The Color Purple Alum Joaquina Kalukango Among Cast of MCC’s PlayLabs Reading Series

Readings and Workshops   The Color Purple Alum Joaquina Kalukango Among Cast of MCC’s PlayLabs Reading Series
Kalukango will appear in the reading of Jocelyn Bioh’s Happiness and Joe.
Joaquina Kalukango Marc J. Franklin

The cast and creative team are set for two of the works featured in its 2017 PlayLabs reading series: Tow Playwright-in-Residence Jocelyn Bioh’s Happiness and Joe (October 2 at 7 PM) and MCC Youth Company alum Lily Houghton’s Dear (October 16 at 7 PM). Both readings will be held at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre.


Written by Bioh and directed by Saheem Ali, the cast of Happiness and Joe will include Joaquina Kalukango and Austin Smith. The play concerns Happiness and Joe, who are “madly in love and their wedding is the most anticipated event in the (fictional) African country of Upendo. But the rising tensions in the country are becoming harder to ignore and they find themselves, unwittingly, in the center of it.”

Bioh's School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girl Play will be presented as part of MCC Theater’s mainstage season.

Written by Houghton and directed by Jenna Worsham, the cast of Dear will include Michele Selene Ang, Lilly Englert, and Coral Peña. In Dear April has disappeared from her college campus, “and her three friends convene in their dorm’s shared bathroom to trade theories about her whereabouts and attacks against each other. When April’s paper on female serial killers begins to bare striking similarities to their behavior, the students are forced to face their own secrets and rage.”

Each reading includes a post-show reception with wine and snacks, offering a chance to discuss the work and mingle with the playwrights, actors, MCC leadership, and other audience members.

Dear is sold out, but $15 tickets are still available for Happiness and Joe. For more information, visit


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