Tony Nominee Jeremy Shamos, Deirdre O'Connell, Shannon Sullivan and More Will Be Part of MCC Theater PlayLabs Readings

By Carey Purcell
August 8, 2013

MCC Theater announced the line-up for its upcoming PlayLabs reading series, featuring new plays by members of the company's Playwrights' Coalition.



Beginning Sept. 9, PlayLabs will be held on four consecutive Mondays at the Lucille Lortel Theatre at 7 PM.

Actors currently scheduled to appear in the readings include Tony nominee Jeremy Shamos, Patch Darragh, Brett Donaldson, Maxwell Hamilton, Rachel Lee, Christopher McLinden, Deirdre O'Connell and Shannon Sullivan.

Audiences at MCC's PlayLabs have the opportunity to participate in post-show conversations that aid in the development of the work as well as attend a wine reception with actors and the creative team following all activities.

Participating playwrights are selected from MCC's Playwrights' Coalition, now in its 13th year of offering writers the resources and support necessary to help conceive, develop and present their work to a New York audience. The program offers an emphasis on roundtable readings and intensive script analysis.

Alums of the program include early works by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp and Tony nominee Stephen Adly Guirgus.

The lineup at a glance follows:

Owned
Written by Julian Sheppard
Directed by 
Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Sept. 9
"Ray and Ed have been in the same place in their lives longer than they can remember — and nobody says when I grow up I want to be a bartender. When an opportunity to change everything comes along, can they succeed in making their dreams come true? And where does Morgan, the woman who breezed into the bar one afternoon, fit in? A dark comedy about true friendship and useful lies."

Absolution
Written by Brooke Berman
Directed by Trip Cullman
Sept. 16

"When twenty-something Alicia is drawn to sexy bad boy Ryder, she's brought to her senses by a charismatic spiritual healer who claims to have all the answers. But ten years later and still without a committed relationship, will these same answers satisfy her?"

Mike and Seth
Written and directed by Daniel Talbott
Sept. 23

"Childhood friends Mike and Seth share a hotel room the night before Mike's wedding, as a winter ice storm rages outside. Unable to sleep, they desperately try to make sense of themselves, each other and their unknown future. What do two best friends say to each other on the night before everything changes?"

Nicholas Maeve Marianne
Written by Matthew Stephen Smith
Directed by Jaclyn Biskup
Sept. 30

"Bushwick. A cold kitchen. Three estranged friends reunite. Fueled by bourbon and excited debate they attempt to rekindle their old friendship... Before tomorrow they'll confront a shared desperation, fighting to save what happiness and home they have left."

Readings are free and reservations are encouraged. More information is available by visiting mcctheater.org.