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Atlantic’s Harold Pinter Double Bill Extended Through 12/19

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY’S

THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA:

TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER

EXTENDED BEFORE OPENING

NOW THROUGH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2010

(l-r) Matt McGrath, Darren Pettie, Rebecca Henderson, Larry Bryggman, Lisa Emery and director Karen Kohlhaas in rehearsal for Atlantic Theater Company’s THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA: TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER. Previews November 3, opens November 22 at Classic Stage Company (136 East 13th Street). Photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia.

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director)’s first main stage production of its 2010-2011 season, THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA: TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER has been extended in advance of officially opening later this month. The limited engagement will now play through Sunday, December 19 2010.

Directed by Atlantic founding member Karen Kohlhaas and starring Atlantic Theater Company members Larry Bryggman and Matt McGrath and guest artists Lisa Emery, Rebecca Henderson and Darren Pettie, the Pinter double bill began previews November 3 and will open Monday, November 22 Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company (136 East 13th Street).

Atlantic returns to the work of Tony Award® and Nobel Prize winning playwright Harold Pinter, (the first major production of his work to be done in NYC since his death in 2008) following its critically hailed 2005 production of his first and last plays The Room and Celebration.  Here again, the plays are separated chronologically by many years; both, however, are steeped in the author’s signature humor, mystery and psychological tension. In The Collection (1961), a 4:00am phone call and a surprise visitor set off a series of conversations about potential infidelities among two couples. And a middle-aged woman who has been asleep in a hospital room awakens after thirty years and must reorient herself to a greatly changed world in A Kind of Alaska (1982), which was inspired by the work of Oliver Sacks in his seminal book, Awakenings.

Director Karen Kohlhaas is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company who returns to staging the work of Harold Pinter following her acclaimed production of The Hothouse  at Atlantic.  Karen most recently directed the world premiere of Annie Baker’s Body Awareness at Atlantic. She also recently staged Clare Bayley’s At Sea for Cambridge UK’s Menagerie Theatre and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother by Kate Moira Ryan starring Judy Gold at the Montreal Comedy Festival, Ars Nova, Off-Broadway at the St. Luke’s Theatre, and national tour.

Larry Brygmann returns to Atlantic following appearing in Tom Donaghy’s world premiere adaptation of The Cherry Orchard and his critically acclaimed performance in the world premiere of David Mamet’s comedy Romance. Lisa Emery returns to Atlantic following starring in the American premiere of Moira Buffini’s Gabriel. Rebecca Henderson was most recently seen Off-Broadway in Sheila Callaghan’s Roadkill Confidential. Matt McGrath starred in the musical The Black Rider at Center Theater Group’s Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles, the Barbican Theatre in London, San Francisco’s ACT and in Sydney, Australia; and also starred on Broadway in Cabaret as “The Emcee.” Darren Pettie has appeared at Atlantic in Hobson’s Choice on Broadway in Butley and Off-Broadway in This and in Dedication or The Stuff of Dreams.

The creative team for THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA: TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER features scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by Obadiah Eaves.

THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA plays Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, with Wednesday and Saturday performances at 2pm and Sunday performances at 3pm.

There will be a 7pm performance on Sunday November 7. No performance on Thursday November 25 (Thanksgiving). No matinee on Wednesday December 1.

All tickets are $65 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (ticketcentral.com), in person at the Ticket Central box office or in person at the ATLANTIC STAGE 2 box office located at 330 West 16th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues).

Atlantic Memberships are still available. Memberships start at just $65 and allow members to purchase tickets to all main stage productions for over 40% off the regular ticket price at only $35 each.

For general inquiries and/or group sales for both the main Atlantic Theater Company

and Atlantic Stage 2, call 212-645-1242.

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