The world premiere of Neil LaBute's The Money Shot will kick off MCC Theater's 2014-15 Main Stage season at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. The 29th season will also feature the New York premieres of Punk Rock by Simon Stephens and The Nether by Jennifer Haley, along with the world premiere of Robert Askins’ Permission.
The Money Shot, directed by Terry Kinney, tells the story of Karen and Steve, two glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. The night before filming a big scene for the latest film by a hot shot European director, the two meet with their respective partners to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain? The comedy will play from September 3 through October 12.
Inspired by Stephens’ own experiences as a teacher, Punk Rock explores contemporary adolescence at the breaking point as a group of seventeen-year-olds in Manchester, England flirt and posture their way through the day while preparing for exams. The play, directed by Trip Cullman, will begin on October 29 and run through December 7.
Directed by Anne Kaufman, Haley’s The Nether will run from February 4, 2015 through March 15. The award-winning thriller follows a young detective who investigates an online network where those who plug in are coaxed into acting out their darkest fantasies with seemingly no consequences in the real world.
Lastly, Permission tells the story of a couple who decide to follow the leads of their friends and make Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. The new moral code upends everything they knew about one another, their friends and more importantly, who really holds the paddle. The comedy will receive its world premiere on April 29, 2015 and run through June 7.