MTC announces 2 productions for its 2015-2016 season


The Manhattan Theatre Club has announced two productions for its forthcoming 2015-2016 Off-Broadway Season at New York City Center:

Incognito, written by Nick Payne and directed by Doug Hughes, will stage its US Premiere at New York City Center's Stage I, beginning previews on 3 May 2016, with an official opening set for 24 May 2016.

Synopsis: "A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. Incognito braids these mysterious stories into one whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. Incognito takes us into the last uncharted realm - the mind."

And secondly, the world premiere of Nick Jones' comedy Important Hats of the Twentieth Century, directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel, will begin previews at the Studio at Stage II, as part of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series, on 10 November 2015, with an official opening set for 23 November 2015.

Synopsis: "Important Hats of the Twentieth Century spins the tale of Sam Greevy, the hottest fashion designer in 1930’s New York... that is, until rival Paul Roms starts releasing strange but popular pieces like 'sweatshirts,' 'tracksuits' and 'skater pants.' When Greevy's minions break into Roms's shady operation, they make a startling discovery that could explain from where – or should we say from when? – these avant-garde ensembles are coming. Soon, this rivalry turns into a battle for the very future of humankind, and more importantly, fashion!"

Casting and creative team information for both productions will be released at a later date.

The Manhattan Theatre Club's 2015-2016 season also includes the Broadway premiere of Fool For Love, written by Sam Shepard and directed by Daniel Aukin, starring Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell, at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, along with new comedy Ripcord, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by David Hyde Pierce, starring Marylouise Burke and Mary Louise Wilson, at New York City Center's Stage I.

- by Tom Millward

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