Lucille Lortel

Todays Date: 11/26/22
Last Update: 04/29/10 08:08:51 PM
Address: 121 Christopher Street
New York, NY    10014

Location: Northeast corner of Christopher and Bedford Streets
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Closest subway: 1, 9 to Christopher Street, west to theatre.

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Family Week  | Open: 04/09/10 Close: 05/23/10
Making his theatrical debut, Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) collaborates with Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart) on a new version of this bitterly funny play. 

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.

Iliad: Book One  | Open: 03/31/09 Close: 04/25/09
Homer's Iliad is a 2700-year-old text originally created for performance that tells the story of the rage of Achilles, the cost of war, and his personal search for honor and meaning. Aquila Theatre brings this seminal work to vivid life in a production that seeks to restore the Iliad to its original home - the realm of the performer. Stanley Lombardo's striking American translation conveys the muscularity and sheerforce of the ancient Greek while Anthony Cochrane's original score and Peter Meineck's direction pull the audience deep into this great epic work. Set in WWII, Aquila's production is inspired by the cover of Stanley Lombardo s translation, which is a photograph of the D-day landings, entitled, Into the Jaws of Death.


The Third Story  | Open: 01/14/09 Close: 02/28/09
Mr. Busch will appear in The Third Story himself in the leading female role; further casting will be announced shortly. This production will mark the New York Premiere of the show following a recently completed run at La Jolla Playhouse.

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.

Fifty Words  | Open: 09/10/08 Close: 11/08/08
MCC's World Premiere Production of Michael Weller's Fifty Words, under the direction of Austin Pendleton, has been extended Off Broadway. Performances of the two-character play began at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on September 10 and the show's stars Norbert Leo Butz and Elizabeth Marvel were showered with rave reviews following its October 1 opening.

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

Anne Of Green Gables  | Open: 03/23/07 Close: 05/25/07
Lucy Maud Montgomery's cherished classic novel is re-imagined in this all-new stage musical adaptation, which follows the journey of the wildly independent and adventurous red-haired orphan, Anne Shirley, who is mistakenly sent to Green Gables to live with an elderly bachelor and his spinster sister. Soon after her arrival, she quickly turns the entire community upside-down with her indomitable spirit and scope for imagination.
The Fan Tan King  | Open: 08/22/06 Close: 08/27/06
THE FAN TAN KING is a new musical by C.Y. Lee, (author of THE FLOWER DRUM SONG), adapted from Mr. Lee's novel, DAYS OF THE TONG WARS. It is set in late 19th century San Francisco, a time when Chinese pioneers arrived to the Land of the Golden Mountain with firecrackers and lion dancers in their quest for the American Dream. THE FAN TAN KING refers to Peter Fong, a businessman in San Francisco's rough and tumble Chinatown. Peter has a wife, who pines for a simpler life and more children to join her only son. His rival, Sam Fat, who wants control of Chinatown, challenges his authority. There are a dozen colorful supporting characters and a martial arts dancing team of "hatchet men."

Lyrics by Hy Silver
Directed and choreographed by Tisa Chang
Part of the 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC)

On The Town  | Open: 04/09/05 Close: 05/07/05
Classic musical about three sailors on a 24 hour liberty in 1949 New York City

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