MCC Theater Announces FreshPlay Fest Line-Up

By: Aug. 06, 2010
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MCC Theater (Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Artistic Directors; William Cantler, Associate Artistic Director; Blake West, Executive Director) today announced its annual FreshPlay Festival of new plays by members of the youth company. The FreshPlay Festival merges the voices and creativity of urban youth with the experience of professionals, creating provocative, innovative and fresh theater. This year, the FreshPlay Festival will focus on the workshop process with ten original plays penned by MCC Theater Youth Company playwrights. These young writers will work with a roster of professional directors, actors and peers from the Youth Company's Acting Lab.

The MCC Theater Youth Company is a free after-school program for New York City public school students, ages 14 -20, who are interested in acting and playwriting. The Youth Company is designed to inspire young people to find and express their voices through the creation and performance of original theater pieces, while providing them with a safe artistic environment in which to grow and learn.

Due to the developmental nature of this year's festival, viewing opportunities are not available to the general public.

The FreshPlay Festival creative team includes Lucy Thurber (Artistic Director), Glenn Grieves (Producer), Julissa Contreras (Playwriting Lab Assistant), Alex Bisker (Production Assistant), and Jahnesha Huertes (Production Assistant).

To make a donation or to learn more about supporting MCC's Youth Company Program, please visit or call MCC's development department at (212) 727-7722 ext. 233

This year's FreshPlays include:

The Best
By Lisa Purrone
Directed by Daniella Shoshan

A Perpetual Escape (of mind and body)
By Eve Anne Montague Cantler
Directed by Jenna Worsham

By Julissa Contreras
Directed by Darren Murphy

By Korrina Cragnotti
Directed by Bob Devin Jones

The Lazy Artist
By Jarett Granum
Directed by Donya Washington

Watching the Thunder
By Adam Gonzalez
Directed by John Michael DiResta

When you get a Chance
By Valentina Meyers
Directed by Tracy Bersley

God Bless
By Yasha Gruben
Directed by Darren Murphy

He's Enlightened
By Ren Santiago
Directed by Charlotte Miller

Parallel Pro Teen
By Syretta Henry
Directed by Dylan Levers

Subscriptions for MCC Theater's 2010-2011 season are on sale now and are priced as low as $99 for the 3-play season. For more information visit or to purchase packages, contact TicketCentral directly at or call 212-279-4200.

MCC Theater is one of New York City's leading Off Broadway theater companies, committed to presenting New York and world premieres each season. When MCC Theater was founded in 1986, its mission was simple: to bring new theatrical voices to theater-going audiences. MCC Theater continues to accomplish this yearly through presentation of its mainstage works; its Literary Program, which actively seeks and develops new and emerging writers and its Education & Outreach Program, allowing more than 1,200 students yearly to experience theater, increase literacy and discover their own voices in the arts. Notable MCC Theater highlights include: the 2008 Tony Award-nominated reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute, last season's 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 and Alan Bowne's Beirut. Over the years, the dedication to the work of new and emerging artists has earned MCC Theater a variety of awards. For a complete production history, visit


Photo Credit: MCC Theater website


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