Tony Winner Jayne Houdyshell Will Star in MCC’s Relevance Off-Broadway | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Tony Winner Jayne Houdyshell Will Star in MCC’s Relevance Off-Broadway
The world premiere of JC Lee’s play will begin previews in February 2018.
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Jayne Houdyshell

The Humans Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell, most recently on Broadway in A Doll’s House, Part 2, will star in the MCC Theater world premiere of JC Lee's Relevance.

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Directed by Tony nominee Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed), previews will begin February 1, 2018, prior to an official opening February 20 at Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre.

Complete casting will be announced at a later date.

Relevance follows Theresa Hanneck, an author and veteran feminist warrior, and Msemaji Ukweli, a young writer who is quickly becoming the leading cultural critic on race, class, and gender, and a heated online exchange between the two.

“JC Lee is a master at examining the discomforts of identity, and he peels away several fresh layers in Relevance. It's a bracing look at the intersection between race and generation in feminism, and Jayne Houdyshell will illuminate it brilliantly,” said MCC Artistic Director William Cantler in a statement.

"Relevance raises difficult questions I don't have an answer to, but I couldn't be more excited to wrestle with them in this production at MCC Theater along with Liesl Tommy, a powerful voice, advocate and talent in our community,” added playwright Lee. “Jayne is one of those actors who haunts a writer, challenging them to build a vehicle worthy of their immense talents. I wrote this play with her voice, her power and her wit at the forefront of my brain and heart. So, I am grateful that she's stepping into a role I crafted with her in mind."

The upcoming production will also feature scenic design by Tony winner Clint Ramos, costume design by Jacob A. Climer, lighting design by Jiyoun Chang, sound design by Broken Chord, projection design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew, and casting by Telsey + Company.

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