Times Writer Helps 80-Year-Old Dad Through Single Life in Assisted Loving, Sept. 26

News   Times Writer Helps 80-Year-Old Dad Through Single Life in Assisted Loving, Sept. 26 New York Times style columnist Bob Morris performs his retells his journey as wingman to his 80-year-old single father in Assisted Loving, starting Sept. 26.

Part of The MCC "Theater For Thought" series, the solo will perform five shows from Sept. 26-Oct. 17 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Morris pens and performs his Assisted Loving in which he attempts to answer the question, "What would you do if you were single and your 80-year-old father dragged you into his hell-bent hunt for new love?" The solo work is billed as a "tawdry, tuneful, tender tale of cell-phone abuse, casserole widows, Viagra, hip-replacement surgery and father-son reconciliation."

The "Age of Dissonance" column scribe, which appears in The New York Times Sunday Styles section also appears on NPR's "All Things Considered" and has written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Travel and Leisure. He is the playwright-in-residence at the Jewish Repertory Theatre and has penned other works for the theatre and two picture books "Crispin The Terrible" and "Delia at the Delano."

"Theater For Thought" series continues Nov. 7 with "20," a benefit series featuring three one-night-only invited readings of previous MCC plays and culminates with Andre Gregory’s Bone Songs (Feb. 6-March 6, 2006).

MCC has enjoyed a number of popular shows through its 20-year history and will present readings of three of its most celebrated for its fall benefit "20." Alan Bowne's Beirut which appeared as part of the company's first-season returns with original cast member Marisa Tomei. Perhaps the most successful show on the company's resume, Margaret Edson's 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner Wit, will play with original star Kathleen Chalfant. The 1995-96 season entry Nixon's Nixon by playwright Russell Lees is also planned. In the new year, Andre Gregory will take audiences on "a kaleidoscopic journey through time on a ghost ship bound for Antarctica" with his Bone Songs. The solo work is described as "a cabaret, a collage of songs, scenes, soliloquies and stories." The new work from the former Public Theater artistic director will also play five performances only.

Tickets to MCC Theater For Thought Series performances at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, are available for purchase by calling (212) 279-4200. For more information, visit www.mcctheater.com.