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The Studio at Stage II

Stage II

The Studio at Stage II affords MTC the opportunity to present thrilling new work in a way which invites audiences into the artistic process. MTC’s producing history in Stage II includes early works from many playwrights who, over time and with many productions across MTC’s campus of venues, became part of the fabric of MTC. The Studio at Stage II will be a place for artists to work and for audiences with an appetite for risk, adventure, and bold theatricality to meet that work.

Bold new work.

Bold new audiences.

In our 2015-16 season, MTC’s The Studio at Stage II presents the World Premieres of Nick Jones’ IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY and Penelope Skinner’s THE RUINS OF CIVILIZATION.

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

A World Premiere play by Nick Jones
Directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century spins the rip-roaring tale of Sam Greevy, the hottest fashion designer in 1930’s New York… that is, until rival Paul Roms 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 acclaimed director Moritz Von Stuelpnagel (Hand to GodVerité) team up, for this whip-smart, epic, and utterly insane new comedy.

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).

The Ruins of Civilization

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

Sometime in the future, Dolores and Silver 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.

Casting, creative team, and additional listings information for The Ruins of Civilization will be announced in the coming weeks.

You can book both shows together as a part of our new Stage II package which can be added to any 4, 5, or 6 play subscription. Read more about subscriptions here.