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2015-16 Season

Fool for Love more info

Fool for Love

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century more info

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

Ripcord more info

Ripcord

Our Mothers Brief Affair more info

Our Mother’s Brief Affair

Prodigal Son more info

Prodigal Son

The Ruins of Civilization more info

The Ruins of Civilization

The Father more info

The Father

Incognito more info

Incognito

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

—The New York Observer

Fool for Love

Fool for Love

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Broadway – Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Running Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, with no intermission

“A THRILLING, GUT-CLUTCHING & DEFINITIVE PRODUCTION.” –The New York Times

“A MODERN CLASSIC, SENSATIONALLY ACTED.” –LA Times

“EXPLOSIVE. THIS SHOW WILL MAKE YOU SWEAT.”  –The Wall Street Journal

Final performance was December 13th, 2015

A KNOCKOUT. NINA ARIANDA and SAM ROCKWELL EXUDE THE SORT OF CHEMISTRY FROM WHICH NUCLEAR MELTDOWNS ARE MADE.” –The New York Times

NOW EXTENDED THROUGH 12/13!

Broadway Premiere of Sam Shepard’s Acclaimed Play
Directed by Daniel Aukin 
Starring Nina Arianda, Sam Rockwell
Tom Pelphrey, Gordon Joseph Weiss

Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other? Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony Award winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.

Fool for Love is presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Running time: 75 minutes with no intermission.

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Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

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

Running Time: 2 hours, with 1 intermission

“AN ANTIC, SCI-FI FANTASY” – The New York Times

“A WACKADOODLE SCI-FI FROLIC” – Time Out New York

“INGENIOUS! OUTRAGEOUS! BRILLIANT! HILARIOUS! HALLUCINATORY! A CAMP CLASSIC!” –The Wrap

“ZANILY BRILLIANT!” –The Guardian

Final performance was December 13th, 2015

“INSPIRED AND HILARIOUS, with an OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE! ONE OF THE MOST DELIGHTFULLY ORIGINAL COMEDIES TO SHOW UP IN THESE PARTS FOR FAR TOO LONG!”
– The Huffington Post

 

World Premiere Comedy by Nick Jones
Directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel
with Remy Auberjonois, Jon Bass, John Behlmann, Reed Campbell, Carson Elrod, Maria Elena Ramirez, Matthew Saldivar, Triney Sandoval, Henry Vick

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century spins the rip-roaring tale of Sam Greevy (Carson Elrod), the hottest fashion designer in 1930’s New York… that is, until rival Paul Roms (Matthew Saldivar) starts releasing strange but popular pieces like “sweatshirts,” “tracksuits” and “skater pants.” When Greevy’s minions break into Roms’s shady operation, they make a startling discovery that could explain from where – or should we say from when? – these avant-garde ensembles are coming. Soon, this rivalry turns into a battle for the very future of humankind, and more importantly, fashion!

Emmy nominated playwright Nick Jones (“Orange Is the New Black,” The Coward, Trevor, Jollyship the Whiz-Bang) and Tony-nominated director Moritz Von Stuelpnagel (Hand to GodVerité) team up, for this whip-smart, epic, and utterly insane new comedy.

Running time: approximately two hours including one 15 minute intermission.

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century is produced in association with Studio 42. Lead support for Important Hats of the Twentieth Century has been provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber.

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century was part of MTC’s Ernst C. Stiefel Reading Series, a program dedicated to the support and development of innovative new work. Several plays developed in this reading series have gone on to full productions at MTC, including David Auburn’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Proof, Joe Hortua’s Between Us, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s Based on a Totally True Story, and Molly Smith Metzler’s Close Up Space (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist).

This show is offered with The Ruins of Civilization as a part of our new Stage II package which you can add to any 4, 5, or 6 play subscription. Read more about subscriptions here.

Ripcord

Ripcord

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Off-Broadway – New York City Center Stage I

Running Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes, with 1 intermission

“AN EXPERTLY ENGINEERED COMEDY!” –The New York Times

“A COMIC TALE OF ADVERSARIES starring the PERFECTLY CAST MARYLOUISE BURKE and HOLLAND TAYLOR!” –The New York Times

“VASTLY ENTERTAINING. A SHOW TO TREASURE!” –Deadline

Final performance was December 6th, 2015

“4 STARS! GREAT FUN and GENUINELY MOVING! MARYLOUISE BURKE and HOLLAND TAYLOR are MARVELOUS!”
Time Out New York, CRITICS’ PICK

World Premiere Comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by David Hyde Pierce
With Marylouise Burke, Rachel Dratch, Glenn Fitzgerald,
Daoud Heidami, Nate Miller, Holland Taylor

David Lindsay-Abaire, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Rabbit Hole, Fuddy Meers, and Good People, returns to MTC with Ripcord, a high-stakes comedy about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death directed by Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce.

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby (Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Holland Taylor) is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn (frequent Lindsay-Abaire collaborator and Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke), she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. As heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate, this hilarious world premiere marks the author’s sixth collaboration with MTC.

Ripcord was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play ProgramRipcord is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club.

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Our Mothers Brief Affair

Our Mother’s Brief Affair

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Broadway – Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Running Time: 2 hours, with 1 intermission

Final performance was March 6th, 2016

A new play by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow
Starring Linda Lavin
Kate Arrington, Greg Keller, John Procaccino

Tony and two-time Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin (Collected StoriesThe Tale of the Allergist’s Wife) returns to MTC in Our Mother’s Brief Affair, a new play making its New York premiere. From the team behind The Assembled Parties – Tony-winning writer Richard Greenberg (Three Days of RainTake Me Out) and award-winning MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Commons of PensacolaWit) – this innovative work challenges us to look at who our parents are when they’re not being our parents.

On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother’s Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.

Our Mother’s Brief Affair marks the 11th collaboration between Greenberg and Manhattan Theatre Club.

The creative team for the production features Santo Loquasto (scenic design), Tom Broecker (costume design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), and Fitz Patton (sound design).

Running time: 2 hours, including one intermission.

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Prodigal Son

Prodigal Son

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Off-Broadway – New York City Center Stage I

Running Time: 95 minutes, with no intermission

“PURE, SPLENDID JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY!” –Time Out New York, CRITICS’ PICK

“THE GIFTED TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET IS A RISING STAR.” –The New York Times

“ROBERT SEAN LEONARD is EXCELLENT!” –The Huffington Post

“4 STARS” –Time Out New York
“4 STARS” –Daily News
“4 STARS” –The Guardian

Final performance was March 27th, 2016

“PURE, SPLENDID JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY!” –Time Out New York, CRITICS’ PICK

World Premiere play Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley

With Annika Boras, Timothée Chalamet, Robert Sean Leonard, Chris McGarry, David Potters

Prodigal Son is a passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (of Tony, Academy Award, and Pulitzer Prize fame). A 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) from The Bronx finds himself suddenly in a private school in New Hampshire. He’s violent, gifted, alienated, on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members (Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard and Chris McGarry) wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster?

The world premiere of Prodigal Son marks another exciting step forward in the collaboration between Manhattan Theatre Club and this visceral New York playwright (Doubt, Outside Mullingar).

Lead support for Prodigal Son has been provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Ned Lustbader. Additional support for Prodigal Son is provided by The Blanche and Irving Laurie FoundationProdigal Son is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Running time: 95 minutes, with no intermission.

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The Ruins of Civilization

The Ruins of Civilization

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

Running Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes, with 1 intermission

“CRITICS’ PICK!  IS BEAUTIFULLY REALIZED & REMARKABLY PLEASURABLE.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES 

“Tim Daly is a WONDER!” – THE NEW YORK TIMES 

“★★★★! A Powerful Portrait.” – THE GUARDIAN

Final performance was June 5th, 2016

“CRITICS’ PICK!  IS BEAUTIFULLY REALIZED & REMARKABLY PLEASURABLE.”THE NEW YORK TIMES 

“Tim Daly is a WONDER!” – THE NEW YORK TIMES 

 

A World Premiere play by Penelope Skinner
Directed by Leah C. Gardiner

With Orlagh Cassidy, Tim Daly, Rachael Holmes, Roxanna Hope

Sometime in the future, Dolores (Rachael Holmes) and Silver (Tim Daly) are living their married life within the constraints and norms of a new world order. In an act of what seems like pure generosity, Dolores secretly opens their home to a stranger in need; but will she come to regret it? Can her actions have an impact or is it just too late? A bold world premiere thriller, The Ruins of Civilization explores our need for free will and connection, even in a world on the brink of extinction. It’s the latest work from Penelope Skinner, the award winning author of The Village Bike.

Running time: 2:15, including one intermission.

The Father

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Broadway – Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

Running Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes, with no intermission

TONY AWARD WINNER! BEST ACTOR IN A PLAY, FRANK LANGELLA

“AN EXCEEDINGLY INGENIOUS, HARROWING DRAMA. FRANK LANGELLA IS ONE OF THE MOST MAGNETIC THEATER ACTORS OF HIS GENERATION. YOU SHIVER.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“FRANK LANGELLA GIVES A MUST-SEE PERFORMANCE.” – NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“★★★★! FRANK LANGELLA IS ONE OF NEW YORK’S GREATEST LIVING STAGE ACTORS.” – THE NEW YORKER

Final performance was June 19th, 2016

TONY AWARD WINNER! BEST ACTOR, FRANK LANGELLA

American Premiere of the New Play by Florian Zeller
Translated by Two-Time Tony Award Winner Christopher Hampton
Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes
Starring Frank Langella
Kathryn Erbe

Brian Avers, Charles Borland
Hannah Cabell, Kathleen McNenny

Three-time Tony Award winner Frank Langella returns to the stage in The Father, an all-new Broadway production of the play which captivated Paris and London. Winner of the Molière Award, France’s most prestigious honor for a new work of theater, and The Guardian’s pick for “Best Play of the Year.” Now nominated for two 2016 Tony Awards: Best Play and Best Actor, Frank Langella. The New York Observer has declared “don’t even think about missing this extraordinary new play!”

Now 80 years old, André (Frank Langella) was once a tap dancer. He lives with his daughter Anne (Kathryn Erbe) and her husband Antoine. Or was he an engineer whose daughter Anne lives in London with her new lover, Pierre? The thing is, he is still wearing his pajamas, and he can’t find his watch. He is starting to wonder if he’s losing control.

By special arrangement with Theatre Royal Bath Productions. Lead support for The Father has been 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.

Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission.

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Incognito

Incognito

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Off-Broadway – New York City Center Stage I

Running Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes, with no intermission

“INGENIOUS, REMARKABLE AND TANTALIZING.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“★★★★! FASCINATING AND MOVING. INCOGNITO IS AT THE TOP OF ITS CLASS.” – THE GUARDIAN 

“CHARLIE COX IS SENSATIONAL!” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

Final performance was July 10th, 2016

“NY TIMES CRITICS’ PICK! INGENIOUS, REMARKABLE AND TANTALIZING.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES

“★★★★! FASCINATING AND MOVING. INCOGNITO IS AT THE TOP OF ITS CLASS.” THE GUARDIAN 

American Premiere by Nick Payne
Directed by Doug Hughes
Featuring Geneva CarrCharlie CoxHeather Lind, Morgan Spector

Four actors play a combined 21 characters within Incognito’s three interwoven stories. A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. Incognito braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions.

Nick Payne, the acclaimed writer who brought you the sold-out Broadway sensation Constellations, returns to Manhattan Theatre Club with Incognito, an “astonishing and original” (The Telegraph) American premiere play.

Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (DoubtOutside MullingarThe City of Conversation), Incognito takes us into the last uncharted realm—the mind.

Running time: 85 minutes with no intermission.

Production support for Incognito is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as part of the MTC/Sloan Science Theatre Initiative.