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MTC Adds Works by Qui Nguyen & Tony Winner Sarah Jones to 2016-17 Season

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) have announced two productions as part of Manhattan Theatre Club's upcoming 2016-2017 season: the New York premiere of Vietgone, the new play by Qui Nguyen (She Kills Monsters), directed by May Adrales (Luce); and the world premiere of Sell/Buy/Date, the new play written and performed by Tony Award winner Sarah Jones (Bridge and Tunnel), directed by Carolyn Cantor (Fly By Night).


New York Premiere by Qui Nguyen
Directed by May Adrales
Previews Begin: Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Opening Night: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

A modern twist on the All-American love story, Qui Nguyen's (She Kills Monsters) new play Vietgone pulses with contemporary energy. It's the classic story of boy meets girl - except this boy and girl are refugees from the Vietnam War newly settled in a relocation camp inside Middle America. Borrowing elements from the world of up-to-the-minute popular culture to recreate the playwright's own parents' meeting, Vietgone ranges from hilarity to heart-wrenching drama. Nguyen and director May Adrales (Luce at LCT3) skip through time and around the globe to present a fresh theatrical take on a moving account of one real family's history.

Vietgone is produced in association with South Coast Repertory. Vietgone was originally commissioned and developed by South Coast Repertory as part of SCR CrossRoads, with funding from the Time Warner Foundation. It is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New American Play Award.

Casting, creative team, and additional listings information for Vietgone will be announced in the coming weeks.


World Premiere Written and Performed by Sarah Jones
Directed by Carolyn Cantor
Previews Begin: Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Opening Night: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Tony Award-winning writer, performer and activist Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel) returns to the New York stage as a dazzling medley of characters in Sell/Buy/Date, an exuberant new play inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the commercial sex industry. Through her masterful, multicultural characterizations, Jones explores an array of diverse perspectives on a fascinating and incendiary subject, all while preserving the full humanity and humor of voices seldom heard in the theater.

The Studio at Stage II is Manhattan Theatre Club's initiative at New York City Center - Stage II (131 West 55th Street). The initiative launched in 2012 with the sold out, critically acclaimed world premiere of Murder Ballad, the rock musical by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash and has continued with the critically acclaimed premieres of Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney,Taking Care of Baby by Dennis Kelly, The Lion by Benjamin Scheuer, By The Water by Sharyn Rothstein, andHeisenberg by Simon Stephens. This season, as part of The Studio at Stage II, MTC is presenting the world premieres ofImportant Hats of the Twentieth Century, by Nick Jones, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel and The Ruins of Civilization by Penelope Skinner, directed by Leah C. Gardiner.

The Studio at Stage II has been partially underwritten with a major grant from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Creative team and additional listings information for Sell/Buy/Date will be announced in the coming weeks.

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