MCC Theatre announces the second of their three-show season with Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here. The play joins the previously announced Kate Robin work, Intrigue With Faye, set to break in their new space at the new Shubert 42nd Street Theater Complex, according to a production spokesperson.
The Distance From Here, set in a "suburban wasteland, USA," centers on a teen-aged slacker and his struggle with the discord in his family life: a mother who doesn't remember his childhood, a stepsister who wants to become involved sexually with him, and a boyfriend of his mother who is sleeping with his stepsister.
The tangled story of betrayal and angst played last year at the Almeida Theatre in London. This production — as with Intrigue With Faye — will mark the New York premiere of the play.
LaBute's most recent work to see the New York stage was last season's The Shape of Things starring Rachel Weisz, Paul Rudd, Gretchen Mol and Frederick Weller. His other works include bash: latter-day plays, Filthy Talk for Troubled Times, and the films "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors" and Nurse Betty.
MCC Theater was founded in 1986 by current artistic directors Robert LuPone and Bernard Telsey. The company is dedicated to bringing new works to New York with its three-play season. Past productions have included Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone, Marsha Norman's Trudy Blue and last season's Pulitzer Prize finalist The Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman. For more information on MCC, visit www.MCCTheater.org.
— by Ernio Hernandez