MCC Rides Neil LaBute's Autobahn of Five One-Acts, March 1

News   MCC Rides Neil LaBute's Autobahn of Five One-Acts, March 1
Five one-acts by Neil LaBute, collectively titled Autobahn, will be presented as a special one-night benefit for MCC Theater, March 1 at The Little Shubert Theater.
Neil LaBute
Neil LaBute Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The Off-Broadway company will offer LaBute's Autobahn — which comprises the short plays Merge, Road Trip, Date, Long Division and Autobahn. All of the one acts — to be directed by LaBute — are set inside the confines of a car. Playwright LaBute told The New York Times, "It could be a really intimate space, or it could be somewhere you felt trapped." The Mercy Seat writer added, "The conversation can be as difficult to negotiate as the road. There's more potholes and no AAA in sight."

Casting for the show which will employ 10 actors has not yet been set, but is expected to include "a roster of stage, screen & TV names," according to the MCC publicist.

Tickets are priced at $125 and can be purchased by calling (212) 727-7765.

Playwright LaBute is known for his gritty dramas, which include The Mercy Seat, The Shape of Things and bash: latter-day plays. His film works include "In the Company of Men," "Your Friends and Neighbors" and "Nurse Betty."

MCC, which teamed with LaBute to present The Mercy Seat, will present the American premiere of his work, The Distance From Here, beginning April 14 at The Duke on 42nd St. Set in a "suburban wasteland, USA," The Distance From Here centers on a teen-aged slacker and the discord in his family life. His mother doesn't remember his childhood and a stepsister—who is sleeping with his mother's boyfriend—wants to become involved sexually with him. The tangled story of betrayal and angst premiered at the Almeida Theatre in London.

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