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Mary Louise-Parker and David Morse in "How I Learned to Drive" at the Vineyard Theatre in 1997. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

Manhattan Theatre Club Announces Broadway, Off-Broadway 2021-22 Plans

MTC will look to bring ‘Lackawanna Blues’ and ‘How I Learned to Drive’ to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre during the season.

NEW YORK CITY: Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) has announced plans for its 2021-22 season, featuring two Broadway and two off-Broadway productions. Two additional productions will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, as MTC continues to track COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, MTC is presenting a virtual season of theatrical experiences, initiatives, and events.

“With hopes high that we will be able to return to live theatre, we have created a season of diverse and exciting Broadway and off-Broadway premieres and we are honored to be working with the very best of New York’s brilliant artistic community,” said artistic director Lynne Meadow in a statement. “Our colleagues are anticipating with joy being back in our rehearsal rooms and back on our stages, playing to houses filled with devoted theatregoers. We all miss each other!”

The season will open with Lackawanna Blues (fall 2021), written, performed, and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and with original music by Bill Sims Jr. Santiago-Hudson celebrates the woman who raised him in this solo play about Nanny, who opened her boarding house doors to those in need. The production is currently scheduled to run on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Broadway offerings will also include Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning play How I Learned to Drive (spring 2022), which will make its Broadway premiere at the Samuel J. Friedman after being postponed due to the pandemic. Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse are still scheduled to reprise the roles they originated in 1997. Mark Brokaw will direct.

Off-Broadway, the season will include the world premiere of Morning Sun (fall 2021), by Simon Stephens. Edie Falco, Blair Brown, and Marin Ireland will star in this production following the complexities, mysteries, and possibilities of one woman’s life over 50 years. Lila Neugebauer will direct.

The off-Broadway season will also include Anchuli Felicia King’s Golden Shield, though it has yet to be announced when during the season it will run. Danya Taymor will direct this play about Julie Chen, an American lawyer who files a class-action lawsuit involving the Chinese government which leads to her hiring her strong-minded sister as her translator.

Founded in 1970, Manhattan Theatre Club works to innovate in the theatre, produce world and regional premieres, and collaborate with masterly artists across all fields.

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