The Distance from Here was originally scheduled for the 2002-03 season, but was postponed in favor of another LaBute work, The Mercy Seat, due to timeliness of the script, which addressed the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. The Distance From Here, set in a "suburban wasteland, USA," 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.
Distance will run at MCC in April 2004. It will be preceded by Bright Ideas by Eric Coble in November, and Frozen by Bryony Lavery in March 2004. Doug Hughes directs the latter drama, which was first done by London's Royal National Theatre. The plot concerns a child's disappearance.
MCC's most recent production was Intrigue with Faye starring Julianna Margulies and Benjamin Bratt.