The Break of Noon

by Neil LaBute
directed by Jo Bonney
originally produced at MCC Theater, New York, NY.
October 28, 2010 through December 12, 2010

Co-production with Geffen Playhouse

About the Premiere Production:

The Break of Noon marks Neil LaBute’s seventh collaboration with MCC Theater as Playwright-in-Residence, following the 2009 Tony Award-nominated Best Play, Reasons to be Pretty. Renowned for his darkly-comic morality plays (The Shape of Things, In a Dark Dark House), he teams up again with longtime collaborator, director Jo Bonney (Some Girl(s), Fat Pig), for this exploration of the daunting, sometimes harrowing process of “finding religion.”

David Duchovny (Californication, The X-Files) will star as John Smith, a man who, amidst the chaos and horror of the worst office shooting in American history, sees the face of God. His modern-day revelation creates a maelstrom of disbelief among everyone he knows. A newcomer to faith, John urgently searches for a modern response to the age-old question: at what cost salvation?

Artistic Statement

From Robert LuPone, Artistic Director, MCC Theater: We are proud to continue our long-term support of Neil LaBute as he stretches himself as an artist and a playwright. Neil has explored themes that challenge him in new areas of personal experience during our collaborations over a significant amount of time, and we believe that in The Break of Noon, this world-respected writer charts new territory in the currently hotly debated issue of man's relationship to a vision of God.

What this grant will allow us to do:

The Edgerton Foundation's commitment to enabling theaters like MCC to give additional time and resources to playwrights like Neil LaBute and the teams of artists who really shape a new work in its world premiere production is incredible. It makes better work, better artists. It has a huge impact not just on our institution or production, but on the whole landscape for new plays.– Blake West, Executive Director, MCC Theater

Director: Jo Bonney
Set Design: Neil Patel
Lighting Design: David Weiner
Sound Design: Darron West
Costume Design: Emilio Sosa
Cast: Featuring: David Duchovny and Amanda Peet

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