Amanda Peet Sets New Play in Intense World of Competitive Tennis

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Directed by Tyne Rafaeli, a reading of 'Our Very Own Carlin McCullough' will take place on Sept. 11.

Amanda Peet is ready to unveil her next play.

Titled Our Very Own Carlin McCullough, the play centers on the titular tennis prodigy who has a chance for greatness, but the adults in her life can’t agree on what it takes to succeed in the intense world of competitive tennis. While her longtime coach and troubled mother grapple with their own pasts and failed ambitions, a dramatic encounter forces Carlin to come to terms with her past and face her future head-on. Tyne Rafaeli will direct the effort, which is part of MCC Theater's PlayLabs reading series and will take place at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre on Sept. 11.

Our Very Own Carlin McCullough is the second play Peet has written. The actress made her playwrighting debut with The Commons of Pensacola, which ran off-Broadway in 2013 and starred Blythe Danner and Sarah Jessica Parker. Peet, who recently starred on IFC's Brockmire and HBO's Togetherness, will next be seen in Matthew Weiner's starry Amazon series The Romanoffs.

The reading series also includes new works by Charise Castro Smith (El Huracan, in which three generations of women grapple with storm preparations and their matriarch's advancing Alzheimer’s disease), Jocelyn Bioh (Happiness and Joe, which revolves around an engaged couple caught in a West African war zone and will be directed by Saheem Ali) and Lily Houghton (Dear, which focuses on three college girls who spar after their friend disappears and pens a paper on female serial killers and is to be directed by Jenna Worsham).