Conor McPherson's Port Authority will make its New York premiere as well.
Artistic director Neil Pepe and managing director Andrew D. Hamingson announced the not-for-profit's coming Off-Broadway slate May 31.
The Atlantic's main stage season at the Linda Gross Theater on West 20th Street will mark premieres from three playwrights returning to the Atlantic stage and the Atlantic debut of an emerging young writer: Parnell returns following his acclaimed play The Cider House Rules; Butterworth saw the New York premiere of his Mojo and American premiere of The Night Heron at Atlantic; and Thurber is making her Atlantic debut.
Atlantic Stage 2, the company's new theatre, will feature world premiere limited engagements of Three Short Plays by Ethan Coen, by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ethan Coen ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Fargo"), directed by Pepe in January 2008; and Annie Baker's comedy Body Awareness, staged by Atlantic Theater Company founding member Karen Kohlhaas (The Hothouse) in May 2008.
The Atlantic Theater Company's 2007-08 Main Stage Season
Port Authority, a New York City premiere, by Conor McPherson, directed by Henry Wishcamper. April 30-June 22, 2008. "Set against the backdrop of contemporary Dublin, Port Authority weaves the stories of three generations of Irishmen as they experience loss, failure and the elusiveness of love. Conor McPherson (Shining City, The Weir, Dublin Carol) exposes the heart of the common man with his customary wit and humor in his return to Atlantic following his acclaimed production of Dublin Carol." Atlantic Stage 2 Season
Body Awareness, a world premiere, by Annie Baker, directed by Karen Kohlhaas. May 2008. "At bucolic Shirley State College in Vermont it is Body Awareness Week, and all must go according to plan. But when radical photographer Frank Bonitatibus shows up with his passel of photographs of naked women, things start to go awry. In this warm and witty satire, Baker blows the lid off of political correctness with a comic and touching window into a very unconventional family." *
Atlantic Theater Company, founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, "is 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. Since its 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's Trafficking in Broken Hearts and the American premieres of Blue/Orange, Dublin Carol and The Night Heron, plus the New York premieres of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and The Cider House Rules.
Broadway's current musical Spring Awakening was launched at Atlantic, as was last season's Tony-nominated The Lieutenant of Inishmore.
The Atlantic Main Stage at the Linda Gross Theatre is located at 336 West 20th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). Tickets for main stage productions are $55 and available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (or at ticketcentral.com).
Atlantic Stage 2 is at 330 W. 16th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). Tickets are $35 and available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (or at ticketcentral.com).
For more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.