Couples Test Limits in Ayvazian's Make Me, Opening in NYC May 31

News   Couples Test Limits in Ayvazian's Make Me, Opening in NYC May 31 Atlantic Theater Company's world-premiere production of Leslie Ayvazian's relationships play, Make Me, with Anthony Arkin, Candy Buckley, Jessica Hecht, J.R. Horne, Richard Masur and Ellen Parker, opens May 31 after previews from May 20.
(from top:) Candy Buckley, Anthony Arkin and Jessica Hecht
(from top:) Candy Buckley, Anthony Arkin and Jessica Hecht Photo by Doug Hamilton

The production, directed by Atlantic associate artistic director Christian Parker, plays to June 14 at Atlantic Stage 2 at 330 West 16th Street.

According to ATC, "In Make Me, six pent-up Americans in three different relationships have reached the end of their ropes. In this naughty comic fugue, Leslie Ayvazian explores what happens when the rules are changed just at the moment when people think they are perfectly comfortable and the lengths to which some will go to be seen, heard and obeyed."

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With this play, Ayvazian makes her Atlantic Theater Company debut. Her acclaimed Off-Broadway play, Nine Armenians, won the John Gassner Outer Critics Award, The Susan Smith Blackburn Prize and the Kennedy Center's Roger L. Stevens Award. Her film credits include Showtime's "Every Three Minutes" starring Olympia Dukakis.

Parker most recently staged the New York premiere of Tina Howe's play Birth And After Birth. Other Atlantic credits include Jeff Whitty's The Hiding Place and 10X20, a festival of newly commissioned ten-minute plays by writers previously produced at Atlantic for which he directed plays by Tina Howe, Keith Reddin and Rolin Jones. Make Me features scenic design by Anna Louizos, costume design by Theresa Squire, lighting design by Josh Bradford and sound design by Jill BC DuBoff.

Arkin appeared in Broadway's I'm Not Rappaport and Off-Broadway's The Waverly Gallery; Buckley appeared in Broadway's After the Fall, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cabaret and Ring Round the Moon and Off-Broadway's Shockheaded Peter, Valhalla and Communicating Doors; Hecht most recently appeared in Julius Caesar on Broadway and in Howard Katz; Horne returns to Atlantic following starring in the world premiere of Ethan Coen's Almost an Evening at Atlantic Stage 2 and The Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street; Masur appeared in Broadway's Democracy and The Changing Room and Off-Broadway's Dust, A Feminine Ending, The Ruby Sunrise and Sarah, Sarah; and Parker's New York City work includes House/Garden, Plenty, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Fen, The Heidi Chronicles and more.

Ayvazian's other plays include High Dive, her one-woman show about turning 50; Rosemary and I, which was named a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist; Lovely Day, which premiered at City Theatre in Pittsburgh; Footlights, a one-woman show about shoes; and one-act plays Practice; Hi There, Mr. Machine; Twenty Four Years; Deaf Day and Plan Day.

Make Me received workshop productions by the Cape Cod Theatre Festival and the Adirondack Theatre Festival, both directed by Martha Banta.

Make Me will play Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 PM and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 PM. All tickets are $45 and are available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or by visiting www.ticketcentral.com.

Visit www.atlantictheater.org.

Jessica Hecht, Richard Masur and Candy Buckley in <i>Make Me</i>
Jessica Hecht, Richard Masur and Candy Buckley in Make Me Photo by Doug Hamilton