Tuesday, February 16, 2016

SMOKEFALL Production Photos

Check out some of the great SMOKEFALL production photos, courtesy of Joan Marcus. SMOKEFALL is currently in previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Get your tickets here!

Feb 4-March 20, 2016
New York Premiere

Magical realism collides with manic vaudeville in a family drama unlike any you've ever seen. The Twins swap philosophy while awaiting their birth, Beauty eats dirt and doesn't speak, Father is about to drive away and never return, and a man named Footnote acts as our guide. Whipping from astonishing tenderness to profound humor and back again, this wholly original play uncovers the extraordinary family connections we all stretch and warp across the years but can never quite break.

SMOKEFALL marks the MCC Theater debut for playwright Noah Haidle (Mr. Marmalade) and the return of director Anne Kauffman (The Nether). The design team for Smokefall includes scenic design by 2015 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” recipient Mimi Lien (An Octoroon; Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812); lighting by David Weiner (The Normal Heart, Break of Noon), costumes by Ásta Bennie Hostetter (You Got Older), and sound by Lindsay Jones (The Brothers Size).

Tom Bloom & Taylor Richardson

Zachary Quinto and Taylor Richardson

Robin Tunney and Brian Hutchison

Brian Hutchison & Zachary Quinto

Brian Hutchison & Taylor Richardson

Tom Bloom, Robin Tunney, Brian Hutchison & Taylor Richardson

Taylor Richardson

Thursday, October 29, 2015

LOST GIRLS Production Photos

Check out some of these great production photos from LOST GIRLS, courtesy of Joan Marcus. LOST GIRLS is now in previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Get your tickets here!

Oct 21-Nov 29, 2015
New York Premiere

by John Pollono
directed by Jo Bonney

When Erica, their sixteen-year-old daughter, goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie and Lou -- former high school sweethearts, now divorced -- are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects to prevent history from repeating itself. Filled with simmering passion, twists and dark humor, the play remains at its core a poignant love story.
Lost Girls reunites playwright John Pollono and director Jo Bonney at MCC Theater following their collaboration on 2013’s hit thriller, Small Engine Repair.

Piper Perabo

Meghann Fahy & Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Josh Green & Lizzy DeClement

Meghann Fahy & Tasha Lawrence

(Left to Right) Tasha Lawrence, Meghann Fahy, Piper Perabo & Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Thursday, October 8, 2015

PlayLabs 2015

We just finished up another great series of PlayLabs! Check out our photos from the 2015 PlayLabs:

THE SIBLINGS PLAY - September 21
by MCC Theater Youth Company Alum Ren Dara Santiago
directed by Daniel Talbot
with Teddy Cañez, Raúl Castillo, Alejandra Escalante, Reynaldo Piniella and Lisa Ramirez.

by MCC Playwright in Residence Neil LaBute
directed by Jo Bonney
with Kelly AuCoin, Gretchen Mol and Fred Weller.

WELCOME HOME - October 5
by Stephen Brown
directed by Lee Sunday Evans
with Carter Hudson, Leslie Kritzer, Sarah Mezzanotte, Noah Robbins.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Youth Company Alum Spotlight: Ren Santiago

Youth Company Alum Spotlight:

Ren Santiago 

MCC Theater Youth Company Alum Ren Santiago will be presenting her new work, “The Siblings Play” as part of MCC’s PlayLabs this September. PlayLabs presents playwrights with the invaluable opportunity to showcase new work, engage directly with an audience, and have their piece brought to life by New York’s best actors. Check out what Ren has to say about her transformative experience with MCC and learn more about her new play below:

"My name is Ren Santiago, and I'm a twenty three year-old Harlem native and I'm most alive inside a play. At this point, I have three full length plays that are ready for workshops and countless stories and future promises of collaborations between fellow playwrights, directors and actors whom I love and share with.

I think it was 2008 when I got the flyer for (MCC Youth Company) auditions from Nelson Patino Jr. In Science class at LaGuardia. I think he was just showing a bunch of us that he was on the postcard but then I just took it and was like “I’m gonna go to this.” I did the acting lab the first year (and) I joined the Playwriting Lab in the second year. I realized I liked writing through the Acting Lab. I had a lot of characters and fantasies in my head. I brought them to Playwriting and it was really exciting. Studying acting made me a better writer. I could finally feel what words moved me, what words were right for the character. Before that point it felt to me like Acting Lab allowed me a platform to make statements and say whatever I wanted to say about society or my country or being a teenager, but it was Playwriting where I really got to transform.

After high school I took a year off and I wasn’t doing anything. I was very lost and heartbroken and honestly the only way I got through it was having MCC every week. MCC was a safe haven. Because of MCC I was able to pull through a very difficult time in my life. I don't know what my life would be like if I had never walked into Playwriting Lab. That's why although I've graduated the program four years ago, I continue to attend a number of Playwriting Labs throughout the year, and have participated in FreshPlay every year but one. I'm so amazed that I found a place fueled by such brilliant, passionate artists.

The play (that MCC is producing as part of their PlayLabs series, The Siblings Play) is very young and in it's very early drafts, but it's my heart and it's the work I am most proud of. My dream is to have it done at Jimmy's No 43. It's probably due to my sustained love of Rising Phoenix Rep and everything I've seen the company and their members do. Their artistry is always dangerous, tirelessly loving and generous and beautiful. I've tried to put all of these feelings inside of The Siblings Play. I'd like to work with them. I'd also like to work with Lesser America, and have a fantasy play at Soho Rep and the Lucille Lortel, with MCC who gave me a home in their Youth Company. These sound very ambitious. I wouldn't say I'm reverential by any means. I just find everything I experience in theater to truly be a miracle for me, and I already feel unrelenting gratitude to my experiences and relationships in the theater. I want to create a shared feeling, and an overextending level of consciousness that can put us all on one plane, so that we may finally face each other."
Mon, Sep 21 at 7pm
by MCC Theater Youth Company Alum Ren Dara Santiago
directed by Daniel Talbott
Virtually abandoned by neglectful parents, young Marie, Leon, and Mars struggle on their own to create a new family. Love and mutual support come easy, but the threatening world outside the supposed safety of this arrangement comes crashing in, creating unexpected and frightening conflicts they seem too vulnerable to overcome.

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