MCC Theater has named its new midtown home The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space in honor of the late philanthropist. A trust established in Wilson’s name donated $2.5 million to the Off-Broadway theatre’s building of a new, 27,000-square-foot facility in Manhattan’s Clinton neighborhood, set to open its doors this fall.
The campaign, recently expanded to $45 million, has been largely supported by the City of New York. The space will publicly open with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in November, with programming set to begin in 2019.
The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space is located at West 52nd Street and features two theatres: The Newman Mills Theater (245 seats) and The Susan and Ronald Frankel Theater (100 seats). The address is also home to A.R.T./New York's offices and performance spaces.
As previously reported, MCC, which has been operating out of the Lucille Lortel Theatre for more than a decade, will launch its 2018–2019 season in the new midtown complex in January. Kicking off the season will be the Off-Broadway premiere of Loy A. Webb's play The Light, directed by Logan Vaughn in The Susan and Ronald Frankel Theater.
MCC's 2018–2019 season lineup also includes the world premiere of Alice By Heart, a new musical with music and lyrics by Spring Awakening's Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater and a book by Sater with Waitress' Jessie Nelson inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (and which MCC has helped develop over a number of years); as well as New York premieres from playwright and poet Aziza Barnes and Halley Feiffer.
“Thanks to the tremendous generosity of The Robert W. Wilson Charitable Trust and the City of New York, we are on the brink of realizing our dream of unifying all of MCC’s work and bringing together artists, students, and audiences under one roof,” said Bernard Telsey, co-artistic director of MCC Theater, speaking on behalf of the company’s artistic leadership. “Convening in a physical space that is our own after operating in multiple locations over the last 30 years will bring collaborations to a new level and allow the MCC community to grow and engage with one another in conversations, debate and discovery and, ultimately, expand the American theater canon together in really exciting ways.”
MCC's final production in the Lucille Lortel Theatre will be a limited return engagement of Jocelyn Bioh’s critically acclaimed School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play beginning in October. The special return run will follow Jen Silverman's Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties, which will close out MCC's 2017–2018 season in the Lucille Lortel Theatre beginning this August.