Demme, Mantello, Henley set for 2009-10 season

Directors Jonathan Demme and Joe Mantello and writer Beth Henley are among the creatives lined up for the 2009-10 season of Off Broadway’s MCC Theater.

Demme (“Rachel Getting Married,” “The Silence of the Lambs”) will makes his legit directing debut with “Family Week,” a play by Henley (“Crimes of the Heart”) about a woman who must deal with her mother, sister and daughter while she struggles to recover from the death of her son. Show will run April 7-May 23, 2010.

Mantello (“Wicked”) will direct the Stateside premiere of “The Pride,” the play by Alexi Kaye Campbell that bowed in an Olivier-winning run from the Royal Court last year. Plotline follows a time-traveling love triangle that jumps from 1958 to the present day. “Pride” will run Jan. 27-March 14, 2010.

The MCC season kicks off with “Still Life,” a world premiere written by Alexander Dinelaris and directed by Will Frears (“Omnium Gatherum”). The play, which will run Sept. 16-Nov. 1, follows the romance between a trend analyst and a photographer with a stalled career.

All three shows will play at the Lucille Lortel Theater, where MCC’s current offering, “Coraline,” is in the midst of an extended run.

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