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Atlantic’s Gabriel Extends Through June 20




“A tense tale of wartime intrigue and romance makes for riveting watching at the Atlantic Theater Company, where Moira Buffini’s “Gabriel” opened Thursday night in a taut, superlatively acted production…the sheer polish, narrative dash and dramatic brio of “Gabriel” got my theater-loving juices flowing again pretty quickly.”  – The New York Times

“A thought-provoking drama. Tautly directed by David Esbjornson, Gabriel is a sophisticated drama that presents complex issues, examining the human capacity to cope with unendurable situations.Associated Press

“4 out of 5 Stars. Critics Pick. Moira Buffini’s powerful 1997 drama, only now making its American debut, is a story of moral unsteadiness under duress.
Time Out New York

“Melodrama of a rare order.  Buffini, little known on these shores, has an arsenal of zingers, plot twists and surprises” – Bloomberg News

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce a two week extension of the American premiere production of Olivier Award nominee Moira Buffini’s play GABRIEL, which will now play through Sunday, June 20, 2010 Off Broadway at Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).

The limited engagement, originally scheduled through June 6, 2010, began previews on April 23 before opening to critical acclaim on May 13.

Directed by David Esbjornson (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan), GABRIEL features Patricia Conolly (Broadway’s The Coast of Utopia), Lisa Emery (Off-Broadway’s Distracted), Tony Award® nominee Zach Grenier (Broadway’s 33 Variations), Lee Aaron Rosen (Summer Play Festival’s Wet), Samantha Soule (Broadway’s The Philanthropist) and Libby Woodbridge (Off Broadway debut).

GABRIEL is set around a largely forgotten moment in British history – the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. A naked young man washes up on a Guernsey beach. Unnervingly handsome and fluent in both German and English, he has no recollection of who he is – patriot or Nazi…innocent or madman. GABRIEL explores the heart of memory, identity and imagination, as well as the lies people tell themselves and each other to make the darkness light again.

DAVID ESBJORNSON returns to Atlantic where he staged the New York premiere of Peter Parnell’s play Trumpery. He directed the Tony Award® winning production of Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who is Silvia? and the New York premiere of Israel Horovitz’s My Old Lady, Albee’s The Play About the Baby and the Tony Award® nominated production of The Ride Down Mt. Morgan by Arthur Miller at the Public Theater and on Broadway. He recently directed the acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Hamlet starring Christian Camargo.

MOIRA BUFFINI makes her Atlantic Theater Company and Off-Broadway debut. The 1997 world premiere production of her play Gabriel was awarded the UK’s prestigious London Weekend Television Plays on Stage Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award. Her play Dinner, commissioned by the National Theatre, was nominated for an Olivier Award® for Best New Comedy and was recently staged at The Bay Street Theatre in a production starring Mercedes Ruehl.  Her latest screenplay, an adaptation of the UK comic strip Tamara Drewe, will be directed by Stephen Frears and begin shooting this fall.

Patricia Conolly recently appeared on Broadway in Is He Dead? and at Lincoln Center in The Coast of Utopia trilogy. Obie Award winner Lisa Emery was nominated for a 2009 Lortel Award for her celebrated role in Distracted Off Broadway last season. Zach Grenier was nominated for a 2009 Tony Award® for his performance as Beethoven in 33 Variations on Broadway. Lee Aaron Rosen makes his Off-Broadway debut following appearing in the Fringe Festival production of A Contemporary American’s Guide to a Successful Marriage and in Wet at the Summer Play Festival. Samantha Soule returns to Atlantic after starring in The Voysey Inheritance and most recently appearing on Broadway in The Philanthropist. A recent graduate of Boston University, Libby Woodbridge is making her New York theatrical debut.

The creative team for GABRIEL features scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting design by Scott Zielinski and sound design by Obadiah Eaves.

GABRIEL plays Tuesday through Friday at 8p, Wednesday at 2p, Saturday at 2p and 8p and Sundays at 3p.

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY AT THE LINDA GROSS THEATER is located at 336 West 20th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).  Tickets are $65.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (ticketcentral.com).

For general inquiries and group sales call 212-645-1242.

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