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2011-12 Season

Close Up Space more info

Close Up Space

Wit more info


Regrets more info


Venus In Fur more info

Venus In Fur

The Columnist more info

The Columnist

We Live Here more info

We Live Here

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

—The New York Observer

Close Up Space

Final performance was January 20th, 2012

By Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Leigh Silverman

with Michael Chernus, Jessica DiGiovanni, Colby Minifie, Rosie Perez and David Hyde Pierce

Tony Award® and 4-time Emmy Award® winner David Hyde Pierce brings his signature wit back to the MTC stage in the World Premiere of Close Up Space by Molly Smith Metzler. Pierce stars as Paul Barrow, an obsessive book editor on a major deadline. With an assistant (Chernus) who’s been camping in the office, a famous author (Perez) threatening to bail on him and an intern (DiGiovanni) who is no help at all, Paul’s just about had it! But when his fiery daughter (Minifie) shows up and lambasts him in Russian, Paul faces a glaring personal error that can’t be corrected with red ink. Leigh Silverman (Well, From Up Here, Chinglish) returns to MTC to direct this funny and poignant new play about how hard it can be to communicate… in any language.

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Final performance was March 17th, 2012

By Margaret Edson
Directed by Lynne Meadow

with Pun Bandhu, Suzanne Bertish, Michael Countryman, Jessica Dickey, Chiké Johnson, Greg Keller, Cynthia Nixon, Carra Patterson and Zachary Spicer

Tony Award and two-time Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon returns to MTC’s Friedman Theatre in Margaret Edson’s WIT, helmed by MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama makes its Broadway premiere at MTC and marks Nixon’s return to Broadway following her Tony-winning turn in MTC’s Rabbit Hole. Exquisitely written, affecting and often humorous, WIT follows a brilliant and exacting poetry professor as she undergoes experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.

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Final performance was April 29th, 2012

By Matt Charman
Directed by Carolyn Cantor

with Alexis Bledel, Curt Bouril, Ansel Elgort, Brian Hutchison, Adriane Lenox, Lucas Caleb Rooney and Richard Topol

Matt Charman, Britain’s fastest-rising young playwright, makes his New York debut at MTC with this world-premiere play. Caleb Farley is the youngest man ever to show up at Mrs. Duke’s cabins, a ramshackle retreat in the Nevada desert and one of the few places men can go to secure a quick divorce in 1950s America. Caleb claims he fled his Hollywood home for the same reason as the other men in camp – to shed the lives and wives they’ve known to begin anew. But in an era of heightened fears and political distrust, accusations that Caleb is hiding more than just a broken heart test each man’s loyalty – to country and to one another. This fascinating new drama is an uncommon tale of friendship, loss and finding the courage of one’s convictions.

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Venus In Fur

Final performance was June 17th, 2012

By David Ives
Directed by Walter Bobbie

with Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy

Critically acclaimed as “Good kinky fun!” by The New York TimesVENUS IN FUR makes its Broadway premiere at MTC. ‘Vanda’ (Nina Arianda) is a preternaturally talented young actress determined to land the lead in Thomas’ (Hugh Dancy) new play based on the classic erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her emotionally charged audition for the gifted but demanding playwright/director becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. This dazzling new play is written by theatrical mastermind David Ives, and directed by Tony Award® winner Walter Bobbie.

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The Columnist

Final performance was July 8th, 2012

By David Auburn
Directed by Daniel Sullivan

with John Lithgow, Margaret Colin, Boyd Gaines, Stephen Kunken, Marc Bonan, Grace Gummer, Brian J. Smith

Columnists are kings in midcentury America and Joseph Alsop wears the crown. Joe is beloved, feared and courted in equal measure by the Washington political world at whose center he sits. But as the ’60s dawn and America undergoes dizzying change, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well. David Auburn, whose Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Proof dazzled audiences and critics alike, returns to MTC with this fascinating new work directed by his Proof collaborator Daniel Sullivan and starring two-time Tony and five-time Emmy winner John Lithgow as Joseph Alsop.

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We Live Here

Final performance was November 6th, 2012

By Zoe Kazan
Directed by Sam Gold

with Mark Blum, Jessica Collins, Betty Gilpin, Amy Irving, Oscar Isaac and Jeremy Shamos

Allie Bateman’s wedding is Sunday. When Dinah, her precocious younger sister, returns to their parents’ home for the festivities, she brings more than anyone expected: a new boyfriend, whose hidden history resurrects passions and painful memories for the whole family. Over one emotionally charged weekend, the Batemans must acknowledge and accept loss to gain hope for regeneration. Zoe Kazan, one of New York’s most acclaimed young actors, returns to MTC for her New York playwriting debut with this world-premiere, MTC-commissioned play — an incisive and beautifully rendered portrait of a contemporary family coming together through grief and celebration.

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