Hear Neil LaBute's New Play at MCC's PlayLabs Reading Series

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MCC has announced the line-up for its annual PlayLabs reading series, set to feature new works in development by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute, among others. Audiences will have a chance to experience new plays from notable playwrights and participate in post-show conversations that will aid the development of the works.

Last year's PlayLabs series featured a reading of John Pollono's Lost Girls, which is now being mounted as a full production in MCC's 2015-16 season.

"Each year PlayLabs brings another fresh set of voices to the MCC family," said MCC's co-artistic director Will Cantler in a press statement. "We’re thrilled that this year’s series will give our audiences the first look at the next, undoubtedly provocative Neil LaBute play, as well as shine a spotlight on two emerging talents: Ren Dara Santiago, a hyper-talented young playwright and New York City native mentored through the MCC Youth Company; and Stephen Brown, who we’ve had our eye on for several years as he continues to establish himself as one of New York’s most exciting new voices."

All tickets are $15 and now on sale here. The line-up and details are as follows:

The Siblings Play
by Ren Dara Santiago
Directed by Daniel Talbott
Sept. 21 at 7 PM
Virtually abandoned by neglectful parents, young Marie, Leon, and Mars struggle on their own to create a new family. Love and mutual support come easy, but the threatening world outside the supposed safety of this arrangement comes crashing in, creating unexpected and frightening conflicts they seem too vulnerable to overcome.

How to Fight Loneliness 
by Neil LaBute
Directed by Jo Bonney
Sept. 28 at 7 PM
Brad and Jodie need Tate to do them a favor. Brad is married to Jodie. Jodie went to school with Tate. Tate doesn’t trust Brad. What follows is an exploration of love and death in an age where both come at a very high price.  After all: whose life is it anyway?

Welcome Home
by Stephen Brown
Director to be announced
Oct. 5 at 7 PM
Tommy’s older brother has disappeared without a trace.  In this touching and gentle comedy, a mother and her remaining son have to deal with their painful feelings of guilt and apprehension, buoyed up by the unexpected and richly humorous support of their quirky newly adopted family, including an amateur psychologist and an over-caffeinated and lonely young barrista.

Each staged reading is followed by a post-show discussion and a meet-n-greet wine reception with actors and the creative team following all activities. Read Playbill.com's summary of the upcoming MCC 2015-16 season. For more information and to purchase tickets visit MCC. The MCC is located at the Lucille Lortel Theatre at 121 Christopher St., West Village. 

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