World Premiere By David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by David Hyde Pierce

Prodigal Son

World Premiere Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley


American Premiere By Nick Payne

Directed by Doug Hughes

Single tickets are on sale today for Manhattan Theatre Club’s three productions presented as part of the 2015-2016 season at New York City Center – Stage I: Ripcord, the world premiere comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce; Prodigal Son, the world premiere play written and directed by Tony Award, Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winner John Patrick Shanley; and the American premiere of Incognito, the new play by Nick Payne, directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes.

Single tickets for all three of these productionsare available by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, online by visiting, or by visiting New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). All tickets are $90.


World Premiere Comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire

Directed by David Hyde Pierce

Previews Begin: Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Opening Night: Tuesday, October 20, 2015

David Lindsay-Abaire, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Rabbit Hole, Fuddy Meers, and Good People, returns to MTC with Ripcord, a high-stakes comedy about two women of a certain age locked in a no-holds-barred battle to the death, directed by Tony and Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce.

A sunny room on an upper floor is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Assisted Living Facility so when the cantankerous Abby (Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Holland Taylor) is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn (frequent Lindsay-Abaire collaborator and Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke), she has no choice but to get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the old women quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just the tenacity of these worthy opponents, but also deeper truths that each would rather remain hidden. As heartfelt as it is deliciously inappropriate, this hilarious world premiere marks the author’s sixth collaboration with MTC.

Ripcordstars Drama Desk Award winner Marylouise Burke (Kimberly Akimbo, FuddyMeers), Rachel Dratch (Love’s Labour’s Lost, “Saturday Night Live”), Glenn Fitzgerald (Hamlet, The Sixth Sense),Daoud Heidami (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, “What’s Your Emergency”), Nate Miller (Peter and the Starcatcher, MTC’s Of Good Stock), and Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Holland Taylor (Ann, “Two and a Half Men”).

The creative team for Ripcord includes Alexander Dodge (scenic design), Peter Kaczorowski (lighting design), Jennifer von Mayrhauser (costume design), John Gromada (original music and sound design), and Thomas Schall (fight director).

Ripcord was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New American Play Program. Ripcord is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award.

Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club.

Prodigal Son

World Premiere Play

Written and Directed by John Patrick Shanley

Previews Begin: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Opening Night: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Prodigal Son is a passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction, written and directed by John Patrick Shanley (of Tony, Academy Award, and Pulitzer Prize fame). A 17-year-old boy (Timothée Chalamet) from The Bronx finds himself suddenly in a private school in New Hampshire. He's violent, gifted, alienated, on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members (Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard and Chris McGarry) wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster?

The world premiere of Prodigal Son marks another exciting step forward in the collaboration between Manhattan Theatre Club and this visceral New York playwright (Doubt, Outside Mullingar).

The cast for Prodigal Son will feature Annika Boras (Chair, An Oresteia),Timothée Chalamet (“Homeland,”Interstellar), Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard (The Invention of Love,“House”), Chris McGarry (Defiance, Doubt), and David Potters (New York stage debut).

The creative team for Prodigal Son will feature Santo Loquasto(scenic design), Ann Roth (costume design), Natasha Katz (lighting design), and Fitz Patton (sound design).

Lead support for Prodigal Son has been provided by MTC’s Producing Fund Partner, Ned Lustbader


American Premiere by Nick Payne

Directed by Doug Hughes

Previews Begin: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Opening Night: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Nick Payne, the acclaimed writer who brought you the sold-out Broadway sensation Constellations, returns to Manhattan Theatre Club with Incognito, an "astonishing and original" (The Telegraph) American premiere play.

A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; a seizure patient forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. Incognito braids these mysterious stories into one breathtaking whole that asks whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. Directed by Tony Award winner Doug Hughes (Doubt, Outside Mullingar, The City of Conversation), Incognito takes us into the last uncharted realm—the mind.

Casting for Incognito will be announced in the coming weeks.

The creative team for Incognito will feature Scott Pask (scenic design), Catherine Zuber (costume design), Ben Stanton(lighting design), David Van Tieghem(original music & sound design),Stephen Gibbs (dialect coach), and J. DavidBrimmer (fight director).

Single tickets for MTC’s two productions at New York City Center– Stage II will go on sale at a later date.

Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include Constellations;Casa Valentina; Outside Mullingar; The Assembled Parties; Venus in Fur;Master Class; Good People; The Whipping Man; Time Stands Still; The Royal Family; Ruined; Come Back, Little Sheba; Blackbird; Shining City; Rabbit Hole; Doubt;Proof; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife; Love! Valour! Compassion!; A Small Family Business; Sylvia;Putting It Together; Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune; Crimes of the Heart; and Ain’t Misbehavin.’ For more information on MTC, please visit


Single tickets for Ripcord, Prodigal Son, and Incognitoare available by calling CityTix at 212-581-1212, online by visiting, or by visiting New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street). All tickets are $90.

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