MCC Theater has announced the line-up for their Spring 2019 PlayLabs season of readings of new work. The readings will be held at the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space.
The season will feature readings of David Zheng's Ching Chong Maka Hiya (Monday, April 29, 7pm), directed by Zhailon Levingston; and Zoe Lister-Jones's Band Aid (Monday, May 20, 7pm), directed by Leigh Silverman, and featuring music by Lister-Jones and Kyle Forester, and musical arrangements and additional music by Zoe Sarnak.
Ching Chong Maka Hiya is described as follows: "It's no longer a game of cops and robbers when Jeremy, a Chinese boy from the Bronx, finds himself in jail under the supervision of the facility's newest correctional officers — his close childhood friends. From the sandbox to behind bars, this group of young adults struggle to find a better life within a system built on racism and power. A new play by David Zheng (MCC Youth Company Alum) that explores a broken system within American society and imagines what tomorrow might look like if the roles were reversed."
And Band Aid, which was previously a 2017 indie film written and produced by, and starring, Lister-Jones, is described as follows: "Entangled in constant bickering, Anna and Ben find that the solution to their fractured marriage lies beyond clichéd couples therapy. The struggling Los Angeles artists decide to turn their fights into songs. Zoe Lister-Jones' hot new dramedy reimagines the meaning of love through the sounds of an impromptu garage band as the couple tries to make sense of it all"