Perry makes his playwright and stage acting debut with 'The End of Longing,' opening in June 2017

By Will Robinson
May 10, 2016 at 11:18 PM EDT
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Matthew Perry is bringing his first play to the States. 

MCC Theater announced The End of Longing as the closer of its 30th anniversary season running September to July 2017. Perry’s playwright and stage acting debut will run from June 5, 2017 to June 24, 2017 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, with previews commencing May 18, 2017.

Directed by Lindsay Posner, the bittersweet comedy tracks four flawed people commiserating and trying to find a way toward self-improvement. The ex-Friends star’s play has received mostly negative reception, but that hasn’t stopped wild box office returns during its initial London run. It’s the most successful play in Playhouse Theatre history and has garnered over $2 million in sales. The limited run ends Saturday.

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Also on tap for MCC’s season is All The Ways to Say I Love You, starring Judith Light, which was written by Neil LaBute and directed by Leigh Silverman. The Bruntwood Prize-winning play Yen from Anna Jordan also makes its U.S. debut in early 2017. Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell’s musical Ride The Cyclone bows in New York for the first time.

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