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2013-14 Season

When We Were Young and Unafraid

The Lion

Casa Valentina

Tales From Red Vienna

Outside Mullingar

The Commons of Pensacola

The Snow Geese

Taking Care of Baby

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

The New York Observer

When We Were Young and Unafraid

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Off-Broadway - New York City Center - Stage I

Previews Begin: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Opening Night: Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Tickets on sale through: Sunday, August 10, 2014

Runtime: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission

“YOU CAN’T FIND A BETTER STAGE ACTRESS THAN CHERRY JONES.” –The Record

“CHERRY JONES IS PERFECT.” –Variety

World premiere play by Sarah Treem
Directed by Pam MacKinnon

with Cherise Boothe, Patch Darragh, Cherry Jones, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Saylor

Two-time Tony® Winner Cherry Jones (Doubt, “24″) returns to MTC for Sarah Treem‘s (“House of Cards,” “In Treatment”) powerful new play that takes us inside an underground women’s shelter in the early 1970s…before Roe v. Wade, before the Violence Against Women Act, before women had places to turn in times of distress.

Agnes (Cherry Jones) has turned her quiet bed and breakfast into one of the few spots where a woman on the run can seek refuge.  But to Agnes’ dismay, her latest young runaway Mary Anne is having a profound influence on her teenage daughter Penny, forcing each girl to question her destiny.  And as the drums of the feminist revolution grow louder, Agnes is forced to confront her own presumptions about the people she’s been trying to help.

Deeply moving and beautifully rendered, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID explores the passion of youth, the wisdom of age, and the people who awaken us to new possibilities.

The Lion

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Off-Broadway - The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series

“ONLY THE HARDEST-HEARTED COULD RESIST!”
-The New York Times

"**** AN IRRESISTIBLE WINNER!"
-The Daily News

"THE BEST MUSICAL I'VE SEEN SO FAR THIS YEAR!"
-The Huffington Post

Final performance was July 13th, 2014

The American Premiere of A New Musical 

Written & Performed By Benjamin Scheuer
Directed by Sean Daniels

Limited 5-Week Engagement

A true story of love, loss, family loyalty, and the redemptive power of music. Following an award-winning run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer (winner of the ASCAP Cole Porter Award for songwriting) shares his gripping coming-of-age tale. Directed by Sean Daniels, whose work has been seen at The Kennedy Center and Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, THE LION is a candid, poignant, and charming new solo musical from a next-generation troubadour.

Casa Valentina

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Broadway - Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

4 TONY AWARD® NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST PLAY!

“FUNNY & PROVOCATIVE. GENUINELY ARRESTING.” -The New York Times

"A fascinating and timeless new play by HARVEY FIERSTEIN!" -New York Magazine

"FAR AND AWAY THE BEST NEW PLAY OF THE SEASON!" -Theatermania

Final performance was June 29th, 2014

World premiere play by Harvey Fierstein
Directed by Joe Mantello

with Reed Birney, John Cullum, Gabriel Ebert, Lisa Emery, Tom McGowan, Patrick Page, Larry Pine, Nick Westrate, Mare Winningham

From four-time Tony Award® winner Harvey Fierstein (Kinky BootsNewsies, La Cage aux Folles) comes CASA VALENTINA, his first play in almost thirty years and his first-ever collaboration with Manhattan Theatre Club. Two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello (Take Me Out, Wicked) directs this funny, fascinating world premiere based on actual events.

Back in 1962, most men went to the Catskill Mountains to escape the summer heat, but others took the two-hour drive to escape something else entirely: being men. Nestled in the land of dirty dancing and borscht belt comedy sat an inconspicuous bungalow colony that catered to a very special clientele: heterosexual men whose favorite pastime was dressing and acting as women. It was paradise for these men—white-collar professionals with families—to spend their weekends discreetly and safely inhabiting their chosen female alter egos. But when they got the opportunity to share their secret lives with the world, these “self-made women” had to decide whether the freedom they would gain by emerging from hiding was worth the risk of personal ruin.

Infused with Fierstein’s trademark wit, this moving, insightful and delightfully entertaining new work offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of unforgettable characters as they search for acceptance and happiness in their very own Garden of Eden.

Lead support for CASA VALENTINA is provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber. CASA VALENTINA is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Tales From Red Vienna

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Off-Broadway - New York City Center - Stage I

"REMARKABLE." -Entertainment Weekly

"The wondrous NINA ARIANDA leads an accomplished cast in this compelling new drama." -Time Out New York

Final performance was April 27th, 2014

World premiere play by David Grimm
Directed by Kate Whoriskey

with Nina Arianda, Tina Benko, Kathleen Chalfant, Michael Esper, Michael Goldsmith, Lucas Hall

Tony Award winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur, Midnight in Paris) returns to MTC as Heléna, a woman who has lost her husband in World War I, and with him, her financial security. Struggling to maintain her way of life, she reluctantly turns to the oldest profession. Heléna manages to separate her secret life from her public persona – that is until she crosses paths with a man who has the power to expose and ruin her.

David Grimm‘s witty and beautifully poetic new work also features Drama Desk Award winner and Tony nominee Kathleen Chalfant (Wit, Angels in America). Set as an enormous political tide is turning throughout Europe, TALES FROM RED VIENNA explores the effects of war on women, the circumstances that control their lives and the dreams that set them free.

TALES FROM RED VIENNA is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Outside Mullingar

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Broadway - Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

"JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY's FINEST WORK SINCE DOUBT." -The New York Times

"DEBRA MESSING & BRÍAN F. O'BYRNE are a match made in heaven." -Variety

“ ★ ★ ★ ★!" -Time Out NY

Final performance was March 16th, 2014

World premiere play by John Patrick Shanley
Directed by Doug Hughes

with Brían F. O’Byrne, Debra Messing, Peter Maloney, Dearbhla Molloy

The award-winning team that brought you Doubt—Pulitzer, Oscar®, and Tony®-winning writer John Patrick Shanley and Tony-winning director Doug Hughes—reunite at MTC for the world-premiere romantic comedy OUTSIDE MULLINGAR.

Tony winner Brían F. O’Byrne (Frozen, Doubt, Million Dollar Baby) and Emmy® winner Debra Messing (“Will & Grace,” “Smash,” Collected Stories) play Anthony and Rosemary, two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that—due to his painful shyness—suits him well. Rosemary lives right next door, determined to have him, watching the years slip away. With Anthony’s father threatening to disinherit him and a land feud simmering between their families, Rosemary has every reason to fear romantic catastrophe. But then, in this very Irish story with a surprising depth of poetic passion, these yearning, eccentric souls fight their way towards solid ground and some kind of happiness. Their journey is heartbreaking, funny as hell, and ultimately deeply moving.

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR—Shanley’s tenth play at MTC—is a compassionate, delightful play about how it’s never too late to take a chance on love. It’s kind of an “Irish Moonstruck.”

OUTSIDE MULLINGAR was commissioned by MTC through the U.S. Trust New American Play Commissioning Program. OUTSIDE MULLINGAR is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

The Commons of Pensacola

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Off-Broadway - New York City Center - Stage I

“A RICH & ABSORBING DRAMA, LACED WITH BITING HUMOR.” -The New York Times

“BLYTHE DANNER & SARAH JESSICA PARKER are EXCELLENT!” -The New York Times

“ ★ ★ ★ ★ PENETRATING & CAPTIVATING.” -The Independent

Final performance was February 9th, 2014

World premiere play by Amanda Peet
Directed by Lynne Meadow

with Blythe Danner, Zoe Levin, Ali Marsh, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael Stahl-David, Nilaja Sun

Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker star in the world premiere of Amanda Peet’s play THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA. MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow directs the production, Ms. Peet’s playwriting debut.

Judith (Blythe Danner) has been divested of her assets and forced to leave her luxurious New York life after her husband’s Wall Street scam became headline news. When her daughter Becca (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Becca’s filmmaker boyfriend pay Judith a visit to the one bedroom condo Judith now occupies in Pensacola, Florida, everyone’s motives are called into question. How will past and present circumstances inform how this family moves into the future?

THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is an incisive and funny new play about trying to love your family even when you hate what they’ve done. The production reunites Tony® and two-time Emmy® winner Danner (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Meet the Parents) and two-time Emmy and four-time Golden Globe® winner Parker (“Sex and the City,” Wonder of the World). Danner and Parker first appeared together in MTC’s Sylvia by A.R. Gurney in 1995.

Lead support for THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club. Additional support for THE COMMONS OF PENSACOLA is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.

The Snow Geese

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Broadway - Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

"GORGEOUS!" -New York Magazine

"GORGEOUS and VISCERALLY CHARGED. A PRODUCTION with ELEGANCE TO SPARE. MARY-LOUISE PARKER is RAVISHING." -The Hollywood Reporter

"RICH, DEEP and DARKLY LUSCIOUS. DANNY BURSTEIN is TOUCHING and VICTORIA CLARK is EXQUISITE. SHARR WHITE writes SO KNOWINGLY ABOUT COMPLICATED WOMEN." -Newsday

Final performance was December 14th, 2013

World premiere play by Sharr White
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with Mary-Louise Parker, Danny Burstein, Victoria Clark, Evan Jonigkeit, Brian Cross, Christopher Innvar, Jessica Love

Tony® and Emmy® winner Mary-Louise Parker (“Weeds,” Proof) returns to Broadway in this world premiere drama by Sharr White (The Other Place).

With war raging abroad, newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they’ve always known.

Tony winner Daniel Sullivan (Rabbit Hole, Proof) directs this stirring new play about a family waking up from their own personal Gilded Age as the world around them changes forever.

THE SNOW GEESE is a co-production with MCC Theater. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club. THE SNOW GEESE is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Taking Care of Baby

Off-Broadway - The Studio at Stage II

“A TRUE MARVEL!” –Time Out New York

"INCREDIBLY BOLD. A NEW KIND OF THEATRE." – Entertainment Weekly

"EXCELLENT and ENGROSSING!" –The New York Observer

Final performance was December 8th, 2013

American premiere play by Dennis Kelly
Directed by Erica Schmidt

with Francois Battiste, Reed Birney, Kristen Bush, Amelia Campbell, Margaret Colin, Michael Crane, Ethan Phillips, Zach Shaffer

An unspeakable tragedy. A shattered family. An accusation of murder. TAKING CARE OF BABY is a provocative new drama that boldly explores the elusive nature of truth and the depths we’ll go to expose it.

Francois Battiste (Magic/Bird), Reed Birney (Blasted, Our Leading Lady), Kristen Bush (Kin, The Common Pursuit), Amelia Campbell (A Streetcar Named Desire, Our Country’s Good), Margaret Colin (The Columnist, “Gossip Girl”), Michael Crane (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson Off-Broadway), Ethan Phillips (Golden Age) and Zach Shaffer (“Smash”) star in this American premiere by Tony Award® winner Dennis Kelly, directed by Erica Schmidt (Humor Abuse, Invasion!).