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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.

MTC’s The Studio at Stage II presents the World Premiere of Nick Jones’ IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY.

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).

MTC’s second play at Stage II this season will be The Ruins of Civilization by Penelope Skinner, presented in spring 2015. More details to be announced soon.

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.