World Premieres by LaBute, Weller and White to Play Off-Broadway at MCC

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MCC Theater has announced world-premiere works by MCC vets Neil LaBute and Michael Weller as well as New York newcomer Sharr White for its 25th anniversary season.
Elizabeth Marvel and Norbert Leo Butz in Michael Weller's Fifty Words.
Elizabeth Marvel and Norbert Leo Butz in Michael Weller's Fifty Words. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Off-Broadway troupe's 2010-2011 season will again play at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Casting and exact dates for each production are yet to be announced.

Here is a rundown of the forthcoming season:

  • The Break of Noon (October-December, 2010) will mark the seventh work by LaBute to be presented by MCC. The world premiere co-production with Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse follows Reasons to be Pretty, Fat Pig, Some Girl(s), The Mercy Seat, The Distance From Here and In A Dark Dark House — penned by the company's playwright-in-residence. "Amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, John Smith sees the face of God," read MCC notes. "His modern-day revelation creates a maelstrom of disbelief among everyone he knows. A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?" Jo Bonney will stage the new LaBute work.


  • The Other Place (March-April, 2011) will mark the New York stage debut of playwright White — whose plays have been performed in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles and the Humana Festival. The new work from the author of Sunlight and Six Years is set "in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod." "Juliana Smithton's research into the molecular basis for Alzheimer drugs has propelled her into elite scientific circles. When her private life takes a frightening turn, Juliana (bracingly intelligent and not one to easily acknowledge weakness), finds herself drowning in a sea of distorted memory, still struggling to reach out for help."

  • Side Effects (May-June, 2011) brings back playwright Weller to MCC following 2008's Fifty Words. The phone call at the end of that play (which starred Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel) serves as the starting point for this new work, which tells "the story of what happened on the other end of the line." "Hugh and Lindy's marriage seems picture-perfect, a beacon in their microcosmic Midwestern world of dinner parties and fundraisers. Behind closed doors they're falling apart - doors they can barely keep shut. Lindy's grappling with bipolar swings, their teenage sons are acting out, and Hugh's rising political star is suddenly imperiled."

    MCC currently presents Beth Henley's world premiere Family Week (through May 23). Jonathan Demme makes his theatrical directorial debut with a cast that features Kathleen Chalfant and Rosemarie DeWitt.

    Tickets to Family Week at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, 121 Christopher Street, are available by calling (212) 279-4200. Subscriptions for the new three-play season will go on sale April 23. For more information, visit

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