Reasons to be Pretty Happy
Reasons to be Pretty Happy in the final play of MCC Playwright-in- Residence Neil LaBute's acclaimed 'Reasons' trilogy with also includes Reasons to be Happy and Reasons to be Pretty, the latter of which transferred to Broadway and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Additionally, LaBute's newest completed work, All The Ways To Say I Love You, will kick off MCC's upcoming 30th Anniversary Season on September 6 in a production starring multi-Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light in a solo performance directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman.
Paul Rudd will now be joined by Emmy nominee Amber Tamblyn, two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz and NYC stage veteran Jennifer Mudge for this one-night-only world premiere developmental reading on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 7:30PM at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Butz and Mudge return to MCC following critically acclaimed turns in Fifty Words (2008) and Don't Go Gentle (2012), respectively.
Set on the night of their 20th anniversary high school reunion, Reasons to be Pretty Happy follows Greg (Rudd) and Steph (Tamblyn) as they revisit their home town after having moved to New York. Kent (Butz) and Carly (Mudge) are suspicious of their reasons for returning and the four friends dance (sometimes literally) through a series of encounters at their school gym as they try to rekindle old friendships, struggle with their futures (together and separately) and reveal secrets to one another that might have been better left buried beneath a pile of yearbooks. The play is a funny, sad, silly and sobering look at friendships and loves that have weathered and lasted for a long, long time--some even past their due dates.
Lucille Lortel Theatre(New York, NY)
121 Christopher St (between Hudson & Bleeker Sts)
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