Tony Winner John Rando Set to Direct Off-Broadway's Bright Ideas

News   Tony Winner John Rando Set to Direct Off-Broadway's Bright Ideas Tony Award-winning director John Rando (Urinetown) will helm the upcoming MCC Theatre staging of Eric Coble's Bright Ideas, beginning Oct. 22 at East 13th Street Theatre.

The Manhattan Class Company — better known by their abbreviated moniker MCC — enjoyed a starry season last year and will start the 2003-2004 lineup with the new dark comedy.

Rando garnered his Tony win for his work on the Broadway musical Urinetown. The director has also helmed The Dinner Party, A Thousand Clowns, Polish Joke and Dance of the Vampires.

Bright Ideas kicks off MCC's new three-play season. The dark comedy centers on parents of a boy who is next on the waiting list for one of the best pre-schools, Bright Ideas Early Childhood Development Academy. The work premiered at Ohio's Cleveland Play House — where Coble is a founding member.

Also planned for the 17-year-old troupe next season will be Bryony Lavery's Frozen (starting Feb. 25, 2004) and Neil LaBute's The Distance From Here (April 14, 2004).

For more information on MCC, visit www.mcctheater.com.