Donald Margulies & Eleanor Burgess

Manhattan Theatre Club presents Donald Margulies' Long Lost & Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties off-Broadway

Long Lost and The Niceties complete Manhattan Theatre Club's 2018-2019 season.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Manhattan Theatre Club has announced the final two productions of its forthcoming 2018-2019 season with two New York premieres to be staged off-Broadway at New York City Center.

Beginning previews on October 12 and officially opening on October 25, 2018 at The Studio at Stage II will be Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties, directed by Kimberly Senior.

Synopsis: "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."

The Niceties was originally presented as part of MTC's Ted Snowdon Reading Series in 2017 and is now presented in asssociation with Huntington Theatre Company and McCarter Theatre Center. The production is set to debut at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, MA from August 31 through to September 30, 2018, and following the New York premiere it is scheduled to go on to play the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, NJ from January 11 through to February 10, 2019.

At New York City Center's Stage I, MTC presents the New York premiere of Long Lost, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan. Previews begin on May 14, 2019, ahead of an official opening on June 4.

Synopsis: "Long Lost is a funny, unsettling, ultimately moving play about the limits of compassion and filial obligation. When troubled Billy appears out-of-the-blue in his estranged brother David's Wall Street office, he soon tries to re-insert himself into the comfortable life David has built with his philanthropist wife and college-age son. What does Billy really want? Can he be trusted? And how much can family bonds smooth over past rifts?"

Mr. Margulies and Mr. Sullivan have previously collaborated on productions of The Country House, Brooklyn Boy, the Tony Award-nominated play Time Stands Still, the Pulitzer Prize finalist Sight Unseen, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Dinner with Friends.

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

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