AMERICAN THEATER | Manhattan Theater Club Announces Plans for Broadway and Off-Broadway 2021-22

Mary Louise-Parker and David Morse in ‘How I Learned to Drive’ at the Vineyard Theater in 1997. (Photo by Carol Rosegg)

NEW YORK CITY: The Manhattan Theater Club (MTC) has announced plans for its 2021-22 season, featuring two Broadway and two off-Broadway productions. Two additional productions will be announced at a later date. In the meantime, as MTC continues to follow COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, MTC presents a virtual season of theater experiences, initiatives and events.

“With the hope that we can return to live theater, we have created a season of diverse and exciting premieres on Broadway and off Broadway and we are honored to work with the best of New York’s brilliant artistic community,” said artistic director Lynne Meadow in a statement. “Our colleagues look forward with joy to being back in our rehearsal rooms and back on our stages, performing to homes filled with devoted spectators. We all miss each other!”

The season will open with Lackawanna Blues (Fall 2021), written, performed and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and with original music by Bill Sims Jr. Santiago-Hudson celebrates the woman who raised him in this solo play on Nanny, who opened doors of his pension to those in need. The production is currently slated for Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater.

Broadway offerings will also include Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning play How I learned to drive (Spring 2022), which will premiere on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman after being postponed due to the pandemic. Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse are still set to reprise the roles they originated in 1997. Mark Brokaw will direct.

Off-Broadway, the season will include the world premiere of morning sun (Fall 2021), by Simon Stephens. Edie Falco, Blair Brown and Marin Ireland will star in this production following the complexities, mysteries and possibilities of a woman’s life over 50. Lila Neugebauer will direct.

The off-Broadway season will also include Anchuli Felicia King’s golden shield, although it has not yet been announced when it will take place during the season. Danya Taymor will direct this play about Julie Chen, an American lawyer who files a class action lawsuit against the Chinese government that leads her to hire her strong-minded sister as a translator.

Founded in 1970, the Manhattan Theater Club strives to innovate theater, produce world and regional premieres, and collaborate with masterful artists in all fields.

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