MCC Theater has announced two of the three plays for their upcoming 2012-13 mainstage season. The 27th season will kick off at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in September with the world premiere of Stephen Belber’s Don’t Go Gentle. The New York premiere of Paul Downs Colaizzo's Really Really, directed by David Cromer, will follow in January. Casting and creative teams for both productions, as well as a third play for the season, will be announced at a later date.
Lucie Tiberghian will direct the world premiere of Don’t Go Gentle. The play follows Judge Lawrence Driver, a conservative powerhouse on the bench, but a failure at home. Now retired, widowed, and seeking redemption, Lawrence volunteers to do pro bono legal work with Tanya, a vulnerable ex-con with a troubled teenage son, while working to repair the increasingly complicated relationships with his own adult children. When his newfound generosity is perceived as condescension, Lawrence runs the risk of losing everything. Don’t Go Gentle will run from September 27 through November 4.
Really Really first played D.C.’s Signature Theater last season. In the hazy aftermath of a wild party, dawn breaks on what appears to be just another day in the undergrad carnival that revolves around a close circle of friends. But when morning-after gossip turns ugly, the veneer of loyalty and friendship is peeled back to reveal a vicious jungle of sexual politics, raw ambition and class warfare where only the strong could possibly survive. The show will play from January 31 to March 10, 2013.