The PlayLabs series allows playwrights to receive post-show feedback from audience members, who have the opportunity to witness the development of new work that often goes on to full-scale productions Off-Broadway and across the U.S.
Casting will be announced at a later date.
Selections for the 2014 series follow:
By John Pollono
Directed by Jo Bonney
Sept. 15 at 7 PM
"Lou and Maggie, divorced but now compelled to join forces when their daughter has stolen the car and disappeared into a blinding snowstorm, must confront their volatile past and come to terms with the bitter unravelling of a once promising romance."
How to Use a Knife
By Will Snider
Directed by Kareem Fahmy
Sept. 29 at 7 PM
"In the chaotic hustle and bustle of a popular restaurant kitchen, Steve is hiding in plain sight. An East African immigrant, he seems to be a humble yet dignified dishwasher, but Steve has a shocking past during the bloody Rwandan ethnic cleansing, and Immigration authorities are on his trail. Written by a young, exciting new talent, the play bursts with grinding suspense, energy and surprise." Shut Up When You Talk To Me
By Stephen Belber
Directed by David Schwimmer
Oct. 6 at 7 PM
"From celebrated writer Stephen Belber comes a new play about the journey of friends from idealistic, exciting, 'brave new world' youth to wiser but definitely sadder middle age. Drifter Mack drops into Luke’s circumscribed, boring and safe life, threatening to blow it all apart by alcoholic binges, infidelity, and family abandonment. How far can he make Luke go to recapture the fire of their younger years?"
All readings will take place at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street). Visit MCCTheatre.org.