MCC Theater has announced its 2016-17 season. The 30th anniversary slate is set to feature the New York premiere of the musical Ride the Cylcone; a Neil LaBute and Judith Light collaboration; the NYC playwriting and stage acting debut of Friends star Matthew Perry; and the U.S. premiere of Anna Jordan’s play Yen, which made its acclaimed world premiere at London’s Royal Court.
The new season will kick off September 6 with LaBute’s solo piece, All the Ways to Say I Love You, featuring two-time Tony winner Light, with direction by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman. Light will star as a high school English teacher and guidance counselor in the new play – billed by MCC as a work about “love, hard choices, and the cost of fulfilling an all-consuming desire.” Performances are set to run through October 9.
In November the downtown theatre will present its third musical ever, Ride the Cyclone, which played a hit run at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. The new musical, about a school chamber choir that boards a faulty roller coaster, features a book, music and lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell and direction by Rachel Rockwell.
The new year will kick off with Jordan’s Yen, directed by Trip Cullman. The London import is billed as an exploration of “childhood without boundaries,” and is set to run February 2-March 12, 2017.
Beginning May 8, Friends star Perry makes his New York playwriting debut at MCC with his bittersweet comedy The End of Longing, with direction by Lindsay Posner. The play made its world premiere at the Playhouse Theatre in London earlier this year. Performances are set to run through June 24.
All productions will be performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, located at 121 Christopher Street, New York. For more information and to purchase subscription packages, call (212) 352-3101 or visit mcctheater.org.