Paul Rudd and Julianna Margulies Will Star in MCC Theater Benefit Reading of Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat
25 Apr 2013
MCC Theater will present a one-night-only reading of Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute’s The Mercy Seat June 17 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street.
The 7:30 PM staged reading will feature two-time Emmy Award winner and MCC Theater board member Julianna Margulies and stage and screen star Paul Rudd.
The event is part of MCC’s celebration of a decade of collaboration and new work with playwright LaBute. Proceeds will benefit MCC Theater’s literary development programs, including the Playwrights’ Coalition and free PlayLab reading series.
The Mercy Seat, which is set on Sept. 12, 2001, is described as such: "The twin towers are down and the world has changed overnight. Two people, a married man (believed to be among the victims of the tragedy) and his boss (and mistress) are holed up in her apartment contemplating their next move: return to their old lives or run away and start anew."
Originally produced in 2002, The Mercy Seat was among the first dramatic works to respond to the events of 9/11, and marked the first collaboration between MCC Theater and LaBute, who have gone on to collaborate on seven productions of new plays over the last 10 years, including this spring’s Reasons to Be Happy.
Tickets are priced at $250 (premium seating and post-show reception with the cast), $100 (orchestra in front mezzanine) and $75 (mezzanine). Special advance tickets are available for MCC Patrons (on sale now) and MCC subscribers and Miscast 2013 gala supporters (on sale April 30) and can be purchased by contacting the MCC Development Department at (212) 727-7722, ext. 232. Tickets go on sale to the general public May 7 and may be purchased by visiting www.mcctheater.org or calling (212) 352-3101. General ticket buyers may also purchase premium seats by contacting the MCC Development Department at (212) 727-7722, ext. 232 starting May 7.
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.