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Photo Flash: MTC's THE NICETIES Celebrates Opening Night

The Niceties is now playing at MTC's The Studio at Stage II - Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series at New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street).

The Niceties stars Lisa Banes (Present Laughter) and Jordan Boatman (Hulu's "The Path").

MTC is pleased to present The Niceties in association with Huntington Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre Center. This production debuted at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, MA from August 31 - September 30, 2018 prior to arriving at Manhattan Theatre Club; it will then play McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ from January 11 - February 10, 2019. The Niceties was originally presented as part of MTC's Ted Snowdon Reading Series in 2017.

At an elite East Coast university, an ambitious young black student and her esteemed white professor meet to discuss a paper the college junior is writing about the American Revolution. They're both liberal. They're both women. They're both brilliant. But very quickly, discussions of grammar and Google turn to race and reputation, and before they know it, they're in dangerous territory neither of them had foreseen - and facing stunning implications that can't be undone. Written with powerful truth and humor by Eleanor Burgess, this deeply resonant work is directed by Kimberly Senior (Disgraced). The Washington Post hails it as "a barnstormer of a play," adding that it's "one of the best plays I've seen about who gets to tell the story of America, and how."

The design team includes Cameron Anderson (Scenic Design), Kara Harmon (Costume Design), D.M. Wood (Lighting Design), and Elisheba Ittoop (Sound Design).

Photo Credit: Jenny Anderson

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