Atlantic Theater's Gabriel, Tale of a Mystery Man in World War II England, Opens Off-Broadway

News   Atlantic Theater's Gabriel, Tale of a Mystery Man in World War II England, Opens Off-Broadway
 
Lee Aaron Rosen plays the mysterious naked stranger — the title character — who washes ashore in England's Channel Islands in the U.S. premiere of Moira Buffini's Gabriel, opening May 13 in a production by Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company.
Gabriel stars Zach Grenier and Lisa Emery
Gabriel stars Zach Grenier and Lisa Emery Photo by Ari Mintz

Director David Esbjornson's cast also includes Patricia Conolly, Lisa Emery, Zach Grenier, Samantha Soule and Libby Woodbridge.

Previews began April 23. Opening night is May 13. According to ATC, "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 and fluent in both German and English, he has no recollection of who he is — patriot or Nazi…innocent or madman. 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."

Gabriel plays a limited engagement through June 6 at ATC's Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th Street.

The 1997 world-premiere production of Gabriel was awarded the U.K.'s London Weekend Television Plays on Stage Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award. Buffini's play Dinner, commissioned by the National Theatre, was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy and was recently staged at The Bay Street Theatre in a production starring Mercedes Ruehl. Her latest screenplay, an adaptation of the U.K. comic strip "Tamara Drewe," will be directed by Stephen Frears.

Conolly recently appeared on Broadway in Is He Dead? and at Lincoln Center in The Coast of Utopia trilogy. Obie Award winner Emery was nominated for a 2009 Lortel Award for Distracted Off-Broadway. Grenier was nominated for a 2009 Tony Award for his performance as Beethoven in 33 Variations on Broadway. Rosen makes his Off-Broadway debut following appearing in the Fringe Festival production of A Contemporary American's Guide to a Successful Marriage and in Wet at the Summer Play Festival. Soule returns to Atlantic after starring in The Voysey Inheritance and most recently appearing on Broadway in The Philanthropist. A recent graduate of Boston University, Woodbridge makes her New York theatrical debut. The creative team for Gabriel includes scenic designer Riccardo Hernandez, costume designer Martin Pakledinaz, lighting designer Scott Zielinski and sound designer Obadiah Eaves.

Gabriel plays Tuesday through Friday at 8 PM, Wednesday at 2 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM.

Tickets are $65 and available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (ticketcentral.com).

For more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.

Zach Grenier, Patricia Conolly, Lisa Emery, Samantha Soule and Libby Woodbridge
Zach Grenier, Patricia Conolly, Lisa Emery, Samantha Soule and Libby Woodbridge
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