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“Ages of the Moon” Sam Shepard New York Times feature

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY

“AGES OF THE MOON” PLAYWRIGHT

SAM SHEPARD

NEW YORK TIMES FEATURE

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/13/theater/13shepard.html?ref=theater
 

“Those Shepard boys are still tearing down the house… A poignant and honest continuation of themes that have always been present in the work of one of this country’s most important dramatists.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Atlantic Theater Company’s (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) American premiere production of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s AGES OF THE MOON has been extended through Sunday, March 21, 2010 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street).

NEW YORK TIMES

Getting Faster With Age: Sam Shepard’s New Velocity

By Patrick Healy
When Sam Shepard directed the original 1985 Off Broadway production of his play “A Lie of the Mind,” about emotionally scarred young men and the damaged women in their lives, the production ran six hours at first. His latest play, “Ages of the Moon,” about two emotionally scarred men in their 60s (the damaged women remain offstage) lasts about 80 minutes.

Time, in other words, has started slipping away in the Shepard canon, and the playwright could not be more at peace with that.
“I see my older plays as clunky relatives to the ones I’m doing now, to be honest, and I don’t have a great deal of interest in those older plays,” Mr. Shepard, who is also an actor, said in an interview over a late lunch in Manhattan recently. He added, “I’ve come to feel that if I can’t make something happen in under an hour and a half, it’s not going to happen in a compelling way in a three-hour play.”

Mr. Shepard, who won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child,” and is also the author of “True West” and more than 40 other plays, has always been a writer of economy, even when his men of few words take three acts to say them. Now, at 66, he has increasingly delved into punchy, pithy reflection, with “Ages of the Moon” — at the Atlantic Theater Company in Chelsea through March 21 — centered on a pair of friends, Ames and Byron, speaking about loss and regret from the vantage point of later life. It’s easy to imagine Shepard himself on the play’s front porch, staring into the past as the moon begins to rise.

“Ages” is part of a busy, ruminative winter for Mr. Shepard. “A Lie of the Mind” is receiving its first revival Off Broadway, directed by Ethan Hawke and opening on Thursday at the Acorn Theater. Last month Alfred A. Knopf published a new collection of his short stories, poems and narrative sketches, “Day Out of Days,” that developed from dozens of leather-bound notebooks he has carried with him over the years. And soon he will begin filming his latest movie, playing an older Butch Cassidy in “Blackthorn,” a kind of sequel set 15 years after the events of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
Having a new play and a major revival at the same time is an unusual experience for most writers, but it has been a profitable learning moment for Mr. Shepard: an opportunity to reflect on where he has been, and where he is today.
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Directed by Jimmy Fay AGES OF THE MOON stars Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award® and Tony Award® nominee Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me) and Sean McGinley (the film On a Clear Day) reprising roles originated in the world premiere Abbey Theatre production.
 
AGES OF THE MOON began previews January 12 and officially opened January 27, 2010.
The limited engagement was originally scheduled through Sunday, March 7, 2010.

AGES OF THE MOON is a gruffly poignant and darkly funny play. Byron (McGinley) and Ames (Rea) are old friends re-united by mutual desperation. Over bourbon on ice, they sit, reflect and bicker until fifty years of love, friendship and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a gun.

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Atlantic’s “Ages of the the Moon” Extends Through March 21

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY

AMERICAN PREMIERE OF SAM SHEPARD’s

“AGES OF THE MOON”

EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2010

“Those Shepard boys are still tearing down the house… A poignant and honest continuation of themes that have always been present in the work of one of this country’s most important dramatists.”– Ben Brantley, The New York Times

“The dialogue is tangy and twangy, particularly as delivered by two fine actors, Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley…Not only is the talk spot on, so are the silences, which pepper the spasms of conversation.” – Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

“Highly entertaining, thanks to generous doses of sly humor and the wonderful performances by both actors.” – Frank Scheck, New York Post

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce an extension of the American premiere production of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s AGES OF THE MOON through Sunday, March 21, 2010.

Directed by Jimmy Fay and starring Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award® and Tony Award® nominee Stephen Rea (The Crying GameSomeone Who’ll Watch Over Me) and Sean McGinley (the film On a Clear Day) reprising roles originated in the Abbey Theatre production, AGES OF THE MOON began previews January 12 and officially opened January 27, 2010 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street).

The limited engagement was originally scheduled through Sunday, March 7, 2010.

AGES OF THE MOON is a gruffly poignant and darkly funny play. Byron (McGinley) and Ames (Rea) are old friends re-united by mutual desperation. Over bourbon on ice, they sit, reflect and bicker until fifty years of love, friendship and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a gun.

The creative team for AGES OF THE MOON features scenic design by Brien Vahey, costume design by Joan Bergin, lighting design by Paul Keogan and sound design by Phillip Stewart.

AGES OF THE MOON had its critically acclaimed sold out world premiere engagement at Ireland’s famed Abbey Theatre in March 2009 and returned by popular demand for a limited two week engagement in November 2009.

Stephen Rea and Sean McGinley are appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association.  The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

AGES OF THE MOON 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 for main stage productions are $65.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (ticketcentral.com).

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Atlantic’s “Ages” Stars Rea & McGinley, “Gabriel” U.S. Premiere

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES

STEPHEN REA and SEAN MCGINLEY

REPRISE STARRING ROLES IN AMERICAN PREMIERE OF

SAM SHEPARD’s “AGES OF THE MOON”

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AMERICAN PREMIERE OF MOIRA BUFFINI’S “GABRIEL”

FINAL PRODUCTION OF ATLANTIC MAINSTAGE SEASON

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce that Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award® and Tony Award® nominee Stephen Rea (The Crying Game, Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me) and Sean McGinley (the film On a Clear Day) will reprise their starring roles in the American premiere of The Abbey Theatre’s production of Sam Shepard’s AGES OF THE MOON.

The American premiere of Moira Buffini’s award-winning play GABRIEL will mark the final main stage production of Atlantic’s 2009-2010 season at the Linda Gross Theater. Previews will begin in April toward a May 2010 opening. Dates and casting will be announced.

AGES OF THE MOON will begin previews Tuesday, January 12; open Wednesday, January 27; and play a limited engagement through Sunday, March 7, 2010  Off-Broadway at Atlantic’s main stage, The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street).

Pulitzer Prize Award-winning playwright Sam Shepard will make his Atlantic debut with the American premiere of the Abbey Theatre’s production of AGES OF THE MOON following the acclaimed world premiere engagement in Ireland directed by Jimmy Fay. GABRIEL also marks Moira Buffini’s Atlantic debut. Her Olivier Award® nominated play Dinner was produced at the Bay Street Theatre this summer in a production starring Mercedes Ruehl.

AGES OF THE MOON is a gruffly poignant and darkly funny play. Byron (McGinley) and Ames (Rea) are old friends re-united by mutual desperation. Over bourbon on ice, they sit, reflect and bicker until fifty years of love, friendship and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a gun.

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, he’s fluent in both German and English but has no recollection of who he is. Patriot or Nazi…innocent or madman…or does it depend entirely on your point of view? 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.

The 1997 world premiere production of GABRIEL was awarded the UK’s prestigious LWT (London Weekend Television) Plays on Stage Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award.

BIOGRAPHIES

STEPHEN REA achieved international fame and an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe Award® nomination for his performance in Neil Jordan’s film The Crying Game.  Previously, Rea worked with Jordan on Angel (aka Danny Boy), his feature film debut and Company of Wolves. They have since collaborated on the films Interview with a Vampire, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, In Dreams, End of the Affair, Breakfast on Pluto and Ondine. He starred in the world premiere production Ages of the Moon at The Abbey Theatre in Ireland in January and returns to New York after starring in Sam Shepard’s Kicking a Dead Horse at the Public Theater, as well as The Abbey Theater staging. He will star in Sebastian Barry’s play Tales of Ballycumber at The Abbey this fall. Rea was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award® for his performance in Frank McGuiness’ Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me in 1993. Other film: Mike Leigh’s Life is Sweet, Robert Altman’s Pret a Porter, Still Crazy, Guinevere, Bruce Beresford’s Evelyn, Ulysses, Tara Road, V for Vendetta, Spies ,The Reaping, Sisters, Sixty Six and Till Death. Upcoming films include Neil Jordan’s Ondine, Devil’s Mercy and The Heavy. He has starred in numerous theatre productions in Dublin and London’s West End as well as several television productions for the BBC, Channel 4 and HBO. Rea trained at Ireland’s Abbey Theatre School and divided his time in the 1970’s and 1980’s between fringe theatre, major stage productions, television and film.  He also starred in or directed all of the productions of the Field Day Theatre, a group he formed with playwright Brian Friel in 1980.

SEAN MCGINLEY was a member of the Druid Theatre Company from 1977-1989 and appeared at the company in The Glass Menagerie, Loot, Private Dick, The Playboy of the Western World and the Corsican Brothers.  He has become a dominant force on the Irish stage, winning awards for Whistle in the Dark (Abbey and Royal Court Theatres), Much Ado About Nothing (Druid), The Shaurgraun (Abbey Theatre) and The Hackney Office (Druid). He recently starred on television as “Malachy Doyle” in the CBC series “Republic of Doyle.” Other television includes the ITV series “Lewis,” “Gently’s Last Case,” Granada Television’s “The Street” by Jimmy McGovern, “Bleak House,” “Taggart,” “Pure Mule,” “Trial and Retribution VIII,” the BBC series “Waking the Dead IV” and “Pulling Moves” and RTE’s series “On Home Ground,” “The Vice V,” television adaptation of Marian Keyes successful novel “Watermelon,”  “The Hanging Gale,” “Murder Rooms,” “Making the Cut,” “The Ambassador,” “Cold Feet III” and “Midsomer Murders.” Recent film work includes The Running Mate, The Wind that Shakes the Barley directed by Ken Loach, 66 directed by Paul Weiland and On a Clear Day for which he won an Irish Film and Television Best Supporting Actor Award. Other film work includes Braveheart, Michael Collins, The Butcher Boy, The General, Simon Magus, Angela’s Ashes, The Closer You Get, The Claim, Gangs of New York, Dead Bodies, Conspiracy of Silence and Freeze Frame. Upcoming films include Shrooms directed by Paddy Breathnach, A Tiger’s Tale for John Boorman and Closing the Ring for Richard Attenborough. He was born in Donegal and graduated from University College Galway.

MOIRA BUFFINI (Playwright). Theatre includes Dinner (2002), which was commissioned by the National Theatre, nominated for an Olivier Award® for Best New Comedy and has recently enjoyed a revival at the Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbour, New York.  Other theater credits include Loveplay (2001) for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Silence (1999), Birmingham Rep and Plymouth Theatre Royal, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; and Blavatsky’s Tower (Fringe). Jordan was co-written with Anna Reynolds and won Writers’ Guild Award for Best Fringe Play. Most recently Moira wrote Dying For It, a free adaptation of The Suicide by Nickolai Erdman, which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in Spring 2007.  She also wrote A Vampire Story for the National Theatre’s Connections 2007-2008 festival and a new play for the RSC.  Moira has also written a screen adaptation of A Vampire Story for Number 9 Films and her screenplay Dibbuk Box is being developed for Ghost House and Mandate Pictures.  She recently wrote an adaptation of Jane Eyre for BBC and Ruby Films for theatrical release.  Her screen adaptation of Tamara Drewe for Ruby Films will begin shooting in September.

SAM SHEPARD (Playwright). was first produced in New York in 1963 at Theatre Genesis and many times at La MaMa and Café Cino.  Eleven of his plays have won Obie Awards including The Tooth of Crime (1972) and Curse of the Starving Class (1976).  He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his play Buried Child (1979).  The critically acclaimed production of True West, starring Jon Malkovich and Gary Sinise opened Off-Broadway in 1982.  Fool For Love (1982) starring Ed Harris received Obie Awards for Best Play and Direction.  A Lie of the Mind (1985) won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the Outer Critic’s Circle Award for Outstanding New Play.  Simpatico opened at The Royal Court Theatre after its New York premiere at The Public Theater in 1994 and was made into a feature film by Matthew Warchus starring Nick Nolte and Sharon Stone.  A revised Buried Child under the direction of Gary Sinise opened on Broadway in 1996 and was nominated for a Tony Award.  Several new plays opened over the next decade in the United States and in London, most notably The Late Henry Moss and The God of Hell.  Mr. Shepard recently began a fruitful collaboration with The Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland where Ages of the Moon had its world premiere in March, and where Kicking a Dead Horse starring his friend Stephen Rea also premiered. As an actor he is perhaps best known for his roles in Days of Heaven, The Right Stuff and Frances.   His third book, Day Out of Days will be published by Knopf early next year. 

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

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