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Atlantic Announces The New York Idea Complete Casting

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY

ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CASTING

THE NEW YORK IDEA

WORLD PREMIERE ADAPTATION

By DAVID AUBURN

From the original play by LANGDON MITCHELL

Directed by MARK BROKAW

WITH

PATRICIA CONOLLY, MICHAEL COUNTRYMAN, FRANCESCA FARIDANY,

MIKAELA FEELY-LEHMANN, RICK HOLMES, JOHN KEATING,

PETER MALONEY, JAIME RAY NEWMAN, PATRICIA O’CONNELL,

JEREMY SHAMOS, JOEY SLOTNICK, TOM PATRICK STEPHENS

AT THE LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE

PERFORMANCES BEGIN JANUARY 6, 2011

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce that Patricia Conolly, Michael Countryman, Francesca Faridany, Mikaela Feely-Lehmann, Rick Holmes, John Keating, Peter Maloney, Jaime Ray Newman, Patricia O’Connell, Jeremy Shamos, Joey Slotnick and Tom Patrick Stephens will star in the world premiere adaptation of THE NEW YORK IDEA by Tony Award® winner David Auburn from the original play by Langdon Mitchell and directed by Mark Brokaw.

Commissioned by Atlantic, the new world premiere adaptation of the 1906 comedy will begin previews Thursday, January 6; officially open Wednesday, January 26; and play a limited engagement through Sunday, February 13, 2011 Off-Broadway at The Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street) while its main stage Linda Gross Theater undergoes renovation.

Cynthia Karslake is a freewheeling young divorcee in 1906 New York City society. She has decided to settle down again into a much more stable, reliable relationship with the prominent Judge Philip Phillimore. Little does she know, however, that neither of their impetuous and unpredictable ex-spouses, nor her beloved race horse Cynthia K is yet down for the count. In this sharp-tongued comedy, David Auburn sheds new light on a little known play from a century ago that offers a surprisingly contemporary look at social mores, status and attitudes about sex and divorce in upper crust New York. Continue reading

Atlantic’s Pinter Double Bill New York Times feature

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY’S

THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA:

TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER

NEW YORK TIMES BEN BRANTLEY FEATURE

Read: http://tinyurl.com/2f5yvky

“What a joy to find actors so at ease with the uneasiness of Harold Pinter. In Karen Kohlhaas’s first-rate productions of Pinter’s “Collection” and “A Kind of Alaska” for the Atlantic Theater Company, five performers quietly send off distress signals with a fluency that leaves you grinning at such stylishly realized discomfort.” – Ben Brantley, New York Times

Atlantic Theater Company’s critically acclaimed double bill, THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA: TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER, is featured in today’s New York Times with theater critic Ben Brantley’s appreciation on mastering the language of the Tony Award and Nobel Prize winning playwright.

NEW YORK TIMES – Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lingua Dramatica: Interpreting the Playwright’s Tongue

By Ben Brantley

Watching the Atlantic Theater Company’s exquisite productions of “The Collection” and “A Kind of Alaska,” two short plays by Harold Pinter, I almost forgot that the cast was speaking in a foreign language. Technically, of course, Pinter wrote in English. But as is true of most great dramatists, his syntax, locutions, rhythms and silences make up a sui generis grammar. To navigate the treacherous, autonomous nation that is Pinterland requires a thorough command of this exotic tongue. Continue reading

Atlantic’s Pinter Double Bill New York Times review

Atlantic Theater Company’s first main stage production of its season, THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA: TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER opened last night to critical acclaim. Read Ben Brantley’s New York Times review.

THE NEW YORK TIMES – November 23, 2010

Essence of Pinterland, a Terrain Both Warm and Flecked With Ice

By Ben Brantley

What a joy to find actors so at ease with the uneasiness of Harold Pinter. In Karen Kohlhaas’s first-rate productions of Pinter’s “Collection” and “A Kind of Alaska” for the Atlantic Theater Company, five performers quietly send off distress signals with a fluency that leaves you grinning at such stylishly realized discomfort.

Well, that’s true at least with “The Collection,” the top of the double bill that opened Monday night at the Classic Stage Company on 13th Street in the East Village. Watching “A Kind of Alaska,” in which Lisa Emery gives one of the most affectingly detailed performances now on a New York stage, you’re more likely to be next to tears. In both cases you’ll marvel anew at the unexpected, concentrated forms of self-expression that a Pinter play affords the right cast. Continue reading

Atlantic Announces Complete Casting – The Collection & A Kind of Alaska: Two Plays by Harold Pinter

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY

ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CASTING

THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA:

TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER

directed by KAREN KOHLHAAS

WITH

LARRY BRYGGMAN, LISA EMERY, REBECCA HENDERSON,

MATT McGRATH, DARREN PETTIE

AT CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY

PERFORMANCES BEGIN NOVEMBER 3, 2010

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce that Atlantic Theater Company members Larry Bryggman and Matt McGrath and guest artists Lisa Emery, Rebecca Henderson and Darren Pettie will star in its first main stage production of the 2010-2011 season, THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA: TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER, directed by Atlantic founding member Karen Kohlhaas.

THE COLLECTION AND A KIND OF ALASKA will begin previews Wednesday, November 3; officially open Monday, November 22; and play a limited engagement through Sunday, December 12 Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company (136 East 13th Street) while its main stage Linda Gross Theater undergoes renovation.

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BBB Fall Preview: Bottom of the World

The company of "Bottom of the World"

The 2010-2011 Atlantic season begins at Atlantic Stage 2, the company’s state-of-the-art second stage, with the world premiere of Lucy Thurber’s BOTTOM OF THE WORLD, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Heartbroken over the sudden death of her sister Kate, Abby delves into the world of Kate’s final novel to deal with her grief and somehow move on. As the lines blur between the fictional world and her own reality, Abby attempts to make sense of life and death in this funny and poignant play.

 Previews September 3, 2010 / Opens September 14, 2010

Limited engagement through October 3, 2010

Atlantic Theater Company Stage 2 (330 West 16 Street)

Atlantic Announces Thurber’s “Bottom of the World”

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY

ANNOUNCES COMPLETE CASTING FOR

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF 

BOTTOM OF THE WORLD

by LUCY THURBER

directed by CAITRIONA MC LAUGHLIN

WITH

CRYSTAL A. DICKINSON, BRANDON J. DIRDEN, AUBREY DOLLAR,

BRENDAN GRIFFIN, KRISTIN GRIFFITH, JESSICA LOVE,

PETER MALONEY, K.K. MOGGIE

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce that Crystal A. Dickinson, Brandon J. Dirden, Aubrey Dollar, Brendan Griffin, Kristin Griffith, Jessica Love, Peter Maloney and K.K. Moggie will star in the world premiere of Lucy Thurber’s play BOTTOM OF THE WORLD directed by Caitriona McLaughlin

BOTTOM OF THE WORLD will begin previews Thursday, September 3; officially open Tuesday, September 14; and play a limited engagement through Sunday, October 3 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 Street).

Heartbroken over the sudden death of her sister Kate (Love), Abby (Dickinson) delves into the world of Kate’s final novel to deal with her grief and somehow move on. As the lines blur between the fictional world and her own reality, Abby attempts to make sense of life and death in this funny and poignant play.

Playwright Lucy Thurber returns to Atlantic following the critically acclaimed world premiere production of her play Scarcity. She recently worked with director Caitriona McLaughlin last season on the revival of her play Killlers and Other Family. Her other plays include Where We’re Born, Ashville, Stay, Monstrosity and Dillingham City.

Irish director Caitriona McLaughlin makes her Atlantic debut. She most recently staged David Duggan’s the Blackbird Sings at Ireland’s Playhouse Derry followed by the 2010 Irish Tour, and Lucy Thurber’s Killers and other Family Off Broadway.

Crystal A. Dickinson most recently appeared in the hit play Clybourne Park Off Broadway. Brandon J. Dirden has appeared in the Broadway productions of Enron and Prelude to a Kiss. Aubrey Dollar was recently seen in the ABC series “Women’s Murder Club” and starred on the Fox drama “Point Pleasant.”  Brendan Griffin starred in Clybourne Park Off Broadway last season. Kristin Griffith last appeared at Atlantic in the 10X20 anniversary one act play festival and recently in Ernest in Love at the Irish Repertory Theatre. Jessica Love makes her Off Broadway debut following graduating from Julliard’s acting program. Peter Maloney has appeared in fourteen Atlantic productions including the recent world premiere of Trumpery and the acclaimed production of David Mamet’s adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance. K.K. Moggie was a series regular on NBC’s “Mercy” and appeared Off-Broadway in Grace starring Lyn Redgrave.

The creative team for BOTTOM OF THE WORLD will feature scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Emily Rebholz, lighting design by Matthew Richards, sound design by Robert Kaplowitz and movement consultation by Kelly Maurer.

BOTTOM OF THE WORLD was developed at the Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival in 2009.

Atlantic’s Stage 2 programming and new play development activities are made possible, in part, by the leadership support of Time Warner, Inc. 

Stage 2 programs are also supported by the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the John Golden Fund, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation as well as public funds from the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts which is celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.

BIOGRAPHIES

CRYSTAL A. DICKINSON (Abigail). Off Broadway: Clybourne Park (Playwrights Horizons), Broke-ology (Lincoln Center), Ruined (Manhattan Theatre Club), The First Breeze of Summer (Signature Theatre Company), Sun Down Names and Night Gone Things (Negro Ensemble Company)Regional:  Baltimore Centerstage, The Alliance, 7 Stages, Georgia Shakespeare, Illinois Shakespeare, Synchronicity, Theatre-in-the-Square. Television: “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” Education:  MFA University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, London Academy for Music and Dramatic Art, Member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab.

BRANDON J. DIRDEN (Ely). Broadway: ENRON (dir. Rupert Goold), Prelude To A Kiss (Roundabout Theatre Company, dir. Daniel Sullivan).  Off-Broadway: The First Breeze of Summer and Day of Absence (Signature Theatre). Regional:  Magnolia (Goodman Theatre); Fences (Huntington Theatre and South Coast Repetory); Topdog/Underdog (Playmakers Repertory Company); Ceremonies in Dark Old Men (True Colors Theatre) Othello, Twelfth Night, Metamorphoses, Comedy of Errors, and others (Georgia Shakespeare Festival); A Death in the House…, A Christmas Carol, and The Breach (Alliance Theatre); Take Me Out (Theatre in the Square); Come On in My Kitchen (7 Stages); Miss Dessa (Ensemble Theater); Joe Turner’s Come and Gone (Alley Theater); Harvey (Utah Shakespeare Festival); and Julius Caesar and As You Like It (North Carolina Shakespeare Festival). Training: B.A., Morehouse College and  M.F.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

AUBREY DOLLAR (Susan/Dana) recently played journalist “Cindy Thomas” in ABC’s drama “Women’s Murder Club” based on the successful series of James Patterson novels. Feature film credits include Hard Luck, Stepping Up and Failure to Launch with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. Aubrey starred in the Fox drama “Point Pleasant” and created the role of Marina Cooper on CBS’s daytime drama “Guiding Light.” Stage credits include The Mistakes Madeline Made at the Yale Repertory, Juvenilia by Wendy McCloud for Playwrights Horizons as well as many productions at Boston University.

BRENDAN GRIFFIN (Josh). Off-Broadway: Clybourne Park (Playwright’s Horizons). Regional: Back Back Back, Cyrano de Bergerac, Coriolanus (The Old Globe Theatre), Clouds (Dog and Pony Theatre Company). Film: Taking Chance, The Nanny Diaries. Television: “The Good Wife,” “Generation Kill,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “One Life To Live,” “Guiding Light”. Proud graduate of Kenyon College with a B.A. in Drama and a founding member of Chicago’s Dog & Pony Theatre Co. Member of AEA.

KRISTIN GRIFFITH (Louise/Christine) previously appeared at Atlantic in Jody’s Mother (10×20) directed by Neil Pepe. Recent work includes Ernest in Love, Director Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly’s production of Ibsen’s The Master Builder with James Naughton at the Irish Repertory Theater and her critically acclaimed performance as Richard Nixon’s secretary “Rose Mary Woods” in Susan Bernfield’s Stretch (A Fantasia) directed by Emma Griffin. Ms. Griffith made her Broadway debut in A Texas Trilogy and has appeared in plays at the WPA, Hudson Guild, The Women’s Project, MTC, The Promenade, UBU, The Roundabout, The Lambs, The Mint, and Atlantic Theater among others. A member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, she has appeared in 14 “Marathons” in the works of Frank Gilroy, Joyce Carol Oates, Peter Maloney, David Mamet, Edward Allen Baker, and Paul Austin. She has performed at regional theaters across the country and at The Shaw Festival in Canada. Feature films include Woody Allen’s Interiors, Steven Soderbergh’s King of the Hill and James Ivory’s The Europeans. On TV she has guest-starred in the series “Law & Order” (and its franchises “SVU” & “CI”), “New Amsterdam,” “Ed,” “Wonderland” and “Third Watch.”  TV movie appearances include “Rose Hill” (w/ Jennifer Garner), “The Long Way Home” (w/ Jack Lemmon), “Gregory K: A Place to Be” and “Flesh and Blood” (w/ Denzel Washington and John Cassavetes).

JESSICA LOVE (Kate) graduated last year from Juilliard’s acting program. She has appeared in the world premiers of Rogelio Martinez’s When Tang Met Laika (The Denver Center), Kay Maschulat’s Don’t Fuck With Love (The Redbull Theater), Adam Symkowitz’s Incendiary (The Juilliard School) and Daniel Morgan Kelly’s The Conveniences of Modern Living (Fringe 2010). Jessica is also an illustrator and animator. www.Jessicalove.org.

PETER MALONEY (Marshall/Paul) most recently appeared at Atlantic in the world premiere of Peter Parnell’s play Trumpery and the acclaimed production of David Mamet’s adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance. He recently appeared on Broadway as “Doc” in the current revival of West Side Story. At Atlantic he has also been seen in 10 x 20 (Leavings), The Room, The Cherry Orchard, Hobson’s Choice, The Water Engine, Mr. Happiness, The Duck Variations, Down the Shore and The Dadshuttle. Broadway: Arcadia, Carousel, Six Degrees of Separation, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Dinner at Eight and Our Town (Lincoln Center Theater), Judgment at Nuremberg, Stanley, Poor Murderer, Hughie. For four years he was a member of Joseph Chaikin’s Open Theater, appearing here and in Europe in The Serpent, Terminal and Endgame in which he played Clov to Mr. Chaikin’s Hamm. Film: 47 films, including K-Pax, Boiler Room, Requiem for a Dream, The Crucible, Washington Square. Television: Fans of “Rescue Me” will recognize him as “Uncle Red.” Writer: his latest play Witness, (part of his Abu Ghraib Triptych), was just published by Applause Books in the collection Best American Short Plays. He is also published by Samuel French, Inc., Broadway Play Publishing, and Faber and Faber. Member: The Actors Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre. Mr. Maloney is a Fox Foundation Fellow.

K.K. MOGGIE (Gina/Sally).Theatre credits include: The Bereaved (Partial Comfort), Grace (MCC), Richard III (CSC), A Peddlers Tale (Women’s Project),The Proust Project (CSC Monday Nights), The Tempest (CSC Monday Night Tempest), Fetes de la Nuit, Love: A Tragic Etude, Metamorphosis from Ted Hughes’ Tales from Ovid, Cleansed, Uncle Vanya, The Vagina Monologues, Our Country’s Good, Agamemnon. Film and TV: NBC’s “Mercy,” MTV’s “Gamekillers,” Anna and the King, The Sleeping Dictionary. Training: Columbia University M.F.A acting program.

LUCY THURBER (Playwright) is the author of eight plays: Where We’re Born, Ashville, Scarcity, Killers and Other Family, Stay, Bottom of The World, Monstrosity and Dillingham City. The Atlantic Theater Company opened its 2007/08 season with Scarcity, and developed Bottom of the World at Perry-Mansfield in 2009. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has produced three of her plays, Where We’re Born, Killers and Other Family and Stay, and produced a critically acclaimed revival of Killlers and Other Family in 2009, directed by Caitriona McLaughlin. Lucy has twice collaborated with the director Lear DeBessonet , both on Quixote, a site-specific performance with the Psalters made for and with The Broad Street Community in Philadelphia, and also on her play Monstrosity for 13P. Scarcity was published in the December 2007 issue of American Theatre, and acting editions of her work are published by Dramatists Play Service. A member of New Dramatists, 13P, MCC Playwrights Coalition and the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group at Primary Stages, she was also the recipient of the 2000-01 Manhattan Theatre Club Playwriting Fellowship. She has been commissioned by Playwrights Horizons, The Contemporary American Theatre Festival, and is developing a new musical with Bigheart productions, Lear DeBessonet and The Citizen’s Band.  Lucy currently teaches writing at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.

CAITRIONA MC LAUGHLIN (Director) is an Irish theatre director currently based in London. Recent productions include Still, the Blackbird Sings by Dave Duggan (Playhouse Derry and Irish Tour, 2010), Killers and other Family by Lucy Thurber (Rattlestick Theatre), The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar (Farquhar festival, Blue Eagle Theatre Company). Previous directing work includes The New Statesman (Ambassadors Theatre Group and No.1 Tour), Shadowbox (Southwark Playhouse), Masks and Faces, Frank Pig Says Hello, Allports Revenge and Lullabies of Broadmoor (The Finborough Theatre) and Roman Nights, Modern Man and Pete n Me (The New End Theatre, London).  Caitriona was awarded a Clore Fellowship in 2007 and spent time on secondment at The Royal Court Theatre in London before becoming Associate Director of The Playground Studio in London.

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is the award winning Off-Broadway theater company dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of the play and the intent of the playwright are at the core of the creative process. Atlantic maintains an ensemble of acclaimed actors, writers and directors including Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and director David Mamet and Academy Award® nominated actor William H. Macy who founded Atlantic twenty five years ago in 1985. 

Atlantic and Neil Pepe were awarded a 2009 Drama Desk Award last season for “exceptional craftsmanship, dedication to excellence and productions that engage, inspire and enlighten.” In 2006, Atlantic was awarded the Lucille Lortel Prize for Outstanding Body of Work  as its critically acclaimed production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant Of Inishmore transferred to Broadway, where it was nominated for five 2006 Tony Awards® including Best Play.

Atlantic’s acclaimed world premiere production of its first musical Spring Awakening, with music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater and direction by Michael Mayer, won 8 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.

Last season, Atlantic and Druid’s critically acclaimed production of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan, directed by Tony Award® winner Garry Hynes, was extended three times and received four 2009 Lucille Lortel Award nominations including Outstanding Revival, three Outer Critics Circle Award nominations including Outstanding Revival, a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Revival, and was awarded a 2009 Lortel for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

Since its inception, Atlantic has produced over 125 productions including the Tony Award® winning play The Beauty Queen of Leenane, the world premieres of Academy Award® winner Ethan Coen’s comedies Almost an Evening and Offices,  Woody Allen’s A Second Hand Memory and Writer’s Block, David Mamet’s Romance and his adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance, the musicals Spring Awakening and 10 Million Miles, Conor McPherson’s Port Authority, Peter Parnell’s Trumpery, Lucy Thurber’s Scarcity, Annie Baker’s Body Awareness, Beau Willimon’s Farragut North, Bekah Brunstetter’s Oohrah!, David Pittu’s What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling, Leslie Ayvazian’s Make Me, Tom Donaghy’s Minutes From The Blue Route, Edwin Sanchez’s Trafficking in Broken Hearts, the American premieres of Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange, Conor McPherson’s Dublin Carol, Jez Butterworth’s The Night Heron, the New York premieres of David Mamet’s Keep Your Pantheon and School, Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song and Mojo, Rolin Jones’ The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and Peter Parnell’s The Cider House Rules as well as revivals of David Mamet’s American Buffalo and Edmond, Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse and the double bill of Celebration and The Room and Harold Brighouse’s Hobson’s Choice.  

BOTTOM OF THE WORLD will play Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30p and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm. There will be an added 7:00pm performance on Sunday, September 5.

All tickets are $45 and will be available beginning Monday, April 12, 2010 by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (ticketcentral.com) or in person at the ATLANTIC STAGE 2 box office located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). 

Purchase an “All -In-One Membership” and see every main stage and Atlantic Stage 2 production for $195 (plus an $8 service charge). 

For general inquiries and/or group sales for both the main stage Linda Gross Theater

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

www.atlantictheater.org

Atlantic Announces LATINO MIXFEST – August 12-14

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES

“LATINO MIXFEST”

FREE READING PLAY FESTIVAL

AUGUST 12 – 14, 2010

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce LATINO MIXFEST, a new series of free readings presented Thursday, August 12 – Saturday, August 14 at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 Street).

Atlantic will showcase playwrights from across the country with boldly adventurous new plays that join writers, directors, and actors from different cultural backgrounds while focusing on works from the new generation of Latino writers coming out of the American theater today.

Atlantic Theater Company’s Artistic Leadership Associate Jaime Castaneda, organizer of the new festival, said:  “We wanted to mash-up new artists and allow the time and resources for these plays to take off.  This festival will highlight a handful of Latino writers doing refreshing and provocative work.  These young writers, all under the age of 35, are tackling stories with new takes on identity and multiculturalism.”

LATINO MIXFEST is made possible, in part, through the leadership support of Time Warner Inc.

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Atlantic Theater Company Announces 25th Anniversary Season

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES 25th ANNIVERSARY 2010-2011 SEASON PRODUCTIONS

PREMIERE PRODUCTIONS FROM DAVID AUBURN, ETHAN COEN,

LUCY THURBER

TWO HAROLD PINTER PLAYS

25th ANNIVERSARY ONE ACT FESTIVAL REUNITES ATLANTIC ALUMNI

AT ATLANTIC STAGE 2

WORLD PREMIERE

BOTTOM OF THE WORLD

BY LUCY THURBER

DIRECTED BY CAITRIONA MC LAUGHLIN

September 3, 2010 – October 3, 2010

OPENS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2010

AT CLASSIC STAGE COMPANY

THE COLLECTION & A KIND OF ALASKA:

TWO PLAYS BY HAROLD PINTER

BY HAROLD PINTER

November 3, 2010 – December 12, 2010

OPENS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2010

AT LUCILLE LORTEL THEATRE

WORLD PREMIERE ADAPTATION

THE NEW YORK IDEA

Adapted by DAVID AUBURN from the original play by LANGDON MITCHELL

January 6, 2011 – February 13, 2011

OPENS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2011

CO-PRODUCTION WITH ST. ANN’S WAREHOUSE

WORLD PREMIERE

FOUR PICKUPS

BY ETHAN COEN

DIRECTED BY NEIL PEPE

APRIL / MAY 2011

ATLANTIC STAGE 2

10X25 ONE-ACT FESTIVAL

May 18, 2011 – June 26, 2011

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce its 25th Anniversary season productions. The 2010-2011 season will feature world premieres from Academy Award® winner Ethan Coen, Pulitzer and Tony Award® winner David Auburn, Lucy Thurber, a return to the work of Tony Award® and Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter and a 25th anniversary one-act festival that will reunite a who’s who of Atlantic alumni playwrights, directors and actors.

As Atlantic prepares for its next 25 years and beyond with a first time ever renovation of its main stage home at the Linda Gross Theater, its 2010-2011 productions will be performed at satellite Off-Broadway stages including Classic Stage Company, The Lucille Lortel Theatre and at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.

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Dusk Rings a Bell’s Kate Walsh on “Jimmy Fallon” – Watch Online Now

WATCH ONLINE NOW

 

 “DUSK RINGS A BELL” STAR

 

KATE WALSH

 

 ON “LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON”

 

CLICK TO VIEW:

http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/episodes/#vid=1234899

 

“Kate Walsh is a gifted stage actress. She delivers a stunningly nuanced portrait of a woman who comes to realize that some things like the notion of emotion defy communication.” – NY-1 News

 

 

Television star Kate Walsh (“Private Practice,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), now making her Off- Broadway debut in Stephen Belber’s world premiere play DUSK RINGS A BELL at Atlantic Theater Company appeared on NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” this week.

 

Now watch the full interview segment online: http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/episodes/#vid=1234899

Click Kate Walsh photo under video player screen labeled “Chapter 3”

 

Directed by Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation) and co-starring Paul Sparks (Broadway’s Hedda Gabler, HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), DUSK RINGS A BELL began previews May 19, officially opened May 27 and has been extended through Saturday evening, June 26 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 Street).

 

Molly and Ray unexpectedly meet 25 years after a one-afternoon adolescent fling. She has a successful media career; he owns a small landscaping business. Both begin to romanticize their chance reunion, but a renewed connection is disrupted when Ray discloses the details of a crime that left him incarcerated for ten years. Their encounter reveals two vastly different paths taken and two lonely souls attempting to reclaim a moment of possibility, when they were young and perhaps at their very best.

 

KATE WALSH studied English Literature at the University of Arizona, trained at the Piven Theatre Workshop and The Oxford School of Drama, and appeared in The Tooth of Crime and Beauty and the Beast. She then starred in multiple theatre productions in Chicago, including Happy Birthday, Wanda June, The Danube, Moon Under Miami and Troilus and Cressida, A Pinter Landscape, Flesh and Blood and the critically-acclaimed Born Guilty. In New York, Walsh was a member of the improvisational comedy troupe Burn Manhattan and The New York City Players theatre ensemble. Other theatre credits include The Four Twins at the Ontological Theatre, and the world premiere of Rich Maxwell’s Flight Courier Service. In Los Angeles, Walsh was in Orlando at The Actors Gang, and still performs at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre and Improv Olympic. She currently stars as “Dr. Addison Montgomery” on the ABC drama “Private Practice,” following three seasons on the award-winning hit series “Grey’s Anatomy.” On the big screen, Walsh was most recently seen in the supernatural thriller Legion opposite Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid, and has completed production on the independent film Waska.

 

DUSK RINGS A BELL plays Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30p and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm.There will be a Wednesday matinee at 2:30pm on June 23.

 

All non-member tickets are $50 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (ticketcentral.com) or in person at ATLANTIC STAGE 2’s box office located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). 

 

For general inquiries and group sales for both the main stage Linda Gross Theater

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

 

www.atlantictheater.org

 

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Dusk Rings a Bell Star Paul Sparks New York Times feature

“DUSK RINGS A BELL” STAR

 

PAUL SPARKS

 

NEW YORK TIMES “ARTS & LEISURE” FEATURE

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/theater/20sparks.html

 

“Paul Sparks’ halting, haunted performance perfectly captures Ray, a man who can’t quite explain his past.” – New York Times

 

“Sparks’ wonderfully low-keyed natural performance proves yet again why he’s one of New York’s most brilliant and underrated actors.” – NY-1 News

 

 

Paul Sparks, now starring in Stephen Belber’s world premiere play DUSK RINGS A BELL, is profiled with a New York Times “Arts & Leisure” feature this week.

 

Directed by Sam Gold (Circle Mirror Transformation) and co-starring Kate Walsh (“Private Practice,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), DUSK RINGS A BELL plays through Saturday, June 26 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 Street).

 

NEW YORK TIMES – June 20, 2010

 

Embracing a Tragic Masculinity

By David Rooney

Since he first gained attention on a New York stage 10 years ago, as a neo-Nazi on death row in “Coyote on a Fence,” Paul Sparks has played manic addicts, antisocial misfits, bitter philanderers and other casualties of mismanaged existence.

More by accident than by design, he has specialized in men who have sabotaged their lives with bad decisions and reprehensible behavior, their innate intelligence usually making their self-inflicted wounds cut deeper.

The surprise, when meeting Mr. Sparks, 38, is how unlike his bruised, brooding characters he seems. Mild mannered and deferential almost to the point of shyness, he shows no trace of the vanity that often comes with being an actor, nor of the destructive personalities he has played so well.

“To me it’s hilarious because I grew up so normal,” Mr. Sparks said, reflecting on the roles he has played. “I’m from a small town in Oklahoma. My father was a football coach, and my mother was a schoolteacher. I had no drug problem. My parents didn’t hit me. None of that stuff.”

In the plays of Adam Rapp, a friend with whom he has often worked, Mr. Sparks might ingest nothing but Cheez Doodles and pharmaceuticals. In person he politely explains that he’s a Type 1 diabetic while giving himself an insulin shot and then sipping a bowl of vichyssoise at the theater district restaurant Angus McIndoe.

His characters have traveled the rocky byways of contemporary masculinity mapped by a whole crew of white, male, 40-something American playwrights, among them Mr. Rapp; Craig Wright, another close friend; and Tracy Letts. The latest to join that list is Stephen Belber, whose two-character play, “Dusk Rings a Bell,” has garnered Mr. Sparks the kind of ecstatic reviews for which many actors wait their entire careers.

“I think there’s a group of us playwrights that have been onto Paul for a while,” Mr. Belber said, adding that he had wanted to work with Mr. Sparks since seeing him perform at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in West Virginia almost a decade ago. “He’s kind of the anti-acting actor, which I’m a big fan of, when you’re not aware of someone acting. Paul listens to the essence of the character in a way that I rarely have come across.”

That process is most intriguing to Mr. Sparks when he is playing conflicted men. “The characters I’ve played that I like the most are people that have a lot of obstacles,” he said. “They have a lot of bad things going on. They’re seeking to do something good amidst all the detritus around them, and they’re aware of how badly they’ve screwed it up. That kind of self-awareness is tragic.”

Such painful introspection applies in particular to Ray in “Dusk Rings a Bell,” who is both an extension of Mr. Sparks’s gallery of problem portraits and a departure into more penetrating emotional territory.

A summer-house caretaker mowing lawns in a quiet Delaware beach town, Ray spent 10 years in prison for his bystander role in a hate crime, and he continues to carry images of that violence with him every day. In Mr. Sparks’s soft-spoken performance, Ray lives in a melancholy limbo between searching for redemption and being reconciled to its impossibility.

The play co-stars Kate Walsh, of the ABC dramas “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice,” as Molly, an emotionally unfulfilled CNN executive who has a chance encounter with Ray 25 years after they shared a kiss on a lifeguard stand.

That setup might sound closer to another Sparks — the popular novelist Nicholas Sparks, who is no relation to the actor — but the intimate duet orchestrated by Mr. Belber and Sam Gold, who directed the production at Atlantic Stage 2 in Chelsea, is no syrupy affair.

A significant part of the play’s complexity comes from the subtlety and thoughtfulness of Mr. Sparks’s performance, and from the natural chemistry between him and Ms. Walsh as two people reaching for an unlikely shot at love. She’s compulsively verbal and physical; he’s taciturn and largely passive. Yet in a performance built around watching, listening and contemplating, Mr. Sparks injects laconic Ray with sly touches of prickly humor.

Simultaneously awkward and self-possessed, he has the sleepy delivery and needling cynicism of Bill Murray and the haunted intensity of Daniel Craig. Groundedness, heart, humanity and vulnerability are among the characteristics Ms. Walsh said he brings to the part. Mr. Belber adds genuineness to that list.

“He’s incredibly humble and absolutely honest,” Ms. Walsh said in a phone interview. “There’s never a false note.

“The piece itself is so exposing. The only thing either of us has is our clothes. So we have our pockets, and we have each other. From Day 1 Paul was just so present and available. It’s an odd piece, and if you don’t have someone that’s completely available to you, it would be a disaster.”

READ THE REST OF THE FEATURE:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/20/theater/20sparks.html

 

Stage Scenes: Paul Sparks

Photos from some of the actor’s past stage performances

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2010/06/20/theater/20100620-sparks.html?ref=theater

 

Molly and Ray unexpectedly meet 25 years after a one-afternoon adolescent fling. She has a successful media career; he owns a small landscaping business. Both begin to romanticize their chance reunion, but a renewed connection is disrupted when Ray discloses the details of a crime that left him incarcerated for ten years. Their encounter reveals two vastly different paths taken and two lonely souls attempting to reclaim a moment of possibility, when they were young and perhaps at their very best.

 

DUSK RINGS A BELL plays Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30p and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm.There will be a Wednesday matinee at 2:30pm on June 23.

 

All non-member tickets are $50 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (ticketcentral.com) or in person at ATLANTIC STAGE 2’s box office located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). 

 

For general inquiries and group sales for both the main stage Linda Gross Theater and Atlantic Stage 2, call 212-645-1242.

 

www.atlantictheater.org

 

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