Manhattan Theatre Company's 7@7 Reading Series Lineup Announced


Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer; Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Producer) today announced the lineup for this spring's Ernst C. Stiefel "7@7" Reading Series. The Ernst C. Stiefel Foundation has supported Manhattan Theatre Club's reading series since 2006.

The readings begin Monday, March 12 at 7 PM and will be held on consecutive Mondays through April 23.  The readings will take place at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street). All readings are free and open to the public, but space is limited and RSVPs are required. To RSVP, please visit or call (212) 399-3000 x 4163.

Now in its fourteenth year, this rehearsed reading series is dedicated to the support and development of innovative new work.

Several plays developed in 7@7  have gone on to full productions at MTC, including David Auburn's Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning ProofJoe Hortua's Between UsRoberto Aguirre-Sacasa's Based on a Totally True Story and Molly Smith Metzler'sClose Up Space (Susan Smith Blackburn finalist).  

7@7 plays that have been produced elsewhere in New York and around the country include Aguirre-Sacasa's Good Boys And True,Heidi Schreck's There Are No More Big SecretsStephen Adly GuirgisThe Little Flower of East OrangeJulia Cho's Durango,David Adjmi's StunningNaomi Iizuka's Strike-SlipAdam Rapp's Red Light WinterTheresa Rebeck's The SceneEric Simonson's FakeJonathan Caren's The Recommendation and The CiviliansThe Great Immensity.

Below is the schedule for the Ernst C. Stiefel "7@7" Reading Series. Please note: each reading starts at 7 PM.

March 12: DEATH OF THE AUTHOR by Steven Drukman directed by Lynne Meadow

At a university for the privileged, adjunct professor Jeff Egan detects something unusual about a paper submitted by Bradley, a legacy student a week away from graduation and parental approval. Jeff's discovery sets in motion a series of events that challenges each man's assumptions about the other--uncovering their past while potentially threatening their future. A smart and probing new drama about academia, class, and conscience.

Steven Drukman was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. His play The Prince of Atlantis will premiere at South Coast Repertory this spring.

March 19PHAEDRA by Adam Bock directed by Trip Cullman

Stuck in an unsatisfying marriage, still in her sexual prime, Catherine develops a secret obsession for Paulie. But Paulie's not just a younger man with a checkered past, he's also Catherine's stepson. When her epic passion is unleashed on her small suburban town, the results rock both her community and her family. A riveting modern adaptation of Racine's classic tale by the author of MTC's The Receptionist.

Adam Bock's plays have been produced at Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Soho Rep, Rattlestick and Clubbed Thumb.

March 26IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY by Nick Jones directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel

New York, 1934: A world of high fashion, none higher than the ultra-modern new collection from designer Paul Roms. But when a jealous rival starts snooping around Roms' workshop, he finds that Roms' influences are less Robert Piguet and more H.G. Wells. A sartorial sci-fi satire from the creator of Jollyship the Whiz-Bang and The Coward.

Nick Jones is a graduate of the Juilliard School. He is currently adapting his play The Coward for a feature film and developing a musical for the Center Theatre Group.

April 2THE VILLAGE BIKE by Penelope Skinner directed by Kate Whoriskey

Becky's pregnant and frustrated. Her husband is more interested in the baby books than her new underwear, and her porn stash under the bed is no longer enough. As the summer heats up, a brief encounter with a local tradesman sends her speeding downhill towards total disaster. A provocative and darkly comic look at fantasy and romance, fresh from a sold out run at London's Royal Court Theatre.

Penelope Skinner is a British writer who won the 2011 George Devine Award and the 2011 Evening Standard Theatre Award Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright for The Village Bike.

April 9SEVEN HOMELESS MAMMOTHS WANDER NEW ENGLAND by Madeleine George directed by Ken Rus Schmoll

Dean Wreen's college is on the verge of financial crisis, its beloved museum is set to close, and the community is in an uproar. But as one window to the past is about to close, another one opens: Wreen's ex-girlfriend Greer reappears, announces she's terminally ill and takes up residence with the dean and her much younger girlfriend. Academic and romantic worlds collide in this hilarious and deeply moving comedy.

Madeleine George's Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England is a finalist for the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Award. She has been a MacDowell Fellow and a Princess Grace Playwriting Fellow.

April 16THE SEDUCTION COMMUNITY by Greg Keller directed by Kip Fagan

Owen's and Amy's relationship is four years old.  Master pickup artist Baller thinks it's time Owen isolate a new target, shotgun some negs, and drop a couple IOIs so he can DHV. Will Owen follow Baller's advice? Will Owen's and Amy's relationship survive? Will Owen figure out what any of those terms mean? A rollicking, unsentimental comedy about modern relationships from the author ofDutch Masters.

Greg Keller is the author of The Young Left and Dutch Masters. He was a Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellow at the Juilliard School and is currently appearing in MTC's hit Broadway production of Margaret Edson's Wit.

April 23DONNY'S BRAIN by Rona Munro directed by Dexter Bullard

Donny's suffered a major brain injury, but he's sure he'll recover in the care of the love of his life, Emma. But Emma is acting strangely, and who is this other woman who won't stop weeping by his bedside? In this funny and poignant play, Donny might get a second chance to follow his heart, if only his head will let him. Donny's Brain was commissioned by MTC through the Alfred P. Sloan Initiative.

Rona Munro is a Scottish writer who has written extensively for radio, film, television and stage including the award winning Iron, which debuted at MTC.

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