Film actor Lucas Hedges, whose screen credits include The Slap, as well as Wes Anderson favorites Moonrise Kingdom and The Grand Budapest Hotel, is set to make his stage debut in the American premiere of Yen by Anna Jordan. The MCC production, directed by Trip Cullman, is slated to begin previews in January 2017.
Hedges, who also stars in the soon-to-be-released new film from Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea, will lead the cast of the new play. Performances will begin January 12 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with an opening night set for January 30.
“Those of us lucky enough to have already seen Kenneth Lonergan’s new film Manchester by the Sea can agree that this year ‘a star is born’ in the incredibly gifted Lucas Hedges,” said MCC co-artistic director Bernie Telsey. “MCC has a great legacy of working early-on with emerging stage artists, so we’re particularly excited that Lucas will be sharing his unbelievably expressive gifts as an actor—in his stage debut!—in Anna Jordan’s beautiful new play.”
Jordan’s Bruntwood Prize-winning play, Yen, tells the story of two boys who spend much of their time at home alone, watching porn, playing video games, and being idle. “Their mom rarely visits these days, and it’s chaos when she does,” read production notes. “But when animal-loving neighbor Jenny takes an interest in their dog Taliban, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know.” The new work is billed as an exploration of “a childhood lived without boundaries.”
Tickets will go on sale to the general public November 30. Priority booking for subscribers and patrons begins November 15. For tickets and more information, visit mcctheater.org.