SNOW GEESE & SMALL ENGINE REPAIR Coming to MCC in 2013-14
MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) today announced the first two productions of its 2013-14 Main Stage Season: the Broadway premiere of The Snow Geese by MCC alum Sharr White, which is a co-production with Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC); and the New York premiere of John Pollono's Small Engine Repair, which had previously been scheduled for the MCC 2012-13 Season. An announcement regarding the remaining productions of the MCC Theater 2013-14 Main Stage Season is forthcoming.
As previously announced in a joint statement with MTC, MCC will partner with Manhattan Theatre Club to co-produce the world premiere Broadway production of The Snow Geese by Sharr White (The Other Place) and starring Tony and Emmy Award-winning Mary Louise Parker (Proof, Showtime's "Weeds," HBO's "Angels in America"), set for an 11-week strictly limited engagement at the Samuel Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street). Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan is set to direct, having previously worked with Parker on David Auburn's Proof. The Snow Geese begins previews on October 1st and opens on October 24th. This production marks the second collaboration between MTC, MCC, and playwright Sharr White. In Winter 2013, MTC produced the acclaimed Broadway premiere of White's play The Other Place, starring Laurie Metcalf, which had its world premiere at MCC Theater in 2011.
The Snow Geese begins with World War I raging abroad. Newly widowed Elizabeth Gaesling (Mary-Louise Parker) gathers her family for their annual shooting party to mark the opening of hunting season in rural, upstate New York. But Elizabeth is forced to confront a new reality as her carefree eldest son comes to terms with his impending deployment overseas and her younger son discovers that the father they all revered left them deeply in debt. Together, the family must let go of the life they've always known.
In addition to The Snow Geese, MCC announces the first Off-Broadway offering of its 2013-14 Main Stage Season: the New York premiere of Small Engine Repair by John Pollono, to be directed by Jo Bonney (Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon, Some Girl(s), Fat Pig). Pollono will star in the show alongside Jon Bernthal ("The Walking Dead"). Additional casting will be announced shortly. Small Engine Repair, which had previously been scheduled for MCC's 2012-13 Season, will be performed at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) beginning October 30th with an official opening on November 18th.
In Small Engine Repair, Frank, Swaino and Packie - buddies since high school, now past their prime - meet off-hours in Frank's out-of-the-way repair shop under cloudy circumstances that only Frank has a handle on. Enter Chad, a plugged-in preppy college jock, whose arrival ignites an explosion of long-simmering resentment and rage in this taut, twisty, comic thriller.
A hit at L.A.'s Rogue Machine Theatre, where it received its world premiere in 2011, Small Engine Repair now makes its New York Premiere at MCC Theater with a new production by John Pollono, whose dazzling play took home nearly every theater award in the city of angels, including the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Playwriting.
MCC Theater - founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company - is committed to developing and producing new work that challenges artists and rewards audiences. Our mission is carried out through an annual season of world, American, and New York premieres, literary development programs for emerging writers, and ground-breaking education programs that enable more than 1,000 New York City high school students to find - and use - their own unique voice each year through the creation and performance of original theater pieces. Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the New York premiere of The Other Place starring Laurie Metcalf (which transferred to Broadway during the 2012-13 Season); the 2008 Tony Award-nominated Reasons to Be Pretty by Neil LaBute, The Pride, Fifty Words, the 2004 Tony-winning production of Bryony Lavery's Frozen, Neil LaBute's Fat Pig, Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living, Marsha Norman's Trudy Blue, Margaret Edson's Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit, Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone, Alan Bowne's Beirut, The Submission, winner of the inaugural Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for new American plays, and last season's newly reworked and fully re-imagined production of Carrie, the musical. Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards.