MCC THEATER TO HOST PANEL “INSPIRED BY… A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CLASSICS THAT SPARK THE PLAYWRIGHTS OF TODAY”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
TO HOST PANEL
“INSPIRED BY…. A CONVERSATION ABOUT THE CLASSICS THAT SPARK THE PLAYWRIGHTS OF TODAY”
HALLEY FEIFFER, JORDAN E. COOPER, KATE HAMILL, LUCAS HNATH
SATURDAY, JULY 27 AT 5PM
New York, NY (July 25, 2019) – MCC Theater (Bob LuPone, Bernie Telsey, Will Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) is pleased to announce a special panel as part of their “Let’s Talk” series — “INSPIRED BY… a CONVERSATION about the CLASSICS that SPARK the PLAYWRIGHTS OF TODAY” – on Saturday, July 27 at 5pm at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space.
The conversation will feature Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow playwright Halley Feiffer, who will be joined by fellow playwright panelists Jordan E. Cooper (Ain’t No Mo’), Kate Hamill (Pride and Prejudice, Little Women), and Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House Part 2). The conversation will be moderated by director and playwright Robert O’Hara, who directed MCC Theater’s last production BLKS. For more information, please visit http://mcc.theater/inspired-by
Currently playing at MCC Theater is the New York Premiere production of Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, written by Halley Feiffer and directed by Trip Cullman, which was recently extended through Saturday, August 17 at the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street). For tickets and additional information, please visit www.mcctheater.org
The cast of Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow features Lucille Lortel Award nominee Ako (God Said This), Tony Award nominee Steven Boyer (MCC’s Hand to God), Tavi Gevinson (This Is Our Youth), Sas Goldberg (Significant Other), Drama Desk Award winner Rebecca Henderson (“Russian Doll”), Lucille Lortel Award nominee Greg Hildreth (Frozen), Matthew Jeffers (Light Shining in Buckinghamshire), Gene Jones, Alfredo Narciso (“Manifest”), Theatre World Award winner Chris Perfetti (Sons of the Prophet), Ryan Spahn (Summer and Smoke), and Ray Anthony Thomas (Jitney).
The creative team for Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow includes scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Paloma Young, lighting design by Ben Stanton, sound design by Darron L West, and casting by Telsey + Company/Adam Caldwell, CSA, Will Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA. The Production Stage Manager is Lori Ann Zepp.
The struggle is real for Olga, Masha and Irina: siblings who are NOT super thrilled to be stuck in rural Russia circa 1900 (laaame). In Halley Feiffer’s contemporary reimagining of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, we follow the joys and heartbreaks of one lovably dysfunctional family over the course of several pivotal years in a world that proves to be eerily similar to the one we live in today. Directed by Trip Cullman, this new comedy tackles the absurdity of the privileged class and the power of love in a fresh twist on a classic tale that reveals itself to be far more relevant than, like, ever before.
Presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival.
ABOUT MCC THEATER
MCC is one of New York’s leading nonprofit Off-Broadway companies, driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would. Founded in 1986 as a collective of artists leading peer-based classes to support their own development as actors, writers and directors, the tenets of collaboration, education, and community are at the core of MCC Theater’s programming. One of the only theaters in the country led continuously by its founders, Artistic Directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, and William Cantler, MCC fulfills its mission through the production of world, American, and New York premiere plays and musicals that challenge artists and audiences to confront contemporary personal and social issues, and robust playwright development and education initiatives that foster the next generation of theater artists and students.
MCC Theater’s celebrated productions include Jocelyn Bioh’s School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play; Penelope Skinner’s The Village Bike; Robert Askins’ Hand to God (Broadway transfer; five 2015 Tony Award® nominations including Best Play); John Pollono’s Small Engine Repair; Paul Downs Colaizzo’s Really Really; Sharr White’s The Other Place (Broadway transfer); Jeff Talbott’s The Submission (Laurents/Hatcher Award); Neil LaBute’s Reasons to Be Happy, reasons to be pretty (Broadway transfer, three 2009 Tony Award® nominations, including Best Play), Some Girl(s), Fat Pig, The Mercy Seat, and All The Ways To Say I Love You; Michael Weller’s Fifty Words; Alexi Kaye Campbell’s The Pride; Bryony Lavery’s Frozen (Broadway transfer; four 2004 Tony Award® nominations including Best Play, Tony Award® for Best Featured Actor); Tim Blake Nelson’s The Grey Zone; Rebecca Gilman’s The Glory of Living (2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Margaret Edson’s Wit (1999 Pulitzer Prize); and the musicals Coraline, Carrie, and Ride the Cyclone. Many plays developed and produced by MCC have gone on to productions throughout the country and around the world.
Blake West joined the company in 2006 as Executive Director. MCC opened the doors to its new home in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, in January 2019, unifying the company’s activities under one roof for the first time and expanding its producing, artist development, and education programming.
ABOUT THE ROBERT W. WILSON CHARITABLE TRUST
A successful investor from the 1960s through the 1980s, Robert W. Wilson devoted his life to philanthropy after his retirement, focusing on supporting organizations on preservation and conservation initiatives worldwide. An avid New Yorker, Wilson was also deeply engaged with a number of New York’s cultural institutions. He was a major supporter of, and held leadership roles with, the Whitney Museum and the Metropolitan Opera, where he was a board member for many years. In addition, the Trust continues to support the New York Public Library, Central Park Conservancy, BAM, Wildlife Conservation Society, EDF, Nature Conservancy, WMF, and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, organizations he championed during his lifetime. He played a leading role in transforming many of these institutions. The matching gift to MCC was the Trust’s first grant to a theater company. The trust is now managed by three trustees: Richard Schneidman, Robert Feidelson, and Ron Zimmerman.
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