Off-Broadway Undergoes A Very Common Procedure as New York-Set Story Opens

News   Off-Broadway Undergoes A Very Common Procedure as New York-Set Story Opens MCC Theater presents the New York premiere of Courtney Baron's A Very Common Procedure, which officially opens Feb. 14. Michael Greif directs a cast that includes Lynn Collins, Amir Arison and Stephen Kunken.
Lynn Collins and Stephen Kunken star in MCC Theater's A Very Common Procedure.
Lynn Collins and Stephen Kunken star in MCC Theater's A Very Common Procedure. Photo by Joan Marcus

The drama, which began previews Jan. 31, is slated to play at the Lucille Lortel Theatre for a limited engagement through March 10.

Originally titled Morbidity & Mortality, the work centers on a married woman who has an extra-marital affair with a doctor. "Not an unusual New York story - until you find out how they met," according to MCC. "In facing the horrific moment that has brought them together, these three New Yorkers must come to a final confrontation in which faith, love and the truth are put to the test."

The cast for A Very Common Procedure includes Arison (Beast on the Moon, Modern Orthodox, Omnium Gatherum), Collins (The Women, As You Like It, "The Merchant of Venice") and Kunken (Festen, Proof, The Journals of Mihail Sebastian).

The design team comprises Robin Vest (set), Miranda Hoffman (costume), Tyler Micoleau (lighting) and Fabian Obispo (sound and music).

The play made its debut last March — under the aforementioned title — at San Francisco's Magic Theatre, where it was presented in conjunction with New York City's The Women's Project. Greif — currently represented on Broadway by Rent and Grey Gardens — previously directed The Distance From Here for MCC. The always-employed director has also recently staged Satellites, Landscape of the Body, Mr. Marmalade and Beauty of the Father Off-Broadway. And, he just signed on to direct the Shakespeare in the Park presentation of Romeo and Juliet for this summer. Other credits include Never Gonna Dance, Fucking A, Dogeaters, Spatter Pattern and Betty Rules, among others.

Up next for MCC will be its annual Miscast benefit March 12 with stars like Norbert Leo Butz, Raúl Esparza, Ana Gasteyer, Jane Krakowski, LaChanze and Josh Strickland already lined up. The Off-Broadway troupe then continues its relationship with playwright-in-residence Neil LaBute (following last season's Some Girl(s)) with In a Dark Dark House — a world premiere drama "about a man and his complicated relationship with a complicated father." The work will run May 16-June 23.

Tickets to A Very Common Procedure at the Lucille Lortel, 121 Christopher Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information visit www.mcctheater.org.

Lynn Collins, Amir Arison and Stephen Kunken star in Courtney Baron's <i>A Very Common Procedure</i> at MCC Theater.
Lynn Collins, Amir Arison and Stephen Kunken star in Courtney Baron's A Very Common Procedure at MCC Theater. Photo by Joan Marcus
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