‘Friends' Star Matthew Perry To Make NYC Stage and Playwriting Debut

"Friends" star Matthew Perry will make his New York City playwriting and stage acting debut next year, as part of MCC Theater's 30th anniversary season.

The nonprofit theater announced its 2016-2017 season after recently celebrating the groundbreaking of its first-ever home -- a two-theater complex on West 52nd Street and 10th Avenue.

Perry's play, "The End of Longing," comes to the MCC Theater after a successful run at the Playhouse Theatre in London. The play, about a group of friends at a bar, will begin previews May 18, 2017, with an opening set for June 5. The limited run production ends June 24.

MCC's Playwright-in-Residence Neil LeBute will also premiere a new play, "All The Ways To Say I Love You." The solo piece, about a high school English teacher recounting her experiences with a favored student, will star two-time Tony winner Judith Light ("Thérèse Raquin"). Previews begin Sept. 6, with an opening set for Sept. 28. The show closes on Oct. 9.

For the third time in its history, MCC Theater will also produce a musical. "Ride the Cyclone," with music and lyrics by Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, tells the story of a catholic high school chamber choir, who tragically die in a Cyclone roller coaster accident. Opening night for the twisted, original musical is set for Dec. 1. Previews begin Nov. 9, with a closing set for Dec. 18.

The season also includes Anna Jordan's play "Yen," which begins previews Feb. 2 ahead of a Feb. 21 opening. The play, about two boys living a childhood without boundaries, is closing March 12.

Subscription packages are now on sale -- including a $30-per-show preview package, in honor of the theater's 30th anniversary.

For more information, visit www.mccctheater.org.

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