The Atlantic Theater Company will begin its 1999-2000 season -- dedicated to the work of playwright David Mamet -- with a double bill of The Water Engine and Mr. Happiness. Karen Kohlhaas will direct the evening, which begins previews Sept. 29 and runs through Nov. 21, according to a casting notice in Back Stage.
Mamet co-founded the Atlantic Theatre Company with actor and director William H. Macy. In the past, the troupe has staged several Mamet works, but lately it has concentrated on British plays such as The Beauty Queen on Leenane and Mojo, as well as new American dramas like The Cider House Rules and Minutes from the Blue Route.
The Mamet season will continue with a revival of what is, perhaps, the playwright's greatest work, American Buffalo, staged by Neil Pepe. The production will begin performances in February 2000. Two more Mamet works -- one for the late fall and one for the spring -- are yet to be chosen.
One thing certain not to be on the roster is Boston Marriage, the Mamet drama which recently premiered at Massachusetts' American Repertory Theatre. Artistic director Neil Pepe told Playbill On-Line the entire Atlantic roster will be made up of revivals of old Mamet works.
Other Mamet plays include The Old Neighborhood, The Cryptogram, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Glengarry Glen Ross, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, The Woods and Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Mamet's latest film "The Winslow Boy" recently opened to strong reviews. -- By Robert Simonson