Ruben Santiago-Hudson will direct the Manhattan Theatre Club production; the company has also tapped Joshua Harmon for an Off-Broadway world premiere.
Manhattan Theatre Club has announced two additional productions for its planned 2021–2022 season: the Broadway bow of Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew and the Off-Broadway world premiere of Joshua Harmon’s Prayer for the French Republic.
Skeleton Crew, written by Tony nominee Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud, Pipeline), is currently scheduled for winter 2022 at Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues, August Wilson’s Jitney) will direct the play, which is set in 2008 Detroit, where a small automotive factory is on the brink of foreclosure and a tight knit family of workers hangs in the balance.
Prayer For The French Republic, by Drama Desk Award winner Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other), is aiming for a winter 2022 Off-Broadway run at New York City Center Stage I. Tony winner David Cromer (The Sound Inside, The Band’s Visit) will direct. The play is set in 1944 as a Jewish couple in Paris await news of their missing family. More than 70 years later, the couple’s great-grandchildren find themselves facing the same question as their ancestors.
Exact performance dates and casting will be announced at a later time.
MTC’s planned 2021–2022 season also includes the Broadway premiere of Lackawanna Blues, written, performed, and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson with original music by Bill Sims Jr. in fall 2021 and the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I Learned to Drive, written by Paula Vogel and directed by Mark Brokaw in spring 2022 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Also planned: the world premiere of Morning Sun, written by Simon Stephens and directed by Lila Neugebauer, in fall 2021 and the American premiere of Golden Shield, written by Anchuli Felicia King and directed by Danya Taymor Off-Broadway at New York City Center Stage I.
“When conditions allow, everyone at MTC looks forward to safely having artists and audiences back in Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre and at our Off-Broadway home at New York City Center,” said Artistic Director Lynne Meadow.
MTC’s Virtual Season continues at ManhattanTheatreClub.com/virtual.