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MCC Theater

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MCC Theater (Manhattan Class Company) is an Off-Broadway theater company located in New York City, founded in 1986 by artistic directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey and William Cantler. Blake West joined the company in 2006 as Executive Director. MCC opened the doors to its new home in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, on January 9, 2019/


MCC is one of New York's leading nonprofit Off-Broadway companies, driven by a mission to provoke conversations that have never happened and otherwise never would. Founded in 1986 as a collective of artists leading peer-based classes to support their own development as actors, writers and directors, the tenets of collaboration, education, and community are at the core of MCC Theater's programming. One of the only theaters in the country led continuously by its founders, Artistic Directors Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, and William Cantler, MCC fulfills its mission through the production of world, American, and New York premiere plays and musicals that challenge artists and audiences to confront contemporary personal and social issues, and robust playwright development and education initiatives that foster the next generation of theater artists and students.

MCC Theater's celebrated productions include Jocelyn Bioh's School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play; Penelope Skinner's The Village Bike; Robert Askins' Hand to God (Broadway transfer; five 2015 Tony Award nominations including Best Play); John Pollono's Small Engine Repair; Paul Downs Colaizzo's Really Really; Sharr White's The Other Place (Broadway transfer); Jeff Talbott's The Submission (Laurents/Hatcher Award); Neil LaBute's Reasons to Be Happy, reasons to be pretty (Broadway transfer, three 2009 Tony Award nominations, including Best Play), Some Girl(s), Fat Pig, The Mercy Seat, and All The Ways To Say I Love You; Michael Weller's Fifty Words; Alexi Kaye Campbell's The Pride; Bryony Lavery's Frozen (Broadway transfer; four 2004 Tony Award nominations including Best Play, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor); Tim Blake Nelson's The Grey Zone; Rebecca Gilman's The Glory of Living (2002 Pulitzer Prize finalist); Margaret Edson's Wit (1999 Pulitzer Prize); and the musicals Coraline, Carrie, and Ride the Cyclone.  Many plays developed and produced by MCC have gone on to productions throughout the country and around the world. [1]

Key Players

  • Robert LuPone - Artistic Director
  • Bernard Telsey - Artistic Director
  • William Cantler - Artistic Director
  • Blake West - Executive Director


MCC has engaged a collection of notable directors and artists that have included: Lynn Redgrave, Michael Greif, Jo Bonney, Doug Hughes, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julianna Margulies, Liev Schreiber, Jim Simpson, Benjamin Bratt, Swoosie Kurtz, Kathleen Chalfant, Allison Janney, Anna Paquin, Judith Light, Marisa Tomei, Lili Taylor, Sigourney Weaver, Jeremy Piven, Keri Russell, Calista Flockhart, Bridget Fonda, Eric McCormack, Fran Drescher, Peter Hedges, Jane Alexander, Ron Livingston, Ben Shenkman, Maura Tierney, Kyra Sedgwick, Joanna Gleason, Lisa Gay Hamilton, Gil Bellows, Polly Draper, Thomas Gibson, Michael C. Hall, Lisa Harrow,Derek Anson Jones, Raúl Esparza, John Spencer, Kathleen Turner, Charles Busch, Stephin Merritt, David Greenspan, Piper Perabo, Frederick Weller, Sarah Paulson, Dominic Chianese, Hugh Dancy, Ben Whishaw, and Charles Busch.

Mainstage Productions






  • The Legend of George McBride by Matthew Lopez
  • Lost Girls by John Pollono
  • Smokefall by Noah Haidle
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecological Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York by Halley Feiffer





  • The Submission by Jeff Talbott
  • Wild Animals You Should Know by Thomas Higgins
  • Carrie by Lawrence D. Cohen



  • Family Week book by Beth Henley
  • The Pride by Alexi Kaye Campbell
  • Still Life by Alexander Dinelaris
















  • Girl Gone by Jacquelyn Reingold





Awards and nominations

Fifty Words by Michael Weller

  • Drama Desk Awards
    • Nomination - Outstanding Play
    • Nomination - Outstanding Actress in a Play - Elizabeth Marvel
    • Nomination - Outstanding Set Design of a Play - Neil Patel
  • Drama League Awards
    • Nomination-Distinguished Performance- Elizabeth Marvel

reasons to be pretty by Neil LaBute

Grace by Mick Gordan and AC Grayling

Spain by Jim Knable

  • Drama Desk Award - Nomination - Outstanding Set Design - Beowulf Boritt
  • Obie Award - Sustained Excellence of Performance - Veanne Cox

The Wooden Breeks by Neil LaBute

Fat Pig by Neil LaBute

  • Outer Critics Circle Awards--Winner - Outstanding Off-Broadway Play
  • 2005 Theatre World Award--Winner - Outstanding Off-Broadway Debut: Ashlie Atkinson
  • Drama Desk Award - Nomination - Outstanding Actor in a play: Jeremy Piven
  • Lucille Lortel Award - Nomination - Outstanding Lead Actress: Ashlie Atkinson and Outstanding Director: Jo Bonney
  • Audience Award - Nomination - Favorite New Off-Broadway Play: Fat Pig

Last Easter by Bryony Lavery

The Distance From Here by Neil LaBute

Frozen by Bryony Lavery

The Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman

The Dead Eye Boy by Angus MacLachlan

Wit by Margaret Edson

Good as New by Peter Hedges, Directed by Brian Mertes

Nixon's Nixon by Russell Lees, directed by Jim Simpson

The Grey Zone by Tim Blake Nelson

Girl Gone by Jacquelyn Reingold

  • Oscar Ruebhausen Award

Beirut by Alan Bowne

  • 6 Dramalogue Awards


  1. ^ "MCC Theater / New York City Off-Broadway Theater Company". MCC Theater. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ Winner of the 2015 Obie Award: 2015 Obie Awards

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