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Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell Will Star in FOOL FOR LOVE on Broadway Next Fall; David Hyde Pierce Set to Direct RIPCORD!

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) just announce the first two productions of Manhattan Theatre Club's 2015-2016 season. MTC's Broadway season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) will begin next fall with the Broadway premiere of Williamstown Theatre Festival's acclaimed production of Fool for Love by Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard, directed by Obie Award winner Daniel Aukin, starring Tony Award winner Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell.

MTC's season at New York City Center - Stage I (131 West 55th Street) will feature the world premiere of Ripcord, the new comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce starring Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke and Tony Award winner Mary Louise Wilson.


Fool for Love

Previews Begin: Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Opening Night: Thursday, October 8, 2015

Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other? Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC; 4,000 Miles), Tony Award winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday)and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard's (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.

Fool for Love is presented in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival (Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director). Additional casting and creative team for Fool for Love will be announced in the coming weeks.



Previews Begin: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Opening Night: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

David Lindsay-Abaire, the Pulitzer Prize winning author of Rabbit Hole, Fuddy Meers, and Good People, returns to MTC with Ripcord, a high-stakes comedy about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death directed by Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce.

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility, so when the cantankerous Abby (Tony Award winnerMary Louise Wilson) is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn (frequent Lindsay-Abaire collaborator and Drama Desk Award winnerMarylouise Burke), she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. As heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate, this hilarious world premiere marks the author's sixth collaboration with MTC.

Ripcord was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program.

Additional casting and creative team for Ripcord will be announced in the coming weeks.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, MTC 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 Casa Valentina; Outside Mullingar; The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur;Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt; Proof; The Tale of the Allergist's Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia; Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain't Misbehavin.' For more information on MTC, please visit

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