ON BROADWAY AT THE FRIEDMAN THEATRE • STARTING DEC. 16
American premiere play by Nick Payne
Directed by Michael Longhurst
with Jake Gyllenhaal
One relationship. Infinite possibilities. An explosive new play about the boundless potential of a first encounter, free will, and friendship.
When Nick Payne’s CONSTELLATIONS opened at the Royal Court’s Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in January 2012 under the direction of Michael Longhurst, it was hailed by London and New York critics. The Daily Telegraph called it “playful, intelligent, and bursting with ideas with a powerful undertow of emotion” and The Independent declared it “dazzling, exhilarating, and extraordinary.” The New York Times said “This superb play gets into your head and under your skin,” and The New Yorker said “Constellations is at once eloquent, mysterious, witty, and brilliant.” The play subsequently transferred to the West End and won the Evening Standard Award for Best Play and received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Play.
CONSTELLATIONS reunites Nick Payne, Michael Longhurst, and Jake Gyllenhaal who previously collaborated on the American premiere of IF THERE IS I HAVEN’T FOUND IT YET. This new production will mark the Broadway debuts of all three artists.
OFF-BROADWAY AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER STAGE I • STARTING FEB. 3, 2015
A new play by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig
Directed by Eric Ting
A co-production with The Goodman Theatre
Unwanted from the moment she’s born, Sunny is determined to escape her life in rural China and forge a new identity in the city. As naïve as she is ambitious, Sunny views her new job in a grueling factory as a stepping stone to untold opportunities. When fate casts her as a company spokeswoman at a sham PR event, Sunny’s bright outlook starts to unravel in a series of harrowing and darkly comic events, as she begins to question a system enriching itself by destroying its own people.
Critically acclaimed in a workshop production at London’s National Theatre, THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS makes its world premiere in a co-production with Chicago’s Goodman Theatre. “Hard-hitting and bruisingly funny” (Time Out London), this epic new drama by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig is as fierce and unflinching as the world it examines. Eric Ting directs.
THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS is a co-production with the Goodman Theatre which will present the Chicago run of the play (September 13 – October 12 in the Owen Theatre at the Goodman) before coming to Manhattan Theatre Club
ON BROADWAY AT THE FRIEDMAN THEATRE • STARTING APRIL 1
By Lisa D’Amour
Directed by Joe Mantello
A co-production with The Steppenwolf Theatre Company
In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans&squo; infamous Airline Highway, a group of friends gather. A rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of Miss Ruby, an iconic burlesque performer who has requested a funeral before she dies. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. Airline Highway is a boisterous and moving ode to the outcasts that make life a little more interesting. MTC is proud to present this Steppenwolf production by the writer of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Detroit, and helmed by the Tony®-winning director of Take Me Out and Casa Valentina.
OFF-BROADWAY AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER STAGE I • STARTING MAY 26, 2015
A world premiere play by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow
The team that brought you The Assembled Parties—Tony®-winning playwright Richard Greenberg (Take Me Out, Three Days of Rain) and Manhattan Theatre Club’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (Wit, The Commons of Pensacola)—reunites for THE SWING OF THE SEA, a world-premiere play that marks the 11th collaboration between Mr. Greenberg and MTC.
Patriarch Max has died, leaving behind two sons, Brett and Alec, and a lover Vivi. All three reunite for one evening in Vivi‘s New York apartment. Secrets, passions and ghosts of the past emerge for this trio as each of them faces an uncertain future.
THE SWING OF THE SEA was commissioned by MTC through the U.S. Trust New American Play Commissioning Program.
ON BROADWAY AT THE FRIEDMAN THEATRE • STARTING SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Broadway Premiere of Sam Shepard’s Acclaimed Play
Directed by Daniel Aukin
with Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell
Presented in Association with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other? Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC; 4,000 Miles), Tony Award winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.
FOOL FOR LOVE is presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director).
OFF BROADWAY AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER STAGE I • STARTING SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
World Premiere Comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by David Hyde Pierce
with Marylouise Burke and Mary Louise Wilson
David Lindsay-Abaire, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Rabbit Hole, Fuddy Meers, and Good People, returns to MTC with RIPCORD, a high-stakes comedy about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death directed by Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce.
A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby (Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson) is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn (frequent Lindsay-Abaire collaborator and Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke), she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. As heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate, this hilarious world premiere marks the author’s sixth collaboration with MTC.
RIPCORD was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program.