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Manhattan Theater Club Adds New Plays by Writers of ‘Constellations,’ ‘Orange is the New Black’

Manhattan Theater Club, the New York nonprofit that recently wrapped its successful Broadway run of Jake Gyllenhaal topliner “Constellations,” has added new plays to its 2015-16 slate by “Constellations” writer Nick Payne and “Orange Is the New Black” scribe Nick Jones.

Doug Hughes (“Doubt”) will direct Payne’s “Incognito,” which takes on issues of memory and identity by weaving together separate stories about a neuropsychologist, a seizure patient and Einstein’s brain. No casting has yet been announced for the show, which will get a spring 2016 run in MTC’s Stage I space. (Gyllenhaal not only starred in “Constellations” but also appeared in the Off Broadway run of Payne’s “If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet.”)

“Important Hats of the Twentieth Century,” by “Orange Is the New Black” scribe Jones, centers on a 1930s fashion designer whose archrival starts turning heads with designs that seem stolen from the future. Moritz Von Stuelpnagel, helmer of the upcoming Broadway production of “Hand to God,” directs.

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The two shows joins a 2015-16 season at MTC that already includes Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda in a Broadway revival of “Fool for Love” and a new Off Broadway comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire, “Ripcord.”

“Important Hats” begins previews Nov. 10 prior to a Nov. 23 opening in MTC’s Stage II theater, while “Incognito” starts previews May 3, 2016, and opens May 24, 2016.

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