LCT3 Will Stage Pulitzer Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar's The Who and the What; Season Announced

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10 Jul 2013

LCT3, Lincoln Center Theater's initiative that nurtures the work of emerging theatre artists, will premiere JC Lee's Luce, Rude Mechs' Stop Hitting Yourself and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar's The Who and the What.

Last season LCT3 produced the acclaimed production of Akhtar's Pulitzer-winning work Disgraced. The playwright will return to Lincoln Center in 2014 with the New York premiere of his play The Who and the What.

Kimberly Senior will direct the production that runs May 31-June 16, 2014. It officially opens June 16. According to LCT3, "An examination of the chasm between our traditions and our contemporary lives, The Who and the What is the story of Zarina, an outspoken and brilliant writer, who clashes with her traditional father and sister over her book about women and Islam, a work that threatens to tear her family apart for good."

The Who and the What will have sets by Jack Magaw, costumes by Emily Rebholz, lighting by Japhy Weideman and sound by Jill BC Du Boff.

The season will launch with the world premiere of Lee's Luce, directed by May Adrales, Oct 5-Nov. 17. It officially opens Oct. 21.



Here's how it's billed: "When a teacher makes a damaging discovery about Luce, an all-star high school student, Luce's parents are forced to reckon with their idealized image of their son, adopted years ago from a war-torn African country."

Rude Mechs' Stop Hitting Yourself will run Jan. 13-Feb. 23, 2014. The world premiere officially opens Jan. 27. According to LCT3, "Part Pygmalion, part Busby Berkley, part self-help lexicon, Stop Hitting Yourself borrows from the plots of 1930's musicals to dig deep into the contemporary conservative dilemma: how to honor steely individualism without disavowing the virtue of charity - all the while tap-dancing around a queso fountain."

As previously reported, Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee will offer an encore engagement of her acclaimed song cycle We're Gonna Die Aug. 5-17.

All LCT3 productions take place in the Claire Tow Theater. Visit LCT3.org.