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Frantic Assembly

Mark Taper Forum at LA’s Centre Theatre Group 50th Anniversary

MCC Theatre

St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn

The Everyman Theatre

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

1st Stage Theater

59 E 59 Theater

Young Vic of London

Theatre Huntsville

Dance Place in Washington, D.C.

Alabama School of Fine Arts 50th Year Celebration

Rennie Harris at Baltimore Center Stage

Ronald Rand’s new book “CREATE! How Extraordinary People Live to Create and Create to Live”

What is FAFA? The Florence Academy of Fine Arts in Alabama

Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance – London’s International Drama School

Alabama Music Hall Of Fame

Historic Zodiac Playhouse — The “Z” in Florence, Alabama

Shoals Symphony Orchestra at UNA

“Grand Ball in the Belle Epoch” – Edwardian Period Style Salon

Ronald Rand in Let It Be Art

MCC Theatre

MCC Theatre, founded in 1986 as the Manhattan Class Company, was guided by the vision of its founding Artistic Directors Robert Lupone and Bernard Telsey and co-artistic Director William Cantler. One of New York’s leading off-Broadway theater companies, MCC Theater has striven to provoke interest and discussion through their American and New York premieres, bringing together emerging and exceptional artists to explore new works of contemporary life. Over the years, MCC has developed over five hundred productions that have been seen through out America, as well as around the globe.

“Permission” by Robert Askins

MCC Theater’s celebrated productions include Penelope Skinner’s “The Village Bike,” Robert Askins’ “Hand to God,” John Pollono’s “Small Engine Repair,” Paul Downs Colaizzo’s “Really Really,” Sharr White’s “The Other Place,” the musical “Carrie,” Jeff Talbott’s “The Submission,” Michael Weller’s “Fifty Words,” Alexi Kaye Campbell’s “The Pride,” Bryony Lavery’s “Frozen,” 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 ten plays by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute, including “Reasons to Be Happy,” and ‘reasons to be pretty.” Our the years many leading performing artists have appeared in their productions including Jane Alexander, Patrick Brees, Polly Draper, David Duchowny, Thomas Gibson, Bridget Fonda, Jonathan Groff, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianne Margulies,  Zachary Quinto, Keri Russell and Lili Taylor.

“Miscast” Gala

One of their Play Labs series, “Development of New York” was created by emerging as well as established playwrights to bring audiences into the development process. MCC’s annual productions also expand the education of over a thousand high school students each year. Their Education and Outreach Programs encourage New York City high school students and recent graduates to find and use their own unique voices through the creation and performance of original work for the stage. Each year, MCC Theater transforms the lives of more than 1,200 students through the Youth Company, a free after school program with playwriting and acting labs, and cooperative partnerships with several area high school.

“Yen”

MCC Theatre’s 2017 season includes “YEN” by Anna Jordan, directed by Trip Cullman, with Ari Graynor, Lucas Hedges, Stephanie LaVie Owen, and Justice Smith, “The End of Longing” by Matthew Perry, directed by Lindsay Posner, Neil LaBute’s “All the Ways to Say I Love’ directed by Leigh Silverman, with Judith Light, and “Ride the Cyclone” with book, music and lyrics boy Brooke Maxwell, directed by Rachel Rockwell.

“The Nether”

Among the many awards MCC Theatre has received include Tony Awards, Drama Desk Award, Critics Circle Awards, Award Drama League Awards, Lucille Lortel Awards, OBIE’s and the Pulitzer Prize. Celebrating thirty years of it activity in the theatre, MCC Theater is having its Miscast/Gala in April of 2017. For info: MCC Theater atThe Lucille Lortel Theatre 121 Christopher St., NYC MCC Theatre’s administrative address: 231 W. 29 St. #3 NYC (212) 727-7722, mcc@mcctheater.org, www.mcctheater.org


 

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"It is a law of life that man cannot live for himself alone. Extreme individualism is insanity. The world's problems are also our personal problems. Health is achieved through maintaining our personal truth in a balanced relation of love to the rest of the world. No expression is more emblematic of this relation than the creative act which we call art. No art by its very constitution typifies the social nature of that creative act more than the theatre. The theatre, to be fully understood and appreciated, must be seen as a manifestation of this process of interchange between society and the individual. It must be judged as a continuous development of groups of individuals within society, a development which becomes richer, acquires greater force and value as it grows with the society in which it originates. Only in this way can the theatre nourish us.  - Harold Clurman

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