Laurie Metcalf will reprise her much-lauded perf in Sharr White’s play “The Other Place” as part of the 2012-13 Broadway season from Gotham nonprofit Manhattan Theater Club. A new play, Nell Benjamin’s “The Explorers Club,” will get its bow on the org’s Off Broadway slate.
Joe Mantello returns to direct “Other Place,” originally staged Off Broadway by MCC Theater in spring 2011. Metcalf earned raves and a couple of Off Broadway kudos for her stint in the show, about a neurologist grappling with a mysterious illness that may fall right into her area of expertise.
Metcalf is currently giving a well-received perf starring in a London revival of “Long Day’s Journey into Night.”
“Other Place” isn’t the first title tapped by MTC following an Off Broadway success at another Gotham troupe. Last season’s “Venus in Fur,” which played MTC’s Friedman Theater in the fall and went on to a commercial transfer, originated in an earlier world preem at Classic Stage Company. Earlier this month, “Venus” netted a Tony for star Nina Arianda, who also appeared in the show in the CSC version.
Further casting for the MTC incarnation of “Other Place” remains to be set. Cast of the MCC staging included Dennis Boutsikaris, Aya Cash and John Schiappa.
Penned by Benjamin, who co-wrote the music and lyrics for tuner “Legally Blonde,” the comedy “Explorers Club” centers on a late 19th century London org for world pioneers, thrown into a tizzy by the question of whether to admit a female member who’s made an attention-grabbing discovery. Helmer and casting for the show remains to be set.
“Other Place” begins previews Dec. 11 ahead of a Jan. 10 opening at the Friedman; “Explorers” starts previews May 14 before a June 4 opening at MTC’s Off Broadway stage at City Center.
Other shows in the MTC 2012-13 season include a Broadway revival of “An Enemy of the People.” Offerings also include one more Rialto title still to be set.