PHOTO CALL: MCC's The Submission, With Jonathan Groff, Rutina Wesley, Will Rogers, Eddie Kaye Thomas

News   PHOTO CALL: MCC's The Submission, With Jonathan Groff, Rutina Wesley, Will Rogers, Eddie Kaye Thomas
 
The MCC Theater world premiere of Jeff Talbott's The Submission, starring Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff as a playwright in peril and "True Blood" star Rutina Wesley as an actress in the role of her life, plays Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie (Venus in Fur, Chicago) directs the dramatic comedy about a playwright who finally achieves the recognition he's been seeking, but with strings attached. The Submission earned Talbott the inaugural Laurents-Hatcher Award in February. The honor was endowed by Arthur Laurents and named for Laurents and his late partner Tom Hatcher.

The Submission will officially open Sept. 27 for a run through Oct. 22.

Here's a first look at the show:


  Groff (Spring Awakening, Deathtrap, "Glee") portrays eager playwright Danny Larsen, alongside Wesley ("True Blood," The Vertical Hour) as Emilie, an actress who plays his "front" after he chooses a nom de plume, Eddie Kaye Thomas (The Diary of Anne Frank, Bachelorette, "American Pie") as Danny's partner, Pete, and Will Rogers (Unnatural Acts, When the Rain Stops Falling) as Danny's best friend, Trevor.

According to MCC Theater, "Shaleeha G'ntamobi's stirring new play about an alcoholic black mother and her card sharp son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation's preeminent theater festival. Trouble is, Shaleeha G'ntamobi doesn't exist, except in the imagination of wannabe-playwright Danny Larsen, who created her as a kind of affirmative-action nom-de-plume. But a nom-de-guerre may prove more useful as the lies pile up, shaky alliances are forged, and everyone dear to Danny must decide whether or not to run for cover as the whole thing threatens to blow up in his lily white face."

The production team includes Ryan Rumery (sound designer/co-composer), David Weiner (lighting designer), Anita Yavich (costume designer), David Zinn (scenic designer) and Tim Semon (stage manager).

 

Visit mcctheater.org. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street.

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