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"Choir Boy" by Tarell Alvin McCraney at the Guthrie Theatre in 2015. Pictured: Darrick Mosley, Ryan Colbert, John Michael-Lyles, Nathan Barlow and Kory LaQuess Pullam. (Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp)

Manhattan Theatre Club Sets 2018-19 Season

The season will feature three Broadway productions, including ‘The Nap,’ ‘Choir Boy,’ and ‘Ink.’

NEW YORK CITY: Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) has announced its 2018-19 season, featuring eight productions.

The season will start with the U.S. premiere of The Nap (Sept. 4-27), by Richard Bean, about a young man confronted by the authorities for match fixing at a championship tournament of snooker, the British version of the game of pool. Daniel Sullivan will direct the production, which will be presented on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Next will be The Niceties (Oct. 12-25), by Eleanor Burgess, about a black student and a white professor who meet to discuss the student’s paper about slavery’s role in the American Revolution. Kimberly Senior will direct.

Following will be Jaclyn Backhaus’s India Pale Ale (Oct. 2-23), about a tight-knit Punjabi community in a small Wisconsin town gathering to celebrate the engagement of a traditional family’s only son, just as their daughter announces plans to move away and open a bar. Will Davis will direct.

Next, MTC will produce Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy (Dec. 27-Jan. 22, 2019) on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The play follows the students involved in a gospel choir at a preparatory school for boys. The cast will include Austin Pendleton, Jeremy Pope, and Chuck Cooper. Trip Cullman will direct.

Following will be The Cake (Feb. 12-March 5, 2019), by Bekah Brunstetter, about a devout Christian tasked with baking a wedding cake for her best friend’s daughter, who is marrying a woman. Artistic director Lynne Meadow will direct.

Next up will be the U.S. premiere of James Graham’s Ink (April 2-24, 2019), about Rupert Murdoch and the revitalization of The Sun in 1969 London. The Broadway production will be directed by Rupert Goold at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Following will be the New York premiere of Long Lost (May 14-June 4, 2019), by Donald Margulies, about a man whose comfortable life in New York City is interrupted when his estranged brother shows up to his Wall Street office. Sullivan will direct.

The season will close out with the world premiere of Bess Wohl’s Continuity (May 7-21, 2019), a comedy in six takes that explores how we keep going when the world feels hopeless. Rachel Chavkin will direct.

Founded in 1970, MTC develops and produces new plays and musicals.

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