MCC Theater Cancels First Preview of Wild Animals You Should Know Off-Broadway

News   MCC Theater Cancels First Preview of Wild Animals You Should Know Off-Broadway
MCC Theater has postponed the first performance of the new world-premiere play by Thomas Higgins, Wild Animals You Should Know, in order to allow for additional technical time, it was announced Nov. 2.

The work about two teenage boys involved in a game of erotic cat and mouse was scheduled to begin previews Nov. 3 toward a Nov. 20 opening at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. MCC announced that the first preview would be canceled in order to "allow for more technical rehearsal before sharing the play with audiences."

Trip Cullman (A Small Fire, Bachelorette) directs the production that will now begin previews Nov. 4. Opening night remains the same. Performances will continue through Dec. 11.

The cast features Tony Award winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal, Side Show, Sunset Boulevard), Patrick Breen (The Normal Heart, Next Fall), Gideon Glick (Spring Awakening, Spider-Man), Jay Armstrong Johnson (8, Hair), John Behlmann (The 39 Steps) and Daniel Stewart Sherman (A Streetcar Named Desire at Williamstown).

According to MCC, "Matthew (Johnson) and Jacob (Glick) are an unlikely pair of friends. Matthew is a soccer star, full of brio and teenage swagger. Jacob is, well, not. Beneath the surface, though, the two are locked in an innocently erotic game of cat and mouse. When Matthew's reluctant father, Walter, (Breen) is wrangled by his wife Marsha (Ripley) into chaperoning the boys' trip to a wilderness scout camp, he finds himself drawn into their adolescent game. But Matthew has secretly decided just how far he's willing to go for his final act of scouting and everyone might do well to heed the scouts' motto: Be Prepared."

Wild Animals You Should Know  was previously developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Higgens works also include This Modern House, The Elephant Party and The Home Maker. Visit The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher Street.

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