Cotter Smith, Reed Birney, Christine Lahti Begin Dreams of Flying, the Latest From Adam Rapp, Sept. 13

News   Cotter Smith, Reed Birney, Christine Lahti Begin Dreams of Flying, the Latest From Adam Rapp, Sept. 13 Atlantic Theater Company unveils previews of the world premiere of Adam Rapp's surreal play Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling on Sept. 13. The work features Christine Lahti and Reed Birney as hosts of an incident-filled dinner party in Connecticut.

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Also among the players in the Off-Broadway production are Betsy Aidem, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Cotter Smith, Shane McRae and Katherine Waterston.

ATC artistic director Neil Pepe directs the staging, which opens Oct. 3 and runs to Oct. 30 at Classic Stage Company, a borrowed venue (on East 13th Street) while ATC's mainstage is being expanded.

Here's how ATC characterizes the play: "Dr. Bertram and Sandra Cabot invite long time friends Dirk and Celeste Von Stofenberg [Smith and Aidem] to their beautiful Connecticut Gold Coast home in honor of James [McRae], the Von Stofenberg's only son, who has recently been released from an esteemed private psychiatric hospital. 

The feast promises to be delicious, but when Sandra enlists Dirk to help her change the course of her life, the sky turns a strange color, Canadian geese start crashing into the bay window, and the fate of the evening tilts toward an inevitable conclusion that promises to change the lives of all who came to the table."

Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling "lifts the veil on the lives of two wealthy American families, and shows us how even the most polished among us can behave like animals."

The production team includes scenic designers Takeshi Kata and Andrew Boyce, costume designer Theresa Squire and lighting designer Tyler Micoleau, with original music and sound design by David Van Tieghem. Obie Award winner Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter) makes his Atlantic debut with Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling. His plays include Nocturne, Faster, Blackbird, Essential Self-Defense and American Sligo.

Obie winner Aidem appeared in Sea of Tranquility and Celebration at ATC; Bernstine won an Obie Award for her performance in Ruined; Reed Birney won a Special Drama Desk Award last season for his work in A Small Fire, Tigers Be Still and The Dream of the Burning Boy; Oscar nominee and Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Lahti's projects include "Swing Shift," Broadway's God of Carnage and The Heidi Chronicles; McRae made his New York debut on Broadway in Take Me Out and can be seen in the films "The Help," "Bad Teacher" and "The Adjustment Bureau"; Smith is a veteran of Broadway's Next Fall and Off-Broadway's Side Effects; Waterston appeared in Off-Broadway's The Hallway Trilogy at Rattlestick, Bachelorette at Second Stage and Kindness at Playwrights' Horizons.

For tickets and more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.

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Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, artistic director; Jeffory Lawson, managing director) is the award winning Off-Broadway theatre company "dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble." 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 in 1985. Its past productions include The Lieutenant Of Inishmore, The Cripple of Inishmaan, 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 and more.

L-R: Katherine Waterston (seated), Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Reed Birney, Christine Lahti, Shane McRae, Cotter Smith and Betsy Aidem, in rehearsal.
L-R: Katherine Waterston (seated), Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Reed Birney, Christine Lahti, Shane McRae, Cotter Smith and Betsy Aidem, in rehearsal. Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia
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