Manhattan Theatre Club Announces World Premiere by Tony-Winning Bridge & Tunnel Author

News   Manhattan Theatre Club Announces World Premiere by Tony-Winning Bridge & Tunnel Author
Manhattan Theatre Club has announced two productions for the 2016-2017 season: the New York premiere of Vietgone, by Qui Nguyen, and the world premiere of Broadway veteran Sarah Jones' Sell/Buy/Date.

Nguyen's play tackles the very current issue of war refugees being settled in Middle America. Jones, who starred in her own Tony-winning Broadway solo show Bridge & Tunnel in 2006, will again play multiple characters in the play, about the commercial sex industry. 

Here are details on the two productions:

Vietgone (New York Premiere), by Qui Nguyen, directed by May Adrales. Previews begin Oct. 4, 2016. Opens Oct. 25 at MTC at New York City Center, Stage I. "A modern twist on the All-American love story, Qui Nguyen’s (She Kills Monsters) new play pulses with contemporary energy. It’s the classic story of boy meets girl — except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp inside Middle America. Borrowing elements from the world of up-to-the-minute popular culture to recreate the playwright’s own parents’ meeting, Vietgone ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Nguyen and director May Adrales (Luce at LCT3) skip through time and around the globe to present a fresh theatrical take on a moving account of one real family’s history."

Casting and the creative team for Vietgone will be announced in the coming weeks. Vietgone is produced in association with South Coast Repertory. Vietgone was originally commissioned and developed by South Coast Repertory as part of SCR CrossRoads, with funding from the Time Warner Foundation. It is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

Sell/Buy/Date (World Premiere), written and performed by Sarah Jones, directed by Carolyn Cantor. Previews begin Sept. 27, 2016. Opens Oct. 18 at MTC at New York City Center, Stage II as part of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series. "Tony Award-winning writer, performer and activist Sarah Jones (she won a Special Tony for Bridge & Tunnel) returns to the New York stage as a dazzling medley of characters in Sell/Buy/Date, an exuberant new play inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the commercial sex industry. Through her masterful, multicultural characterizations, Jones explores an array of diverse perspectives on a fascinating and incendiary subject, all while preserving the full humanity and humor of voices seldom heard in the theater." The creative team for Sell/Buy/Date will be announced in the coming weeks.

Last August, MTC theatre received criticism from theatre artists including Paula Vogel and Kristoffer Diaz, who were concerned that the company’s 2015-16 season slate did not include any female playwrights or playwrights of color. The two latest announcements will elevate the level of diversity, with works from Vietnamese-American playwright Qui Nguyen and Tony-winning Bridge & Tunnel playwright Sarah Jones.

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