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Fool For Love



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.

Our Mother's Brief Affair


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.

The Father

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, Liz Wisan

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.

Critics from London’s Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Times, The Guardian, The Mail on Sunday, The Observer, The Daily Mail, The Sunday Telegraph, Evening Standard, and The Financial Times all gave the play five stars. The Guardian called Zeller’s work “an astonishingly unguarded play about the cruelties of love and the limits of patience.” The Evening Standard called The Father “perfectly measured and quietly devastating.”

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.

Lead support for The Father has been provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Andrew Martin-Weber.


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.

Prodigal Son

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.


American Premiere by Nick Payne
Directed by Doug Hughes

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.

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

Important Hats of the Twentieth Century

– 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.

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.

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