MCC Theater's THE VILLAGE BIKE, Starring Greta Gerwig, Extends Through July 13
MCC Theater has announced the extension of the American premiere of Penelope Skinner's celebrated play The Village Bike, starring indie film actress Greta Gerwig, and featuring direction by Sam Gold. The production is now scheduled at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) through Sunday, July 13, 2014. It was previously scheduled through June 28th. Tickets for the added performances are on sale now.
In a joint statement, the MCC THEATER Artistic Directors said, "Our goal at MCC is to inspire spirited discussion and debate with all of our productions. As we anticipated, Penelope Skinner's new play The Village Bike is sparking intense conversations and crossing generational lines. It's gratifying to see a new generation of theatergoers pouring through the doors at the Lortel. We're excited to add these extra weeks to accommodate the demand."
Gerwig (Becky) is joined by Max Baker (Mike), seen in the Tony winning play Jerusalem; OBIE winner Jason Butler Harner (John), recently of "Homeland," Non-Stop and the hit Off-Broadway play COCK; Lucy Owen (Alice), of the upcoming films The Mend opposite Josh Lucas and Kelly & Cal with Juliette Lewis; Cara Seymour (Jenny), soon to be seen co-starring in Steven Soderbergh's Cinemax new original series "The Knick" starring Clive Owen; and two-time OBIE Award winner Scott Shepherd (Oliver). Full bios for all cast members appear below.
In The Village Bike, Becky is pregnant -- and friskier than ever. But she can't seem to get the attention of her husband, who is preoccupied with preparing for the baby's months-away arrival. So Becky takes matters into her own hands and sets out on an adventure that starts with the purchase of a used bike from a man in town and takes her further than she ever expected she'd go. Playwright Skinner won the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Playwright for The Village Bike in 2011, which premiered to rave reviews and sold-out audiences at The Royal Court Theatre in London.
MCC Theater - founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company - is driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would. Led by Artistic Directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, William Cantler, and Executive Director Blake West, MCC fulfills its mission by producing new work that challenges artists and rewards audiences, and by nurturing the development of playwrights and students through a variety of literary and education programs that enable nearly 1,200 New York City high school students to find - and use - their own unique voice each year through the creation and performance of original theater pieces. MCC currently produces its annual season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) and will open its own two-theater complex on West 52nd Street and 10th Avenue in 2017. Notable productions include the recent hits Hand to God and Small Engine Repair; The Other Place; Really Really; The Submission, winner of the inaugural Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award for new American plays; The Pride; Fifty Words; Nixon's Nixon; The Grey Zone; the Tony Award-winning Frozen; the Pulitzer Prize-winning Wit; the re-imagined production of the musical Carrie; and eight plays by Playwright-in-Residence Neil LaBute, including Fat Pig, Reasons to Be Pretty and last season's hit Reasons to Be Happy.
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