MTC Announces 3 Off-Broadway Productions
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 07:32 pm EDT 06/20/24

Manhattan Theatre Club

Announces Three

World Premieres to Complete Their 2024-25 Off-Broadway Season

Off-Broadway Co-Production with

Signature Theatre

BAD KREYOL
World Premiere
Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene
Off-Broadway

DAKAR 2000
World Premiere
Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by May Adrales
Off-Broadway

WE HAD A WORLD
World Premiere
Written by Joshua Harmon
Directed by Trip Cullman

Manhattan Theatre Club—Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Chris Jennings, Executive Director—announces three Off-Broadway productions for the upcoming 2024-2025 season, with two productions taking place at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street) and a co-production at Signature Theatre.

In addition to the previously announced Vladimir, written by Erika Sheffer and directed by Daniel Sullivan, MTC will produce Dakar 2000 written by Rajiv Joseph (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, King James at MTC), directed by May Adrales (Vietgone and Poor Yella Rednecks at MTC); We Had a World by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Prayer for the French Republic at MTC), directed by Trip Cullman (Choir Boy at MTC, I Can Get It For You Wholesale); and in a co-production with Signature Theatre: Bad Kreyol written by Dominique Morisseau (The Detroit Project, Skeleton Crew at MTC), directed by Tiffany Nichole Green (Covenant).

Lynne Meadow said, "Each of these playwrights—Harmon, Joseph, and Morisseau—return to MTC with these world premieres. We believe their work represents the best of new American playwriting and we are all thrilled to be collaborating with them again."

Chris Jennings said, "We're also looking forward to co-producing with Signature Theatre, our fellow not-for-profit, whose Artistic Director, Paige Evans, began her career at MTC. Together, we will be able to share Dominique's beautiful play with the loyal audiences at both of her theatrical homes."

The MTC Spring Gala will be taking place at Cipriani 42nd Street on Monday, May 19, 2025.

SIGNATURE THEATRE AND MTC

At Pershing Square Signature Center

Present and Off-Broadway Co-Production

Bad Kreyol

World Premiere

Written by Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene

Previews Begin Fall 2024 at The Pershing Square Signature Center

Signature Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club present Dominique Morisseau's (Confederates,

Paradise Blue, Sunset Baby at Signature; Skeleton Crew at MTC) beautiful world premiere play about interrogating cultural identity and global impact. Simone, first-generation Haitian American, and her cousin Gigi, Haitian-born and raised, reunite to honor their grandmother's dying wish for them to reconnect. Simone's pilgrimage back to her ancestral homeland forces both cousins to confront their differing world views.

Casting, creative team, and other listings information for Bad Kreyol will be announced at a later date.

AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER – STAGE I

Dakar 2000

World Premiere

Written by Rajiv Joseph

Directed by May Adrales

Previews Begin Winter 2025

In Senegal on the eve of Y2K, an idealistic Peace Corps volunteer survives a mysterious car accident. An imposing State Department operative arrives at his hospital where she immediately takes command of the situation and his safety. Though they couldn't be more different, they form an unlikely relationship. But when it becomes clear that they both have secrets, the volunteer is roped into a darker side of public service–one he can't come back from. Unpredictable at every turn, this world-premiere thriller was commissioned by Manhattan Theatre Club.

Casting, creative team, and other listings information for Dakar 2000 will be announced at a later date.

AT NEW YORK CITY CENTER

We Had a World

World Premiere

Written by Joshua Harmon

Directed by Trip Cullman

Previews Begin 2025

A dying woman calls her grandson and asks him to write a play about their family. "But I want you to promise me something," she says. "Make it as bitter and vitriolic as possible." In this searing, funny and deeply personal play, the author of last season's Prayer for the French Republic recreates thirty years of family fights, monstrous behavior, enormous cruelty, and enduring love.

Casting, creative team, and other listings information for this new play will be announced at a later date.

TICKETING INFORMATION

Joining MTC's season of plays is easy! Just call the MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050 or go to www.manhattantheatreclub.com.

To sign up for MTC's "30 Under 35" program, offering $30 tickets for theatregoers age 35 and under, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under35/.

Single tickets will go on sale for these productions at a later date.

BIOGRAPHIES FOR DAKAR 2000

RAJIV JOSEPH (Playwright). Rajiv Joseph's play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama. He has twice won the Obie Award for Best New American Play, first in 2016 with Guards at the Taj (also a 2016 Lortel Winner for Best Play) and then in 2018 with Describe the Night. Other plays include King James, Letters of Suresh, Archduke, The North Pool, Gruesome Playground Injuries and Animals Out of Paper. He also wrote the libretto for the opera Shalimar the Clown, based on the novel by Salman Rushdie. He has written for TV and film and has been awarded artistic grants from the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and the Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. He served for three years in the Peace Corps in Senegal.

May Adrales (Director) is a director, artistic leader, teacher and mother; she has directed over 30 world premieres. Her work has been seen most recently at Manhattan Theatre Club (Anchuli Felicia King's Golden Shield, Qui Nguyen's Vietgone and Poor Yella Rednecks), Second Stage (Rajiv Joseph's Letters of Suresh), Yale Rep (falcon girls), Guthrie Theater, Huntington Theatre, Signature Theatre, Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, WP, New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep and South Coast Rep. She was awarded the prestigious Ammerman Award at Arena Stage and Theatre Communications Group's Alan Schneider award for freelance directors. She is a finalist for the SDCF Zelda Finchandler Award, Drama League Directing Fellow, Van Lier Directing Fellow, WP Lab Director, SoHo Rep Writers/Directors Lab and New York Theatre Workshop directing fellow, TCG New Generations Grantee, SDC Denham Fellowship and Paul Green Directing Award. She served as an Associate Artistic Director at Milwaukee Rep; Artistic Associate at The Playwrights' Center; Artistic Associate at The Public Theater; and Director of Artistic Programs and Artistic Director at The Lark. She serves on the board of Theatre Communications Group. May has directed and taught at Juilliard, Harvard/ART, ACT, Fordham, NYU and Bard College. She is currently the Director of the Theatre Program and Assistant Professor at Fordham University. May has served on faculty at the Yale School of Drama and Brown/Trinity MFA program. MFA, Yale School of Drama. (www.mayadrales.net)

BIOGRAPHIES FOR We Had a World

JOSHUA HARMON (Playwright) His plays include Prayer for the French Republic (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Tony nomination), Skintight, Admissions (Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award), Significant Other and Bad Jews. Musicals: The Bedwetter. He has been produced on Broadway and the West End; Off-Broadway at Roundabout Theatre Company, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, and Atlantic Theater Company; across the country at Geffen Playhouse, Huntington, Studio Theatre, Speakeasy, Theater Wit, Actor's Express, and The Magic, among others; and internationally in more than a dozen countries. Honors include two MacDowell fellowships and a Guggenheim. Graduate of Juilliard.

TRIP CULLMAN (Director). Broadway: The Rose Tattoo , Choir Boy (Tony nom., Best Play), Lobby Hero (Tony nom., Best Revival), Six Degrees of Separation (Tony nom., Best Revival), Significant Other. Select Off Broadway: I Can Get It For You Wholesale (Best Revival, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle) (CSC); The Lonely Few, Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow, YEN, Punk Rock (Obie Award), A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City (MCC); Days Of Rage, The Layover, The Substance of Fire, Lonely I'm Not, Bachelorette, Some Men, Swimming In The Shallows (Second Stage); Unknown Soldier, The Pain Of My Belligerence, Assistance, A Small Fire (Drama Desk nomination, Best Direction), The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons); Choir Boy (MTC); Murder Ballad (MTC and Union Square Theatre); The Mother, I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic); Roulette (EST); The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing (Rattlestick); The Last Sunday In June (Rattlestick and Century Center); Dog Sees God (Century Center); US Drag (stageFARM); and several productions with The Play Company. London: The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: Berkeley Rep, Geffen, Arena, Alliance, Old Globe, La Jolla, South Coast Rep, Bay Street, Williamstown Theater Festival.

BIOGRAPHIES FOR BAD KREYOL

DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU (Playwright, she/her/hers) is the author of The Detroit Project (A 3-Play Cycle): Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company, Manhattan Theatre Company), Paradise Blue (Signature Theatre), and Detroit '67 (Public Theater, Classical Theatre of Harlem and NBT). Additional plays include: Pipeline (Lincoln Center Theatre), Sunset Baby (LAByrinth Theatre), Blood at the Root (National Black Theatre), and Follow Me To Nellie's (Premiere Stages). She is also the TONY Award ® -nominated book writer on the Broadway musical Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). TV/Film projects: She most recently served as Co-Producer on the Showtime series "Shameless." She's currently developing projects with Netflix, HBO, and A24, and wrote the film adaptation of the documentary STEP for Fox Searchlight. Awards include: Spirit of Detroit Award, PoNY Fellowship, Sky-Cooper Prize, TEER Trailblazer Award, Steinberg Playwright Award, Audelco Awards, NBFT August Wilson Playwriting Award, Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, OBIE Award (2), and the Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellowship, named one of Variety's Women of Impact for 2017-18 and a recipient of the 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant. Twitter and IG: @domorisseau

TIFFANY NICHOLE GREENE (Director) is just thrilled to be in collaboration with Signature Theatre and MTC. Tiffany is a leader, creator, and aggressive explorer of humanity in its most tender moments. She holds an MFA in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Rep, where her hunger for a deeper involvement in story-building began. While in graduate school, Tiffany began to cultivate the skills of a great director. She became a mad scientist in her pursuit of opportunities to observe, investigate, explore, and experiment with her newly defined artistry. Tiffany is now a two-time NYTimes Critics Pick, Lincoln Center Directors Lab Alum, Soho Rep Directors Lab Alum, two-time Drama League Finalist, and a proud member of SDC. While Tiffany works on a great variety of genres in theatres across the nation, she is particularly dedicated to the continued development of new works and the play development process. A few of her most recent credits include a developmental production of Kristen Adele Calhoun's Blood Work at National Black Theatre; Black Cypress Bayou at Geffen Playhouse; world premiere of York Walker's Covenant with Roundabout Theatre Company (New York Times Critic's Pick); Jonathan Larson's Rent at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; world premiere of Steph Del Rosso's 53% Of at Second Stage Theater; Invincible, a new musical, at The Wallis Annenberg, working alongside Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo; Adrienne Kennedy's Ohio State Murders at the Goodman Theatre; Lydia R. Diamond's Whiterly Negotiations and Lynn Nottage's What Are The Things I Need To Remember with Octopus Theatricals (New York Times Critic's Pick); and Hamilton (National Tour Resident Director).

BIOGRAPHY FOR MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Director Chris Jennings, Manhattan Theatre Club produces seasons of new work for the theatre both on and Off-Broadway, and in the 2023-24 season, all three of their Broadway shows were nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play, representing three of the five nominees in the category. MTC's not-for-profit mission, which Meadow created in 1972 and has implemented over five decades of award-winning productions, is to develop and present new work in a dynamic, supportive environment; to identify and collaborate with the most promising new as well as accomplished artists; and to produce a diverse repertoire of innovative, entertaining, and thought-provoking plays and musicals by American and international playwrights. Since 1989, MTC Education, which uses the power of live theatre and playwriting to awaken minds, ignite imaginations, open hearts, and change lives, has also been an important corollary to MTC's work. MTC's over 600 world, American, New York and Broadway premieres have earned 7 Pulitzer Prizes, 30 Tony Awards, 51 Drama Desk Awards and 49 Obie Awards amongst many other honors. MTC has homes on Broadway at its Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and Off-Broadway at New York City Center. MTC is an anti-racist organization that respects and honors all voices, and upholds the values of community and equity. For more information, please visit https://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/.

BIOGRAPHY FOR SIGNATURE THEATRE

A HOME FOR STORYTELLERS. A SPACE FOR ALL. Signature Theatre offers an immersive journey through a playwright's body of work to theatregoers seeking intimate human connection and extraordinary cultural experiences.

James Houghton founded Signature Theatre in 1991, inspired by working as an actor with playwright Romulus Linney, who would be Signature's first resident playwright. Signature quickly became known for devoting each season to one living playwright, with multiple productions representing a body of work.

The theater has since expanded from a black box downtown to a state-of-the-art, Frank Gehry-designed multi-venue space on West 42 Street, and to three residency programs that have featured over 30 playwrights and counting. Now led by Artistic Director Paige Evans and Executive Director Timothy J. McClimon, Signature's artists have received more than 100 awards, including the first New York City Regional Theater Tony Award in 2014.

Houghton's vision did not just encompass artists – he was also dedicated to making theater available to all who wish to enjoy it. In 2005, Signature launched what is now the "Signature Access" program to provide theatergoers, both frequent and new, with affordable access to the performing arts.

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