The MCC Theater For Thought Series was created for the double-decade festivities and kicks off Sept. 26-Oct. 17 with Bob Morris' Assisted Loving, continues Nov. 7 with "20," a benefit series featuring three one-night-only invited readings of the aforementioned plays, and culminates with Andre Gregory’s Bone Songs (Feb. 6-March 6, 2006).
New York Times style columnist Bob 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 billed as a "tawdry, tuneful, tender tale of cell-phone abuse, casserole widows, Viagra, hip-replacement surgery and father-son reconciliation" plays five performances only at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
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.