August Wilson's JITNEY and COST OF LIVING Added to MTC's 2016-17 Season
Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have just announced two additional productions as part of Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2016-2017 season: The Broadway premiere of August Wilson's Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and the New York Premiere of Cost of Living, written by Martyna Majok and directed by Jo Bonney, in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield Artistic Director. Cost of Living will have its World Premiere at Williamstown Theatre Festival on the Nikos Stage from June 29 to July 10, 2016.
MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
August Wilson's Jitney
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Previews Begin: Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Opening Night: Thursday, January 19, 2017
Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's plays in the author's masterful The American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway - until now. Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss' son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last. MTC has a long history of co-producing works by this legendary playwright: King Hedley II, Seven Guitars and The Piano Lesson, and is proud to produce this Broadway debut. Directing is Ruben Santiago-Hudson, one of Wilson's finest interpreters.
Casting, creative team, and additional listings information for August Wilson's Jitney will be announced in the coming weeks.
MTC AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER - STAGE I
Cost Of Living
New York Premiere
Directed by Jo Bonney
Presented in Association with Williamstown Theatre Festival
Previews Begin: Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Opening Night: Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Cost of Living is the story of four very different people, in four very different circumstances, each trying to get by. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires over-worked Jess, a caregiver. As their lives intersect, Majok's play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies - abled and disabled - meet each other. Obie Award-winner Jo Bonneydirects.
Cost of Living is presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mandy Greenfield Artistic Director, where it will have its World Premiere this summer on the Nikos Stage from June 29 to July 10, 2016.
Casting, creative team, and additional listings information for the New York production of Cost of Living will be announced in the coming weeks.
Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country's most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include The Father (Tony Nomination for Best Play), Fool For Love by Sam Shepard, Airline Highway by Lisa D'Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Stanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet;Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives;Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez;Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally;The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain't Misbehavin', the Fats Waller musical to name just a few. For more information on MTC, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.
New and renewing subscribers can join the 2016-2017 season by calling The MTC Clubline at212-399-3050. Single ticket information along with other listings information for MTC's 2016-2017 season will be announced at a later date.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Broski