MCC Theater

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MCC Theater is an Off-Broadway theater company located in New York City, founded in 1986 by artistic directors Robert LuPone and Bernard Telsey along with six graduates of the New York University drama department, including Jana Herzen now president of Harlem based Motema Music. Guided by the artistic vision of LuPone, Telsey and co-artistic director William Cantler, MCC Theater brings together exceptional theater artists to produce works that force audiences to reexamine the world through the unique perspectives of extraordinary writers.

Mission[edit]

MCC Theater was founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company, then a collective of young actors, writers and directors eager to take a leadership role in their own artistic development. Initial peer-based “classes” led to showcases and eventually to the kinds of full-scale productions that have made MCC Theater one of New York’s leading off-Broadway theater companies.

MCC Theater carries out its mission through a four-play mainstage season, its literary development programs, and education and outreach initiatives that include the MCC Theater Youth Company, a free program for high school students, and several in-school partnerships.

Past productions include Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty (moved to Broadway in 2009), In A Dark Dark House, Some Girl(s) and Fat Pig; Robert Askins's Hand to God; Frozen (which moved to Broadway in 2004); and Wit (winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1999).

MCC Theater plans to move into a larger 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) theater space designed by architect Andrew Berman at 52nd Street and 10th Avenue in 2017.[1]

Key Players[edit]

  • Robert LuPone – Artistic Director
  • Bernard Telsey – Artistic Director
  • William Cantler – Artistic Director
  • Blake West – Executive Director

Artists[edit]

MCC has engaged a collection of notable directors and artists that have included: Lynn Redgrave, Michael Greif, Jo Bonney, Doug Hughes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianna Margulies, Liev Schreiber, Jim Simpson, Benjamin Bratt, Swoosie Kurtz, Kathleen Chalfant, Allison Janney, Anna Paquin, Judith Light, Marisa Tomei, Lili Taylor, Sigourney Weaver, Jeremy Piven, Keri Russell, Calista Flockhart, Bridget Fonda, Eric McCormack, Fran Drescher, Peter Hedges, Jane Alexander, Ron Livingston, Ben Shenkman, Maura Tierney, Kyra Sedgwick, Joanna Gleason, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Gil Bellows, Polly Draper, Thomas Gibson, Michael C. Hall, Lisa Harrow,Derek Anson Jones, John Spencer, Kathleen Turner, Charles Busch, Stephin Merritt, David Greenspan, Piper Perabo, Frederick Weller, Sarah Paulson, Dominic Chianese, Hugh Dancy, Ben Whishaw, and Charles Busch.

Mainstage Productions[edit]

2014–2015

2013–2014

2012–2013

2011–2012

  • The Submission by Jeff Talbott
  • Wild Animals You Should Know by Thomas Higgins
  • Carrie by Lawrence D. Cohen

2010–2011

2009–2010

  • Family Week book by Beth Henley
  • The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell
  • Still Life by Alexander Dinelaris

2008–2009

2007–2008

2006–2007

2005–2006

2004–2005

2003–2004

2002–2003

2001–2002

2000–2001

1999–2000

1998–1999

1997–1998

1996–1997

1995–1996

1994–1995

  • Girl Gone by Jacquelyn Reingold

1993–1994

1992–1993

1991–1992

1987–1988

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