MTC to Produce American Premiere of LINDA, A New Play by Penelope Skinner, Directed by Lynne Meadow

Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce Manhattan Theatre Club will produce the American premiere of Linda, a new play by Penelope Skinner (The Ruins of Civilization at MTC, The Village Bike) directed by MTC’s award-winning Artistic Director Lynne Meadow (The Assembled Parties, Wit).

The limited engagement of Linda will begin previews Friday, February 3 for Thursday, February 23 opening at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I (131 West 55th Street).

Linda Wilde has it all. She’s an award-winning senior executive as well as a busy wife and mother. But when she pitches a revolutionary concept that could change the way the world looks at women of a certain age, she finds herself fighting for her own relevance as every part of her carefully considered life starts to show cracks. MTC is proud to present this timely, moving, and fiercely funny new play by Penelope Skinner (this season’s acclaimed The Ruins of Civilization) in the American premiere directed by MTC Artistic Director Lynne Meadow. The play was celebrated in London in its run at the Royal Court Theatre.

Casting, creative team, and additional listings information for Linda will be announced at a later date.

MTC’s upcoming 2016-2017 season will include the Broadway transfer of Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg, directed by Mark Brokaw, the Broadway premiere of August Wilson’s Jitney, directed byRuben Santiago-Hudson, and the new Broadway production of Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes, directed by Daniel Sullivan, at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. At MTC’s Off-Broadway home at New York City Center – Stage I, the season includes the New York premiere of Qui Nguyen‘s Vietgone, directed by May Adrales, the American premiere of Penelope Skinner‘s Linda directed byLynne Meadow, and Martyna Majok‘s Cost of Living, directed by Jo Bonney. At The Studio at Stage II – Harold and Mimi Steinberg New Play Series, the season will include the world premiere ofSell/Buy/Date, written and performed by Sarah Jones and directed by Carolyn Cantor, and an additional production to be announced at a later date.

Manhattan Theatre Club, under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, has become one of the country’s most prominent and prestigious theatre companies. Over the past four and a half decades, MTC productions have earned numerous awards including six Pulitzer Prizes and 19 Tony Awards. MTC has a Broadway home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) and two Off-Broadway theatres at New York City Center (131 West 55th Street). Renowned MTC productions include The Father (Tony Nomination for Best Play), Fool For Love by Sam Shepard, Airline Highway by Lisa D’Amour; Casa Valentina by Harvey Fierstein; Outside Mullingar and Doubt by John Patrick Stanley; The Commons of Pensacola by Amanda Peet; Murder Ballad by Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash; Choir Boy by Tarell Alvin McCraney; The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg; Wit by Margaret Edson; Venus in Fur by David Ives;Good People and Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire; The Whipping Man by Matthew Lopez; Time Stands Still by Donald Margulies; Ruined by Lynn Nottage; Proof by David Auburn; The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife by Charles Busch; Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally; The Piano Lesson by August Wilson; Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley; and Ain’t Misbehavin’, the Fats Waller musical. For more information on MTC, please visit


New and renewing subscribers can join the 2016-2017 season by calling The MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050. Single ticket information along with other listings information for MTC’s 2016-2017 season will be announced at a later date.


PENELOPE SKINNER (Playwright) won both of the UK’s most promising playwriting prizes for her play The Village Bike which premiered at London’s Royal Court Theatre and made its American debut at MCC Theater in 2014 in a critically-acclaimed production starring Greta Gerwig and directed by Sam Gold. Two of her plays received world premieres this season: The Ruins of Civilization at Manhattan Theatre Club and Linda at the Royal Court. Her other plays include Fred’s Diner (Magic Theatre, Chichester Festival Theatre), Eigengrau (Bush Theatre), and Fucked (Old Red Lion). She has written films for directors Kevin MacDonald and Susanne Bier and was a writer for several seasons on Channel 4’s “Fresh Meat.”

LYNNE MEADOW (Director/Artistic Director, Manhattan Theatre Club). As Artistic Director for over four decades, Lynne has overseen hundreds of productions and accepted every major award on behalf of the company, including 19 Tony Awards, 6 Pulitzer Prizes, 48 Obies, and 33 Drama Desk Awards, as well as numerous Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards. Her directing credits include, Richard Greenberg’s Our Mother’s Brief Affair with Linda Lavin and The Assembled Parties (Tony nomination) with Jessica Hecht and Judith Light, Melissa Ross’ Of Good Stockwith Alicia Silverstone, Amanda Peet’s The Commons of Pensacola with Sarah Jessica Parker and Blythe Danner, Margaret Edson’s Wit (Tony nomination) with Cynthia Nixon, Donald Margulies’Collected Stories (Tony nomination) with Linda Lavin and Sarah Paulson, The Loman Family Picnic with Christine Baranski, Charles Busch’s Our Leading Lady and The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Tony nomination) with Linda Lavin and Tony Roberts, David Greig’s The American Pilot, Ron Hutchinson’s Moonlight and Magnolias (MTC, Alliance Theatre), Leslie Ayvazian’s Nine Armenians (Drama Desk nomination, Best Director), Alan Ayckbourn’s Woman in Mind (Drama Desk nomination, Best Director) and A Small Family Business (Broadway), David Rudkin’s Ashes (The Public, Obie Award), and New York premieres of plays by Marsha Norman, Simon Gray, Lee Blessing, Sybille Pearson and Israel Horowitz as well as productions for the New York Shakespeare Festival, the Spoleto Festival and the O’Neill Theatre Center. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and attended the Yale School of Drama. She has taught at a number of lauded university theatre programs including Yale, Fordham and NYU. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Mr. Abbott Award, Lucille Lortel and Lilly Award for Lifetime Achievement, Louis Auchincloss Prize, and is a 2013 Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.