MCC Moves LaBute's Break of Noon to Fall 2009; Busch's Third Story Will Open in January

News   MCC Moves LaBute's Break of Noon to Fall 2009; Busch's Third Story Will Open in January
MCC Theater, which is currently presenting Michael Weller's Fifty Words through Nov. 8, has announced a schedule change for its current season.

Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon, which was originally scheduled for a Jan. 14-Feb. 28, 2009 run Off-Broadway, will now be seen in September 2009. The production has been moved so it doesn't detract from the upcoming Broadway debut of LaBute's reasons to be pretty.

Robert LuPone, who is co-artistic director of MCC with Bernard Telsey, said in a statement, "With our hit production of Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty now slated to open on Broadway in early 2009, we felt that Neil, his two plays and our audience, would be best served if these plays did not open back-to-back." LaBute is the resident playwright at MCC.

In its place MCC will present the Manhattan premiere of Charles Busch's The Third Story. The comedy will begin previews Jan. 14, 2009, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Third Story, which was recently seen at the La Jolla Playhouse, features three interconnected stories. Audiences can expect "a realistic tale of a mother and son screenwriting team in the 1940s, a B-movie about the uneasy alliance between a mob queen and a frosty lady scientist and a Russian fairy tale in which a painfully shy Princess makes a dark pact with a mercurial old witch."

The MCC season will conclude with the world premiere of Coraline, which is based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and features music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt and a book by David Greenspan. Leigh Silverman directs.

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