The MCC production will officially open April 6 and will run through April 23. What of the Night is based on the life of writer Djuna Barnes and was written by Alexander, Noreen Tomassi and Birgitta Trommler. Trommler directs. Barnes was a leading literary figure in New York's Bohemia scene during the twenties and thirties. Beginning as a journalist profiling the famous figures of her day, she graduated to writing poems, plays and novels. She is best known for her novel "Nightwood." In later years, Barnes became a near recluse, rarely coming out of her Greenwich Village home and refusing all interviews. Born in 1892, she lived until 1982, long after most of her contemporaries had died. She has since become a cult literary figure, proving particularly popular in counterculture circles.
The creative team for What of the Night comprises Rob Odorisio (set design), Ann Roth (costume design), Beverly Emmons (lighting design), Fabian Obispo (sound design) and Dennis Diamond (video design).
Jane Alexander is the Tony-winning actress who has appeared in The Great White Hope, Find Your Way Home, First Monday in October, The Visit, The Sisters Rosensweig and Honour. More recent appearances include Ghosts at the Shakespeare Theatre and Rose and Walsh at the Geffen Playhouse. Her career has also included parts in such films as "All the President's Men" and "Kramer vs. Kramer," and a famous stint as the director of the National Endowment for the Arts.
What of the Night will play Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 PM. The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street, between Bleecker and Hudson. For tickets, call (212) 279-4200.
For more information about MCC Theater, visit www.mcctheater.com.