Celebrating their 20th anniversary season, the Manhattan Class Company (which now goes by its abbreviated moniker), is offering its subscribers the two aforementioned shows. A third play (planned for a February 2006 run) is yet to be decided upon. Production spokespersons could not confirm any of next season's lineup. Slated for a September 2005 run, Colder Than Here makes the leap to Off-Broadway from its Soho Theatre Company production earlier this year, with artistic director Abigail Morris staging the American premiere. Wade's drama centers around "Myra, the perfect-homemaker… industrious, ultra-organized… puts her full attention to organizing every detail of her own impending funeral, from the PowerPoint presentation entitled `My Funeral' to the cardboard coffin."
Then, in May 2006, MCC will unveil Labute's Swallowing Bicycles "which follows the life of Joe Smith, who lives the perfect life. He has the perfect wife, perfect son, daughter, house, job, friends. Sounds too good to be true? You’re perfectly right," according to a show synopsis. The new work will be the fourth LaBute work to see the MCC stage following The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here and Fat Pig. The collaboration also produced a one-night benefit evening of plays, Autobahn.
For more information on MCC, visit www.mcctheater.com.