The Off-Broadway troupe that currently presents LaBute's Some Girl(s) will continue with a collaboration with LaBute, its recently named playwright-in-residence. One production in the three-play season is yet to be announced. Russell Lees' two-character political satire Nixon's Nixon will reunite original Off-Broadway director Jim Simpson with stars Gerry Bamman and Steve Mellor in the roles they originated for MCC 10 years ago. The work will play Sept. 20-Oct. 28 with an opening night set for Oct. 4. The design team includes Kyle Chapulis (scenic & lighting Design), Claudia Brown (costume design) and Jill DuBoff (sound design).
Bamman plays President Richard M. Nixon and Mellor plays Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger in the intermissionless work which imagines the conversation that transpired the night before the Commander-in-Chief announces his resignation.
The second play of the new season, to start previews Jan. 31, 2007 and open on Feb. 14 for a run through March 10, will be announced soon.
Closing out MCC's next year will be the world premiere of LaBute's In a Dark, Dark House, which is billed as "a drama about a man and his complicated relationship with a complicated father." The play will begin previews May 16, 2007 and open June 7 for a run through June 23. Director and casting are to be announced.
The new LaBute work will mark the fifth collaboration with MCC following The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here, Fat Pig and Some Girl(s). MCC also produced a one night benefit evening of LaBute plays, Autobahn.