With the sold-out run of Constellations starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson having just closed at its Broadway mainstage, the nonprofit Manhattan Theatre Club says it’s re-upping with playwright Nick Payne next season. His Incognito, which had a lauded premiere last spring in the UK, stars Einstein’s brain.
The play’s American premiere will be staged by MTC veteran Doug Hughes (Outside Mullingar, Doubt) at the company’s off-Broadway venue, City Center Stage 1. Set in the 1950s and the present, Incognito interweaves three storylines: A pathologist steals Einstein’s gray matter; a female neuropsychologist falls in love with another woman; and man who suffers seizures forgets everything but how much he loves his girlfriend. Previews will begin May 3, 2016, with opening night on May 24. No casting or other creative team have been announced.
MTC also said that it will present the world premiere of Important Hats Of The Twentieth Century, a comedy by Nick Jones (Emmy-nominated for Orange Is The New Black) to be directed by Moritz Von Stuelpnagel (Hand To God, previewing now on Broadway). It’s described as “the rip-roaring tale of Sam Greevy, the hottest fashion designer in 1930’s New York… that is, until rival Paul Roms starts releasing strange but popular pieces like ‘sweatshirts,’ ‘tracksuits’ and ‘skater pants.’ When Greevy’s minions break into Roms’ shady operation, they make a startling discovery that could explain from where – or should we say from when? – these avant-garde ensembles are coming.” Previews at City Center Stage II are set to begin November 10, with opening night on November 23. No other details were announced.
MTC’s season will also feature the previously announced revival of Sam Shepard’s Fool For Love starring Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell, and David Lindsay-Abaire’s new comedy Ripcord, staged by David Hyde Pierce and starring Marylouise Burke and Mary Louise Wilson.