BROOKLYN LAUNDRY Begins Previews, Partnerships and Events Announced
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Performances Begin Tonight

Beyond the Stage

Special Post-Show Partnerships and Events Announced

For Manhattan Theatre Club’s

World Premiere of

Brooklyn Laundry

With

Florencia Lozano, Cecily Strong,

Andrea Syglowski, David Zayas

Written and Directed by Pulitzer Prize Winner

John Patrick Shanley

Opening Wednesday, February 28

At MTC at New York City Center – Stage I

Performances begin tonight for Manhattan Theatre Club’s (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director and Chris Jennings, Executive Director) world premiere of Brooklyn Laundry, written and directed by Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley (Doubt, Outside Mullingar, Prodigal Son). Opening night is Wednesday, February 28 at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

The cast of Brooklyn Laundry features Florencia Lozano (“Narcos,” “One Life to Live”), Cecily Strong (“SNL,” “Schmigadoon!”), Andrea Syglowski (Pass Over, “Blue Bloods”) and David Zayas (Cost of Living, “Dexter”).

John Patrick Shanley, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning author of Doubt and the Oscar®-winning writer of Moonstruck, returns to MTC with this world premiere of a new play. Sometimes big things start from little things; in this case, a bag of laundry. Shanley’s latest is about three sisters and a guy who runs a laundry in Brooklyn, and the sometimes savage tricks life plays on them. Tragic and funny by turns, this story will remind you what is important in life... and the sorrow and joy of fully embracing adulthood.

The creative team for Brooklyn Laundry includes Santo Loquasto (set design), Suzy Benzinger (costume design), Brian MacDevitt (lighting design), John Gromada (original music & sound design), Caparelliotis Casting & Kelly Gillespie (casting), Kevin Bertolacci (Production Stage Manager).

Support for Brooklyn Laundry is provided by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust and The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

Manhattan Theatre Club is pleased to offer audiences and the general public free Beyond the Stage content, which is designed to enrich audiences’ experience with Brooklyn Laundry.

Please join us for:

February 14 Young Patrons & 30 Under 35 Night Party Under 35 years old? Join our Young Patrons or 30 Under 35 program and bring your sweetheart or pal-entine to celebrate Valentine's Day with MTC! Food, drink and fun activities will be provided in an exclusive reception after the show! Limited availability, for more information and to sign up go to https://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/join/30-under-35/sign-up/

February 16 Modern Love & Brooklyn Laundry Purchase a ticket and join us after the 8pm show on Friday, February 16 for a conversation with The New York Times' Modern Love podcast host, Anna Martin and Brooklyn Laundry's own John Patrick Shanley.

March 7 Shop Talk Purchase a ticket and join us after the 8pm show on March 7 for a conversation exploring the cultural and societal impact neighborhood laundry businesses have had on New York City. Amy Chin (featured in a New York Historical Society exhibition “Meet the Chin Family”) and Theo DuPree (owner of Pearl Lee's Washtub in Crown Heights) will discuss how their businesses function as a nexus for inclusion and community in their Bronx and Brooklyn neighborhoods.

March 17 Matinee Broadway Babysitters We are pleased to be partnering with the Parent Artist Advocacy League for Arts + Media (PAAL) and Broadway Babysitters to offer ticketholders FREE childcare at the theatre during the Sunday, March 17 matinee performance of Brooklyn Laundry. Advanced sign-up is required and space is very limited. For more information and to register, visit https://www.broadwaybabysitters.com/mtc-brooklyn-laundry-free-childcare-matinee/

The 2022-23 season marked Lynne Meadow’s 50th Anniversary as Artistic Director of Manhattan Theatre Club. Meadow was joined in summer 2023 by Chris Jennings, MTC’s new Executive Director. MTC’s mission, which Meadow created in 1972 and has implemented over five decades of award-winning theatrical productions, is to develop and present new work in a dynamic, supportive environment; to identify and collaborate with the most promising new as well as seasoned, accomplished artists; and to produce a diverse repertoire of innovative, entertaining, and thought-provoking plays and musicals by American and international playwrights. Since 1989, MTC Education, which uses the power of live theatre and playwriting to awaken minds, ignite imaginations, open hearts, and change lives, has also been an important corollary to MTC’s work, reaching thousands of students and educators worldwide each season.

Since its beginnings on East 73rd Street in New York City, MTC has grown from a small off-off-Broadway showcase theatre into one of the country’s most prestigious and award-winning producing companies, creating over 600 world, American, New York and Broadway premieres. MTC productions have earned 7 Pulitzer Prizes, 28 Tony Awards, 50 Drama Desk Awards and 49 Obie Awards amongst many other honors. MTC has homes on Broadway at its Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and Off-Broadway at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). MTC is an anti-racist organization that respects and honors all voices, and upholds the values of community and equity. For more information, please visit www.ManhattanTheatreClub.com.

Modern Love: On the Modern Love podcast, host Anna Martin explores the complicated love lives of real people, based on the weekly The New York Times column.

Anna Martin: Anna Martin is the host of the Modern Love podcast from The New York Times. Her middle name is Ming Ai, which means “understanding love” in Mandarin Chinese, and is a useful skill for the job. Previously, she produced live shows and podcasts at Pop-Up Magazine, The Moth, and This American Life. She lives in Brooklyn. @anna_mingai

Broadway Babysitters: Broadway Babysitters, which was founded by Broadway performer Jennifer Malenke in 2016, is an arts-focused childcare company led by an ensemble of expert childcare professionals. Their personally vetted and individually trained playmakers bring the stage to your living room, drawing on their skills to help kids meet the world with wonder and cast themselves in any role they imagine. Since 2019 and through their ongoing partnership with PAAL, their work has expanded to include partnering with theater companies and institutions to provide accessible on-site care at shows, auditions and more.

PAAL: Parent Artist Advocacy League for Arts + Media (PAAL) is a national community, resource hub, and solutions generator for individuals with caregiver responsibilities and institutions who strive to support them.

TICKETING INFORMATION

Single tickets for Brooklyn Laundry can be purchased online at www.nycitycenter.org, by calling 212-581-1212, or by visiting the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street).

Joining MTC’s season of plays is easy! Just call the MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050 or go to www.manhattantheatreclub.com.

To sign up for MTC’s “30 Under 35” program, offering $30 tickets for theatregoers age 35 and under, visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/30under35/.

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