MCC Theater

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MCC Theater is an Off-Broadway theater company located in New York City, founded in 1986 by artistic directors Robert LuPone and Bernard Telsey along with six graduates of the New York University drama department, including Jana Herzen. Guided by the artistic vision of LuPone, Telsey and associate artistic director William Cantler, MCC Theater brings together exceptional theater artists to produce works that force audiences to reexamine the world through the unique perspectives of extraordinary writers.



MCC Theater was founded in 1986 as Manhattan Class Company, then a collective of young actors, writers and directors eager to take a leadership role in their own artistic development. Initial peer-based “classes” led to showcases and eventually to the kinds of full-scale productions that have made MCC Theater one of New York’s leading off-Broadway theater companies.

MCC Theater carries out its mission through an annual three-play mainstage season, its literary development programs including the unique Playwrights' Coalition, and education and outreach initiatives that include the MCC Theater Youth Company, a free program for high school students, and several in-school partnerships.

PAST PRODUCTIONS include Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty (moving to Broadway in 2009), In A Dark Dark House, Some Girl(s) and Fat Pig; Frozen (which moved to Broadway in 2004); Wit (winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1999)

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, Juliana 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, 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.

Past Mainstage Productions


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










  • A Place At the Table by Simon Block
  • High Dive by Leslie Ayvazian
  • The Dead Eye Boy by Angus MacLachlan





  • The Gravity of Means by John Kolvenbach
  • Good As New by Peter Hedges



  • 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

  • 2008 Tony Awards
    • Nomination - Best Play
    • Nomination - Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play - Thomas Sadoski
    • Nomination - Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Play - Marin Ireland
  • Drama Desk Awards
    • Winner - Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play - Pablo Schreiber
    • Nomination - Outstanding Play
    • Nomination - Outstanding Actor in a Play - Thomas Sadoski
    • Nomination - Outstanding Director of a Play - Terry Kinney
  • Drama League Awards
    • Nomination - Distinguished Production of a Play
    • Nomination - Distinguished Performance- Marin Ireland & Thomas Sadoski
  • Outer Critics Circle Awards
    • Nomination - Outstanding New Broadway Play
    • Nomination - Outstanding Actor in a Play - Thomas Sadoski
  • Theater World Awards

Grace by Mick Gordan and AC Grayling

  • Lucille Lortel Award - Nomination - Outstanding Lead Actress - Lynn Redgrave

Spain by Jim Knable

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

The Wooden Breeks by Neil LaBute

  • Lucille Lortel Award - Nomination - Anita Yavich

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

  • 2005 Drama Desk Awards Nomination - Outstanding Actress in a Play: Veanne Cox

The Distance From Here by Neil LaBute

  • 2003-2004 Drama Desk Award Winner - Outstanding Ensemble Performance
  • Lucille Lortel Award Nomination - Outstanding Featured Actor - Logan Marshall-Green

Frozen by Bryony Lavery

The Glory of Living by Rebecca Gilman

The Dead Eye Boy by Angus MacLachlan

  • Drama Desk Awards
    • Nomination - Best Actress: Lili Taylor
    • Nomination - Best Featured Actor: Aaron Himelstein

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


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