MCC Theater

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

MCC Theater logo

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.


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 November 2018.[1][2]

Key Players[edit]

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


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]




  • The Legend of George McBride by Matthew Lopez
  • Lost Girls by John Pollono
  • Smokefall by Noah Haidle
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecological Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York by Halley Feiffer





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



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
















  • Girl Gone by Jacquelyn Reingold





Awards and nominations

Fifty Words by Michael Weller

  • Drama Desk Awards
    • Nomination – Outstanding Play
    • Nomination – Outstanding Actress in a Play – Elizabeth Marvel
    • Nomination – Outstanding Set Design of a Play – Neil Patel
  • Drama League Awards
    • Nomination-Distinguished Performance- Elizabeth Marvel

reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute

Grace by Mick Gordan and AC Grayling

Spain by Jim Knable

  • Drama Desk Award – Nomination – Outstanding Set Design – Beowulf Boritt
  • Obie Award – Sustained Excellence of Performance – Veanne Cox

The Wooden Breeks by Neil LaBute

Fat Pig by Neil LaBute

  • Outer Critics Circle Awards—Winner – Outstanding Off-Broadway Play
  • 2005 Theatre World Award—Winner – Outstanding Off-Broadway Debut: Ashlie Atkinson
  • Drama Desk Award – Nomination – Outstanding Actor in a play: Jeremy Piven
  • Lucille Lortel Award – Nomination – Outstanding Lead Actress: Ashlie Atkinson and Outstanding Director: Jo Bonney
  • Audience Award – Nomination – Favorite New Off-Broadway Play: Fat Pig

Last Easter by Bryony Lavery

The Distance From Here by Neil LaBute

Frozen by Bryony Lavery

The Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman

The Dead Eye Boy by Angus MacLachlan

Wit by Margaret Edson

Good as New by Peter Hedges, Directed by Brian Mertes

Nixon's Nixon by Russell Lees, directed by Jim Simpson

The Grey Zone by Tim Blake Nelson

Girl Gone by Jacquelyn Reingold

  • Oscar Ruebhausen Award

Beirut by Alan Bowne

  • 6 Dramalogue Awards


  1. ^ The New York Times: No Place Like Home, a Theater Believes, by Patrick Healy, December 2, 2011
  2. ^ Editors, American Theatre (2018-06-12). "MCC Theater to Open New Building in November". AMERICAN THEATRE. Retrieved 2018-10-13.
  3. ^ Winner of the 2015 Obie Award: 2015 Obie Awards

External links[edit]