?

Tarell Alvin McCraney is author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy: The Brothers SizeIn the Red and Brown Water, & Marcus; Or the Secret of Sweet. His other works include Wig Out! set in New York’s drag clubs and The Breach which deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He was the first recipient of The New York Times’ Outstanding Playwright Award, the 2009 Steinberg Playwrights Award, and the Paula Vogel Playwriting Award.