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BODY AWARENESS DAILY NEWS REVIEW

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/arts/2008/06/05/2008-06-05_stunning_body_of_work.html

 

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Thursday, June 5, 2008

 

By Joe Dziemianowicz

 

Stunning ‘Body’ of workArticle Rating

 

Beyond its mundane title, “Body Awareness” is a comedy that’s fantastically fresh and satisfying – and comes with two bonuses. The Atlantic Theater Company production, which opened last night, also marks a pair of exciting Off-Broadway debuts.

 

One of them is by the playwright Annie Baker, 27, who establishes herself as a writer with big, bright ideas and the skill to turn them into something cohesive, heart-stirring and humorous.

 

The other debut is by actor Jonathan Clem, who graduated from NYU last month. He’s sensational playing a socially challenged young man in a performance that never tilts toward caricature.

 

They are in good company. Theater vets JoBeth Williams, Mary McCann and Peter Friedman complete the cast, with all in top form. Karen Kohlhaas’ direction is sharp and smart. Every detail, from the clothing to the snippets of songs by Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez played during blackouts, feels exactly right for these characters.

 

The story spans five days in Shirley, Vt., where lesbian life partners Joyce (Williams) and Phyllis (McCann) have their hands full teaching and being socially aware (but never P.C.). Then there’s Jared (Clem), Joyce’s 21-year-old son, who very likely has Asperger syndrome, an autism-like condition stunting his social development. He refuses to be tested for it, but his best pal is an electric toothbrush he massages his gums with when he’s stressed. Like after he says to Joyce, “I could kill you.” Welcome to leafy, low-key Vermont.

 

Phyllis is a psychology professor at Shirley State College, where her Body Awareness Week program is gliding along smoothly. Guest artist Frank Bonitatibus (Friedman) arrives and gums up the works with his photographs of nude women – and preteen girls. Feminist Phyllis finds his work highly offensive. Joyce, who’s more go-with-the-flow, appreciates the pics and even considers posing. Jared, whose new hobby is Pay-Per-View porn, just wants to talk to Frank about sex.

 

The plot takes some serious turns over 95 minutes, as relationships get bruised, tears are shed and toothbrushes buzz. What finally emerges is a fascinating family portrait, not apple pie but one all too real.

 

Click on the link below to read the rest of the review:

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/arts/2008/06/05/2008-06-05_stunning_body_of_work.html

 

BODY AWARENESS plays Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday matinees at 2:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm. Curtain time on opening night – Wednesday, June 4th – will be 7:00 p.m. All tickets are $45.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.com).

 

ATLANTIC STAGE 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues).  For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

 

www.atlantictheater.org

 

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BODY AWARENESS REVIEWED IN THE NEW YORK TIMES

http://theater2.nytimes.com/2008/06/05/theater/reviews/05body.html?adxnnl=1&ref=theater&adxnnlx=1212678423-BeuRrrQtRiIW0ISsiEtOPw

 

NEW YORK TIMES – Thursday, June 5, 2008

 

A Household’s Wounds Are Raw, but No One Is Willing to Ease the Tensions

 

By Charles Isherwood

 

The beseeching smile flickers and then widens. The eyes crinkle nervously, glinting with hope. The voice is a soothing, silky purr. Joyce, the unofficial family negotiator played by JoBeth Williams in “Body Awareness,” always seems to be apologizing for something or somebody.

 

Maybe it’s for her 21-year-old son, Jared (Jonathan Clem), who may or may not have Asperger’s syndrome but definitely lacks the fundamental social graces. Or it could be for Phyllis (Mary McCann), her companion, whose staunch feminist views tend to emerge as challenging position statements. The houseguest, Frank Bonitatibus (Peter Friedman), whose photographs of nude women ignite sparks of antagonism in Phyllis, needs a bit of explanatory comment too.

 

Ms. Williams’s lovely, subtle performance as Joyce – she’s the human equivalent of a cozy chenille blanket – is among the chief enticements of this low-key, engaging new comedy by Annie Baker, a young playwright with a probing, understated voice, making her Off Broadway debut. “Body Awareness,” which opened Wednesday night at the Atlantic Stage 2, is not exactly a dazzler. It announces its everyday quality almost proudly, as the characters mark the passage of time by writing the days of the week on a chalkboard at the back of the stage. But its quiet rewards steal up on you.

 

Set in a small college town in Vermont during Body Awareness Week, the play depicts the tensions that simmer and eventually boil over among its four characters as they gingerly step around one another’s tender spots – or, in some cases, cluelessly stomp all over them.

 

Mr. Clem, also making an impressive Off Broadway debut, portrays Jared as the most sensitive and the most heedless of the four. Joyce and Phyllis are convinced that he suffers from Asperger’s and have given him a book on the subject in the hope that he’ll concur and agree to seek treatment. Unsurprisingly, this rankles.

 

Jared, who speaks in an affectless tone that Mr. Clem deploys to sly, comic effect, is proud of his quirky intelligence (“I’m an autodidact” is his mantra) and his obsession with etymology. He reads the book about Asperger’s and rejects the diagnosis flatly but is clearly wounded to the core and seething with anger.

 

“Maybe you have Asperger’s,” he tells his mother. “Because you’re kind of an idiot. You’ve never read ‘Crime and Punishment.’ You’re 55, and you’ve never read ‘Crime and Punishment.’ ” Off he stalks to his job at McDonald’s, leaving Joyce in a crumpled emotional heap.

 

A much-discussed symptom of Asperger’s is a lack of empathy, of emotional awareness, but Jared is not alone in having trouble seeing a situation from someone else’s point of view. Phyllis, a psychology professor at the college, chuckles merrily when Jared refers to Joyce’s job as an academic one. “A public-school teacher is not an academic,” she says to Joyce, as if to an ill-informed child. “An academic publishes articles.” She seems unaware of her condescension.

 

 

When Frank arrives, bunking with the family as one of the week’s visiting artists, the focus of the quiet strife settles firmly on the clash of both personality and aesthetics between him and Phyllis. “Wait,” Phyllis says sternly about five seconds after being introduced. “Why do you take pictures of naked women?” The steely tone suggests the question’s glaring subtext. The curled-lip phrase “male gaze” can be confidently expected to make an appearance, and it does.

 

Nor is Frank particularly sensitive to Phyllis’s unease at the instant rapport established between him and the welcoming Joyce. Jared’s father has been absent for years, and Joyce hopes Frank’s presence can help draw Jared out. One of the funniest passages in the play finds Frank giving Jared explicit advice about approaching women, which suggests the adviser could use a few lessons of his own.

 

The director, Karen Kohlhaas, pays attentive heed to the play’s casual pacing, giving the actors time to pepper their scenes with pauses that help fill in emotional detail. Jared’s awkward lurches between blunt cruelty, defensiveness and disarming intelligence and wit are handled with particular grace by Mr. Clem, who never loses his grip on the humanity shrouded under a blank, even off-putting exterior.

 

Click on the link below to read the rest of the review:

http://theater2.nytimes.com/2008/06/05/theater/reviews/05body.html?adxnnl=1&ref=theater&adxnnlx=1212678423-BeuRrrQtRiIW0ISsiEtOPw

 

BODY AWARENESS plays Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday matinees at 2:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm. Curtain time on opening night – Wednesday, June 4th – will be 7:00 p.m. All tickets are $45.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.com).

 

ATLANTIC STAGE 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues).  For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

 

www.atlantictheater.org

 

BODY AWARENESS TIME OUT NEW YORK FEATURE

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY

 

“BODY AWARENESS” PLAYWRIGHT

 

ANNIE BAKER

 

TIME OUT NEW YORK FEATURE

 

Click to read the full feature: 

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/theater/29926/lets-get-physical

 

OPENS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4th AT ATLANTIC STAGE 2

 

 

Playwright Annie Baker makes her Off-Broadway debut at Atlantic Theater Company‘s Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street) with the world premiere production of her play BODY AWARENSS, now in previews toward an official opening on Wednesday, June 4th. She is featured this week in the new issue of Time Out New York Magazine, on stands now.

 

TIME OUT NEW YORK – May 29th – June 4th, 2008

 

Let’s get physical: Annie Baker makes a quirk-free Off-Broadway bow with Body Awareness.

 

By Amanda Cooper

 

From Juno and Pushing Daisies to the Decemberists, quirky seems to rule the cultural moment, and that includes young playwrights. Topping the list of weird but endearing dramatists are Adam Bock, Kyle Jarrow and princess of oddball Sarah Ruhl. The cutely flawed, whip-smart characters in plays such as The Drunken City and Dead Man’s Cell Phone brave the strangest predicaments in stylized language, proving their authors’ trendy cleverness. And then you have Annie Baker, who creates normal individuals coping with everyday issues in their small-town lives. Baker is getting her first full production with Body Awareness at Atlantic Stage 2, and it marks the arrival of a new playwright who would seem to fit the quirky bill, but aims for sincerity instead.

 

Even though there’s goofiness aplenty in her work, Baker, 27, sticks to straightforward narrative and simple dialogue. The writing isn’t superficially clever, it’s smart. “Most naturalistic plays I see are a bunch of middle- or upper-middle-class people being witty,” Baker notes. “I don’t actually find wittiness that funny…. The tragedy of bourgeois society is that we’re never that funny. People write these plays where everybody onstage is saying what we all would say-days later, when we think up what would have been the funny thing to say. But I think we are actually incredibly earnest and serious and kind of pathetic. That’s funnier to me.”

 

The result of this perspective has been a series of works based in a fictional Vermont town, of which Body Awareness is the first. “I have four plays set there,” Baker says. “I would start writing one and be like, ‘This is not going to take place in Shirley.’ And then it would.” The plays don’t have reoccurring characters, although in Baker’s mind they all know each other, so names casually pop up in plays where the person does not.

 

Body Awareness focuses on a nonnuclear family over the course of a week. There’s Joyce, a middle-aged mother and junior-high schoolteacher, and her girlfriend, Phyllis, a psychology professor at a small liberal-arts college that’s celebrating Body Awareness Week. A guest artist for the festivities is Frank, a photographer specializing in controversial nudes, who stays with the women. Rounding out the cast is Joyce’s son, a 21-year-old social outcast named Jared who obsesses over the Oxford English Dictionary, works at McDonald’s and has no friends. Jared’s funny-sad state of arrested development becomes the focus of the story, as his own “body awareness” reaches a boiling-over point. Baker endowed Jared with her own OED obsession; she was even flown out to London for a job interview there once.

 

She didn’t get the position, and her first few years out of college were tough. After getting her degree in playwriting from NYU, Baker spent years in a series of unhappy day jobs. “I had given up on anyone reading my stuff,” she recalls. “When I didn’t know a single person in the theater world, I was like, ‘How do you get in? This is impossible!

 

“Then she dropped off an application for Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood, an emerging-playwright group. Body Awareness was the first play she wrote there. Baker met director Alex Timbers, who recommended her current agent, and actor Catherine Curtin, who got the script to the Atlantic Theater Company’s artistic staff. Atlantic head Neil Pepe was sold. “Her work has all this humanity and honesty, a real down-to-earth voice compared to others,” he says.

 

To read the rest of the feature, click: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/articles/theater/29926/lets-get-physical

 

Directed by Atlantic founding member Karen Kohlhaas (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother), BODY AWARENESS will feature Jonathan Clem (Off-Broadway debut), Tony Award® nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime), Atlantic founding member Mary McCann (Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening) and Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominated actress JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist, The Big Chill).

 

BODY AWARENESS will play Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday matinees at 2:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm. All tickets are $45.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.com).

 

ATLANTIC STAGE 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues).  For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

 

www.atlantictheater.org

 

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BODY AWARENESS NEW YORK TIMES FEATURE

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY

 

“BODY AWARENESS” PLAYWRIGHT

 

ANNIE BAKER

 

NEW YORK TIMES “ARTS & LEISURE” FEATURE

 

Click to read the full feature: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/theater/25mcge.html

 

PREVIEWS BEGIN WEDNSDAY, MAY 28 AT ATLANTIC STAGE 2

 

 

Playwright Annie Baker will make her Off-Broadway debut at Atlantic Theater Company‘s Stage 2 when the world premiere production of BODY AWARENSS begins previews tomorrow, Wednesday, May 28th toward an official opening on Wednesday, June 4th. She is featured this week in a New York Times “Arts & Leisure” feature.

 

New York Times “Arts & Leisure”- Sunday, May 25, 2008

 

Childhood Is the Mother of the Play

 

By Celia McGee

 

AH, sweet, blessed memories of childhood. Steaming herbal tea. Hippie language police. Friends who had same-sex parents. Feminism, politics and books debated around the kitchen table every night. Also, Annie Baker said she used to wonder, precisely why were the typewritten fliers, push-pinned up in the local health food shop, “always Xeroxed on purple paper with those little tear-off tabs at the bottom?”

 

Such was the stuff of Ms. Baker’s college-town New England upbringing, and it is the receptive dartboard of her consciousness-befuddling comedy “Body Awareness.” Her Off Broadway debut, it starts previews on Wednesday and opens June 4 at Atlantic Stage 2.

 

The academic acropolis in this crunchy-granola world is called Shirley State College in Shirley, Vt., but it’s not shy about evoking Amherst, Mass., where Ms. Baker, 27, grew up, or Keene State College in New Hampshire, where her mother teaches now. (Her father lives in New York.)

 

Like the itinerant limners of colonial days, a photographer, Frank Bonitatibus (Peter Friedman), comes to town as a guest artist for the college’s Body Awareness Week, organized by Phyllis (Mary McCann), a psychology professor. He is invited to stay with her, her live-in partner, Joyce (JoBeth Williams), and Joyce’s socially challenged son, Jared (Jonathan Clem). But when Phyllis discovers that this picture-taker’s subjects are naked women – old, young, really young, chronically ill, robustly … robust – she freaks.

 

Mixed into the play’s acid bath of warring perceptions, knee-jerk responses, unseeing self-regard and burlesque of emotions is the question of whether Asperger’s syndrome is what’s wrong – or right – with the 20-year-old Jared.

 

“My goal for the play is to not judge anyone, to get at that point where everyone is equally right and equally wrong, so the humor comes from that,” Ms. Baker said.

 

Or should it be Ms. Nugent Baker? As opposed to her brother, Benjamin Baker Nugent, who goes by Benjamin Nugent and just published his first book, “American Nerd: The Story of My People”?

“My parents did this hilarious patrilineal and matrilineal naming thing,” Ms. Baker said. Let her be grateful for small things: “There is no hyphen” between the serial surnames, she said.

 

Not even the political implications and comic possibilities of the tiniest punctuation mark escape the particular vision Ms. Baker brings to her work, said Karen Kohlhaas, the director, “and the icing on the cake is that it’s hysterically funny.”

 

Ms. Baker, who graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2003, is headed this summer to be a playwriting fellow at the Sundance Institute Theater Lab, where she will workshop her play “Circle Mirror Transformation.” Like “Body Awareness,” it “has these characters you’ve never quite seen before and this way that what they say and don’t say is equally important,” said Philip Himberg, the lab’s artistic director.

 

But Ms. Baker’s generation of emerging playwrights has one claim on her, he said: “The intellect is really, really sharp, yet it’s not cynical.”

 

The new play, too, she set in Shirley. “I tried not to, but I couldn’t help it,” she said. That locale could perfectly well mushroom into a cycle of plays, she agreed, with the politically correct Shangri-La of Shirley becoming a Lake Wobegon in an ivory-tower “Prairie Home Companion” populated by a hyper-intellectuals so pedantic they’re funny and entertaining.

 

“I wanted to write a play about issues that wasn’t an ‘issue play,’ ” she said, “sort of like in ‘The Magic Mountain,’ which is full of people debating issues and talking about philosophy, but because Mann loves them in such detail, his characters are complete.”

 

Thomas Mann showed her, she said, how to make the play’s implicit disquisitions on objectivity and neutrality, and the raging prescriptivist versus descriptivist battle in dictionary studies it describes (Jared is an aspiring lexicographer), amusing, and human.

 

She especially wrestled with Frank, her portrait of an artist as a feminist’s worst nightmare. He is the story’s version of the photographer Frank Cordelle, whose book “Bodies and Souls: The Century Project” and stint in Keene several years ago “initially made me suspicious and horrified,” she said, when she learned about him.

 

Yet in “Body Awareness,” Ms. Baker worked hard to treat him the same way she deals with all her characters: with humorous empathy rather than mocking laughter. “I lie awake at night,” she said, worrying about that distinction.

 

To read the rest of the feature, click: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/theater/25mcge.html

 

Directed by Atlantic founding member Karen Kohlhaas (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother), BODY AWARENESS will feature Jonathan Clem (Off-Broadway debut), Tony Award® nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime), Atlantic founding member Mary McCann (Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening) and Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominated actress JoBeth Williams (Poltergeist, The Big Chill).

 

BODY AWARENESS will play Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday matinees at 2:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm. All tickets are $45.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.com).

 

ATLANTIC STAGE 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues).  For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales call Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

 

www.atlantictheater.org

 

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ATC PRESENTS BODY AWARENESS

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY

 

PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF

 

BODY AWARENESS

 

By Annie Baker

Directed by Karen Kohlhaas

 

WITH

JONATHAN CLEM, PETER FRIEDMAN, MARY McCANN, JOBETH WILLIAMS

 

Previews begin Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Opening Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

 

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Managing Director) is proud to announce the world premiere production of Annie Baker‘s play BODY AWARENESS, directed by Karen Kohlhaas and featuring Jonathan Clem, Peter Friedman, Mary McCann and JoBeth Williams.

 

BODY AWARENESS will begin previews Wednesday, May 28th, 2008 for an official opening on Wednesday, June 4th,  and play a limited engagement through Sunday, June 22nd Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street).

 

BODY AWARENESS marks the final production of the 2007-2008 Atlantic Stage 2 season at the company’s second stage theater, where two new plays are staged each year. The hit world premiere production of Academy Award® winning film maker Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening played a sold out run earlier this season before transferring to The Theaters at 45 Bleecker Street where it plays a limited engagement through June 1st.

 

In the world premiere of Annie Baker’s new comedy, it is “Body Awareness Week” at bucolic Shirley State College in Vermont, and all must go according to plan. But when photographer Frank Bonitatibus shows up with his passel of photographs of naked women, things start to go awry.

 

Playwright Annie Baker makes her Off-Broadway debut at Atlantic with the world premiere of Body Awareness. Her plays have been developed at Atlantic, SoHo Rep, Playwrights Horizons and the Sundance Playwrights Retreat. Atlantic founding member Karen Kohlhaas most recently directed comedian Judy Gold’s Drama Desk Award nominated one woman play 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother Off-Broadway following a national tour. She has also staged Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse and Keith Reddin’s Frame 312 at Atlantic, as well as David Mamet’s Boston Marriage at The Public Theater.

 

BODY AWARENESS marks Jonathan Clem‘s Off-Broadway and professional debut following graduating from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts this year, where he studied at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. Tony Award® nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime) will make his Atlantic debut.  He most recently appeared in the hit Off-Broadway musical The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island and on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Twelve Angry Men. Atlantic founding member Mary McCann comes direct from the world premiere production of Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening, which played at Atlantic Stage 2 prior to its Off-Broadway transfer. She also appeared in the world premiere of Spring Awakening, The Cherry Orchard and The Night Heron at Atlantic. Academy Award®, Golden Globe® and Emmy Award® nominated actress and director JoBeth Williams is best known for her starring roles in the landmark films Poltergeist, The Big Chill and Kramer vs. Kramer. On the New York stage, she has appeared Off-Broadway in Marsha Norman’s Last Dance, John Guare’s Gardenia and The Vagina Monologues. Most recently, she starred in Jane Anderson’s The Quality of Life at The Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, for which she received a Back Stage West Garland Award.

 

The design team for BODY AWARENESS will feature scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley III and sound design by Anthony Gabriele.

 

Atlantic’s New York premiere production of Conor McPherson’s (The Seafarer) play Port Authority, directed by Henry Wishcamper, is now in previews for a limited engagement through June 22nd, 2008 at Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theatre (336 West 20th Street).

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

ANNIE BAKER‘s (Playwright) plays have been developed and performed at the Soho Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, Playwrights Horizons, EST, the Ontological-Hysteric, Ars Nova, the Wilma, the Magic Theatre (New Voices West), the Bay Area Playwrights Festival, and the Sundance Playwrights Retreat in UCross, Wyoming. She graduated from the Department of Dramatic Writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and was a member of the 2006-2007 SoHo Rep Writer/Director Lab, EST’s Youngblood, and the Ars Nova Play Group.  She is currently working on a new play commission for the Soho Rep.

 

KAREN KOHLHAAS (Director) is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company. She directed actress /comedienne Judy Gold in the Drama Desk Award nominated one woman show 25 Questions For a Jewish Mother by Kate Moira Ryan (with Ms. Gold), at the Montreal Comedy Festival, Ars Nova, Off-Broadway at the St. Luke’s Theatre, and national tour. Other Off-Broadway and regional productions include Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse (Atlantic), Keith Reddin’s Synergy (Alley Theatre, world premiere) and Frame 312 (Atlantic, New York premiere); David Mamet’s Boston Marriage (Public Theater, New York premiere) and The Water Engine (Atlantic); three productions of An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein in New York and Sydney, Kate Moira Ryan’s OTMA (U.S. premiere), short plays by Jerome Hairston (Naked Angels), Hilary Bell (Atlantic), Joe Penhall (Atlantic), and Wendy MacLeod (Ensemble Studio Theatre marathon). Her short film The Palace of the End with writer/performer Taylor Mac was a featured selection at the Silverlake and Galway film festivals, and their next film If You See Something Say Something will premiere in June 2008 at the NY Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center’s Drag Show Video Vérité. Karen is a senior teacher at the Atlantic Acting School, and the writer/director of The Monologue Audition Video (DVD) author of The Monologue Audition: A Practical Guide for Actors (foreword by David Mamet), and of The Monologue Audition Teacher’s Manual, all available at http://www.monologueaudition.com.

 

JONATHAN CLEM is making his Off-Broadway debut in Body Awareness after having graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in May, 2008, where he studied at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School. New York: Bastard Farm (Galapagos Art Space); Wounds to the Face (Chashama). NYU: Philadelphia, Here I Come!; Too Clever by Half; Pericles.

 

PETER FRIEDMAN originated the role of “Tateh” in the musical Ragtime in its world premiere in Toronto, as well as on Broadway, receiving an Outer Critics Circle Award and Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. He most recently appeared in the Ben Katchor/Mark Mulcahy musical The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island. He was in the original New York productions of The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein and Simon Gray’s The Common Pursuit (earning Drama Desk nominations for both), A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller, C.P.Taylor’s …and a Nightingale Sang, and Execution of Justice by Emily Mann. He also appeared in New York in The Tenth Man by Paddy Chayefsky, Donald Margulies’ The Loman Family Picnic, Israel Horovitz’ My Old Lady and the recent Broadway revival of Reginald Rose’s Twelve Angry Men. He participated in the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival in The Shaggs: Philosophy of the World. His films include The Savages, Freedomland,  Safe, The Seventh Sign, Single White Female, Blink, Paycheck, and the soon-to-be-released Synecdoche, New York;  Spinning Into Butter; and Unconscious. On television he was a performer on The Muppet Show, and a regular on the series Brooklyn Bridge.

 

MARY McCANN is a founding member of the Atlantic Theater Company.  She most recently appeared in Atlantic’s world premiere of Ethan Coen’s comedy Almost an Evening, both at Atlantic Stage 2 and the transfer to The Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street. Recent film roles include “MaryAnn” in Little Children starring Kate Winslet and the upcoming films Choke starring Angelica Huston and Sam Rockwell, Sordid Things, upcoming television Cashmere Mafia and David’s Mom in The Naked Brothers Band on Nickelodeon.  Mary has appeared in many Atlantic Theater Company  productions, including the hit musical Spring Awakening,  The Cherry Orchard, The Night Heron, The Hiding Place, This Thing of Darkness, The Beginning of August, Wolf Lullaby, The Water Engine, Edmond, Dangerous Corner and Shaker Heights.  Broadway Credits:  The Old Neighborhood, Our Town with Spaulding Grey and Search and Destroy.  Other Off-Broadway Credits include:  Oleanna (Orpheum Theater); Uncommon Women and Others (Second Stage); Boys’ Life (Lincoln Center); and Hot Keys (Naked Angels). American Repertory Theater:  Oleanna  and Boston Marriage.  Film & TV Credits include:  The role of Ruthie Cheales in The Unit, Law & Order, Law and Order Special Victims Unit, Law and Order Criminal Intent, Sex and the City, Sports Night, ER, Spin City, It Must Be Love, Door to Door, The Con, The Spanish Prisoner and Things Change. Producing Credits include the films: Edmond starring William H. Mary and Colin Fitz.

 

JOBETH WILLIAMS is probably best known for her starring roles in the films Poltergeist (1 & 2), The Big Chill, Teachers, Switch, Fever Pitch, Stir Crazy and Kramer vs. Kramer, among many others. She has been nominated for three Emmy Awards® (for the television movies “Baby M” and “Adam”, and for “Frasier”), and starred in two series – John Grisham’s “The Client” and CBS’s “Payne” opposite John Larroquette.  This season she was seen in a recurring role on Showtime’s “Dexter.”  Her New York theater credits include Last Dance by Marsha Norman, Moonchildren, Ladyhouse Blues, A Couple of White Chicks, John Guare’s Gardenia and The Vagina Monologues.  In regional theatre she has starred in Antony and Cleopatra at the Old Globe, Idiot’s Delight opposite Stacy Keach at the Kennedy Center, Threepenny Opera in Williamstown, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the McCarter theatre, Uncle Vanya, Tartuffe and School for Wives among others.  She has also performed at the Arena Stage, and two seasons at Trinity Repertory Company.  She most recently appeared on stage last fall at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in Jane Anderson’s The Quality of Life, for which she received a Back Stage West Garland Award.   She has been nominated for two Golden Globes® and an Academy Award® for directing the short film On Hope. Her other directing credits include the Showtime film Frankie and Hazel with Joan Plowright and Mischa Barton, and episodic television. She is a graduate of Brown University, and married to director John Pasquin.

 

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 four 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 and Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song, directed by Neil Pepe and featuring Chris Bauer, Jonathan Cake and Emily Mortimer.   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. 

 

BODY AWARENESS will play Tuesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday matinees at 2:00pm and Sundays at 3:00pm.  All tickets are $45.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.com).

 

ATLANTIC STAGE 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues).  For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales call Ticketcentral at 212-279-4200 or visit www.ticketcentral.com.

 

www.atlantictheater.org

 

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