Off-Broadway’s MCC Theater has announced its five-show 31st season, a mix of New York and world premieres. The slate features works by playwrights Jocelyn Bioh, Lucy Thurber, JC Lee, Neil LaBute, and Philip Dawkins, as well as directors Leigh Silverman, Liesl Tommy, Rebecca Taichman, Will Davis, and Jackson Gay.
The season will kick off in August with the Off-Broadway premiere of Charm by Dawkins. Inspired by the true story of Chicago’s Miss Gloria Allen, the play centers on a black, transgender woman in her 60s who teaches at a LGBTQ community center in Chicago. Directed by Davis, performances will run August 31–October 8.
Next, MCC will present the world premiere of Bioh’s School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play with direction by Indecent’s Taichman. Set at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, Bioh’s dark comedy depicts the rivalry between two adolescent girls in the lead up to the Miss Universe pageant.
In the new year, Tony-nominated director Tommy will direct the world premiere of Lee’s drama, Relevance. The play sees two women of different generations collide over opposing ideas of feminism, and a heated exchange that goes viral. Performances will run February 1–March 11, 2018.
Next spring, the theatre will stage Thurber’s newest work, Transfers, with direction by Gay. The play follows two gifted students from the South Bronx both competing for a life-changing scholarship. Performances will run April 5–May 13, 2018.
Closing out the season will be the world premiere of LaBute’s Reasons To Be Pretty Happy, directed by Silverman. In his newest play, the playwright revisits the characters first introduced in his Tony-nominated earlier work, Reasons To Be Pretty, and Reasons To Be Happy. After five years in New York, Greg and Steph return to their blue-collar hometown for their 20th high school reunion, where old secrets and new lies become increasingly difficult to hide.
“In four world premieres and a New York debut our 17–18 season embraces the urgency of the moment,” notes MCC’s co-artistic director Will Cantler in a press statement. “In plays comic, dramatic, and wholly surprising, we'll meet a breadth of memorable characters united by the struggle to reinvent themselves in ways wholly relatable. We are especially excited to announce our first mainstage collaboration with playwright and MCC Youth Company Playwriting Lab director Lucy Thurber.”
MCC subscriptions are now on sale for the 2017-2018 season in four and five play options as well as a six play option available for a limited time that includes Matthew Perry’s The End of Longing. For more information, visit mcctheater.org.