NEW YORK CITY: MCC Theater has announced the four plays that will be part of its 2015–16 season, including new plays from Matthew Lopez, Noah Haidle, John Pollono and Halley Feiffer.
The first production will be Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride (Aug. 20–Sept. 27), about an Elvis impersonator who decides to make a career change to drag queen. Mike Donahue, who directed the world premiere production at the Denver Center Theatre Company in Colorado, will also helm it in NYC.
John Pollono returns to MCC with Lost Girls (Oct. 22–Nov. 29), a play about what happens to a divorced couple when their 17-year-old daughter goes missing. The production reunites Pollono with director Jo Bonney, who previously directed the playwright’s 2013 thriller Small Engine Repair at MCC. Like Small Engine Repair, Lost Girls originally premiered at Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles, where Pollono is on staff as a producer.
Playwright Noah Haidle and director Anne Kauffman will reunited for Smokefall, a magical-realistic exploration of the day in the life of one family. Kauffman directed the play’s world premiere at South Coast Repertory Theatre in California and subsequently at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. (She is also currently directing MCC’s New York premiere of The Nether by Jennifer Haley, currently running through March 15.)
UPDATE: MCC has added the final production to its 2015–16 season, a world premiere by Halley Feiffer called A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City. The play is about two people who strike up an unlikely friendship when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates at the hospital. Trip Cullman, who directed Punk Rock at MCC earlier this season, will return to direct Feiffer’s play.
MCC Theater, founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company, is devoted to the development and production of new plays.