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Atlantic Announces Belber’s “Dusk Rings a Bell” – World Premiere 5/19

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

DUSK RINGS A BELL

by STEPHEN BELBER
directed by SAM GOLD

Previews begin Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Opening Thursday, May 27, 2010
Limited engagement through Sunday, June 20, 2010
 
Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce the final Stage 2 production of its 2009-2010 season – the world premiere of Stephen Belber’s play DUSK RINGS A BELL, directed by Sam Gold. Casting and design team will be announced.

DUSK RINGS A BELL will begin previews Wednesday, May 19; officially open Thursday, May 27; and play a limited engagement through Sunday, June 20 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 reveals the sordid 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.

Playwright and screenwriter Stephen Belber makes his Atlantic debut with the world premiere of Dusk Rings a Bell. He has been represented on Broadway with the world premiere of his play Match starring Frank Langella. His hit Off-Broadway play Tape has been produced in New York, Australia, Germany, Canada, Greece and Japan and was made into a feature film starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

Sam Gold also makes his Atlantic debut. He most recently directed Annie Baker’s play Circle Mirror Transformation Off-Broadway and will direct her new play The Aliens this spring. He is a recipient of a Princess Grace Award, a Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, and is a Wooster Group Associate Artist, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect.   

The American premiere production of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard’s Ages of the Moon, directed by Jimmy Fay, has been extended through Sunday, March 21, 2010 at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street).

STEPHEN BELBER. As a playwright, Belber’s work has been produced on Broadway and in over 25 countries.  Plays include Match (Tony Award® nomination for Frank Langella);  Tape (Naked Angels NY/LA/London); McReele (Roundabout);  A Small, Melodramatic Story (Labyrinth);  Geometry of Fire, (Rattlestick);  Fault Lines (Cherry Lane);  One Million Butterflies (Primary Stages), and Carol Mulroney (Huntington Theater Company). He was an Associate Writer on The Laramie Project (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), and co-writer on the more recent Laramie Project Epilogue.  Movies include Tape, directed by Richard Linklater, The Laramie Project (Associate Writer/Emmy Nomination for screenwriting),  Drifting Elegant and Management, which he also directed, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn.  He is currently developing screen adaptations of both Match and McReele. Television includes “Rescue Me” and “Law & Order SVU” (staff writer).  Member of Tectonic Theater Project and the Labyrinth Theater Company.
 
SAM GOLD (Director). Recent credits: Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons) and The Aliens (Rattlestick), Nick Jones and Raja Azar’s Jollyship the Whizbang (Under the Radar Festival; Ars Nova), Betty Shamieh’s The Black Eyed (New York Theater Workshop), Noah Haidle’s Rag and Bone (Rattlestick), Alena Smith’s The Sacrifices (Summer Play Festival), Sam Forman’s The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (Stage 13), Sam Mark’s The Joke (Studio Dante), Colin McKenna’s The Secret Agenda of Trees (Cherry Lane), and Rogelio Martinez’s Fizz (The Ohio Theater). Sam has developed new plays at American Conservatory Theater, Clubbed Thumb, The Lark, Manhattan Class Company, Manhattan Theater Club, The Marin Theater, New York Theater Workshop, The Ojai Playwrights Conference, Playwrights Horizons, Primary Stages, The Public Theater, The Sundance Theater Lab, The Vineyard Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, and The Yale Repertory Theater. Sam is a teaching artist and guest director at The Juilliard School and has taught and directed at NYU Graduate Acting, ACT, Williams College, and Cornell. He is a recipient of a Princess Grace Award, a Theater Hall of Fame Fellowship, and is a Wooster Group Associate Artist, a Drama League Directing Fellow, and a New York Theater Workshop Usual Suspect.   

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.
 
DUSK RINGS A BELL will play Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30p and Saturday and Sunday at 2:30pm.

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.

http://www.atlantictheater.org 

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Shows Will Go On Today As Scheduled

Shows Will Go On Today As Scheduled

Due to the accumulated snowfall in the New York area the following information has been compiled for the benefit of ticket buyers for today’s performances:


·Atlantic Theater Company’s AGES OF THE MOON will perform as scheduled at 8PM. Please check with the box office at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street) for tickets. 


·GOD OF CARNAGE will perform as scheduled at 2PM & 8PM. The theatre is taking precautions to make sure the cast and crew can get to and from the theatre. Please check with the box office at the Bernard Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street) for tickets.  


· JERSEY BOYS will continue with its regularly scheduled performances at 2PM and 8PM. Those interested in purchasing tickets should check with the box office at August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street) for cancellations. 


· A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC will continue with its scheduled 2PM matinee performance. As previously scheduled, there is no Wednesday evening performance this week. Please check with the box office at the Walter Kerr Theatre (230 West 49th Street) for tickets. 



· MAMMA MIA! will continue with its scheduled 8PM evening performance. Per the regular schedule, there will be no matinee performance. Winter special discount today  – $31.50 tickets available at Winter Garden Theatre Box Office (1634 Broadway) only. Rush seats available for any and all.  NO Student/Senior ID needed. 
 


· Manhattan Theatre Club’s TIME STANDS STILL will play at 2PM & 8PM as scheduled at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 W. 47th Street). For today only, both performances have a special snow discount for as little as $38 on select seats, subject to availability. Use code: SSMAN36 at Telecharge.com or at the Friedman Box Office.
 


· Manhattan Theatre Club’s EQUIVOCATION will play its first preview today at 8PM at New York City Center – Stage I (131 W. 55th Street). For tonight’s show, a special winter discount is available for 50% off the normal ticket price ($37.50, tickets normally $75). Use code “OTH” at the New York City Center box office (131 West 55th Street) or via telephone. If purchasing online at nycitycenter.org, use code: 5661. 
 

· Contingencies for both TIME STANDS STILL and EQUIVOCATION have been planned to ensure that the casts and crews of both shows will be able to make their respective performances. If there are any general inquiries, information will be available at http://www.manhattantheatreclub.com <http://www.manhattantheatreclub.com>. If ticket holders have specific questions, they should contact their point of sale. 



· Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed production of PRESENT LAUGHTER starring Victor Garber will perform as scheduled at the American Airlines Theatre (227 West 42nd Street) at 2PM & 7PM.  Roundabout has made arrangements to ensure that the casts and crews of both shows will be able to make their respective performances.  Due to the snowstorm, Roundabout is expanding their day of rush tickets ($21.50) to include 100 additional seat locations based on availability for today’s performances. This offer is available to the general public.

If there are any general inquiries, information will be available at http://www.roundabouttheatre.org <http://www.roundabouttheatre.org>. If ticket holders have specific questions, they should contact their point of sale. 



· Signature Theatre Company’s THE ORPHANS’ HOME CYCLE will perform as scheduled at 2PM & 7PM. Please check with the box office at the Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street) for tickets. 



·STOMP will continue with its scheduled 8PM performance. As per its regular schedule there will be no matinee performance. Students with valid I.D. can get $39 tickets tonight and tomorrow at the box office window only (4 tickets per I.D.). 
 

·A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE will perform as scheduled at 2PM & 8PM. The following statement has been issued on behalf of the producers: “With people perhaps wary about travelling into the city tomorrow for last minute ticket purchases, A View From The Bridge has some availability at the matinee- A perfect time to see the show in orchestra seats.” Please check with the box office at the Cort Theater (138 West 48th Street) for tickets. 

Additionally, rehearsals for A BEHANDING IN SPOKANE, LEND ME A TENOR, LOOPED, 
THE MIRACLE WORKER, and NEXT FALL will continue as scheduled.

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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).

www.atlantictheater.org

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Boneau/Bryan-Brown Kicks Off “Theatre Thursday”

BONEAU/BRYAN-BROWN

KICKS OFF “THEATRE THURSDAY”

ON TWITTER.COM 

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BE A PART OF THEATRE THURSDAY BY USING #theatrethursday 

Boneau/Bryan-Brown is kicking off “Theatre Thursday” on Twitter, the micro-blogging website that is revolutionizing media and information distribution.

To be a part of “Theatre Thursday,” use the hashtag: #theatrethursday.

Below are links and information on the Twitter presence for Boneau/Bryan-Brown and our clients:

Boneau/Bryan-Brown:                         www.twitter.com/BBBway

The 39 Steps                                        www.twitter.com/39StepsBroadway

A Behanding in Spokane                       www.twitter.com/BehandingBway

Atlantic Theater Company: Oohrah!, Two Unrelated Plays By David Mamet: Keep Your Pantheon and School, Ages of the Moon, Gabriel

                                                            www.twitter.com/AtlanticTheater

BC/EFA                                               www.twitter.com/BCEFA

Burn The Floor                                     www.twitter.com/OfficialBTF

Bye Bye Birdie                                     www.twitter.com/B3OnBroadway

God of Carnage                                    www.twitter.com/GodofCarnageBWY

Guthrie Theater                                     www.twitter.com/GuthrieTheater

Hamlet                                                 www.twitter.com/HamletBway09

Jersey Boys                                          www.twitter.com/JerseyBoysInfo

La Cage Aux Folles                              www.twitter.com/LaCageBroadway

Mamma Mia!                                       www.twitter.com/MammaMiaMusical

Manhattan Theatre Club: The Royal Family, Time Stands Still, Collected Stories, Nightingale, Equivocation, That Face

                                                            www.twitter.com/MTC_NYC

The Neil Simon Plays                            www.twitter.com/NeilSimonPlays

Ragtime                                                www.twitter.com/RagtimeOnBway09

Roundabout Theatre Company: After Miss Julie, Wishful Drinking, The Understudy, Ordinary Days, Present Laughter, The Glass Menagerie

                                                            www.twitter.com/RTC_NYC

Shrek The Musical                                www.twitter.com/ShreksterOnline

Signature Theatre Company: The Orphans’ Home Cycle

                                                            www.twitter.com/SignatureTheatr

Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark            www.twitter.com/SpideyOnBway

Stomp                                                  www.twitter.com/StompNYC

 

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2008-2009 SEASON

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES 2008 – 2009 SEASON

 

Main Stage Premieres from Atlantic Alumni and Academy Award® Winning Filmmakers  

 

ETHAN COEN and MARTIN MCDONAGH and BEAU WILLIMON 

  

Atlantic Stage 2 World Premiere from DAVID PITTU

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ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY AT THE LINDA GROSS THEATER

 

WORLD PREMIERE

“FARRAGUT NORTH”

BY BEAU WILLIMON

DIRECTED BY DOUG HUGHES

OCTOBER 22nd – NOVEMBER 29th, 2008

OPENS WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th, 2008

 

A CO-PRODUCTION  WITH DRUID, GALWAY

“THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN”

BY MARTIN MCDONAGH

DIRECTED BY GARRY HYNES

DECEMBER 9th, 2008 – MARCH 1st, 2009

OPENS THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18th, 2008

 

WORLD PREMIERE

“OFFICES”

By ETHAN COEN

DIRECTED BY NEIL PEPE

SPRING 2009

 

ATLANTIC STAGE 2

WORLD PREMIERE

“What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling”

WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY DAVID PITTU

MUSIC BY RANDY REDD

SEPTEMBER 3RD – 28TH, 2008

OPENS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th, 2008

 

A second new play for Spring 2009 will be announced for Stage 2.

 

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Andrew D. Hamingson, Managing Director) is proud to announce its 2008-2009 season.  The main stage season at the Linda Gross Theater will mark premieres from Academy Award® winning filmmakers Ethan Coen and Martin McDonagh, who return to the Atlantic stage, and the debut of young playwright and screenwriter Beau Willimon

 

Willimon bows with the world premiere of FARRAGUT NORTH following his play Lower Ninth being produced Off Broadway this season. Tony Award® winner Doug Hughes (Doubt) directs. THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN reunites Academy Award® winner and Tony Award® nominee Martin McDonagh (The Lieutenant of Inishmore) and Tony Award® winning director Garry Hynes who were represented with The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Atlantic in 1998. Academy Award® winning filmmaker Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) returns with the world premiere of OFFICES following last season’s sold out engagement of Almost an Evening, which marked his debut as a playwright. Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe reteams with Coen to direct the new work.

 

 

Atlantic Stage 2, the company’s state-of-the-art second stage, will feature the world premiere limited engagement of What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling, written and performed by Tony Award® nominee and Atlantic Company Member David Pittu (Is He Dead?) with additional casting to be announced. A second new play will also be announced for Atlantic Stage 2.  

 

In addition to the 2008-2009 Atlantic main stage Linda Gross Theater and Stage 2 productions, Atlantic subscribers will have exclusive access to the 20th Anniversary Broadway revival of Atlantic co-founder David Mamet’s play SPEED-THE-PLOW, which marks Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe’s Broadway directing debut. Starring Golden Globe Award® winner Jeremy Piven (HBO’s “Entourage”), Speed-the-Plow will be produced by Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Steve Traxler in association with Atlantic Theater Company.

 

2008-2009 ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY MAIN STAGE SEASON

 

WORLD PREMIERE

FARRAGUT NORTH

By Beau Willimon, Directed by Doug Hughes

 

 

Atlantic welcomes young playwright Beau Willimon and Tony Award® winning director Doug Hughes with the World Premiere production of FARRAGUT NORTH. Stephen is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy.  During a tight presidential primary race, however, Stephen’s meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one night stand with a teenage staffer proves to be more complicated than casual.  Farragut North is a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape – about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.  

 

 

THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN

By Martin McDonagh, Directed by Garry Hynes

 

 

Atlantic is thrilled to co-produce THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN with Druid, Galway, with whom the company collaborated on 1998’s Tony Award® winning production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Set in 1934 on an island off the  west coast of Ireland, Hollywood filmmaker Robert Flaherty arrives on the neighboring island of Inishmore to film his movie “The Man of Aran” and excitement ripples through the sleepy community of Inishmaan.  For orphaned Billy Craven, who has been relentlessly scorned by the island’s inhabitants, the film represents an escape from the poverty of his existence.  He vies for a part in the film, and to everyone’s surprise, it is the cripple who gets his chance.

 

WORLD PREMIERE

OFFICES

By Ethan Coen, Directed by Neil Pepe

 

Following the success of last season’s Almost an Evening, Oscar winner Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fargo) returns to the Atlantic stage with the world premiere of three brand new one acts. Hiring and firing are antisocial acts.  Workplace pressures make for nasty competition.  And the work itself can be meaningless and alienating.  Accordingly, the three short plays that make up OFFICES are comedies.

 

2008-2009 ATLANTIC STAGE 2 SEASON 

 

WORLD PREMIERE

What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling

Written and performed by David Pittu, Music by Randy Redd

 

Written and performed by Tony Award® nominee David Pittu (Is He Dead?, LoveMusik),  WHAT’S THAT SMELL: THE MUSIC OF JACOB STERLING is an absurd musical satire that charts the career of eternally up-and-coming (and fictitious) musical theater composer Jacob Sterling.  A rare, up close and personal visit with an artist of questionable gifts who performs from his songbook and shares his human struggle to keep musical theater alive and well in the 21st century. 

 

ATLANTIC ARTISTIC DIRECTOR NEIL PEPE DIRECTS   ATLANTIC FOUNDER MAMET’S SPEED-THE-PLOW ON BROADWAY THIS FALL

 

 

The 20th Anniversary revival of Atlantic co-founder David Mamet’s Tony Award® nominated play Speed-the-Plow opens on Broadway this fall under the direction of Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe and starring television and film actor Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”).  Piven plays Hollywood producer Bobby Gould in Mamet’s hilarious and scathing portrait of the film industry and the eternal battle of art vs. commerce. Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Steve Traxler (August: Osage County, Glengarry Glen Ross) produce in association with Atlantic Theater Company. Previews begin October 3rd, 2008.

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

ETHAN COEN (Playwright) made his Off-Broadway debut as a playwright with the sold out world premiere production of Almost an Evening at Atlantic Stage 2 last season. He has written a collection of stories, Gates of Eden and a collection of poems, The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way. With his brother, Joel, Ethan Coen has made thirteen movies including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski; O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers, and the Academy Award® winning film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men.  His upcoming feature film will be a comedy entitled Burn after Reading.

 

MARTIN McDONAGH (Playwright) returns to Atlantic following the company’s critically acclaimed American premiere production which moved to the Lyceum Theatre, where it was nominated for five 2006 Tony Awards® including Best Play. He received the 2005 Academy Award® for Best Live Action Short for his film, Six Shooter, which he also directed.  He received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Play, and won Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for The Lieutenant of Inishmore.  His play, The Pillowman, won the Olivier Award for Best Play and an Evening Standard Award nomination for the National Theatre production, while the Broadway production won a New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play (Foreign) and Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk and Tony Award® nominations for Best Play. His first play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, received a Best Play Tony Award® nomination in 1998 and was the first in his Leenane Trilogy, which also includes A Skull in Connemara and The Lonesome West, for which he received his second Tony Award® nomination for Best Play. The Cripple of Inishmaan, the first of his trilogy of Aran Island plays (which also includes The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Banshees of Inisheer), opened at Britain’s National Theatre and transferred to the Public Theater. Other works include Suicide on Sixth Street, Shit On Illinois, Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges.

 

DAVID PITTU (Writer/Performer).  As an Atlantic Company Member David Pittu has written, directed, and acted in countless Atlantic productions, most recently Pinter’s Celebration and The Room (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations).  This season he received his second Tony Award® nomination for his performance in the Mark Twain comedy Is He Dead? as well as an Outer Critics Circle nomination. Broadway:  LoveMusik (Tony Award® and Drama Desk nomination; Outer Critics Circle Award), The Coast of Utopia, Never Gonna Dance. Off-Broadway: Stuff Happens (Drama Desk Award: Outstanding Ensemble), Of Thee I Sing (Encores!), The Fourth Wall, Sympathetic Magic, The Lights, Hot Keys, The Butter and Egg Man (as director), and, as co-author, The Audience (Drama Desk nom.: Outstanding Musical). Regional/National tour: Parade (National Broadway Award: Best Actor in a Musical), Titanic, Company (Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration).  Recent film: This Side of the Truth (Ricky Gervais), King Kong (Peter Jackson).  TV:  “Rescue Me,” “Sex and the City,” “Third Watch,” “The Sopranos,” all of the “Law & Order” series.

 

BEAU WILLIMON (Playwright) has written eight full-length plays as well as numerous one-acts.  His work has been developed or performed at MCC, Cherry Lane, HERE Arts Center, New Dramatists, Daryl Roth 2, the Dayton Playhouse (Ohio), The Donmar Warehouse (London) and the Battersea Arts Center (London).  Willimon is the recipient of the the Lila Acheson Wallace Juilliard Playwriting Fellowship, a Donmar Warehouse playwriting residency, the Seymour Brick Memorial Playwriting Prize, the Yale/Norfolk Arts Fellowship, the Mortimer Hays-Brandeis Traveling Fellowship, winner of the 2005 Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, and two-time winner of the Lincoln Center Le Compte du Nouy Award.  His play, Lower Ninth, received its world premiere production at The Flea Theater earlier this year after initially being staged as part of Arielle Tepper’s 2007 Summer Play Festival.  He is currently working on a commission for MTC Theatre.  In addition to his work for the stage, Willimon is working on two films for Warner Brothers: the feature film adaptation of his play Farragut North and an adaptation of Dicken’s A Tale of Two Cities.  He is also writing film adaptation of Peter Morgan’s mini-series The Jury for Fox 2000.  Willimon holds an M.F.A. in playwriting from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.  He lives in Brooklyn.

 

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Managing Director) is the award winning Off-Broadway theater 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’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. In 2006, Atlantic was awarded the Lucille Lortel Prize for Outstanding Body of Work and its lauded production of Martin McDonagh’s The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, directed by Wilson Milam, transferred to the Lyceum Theatre, where it was nominated for five 2006 Tony Awards® including Best Play.

 

Atlantic has produced five world premiere productions this season, Academy Award® winning film maker Ethan Coen’s comedy Almost an Evening, directed by Neil Pepe and featuring Academy Award® winner F. Murray Abraham and Mark Linn-Baker; Peter Parnell’s Trumpery, directed by David Esbjornson and featuring Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner Michael Cristofer and Tony Award® nominee Manoel Felciano; Lucy Thurber’s Scarcity, directed by Jackson Gay and featuring Emmy Award® winner Kristen Johnston, Jesse Eisenberg and Michael T. Weiss, Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song, directed by Neil Pepe and featuring Chris Bauer, Jonathan Cake and Emily Mortimer and Annie Baker’s Body Awareness, directed by Karen Kohlhaas and featuring Academy Award® nominee JoBeth Williams, Peter Friedman and Mary McCann.

 

The critically acclaimed New York premiere production of Oliver Award® winning and Tony Award® nominated playwright Conor McPherson’s play Port Authority, directed by Henry Wishcamper and featuring Tony Award® nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Sweet Smell of Success), Tony Award® winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening) and Tony Award® winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer) is now playing an extended engagement through June 22nd, 2008.

 

Last season, founder David Mamet’s smash hit adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance, directed by David Warren and starring Michael Stuhlbarg and Fritz Weaver, was extended an unprecedented three times, the first time in Atlantic’s history. The world premiere production of Atlantic’s second musical 10 Million Miles, featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award® nominated singer/songwriter Patty Griffin, a book by Keith Bunin and direction by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer also played an extended limited engagement.

 

Since it’s inception in 1985, Atlantic has produced more than 100 plays including the Tony Award® winning production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, the world premieres of Woody Allen’s A Second Hand Memory and Writer’s Block, the acclaimed world premiere of David Mamet’s Romance, Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, Tom Donaghy’s Minutes From The Blue Route, Edwin Sanchez’ Trafficking in Broken Hearts and the American premieres of Blue/Orange, Dublin Carol and The Night Heron, the New York premieres of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and The Cider House Rules, the revivals of American Buffalo, Edmond, The Hothouse and Hobson’s Choice.  Atlantic maintains an ensemble of acclaimed actors, writers and directors including David Mamet (playwright and director) and William H. Macy (Academy Award® nominee for Fargo), who founded Atlantic over twenty years ago in 1985. 

 

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY MAIN STAGE AT THE LINDA GROSS THEATER is located at 336 West 20th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).  Tickets for main stage productions are $55.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (ticketcentral.com).

 

ATLANTIC STAGE 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).  Tickets are $35 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (ticketcentral.com).

BECOME A MEMBER OF ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY NOW AND SEE THE ENTIRE MAIN STAGE SEASON FOR ONLY $25. PER PERFORMANCE.

CALL TICKET CENTRAL at (212) 279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com

 

Purchase an “All -In-One Membership” and see every main stage and Atlantic Stage 2 production for $182 (plus an $8 service charge). 

 

For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales for both theaters call 212-691-5919, extension 1092.

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10 MILLION MILES ACTRESS MARE WINNINGHAM WINS LORTEL AWARD

MARE WINNINGHAM

 

AWARDED LUCILLE LORTEL AWARD FOR

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS FOR

 

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY’S

 

10 MILLION MILES

 

Academy Award® nominee and two-time Emmy Award® winner Mare Winningham (Georgia, “Grey’s Anatomy”) has been awarded a 2008 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her acclaimed performance in Atlantic Theater Company‘s world premiere musical 10 MILLION MILES.

 

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers announced winners of the 2008 Lucille Lortel Awards for Outstanding Achievement Off-Broadway in a ceremony at the Union Square Theatre on May 5th.

 

This season Winningham has also been recognized with a Drama League Award nomination for Distinguished Performance and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress for her New York and musical stage debut in 10 MILLION MILES.

 

10 MILLION MILES began previews May 11th, opened June 14th, 2007, and played an extended engagement through July 15th, 2007 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street). The production also featured Irene Molloy, Matthew Morrison, and Skipp Sudduth. 

 

10 MILLION MILES tells the story of Duane and Molly’s road trip in an old pick-up truck from the southern tip of Florida to Upstate New York, with many detours along the way. Featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award® nominated recording artist Patty Griffin (Impossible Dream), a book by Keith Bunin (The Credeaux Canvas) and direction by Tony Award® winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), the world premiere of the new musical  explored the pursuit of love and family, and the geography of the American dream.

 

Mare Winningham has appeared on stage, screen, and in over sixty movies for television.  In addition to her Academy Award® nomination and two Emmy Awards®, she received an Independent Spirit Award, a Golden Globe Award® nomination, two Screen Actor’s Guild nominations, and a Peabody Award for Excellence in Television. She rose to fame with her performance in the landmark coming of age film St. Elmo’s Fire, and over the last two decades, the former “Brat packer” has built a fan base from years of acclaimed and diverse roles including her celebrated turn as a legendary folk singer in the film Georgia and her recent role on the hit series Grey’s Anatomy.  As a singer and musician, she has also toured across the country. She recently released her third studio album “Refuge Rock Sublime”, a recording of original Jewish country/folk songs with a unique take on traditional Jewish themes. Her other albums include “What Might Be” (1992) and “Lonesomers” (1998).

 

Atlantic Theater Company is currently presenting the New York premiere production of Olivier Award® winning playwright Conor McPherson‘s play PORT AUTHORITY, directed by Henry Wishcamper and featuring Tony Award® nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Sweet Smell of Success), Tony Award® winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening) and Olivier Award® winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer).

 

PORT AUTHORITY began previews Wednesday, April 30th, officially opens Wednesday, May 21st and plays a limited engagement through Sunday, June 15th, 2008 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).

 

www.atlantictheater.org

 

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ALMOST AN EVENING’S F. MURRAY ABRAHAM – PLAYBILL “STAGE TO SCREENS” FEATURE

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY   •  ART MEETS COMMERCE  •  CAROLE SHORENSTEIN HAYS

 “ALMOST AN EVENING” STAR

F. MURRAY ABRAHAM

PLAYBILL”STAGE TO SCREENS” FEATURE 

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Academy Award® winner F. Murray Abraham, now starring as “God who Judges” in Atlantic Theater Company‘s world premiere production of Ethan Coen‘s comedy ALMOST AN EVENING, is featured in Michael Buckley’s new “Stage to Screens” column, now live on Playbill.com.

Following a hit engagement at Atlantic this season, ALMOST AN EVENING transferred to The Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street where it began previews March 20th and plays a limited engagement through June 1st, 2008.

PLAYBILL “STAGE TO SCREENS”-   Monday, April 7th, 2008

By Michael Buckley

Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham (Best Actor of 1984, “Amadeus”) stars in the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening, a trio of plays, that has transferred from the Atlantic Stage 2 to a commercial run at The Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street. Abraham’s in the second two plays (Four Benches and Debate). Of the latter, New York Times critic Ben Brantley wrote that it allowed Abraham “to chomp on a role he was born for: a raging, foul-mouthed Jehovah…”

Were there any challenges with Coen’s play? “The challenge is getting past using that kind of language to make it funny. I’m a very religious man. It’s a challenge to call people the things I call them – and make it funny.”

Following a recent performance, the actor and I chatted at a local restaurant. The play, he notes, “is the funniest thing I’ve done since The Ritz [the original production of Terrence McNally’s comedy]. What a company that was!

“I’m a funny person, but I’m never thought of that way. I’m thought of as a bad guy. I love the chance to do something funny. I love to hear the laughter. Have you heard laughs like that [in Almost an Evening] in a long time?”

“I tend to jump into my work pretty much. The only qualms I’ve ever had is that there isn’t enough for me to do. I’m a real, honest-to-God actor.” When did he know he wanted to act? “I was a troubled kid, part of a gang, a hoodlum. A drama-and-speech teacher in high school said, ‘You should try this.’ It changed my life. From that moment on, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.”

Fast forward to Abraham’s Broadway debut: Robert Shaw’s 1968 play The Man in the Glass Booth, “which was directed by Harold Pinter.” In 6 Rms Riv Vu, he had a small role and stood by for Jerry Orbach, whom Abraham remembers as “a good guy, the real McCoy, an honest-to-God pro.”

Other Broadway credits include succeeding Ron Leibman as Roy Cohn in the two Angels in America plays, A Month in the Country (“Helen Mirren was terrific; I worship that woman”), Triumph of Love (“I wasn’t very good; I wish we had opened three weeks after we did. Betty Buckley is the best”), and Mauritius (“Dylan Baker and Bobby Cannavale are big football fans; I’m not. They were hollering about a game; I don’t understand the sport.”)

To read the full feature visit: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/116546.html

Directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe, ALMOST AN EVENING also stars Tony Award® nominee Johanna Day (Proof), Steppenwolf Theater Company member Tim Hopper (Obie Award winner, More Stately Mansions), J.R. Horne (Coen Brothers’ upcoming Burn after Reading), Atlantic founding member Jordan Lage (Broadway’s Inherit the Wind), Mark Linn-Baker (Broadway’s Losing Louie, TV’s “Perfect Strangers”), Atlantic founding member Mary McCann (Spring Awakening), Del Pentecost (FX’s “Starved) and Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company member Joey Slotnick (TV’s “Boston Public.”)

In Ethan Coen’s ALMOST AN EVENING, three short plays unsuccessfully tackle important questions. In Waiting, someone waits somewhere for quite some time. In Four Benches, a voyage to self-discovery takes a British intelligence agent to steam baths in New York and Texas, and to park benches in the U.S. and U.K. In Debate, cosmic questions are taken up. Not much is learned.

ALMOST AN EVENING, sold out before previews began at Atlantic Stage 2 on January 9th, opened January 22nd, and played a limited engagement through February 10th, 2008.

ALMOST AN EVENING is produced by Atlantic Theater Company, Art Meets Commerce and Carole Shorenstein Hays.

ALMOST AN EVENING plays Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, with Saturday matinees at 2:00pm and Sunday performances at 3:00 and 7:00pm.

Tickets are $50.00 and available by calling Telecharge at 212-239-6200 / 800-545-2559, online at almostanevening.com and telecharge.com or in person at The Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street (45 Bleecker Street between Lafayette and Mott Street; Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m.).

$20 Student Tickets may be purchased at the box office on the day of the performance only with a valid student ID. 

For more information visit:

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