Melbourne Theatre Company will present three events as part of MPavilion’s 2018/9 program, including one of New York’s most eminent young theatre directors, Lila Neugebauer, in conversation with MTC Literary Director Chris Mead on Thursday 6 December.

In demand by America’s finest new generation of writers, from Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker to Pulitzer Prize-finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Lila Neugebauer will discuss the commercial pressures of being an artist in New York, and nurturing playwrights in such a public, pressure-cooker environment.

On Thursday 29 November MTC NEXT STAGE commissioned writer Benjamin Law will stage an informal reading of his new comedy-drama Torch the Place, the story of grown-up siblings confronting their mother about her pathological hoarding in the family home, the fire danger it presents, and how maybe they should just, as the title suggests, torch the place.

MTC NEXT STAGE Writer-in-Residence Dan Giovannoni will also present a reading of his latest work The Body on Thursday 13 December. In a small village, a body has fallen through Inga’s roof. This play slowly unpacks this appalling event and its unexpected, moving, and shocking effects.

All events are free and will take place from 6:15-7:45pm at MPavilion, followed by a short Q&A facilitated by Chris Mead. Reservations are not required, and seating will be available on a first come, first served basis

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