MCC Theater announces final play of 2015-2016 Season


MCC Theater has now announced the fourth and final play of its 2015-2016 Season to be staged at off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Theatre.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City marks playwright Halley Feiffer's MCC Theater debut. The comedy, directed by Trip Cullman, will begin previews on 19 May 2016, before an official opening on 6 June and a limited engagement through to 25 June 2016.

Synopsis: "In A Funny Thing..., a foul-mouthed twenty-something comedienne and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together, this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life's biggest challenges... while making some of the world’s most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other when all they really want to do is run away?"

Feiffer and Culman recently worked together off-Broadway on the Atlantic Theatre Company's production of 'I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard.' Culman also directed the MCC Theater production of 'Punk Rock' this season.

The other three plays of the 2015-2016 season include:

The comedy The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, directed by Mike Donahue, will begin previews on 20 August 2015, with an official opening on 9 September and a limited run through to 27 September 2015.
Synopsis: "How can an Elvis impersonator become a winning drag queen in the Florida Panhandle? With an empty bank account and a pregnant wife, Casey's going to have to answer that question fast in this music-filled comedy about finding your true voice."

Next, the drama Lost Girls by John Pollono, directed by Jo Bonney, will begin previews on 22 October 2015, with an official opening on 9 November and a limited run through to 29 November 2015.
Synopsis: "When their seventeen-year-old daughter goes missing during a winter storm, Maggie and Lou - former high school sweethearts, now divorced - are forced to confront the legacy of their past decisions. Lost Girls is a hard-hitting drama about a blue-collar family struggling to rise above their limited prospects to prevent history from repeating itself."

Finally, Smokefall by Noah Haidle, directed by Anne Kauffman, will begin previews on 3 February 2016, with an official opening on 22 February and a limited run through to 13 March 2016.
Synopsis: "Magical realism collides with manic vaudeville in a family drama unlike any you've ever seen. The Twins swap philosophy while awaiting their birth, Beauty eats dirt and doesn't speak, Father is about to drive away and never return, and a man named Footnote acts as our guide. Whipping from astonishing tenderness to profound humor and back again, this wholly original play uncovers the extraordinary family connections we all stretch and warp across the years but can never quite break."

- by Tom Millward

Halley Feiffer