A year after the death of her son, Claire checks into a recovery center in the desert, searching for a way to cope. When her mother, daughter and sister arrive to participate in "family week," long-dormant traumas collide with recent tragedies in comical, surprising and deeply moving ways. United in this family struggle, the women rage and reach out in an effort to reconcile their love with the way things are.
Acclaimed actors Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Ruined), Kathleen Chalfant (MCC's Wit), Rosemarie DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) and Sami Gayle (Gypsy) have come together for this all new MCC Theater production.
Scenic Design is by Derek McLane, Costume Design is by Mimi O’Donnell, Lighting Design is by Kenneth Posner, Original Music is by Dan Bern and Sound Design is by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen.
A mother and son screenwriting team hunker down in Omaha after fleeing Commie-obsessed 1940's Hollywood. A romantically-inclined but socially-inept princess makes a deal with an ancient witch. And tommy guns meet test tubes as a way-too-well-dressed first lady of the mob forms a desperate alliance with a cloning scientist whose experiments have had, um, less-than-consistent results. Gangster flicks, fairy tales and B-movie sci-fi collide in this epic comic fable from the mind of one of the American theater's premier talents. The Third Story is both a sublimely crafted tale of love, longing and sacrifice and, in true Buschian fashion, a helluva good time.
In Fifty Words, something's gone awry behind the idyllic façade of Jan and Adam's Brooklyn brownstone. At 9:10 p.m., they're reveling in the freedom of having waved off their young son, Greg, to a neighborhood sleepover. By 9:30 p.m., things have gone, well…way past awry. Alternately funny and frightening, Fifty Words is an expansive look at modern marriage, as seen through the looking glass of one couple's long night's journey into day.
"Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel are
two of the FINEST AMERICAN STAGE STARS of their generation.
They're SO GOOD, SO specifically REAL, you find yourself wanting to leap onto the stage and, depending on the moment, hold or hit them!" - The New York Times
"SMART, SLEEK and RIVETING! A MASTER CLASS in what to do on stage." - NY1 News
"BLISTERING and HIGHLY THEATRICAL. Butz and Marvel are a pair of SUPERB actors willing to take intense emotional and physical leaps into scary, take-no-prisoners territory." - Associated Press
Lyrics by Hy Silver
Directed and choreographed by Tisa Chang
Part of the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC)
Based on an idea by Jerome Robbins
Direction and choreography by Brett Smock
Musical Direction by Corinne Aquilina
This is a 50 minute performance for children 5 years and older