David Auburn to Direct Weller's Side Effects for MCC Theater

News   David Auburn to Direct Weller's Side Effects for MCC Theater Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright David Auburn will helm the world premiere of Michael Weller's Side Effects Off-Broadway for MCC Theater in spring 2011.

Side Effects, which picks up where Weller's play Fifty Words left off, will debut May 12-June 26, 2011, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. An official opening has been set for May 31, 2011.

Auburn, the award-winning playwright of Proof, will direct the production that explores what happened on the other end of the phone line in Weller's two-hander Fifty Words. According to MCC, "Hugh and Lindy's marriage seems picture-perfect, a beacon in their microcosmic Midwestern world of dinner parties and fundraisers. Behind closed doors they’re falling apart - doors they can barely keep shut. Lindy’s grappling with bipolar swings, their teenage sons are acting out, and Hugh’s rising political star is suddenly imperiled."

Fifty Words starred Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel. Casting for Side Effects will be announced at a later date.

Auburn last directed Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance at the Berkshire Theatre Festival. He staged the premiere of Zayd Dohrn's Sick there as well. His plays also include An Upset and Amateurs and The Journals of Mihail Sebastian. He wrote and directed the film "The Girl in the Park."

Weller's plays include Moonchildren and Loose Ends. He is also at work on the musical Zhivago, which will debut in Australia. Visit mcctheater.org.

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