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MTC rounds out season with ‘Humor’

New play created by Pisoni, Schmidt

Manhattan Theater Club will round out its Off Broadway season with “Humor Abuse,” a new play created by Lorenzo Pisoni and Erica Schmidt.

Solo play features Pisoni (“Equus”) recounting his childhood with Pickle Family Circus, the San Francisco Bay area clown troupe in which Pisoni’s father played a major role (along with fellow Pickle alums Bill Irwin and Geoff Hoyle).

Schmidt (“Debbie Does Dallas”) helms the show, which will play on Stage II, the smaller of MTC’s two Off Broadway spaces at City Center. Production begins perfs Feb. 19 ahead of a March 10 opening.

MTC has also announced cast members for other upcoming productions. Thesps Mary Catherine Garrison (“Top Girls”) and Byron Jennings (“Macbeth”) have joined the cast of the Broadway revival of “Accent on Youth” opening April 29 at MTC’s Friedman Theater.

In addition, MTC’s Off Broadway production of Lynn Nottage’s “Ruined” — a co-production with Chicago’s Goodman Theater — will star the entire Chi cast, including Saidah Arrika Ekulona (“Well”) and Quincy Tyler Bernstine (“The Misanthrope”). “Ruined” begins perfs Jan. 21 at Stage I, the larger of MTC’s two Off Broadway auditoriums.

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