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Thee MCC Theater have announced further details about their 25th Anniversary season which will see the company produce three world premieres: Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon, Sharr White's The Other Place and Michael Weller's Side Effects, which will all play at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.


This fall, Amanda Peet (Broadway's 'Barefoot In the Park,' "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") will appear opposite David Duchovny in the world premiere production of Neil LaBute's The Break of Noon.

The Break of Noon marks Neil LaBute's seventh collaboration with MCC Theater as Playwright-in-Residence, following the 2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play, 'Reasons to be Pretty,' and is his fourth collaboration with the Geffen Playhouse. Renowned for his darkly-comic morality plays ('The Shape of Things,' 'In a Dark Dark House'), he teams up again with longtime collaborator, director Jo Bonney ('Some Girl(s),' 'Fat Pig'), for this exploration of the daunting, sometimes harrowing process of "finding religion."

As previously announced, Duchovny ("Californication," "The X-Files") will star as 'John Smith,' a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. Peet will play two roles in the production, John's wife 'Ginger' and Ginger's cousin 'Jesse,' both struggling to come to terms with the repercussions of John's revelation. A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?

The Break of Noon opens at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on 15 Nov 2010, following previews from 28 Oct and runs through to 12 Dec 2010.

The Break of Noon is being produced by MCC Theater, in a co-production with the Geffen Playhouse. After its New York run the production will play at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles from 25 Jan 2011. The Los Angeles production will feature a different cast to the New York run.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on 10 Sep 2010.

Later in the year, Laurie Metcalf (Broadway's 'November,' "Roseanne") will star in the world premiere production of Sharr White's The Other Place, MCC's second offering of the season.

Joe Mantello (Glengarry Glen Ross, Take Me Out) will direct the production, making his return to MCC following his production of 'The Pride' earlier this year. Playwright Sharr White ('Sunlight,' 'Six Years') makes his New York debut with MCC Theater's production of The Other Place.

Just as Juliana Smithton's research leads to a potential breakthrough in Alzheimer treatment drugs, her life takes a disorienting turn. During a lecture to colleagues at an exclusive beach resort, she glimpses an enigmatic young woman in a yellow bikini amidst the crowd of business suits. One step at a time, a mystery unravels as contradictory evidence, blurred truth and fragmented memories collide in a cottage on the windswept shores of Cape Cod.

The Other Place opens at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on 28 Mar 2011, following previews from 10 Mar and runs through to 28 Apr 2011.

Laurie Metcalf most recently appeared on Broadway in Neil Simon's 'Brighton Beach Memoirs,' directed by David Cromer. Metcalf has also appeared on Broadway opposite Nathan Lane in David Mamet's comedy 'November,' directed by Joe Mantello, and Alexandra Gersten's 'My Thing of Love, 'directed by Michael Maggio. Metcalf has also appeared in Sam Shepard's 'A Lie of the Mind,' directed by Ethan Hawke, and 'Balm in Gilead' at the Circle Rep, for which she received Drama Desk, Obie and Theatre World Awards. An ensemble member at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company since 1976, Metcalf is the recipient of seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and two L.A. Ovation Awards. Metcalf won three Emmy awards for her role as 'Jackie Harris' on "Roseanne." She was also nominated for an Emmy, for her work on "Desperate Housewives." Metcalf's film credits include 'Internal Affairs,' 'Desperately Seeking Susan,' 'Toy Story,' 'Bulworth' and 'Leaving Las Vegas.'

Joe Mantello's won Tony Awards for his helming of 'Assassins' and 'Take Me Out,' and was nominated for Tony's for his work on 'Glengarry Glen Ross,' 'Love! Valour! Compassion!' and 'Angels in America: Millennium Approaches.' Off-Broadway credits include 'Take Me Out' (Lucille Lortel Award) and 'The Pride'(Lucille Lortel nominations).

MCC Theater will also present the world premiere production of Michael Weller's Side Effects as the third and final production of the season. MCC's 2008 'Fifty Words' (which starred Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel) culminated in one desperate phone call. Side Effects is the story of what happened on the other end of the line.

Side Effects: Hugh and Lindy's marriage seems picture-perfect, a beacon in their microcosmic Midwestern world of dinner parties and fundraisers. Behind closed doors they're falling apart - doors they can barely keep shut - and Hugh's rising political star is suddenly imperiled. Dates, Director and cast still to be announced.

Amanda PeetLaurie MetcalfJoe Mantello

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