|Marisa Tomei and Oscar Isaac-led BEIRUT Reading to be Re-Aired by MCC Theater|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:05 am EST 01/19/21|
A RE-AIRING OF THE VIRTUAL BENEFIT READING OF
ACADEMY AWARD WINNER
GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD WINNER
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021 at 7:30PM ET
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
(January 19, 2021 - New York, NY) MCC Theater (Bob LuPone, Bernie Telsey, Will Cantler, Artistic Directors; Blake West, Executive Director) announced today that they will re-air the benefit reading of Alan Bowne's Beirut that took place this past April. Beirut stars Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei (The Rose Tattoo, MCC's Sharon and Billy), reprising her role from the 1987 MCC production, and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (MCC's Grace, Hamlet), and features MCC founding member Patrick Breen. Directed by MCC Co-Artistic Director Will Cantler, the reading will re-air on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:30pm ET and will be available to ticket buyers for three days. The reading will then join MCC's growing On Demand portal the following day for subscribers or 24-hour rentals. Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can basis from $5 to $100 and are on sale now at mcctheater.org.
How do we sustain the human spirit, hope and love in the face of a plague? We've been here before, in history and on the MCC stage. In 1987, Alan Bowne's Beirut launched MCC Theater's one-act festival. A play to remember, and one that is as relevant today as ever. Set in a dingy Lower East Side apartment in the 1980s, Beirut follows the story of Torch (played by Oscar Isaac), a young man who is in quarantine after testing positive to a nameless disease. His girlfriend (Marisa Tomei, reprising her award-winning role from 1987), refuses to leave him isolating alone. It's raunchy, it's real, it's poetic; and it reminds us of the power of stories, and their role in fostering hope, solidarity and documentation of extraordinary times.
Tickets are available on a pay-what-you-can basis from $5 to $100 and are on sale now. Non-subscribers who purchase their ticket ahead of the livestream will have access to the reading through January 31. Subscribers and Patrons will have free, unlimited access to this benefit through MCC on Demand. Beirut will be available for a 24-hour rental to non-subscribers the day after the stream. Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at mcctheater.org.
ABOUT MCC THEATER
MCC Theater 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 Bob LuPone, Bernie Telsey, and Will 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 Aziza Barnes' BLKS; 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 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.
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, unifying the company's activities under one roof for the first time and expanding its producing, artist development, and education programming.
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