Lage, Murray, Pankow and More Bring New Mamet One-Acts to Life at Off-Broadway's Atlantic

News   Lage, Murray, Pankow and More Bring New Mamet One-Acts to Life at Off-Broadway's Atlantic A double-bill of David Mamet one-acts, Keep Your Pantheon and School, begins a run Off-Broadway Sept. 9 at Atlantic Theater Company, the organization Mamet co-founded.
John Pankow, Jack Wallace and J.J. Johnston (seated)
John Pankow, Jack Wallace and J.J. Johnston (seated) Photo by Ari Mintz

The production — presented under the title Two Unrelated Plays by David Mamet: Keep Your Pantheon and School — is directed by artistic director Neil Pepe. It represents the New York City premiere of Pantheon and the world premiere of School. Performances play ATC's Linda Gross Theater through Nov. 1. Opening is Sept. 30.

The ensemble cast includes boast Jeffrey Addiss, Michael Cassidy, Steven Hawley, J.J. Johnston, Jordan Lage, Brian Murray, Rod McLachlan, John Pankow, Jonathan Rossetti, Jack Wallace and Todd Weeks.

Keep Your Pantheon, according to Atlantic, is a "rousing farce that follows the fortunes and misfortunes of an acting troupe in ancient Rome. An impoverished acting company on the edge of eviction is offered a lucrative engagement. But through a series of mishaps, the troupe finds its problems have actually multiplied." School is described as a "brief comic discourse on recycling, poster design and the transmission of information."

The production features scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Chris Akerlind and sound design by Obadiah Eaves.

Prolific Mamet will also be represented on Broadway this season with the debut of Race and the Broadway premiere of his Off-Broadway hit Oleanna. *

Jeffrey Addiss and Michael Cassidy appeared in the world premiere of Keep Your Pantheon at Center Theater Group. Atlantic ensemble member Steven Hawley appeared in the world premiere of Mamet's Romance at the Atlantic and at the Mark Taper Forum. Mamet veteran J.J. Johnston appeared in the world premiere of Keep Your Pantheon at Center Theater Group. Founding Atlantic ensemble member Jordan Lage recently played the role of Bobby Gould in the Broadway revival of Mamet's Speed-the-Plow. Three-time Tony nominee Brian Murray appeared on Broadway in last season's acclaimed revival of Mary Stuart. Atlantic ensemble member Rod McLachlan has appeared in Edmund and Clean. John Pankow recently starred in Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them Off-Broadway and in Cymbeline on Broadway. Jonathan Rossetti and Mamet veteran Jack Wallace appeared in the world premiere of Keep Your Pantheon at Center Theatre Group. Atlantic ensemble member Todd Weeks recently appeared in Some Americans Abroad Off-Broadway and Atlantic's Scarcity.

Mamet's many plays include November, Boston Marriage, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life In The Theater, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award), plus the translations and adaptations of The Voysey Inheritance by Harvey Granville-Barker, Red River by Pierre Laville and The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov, and Faustus.

Show times will be Tuesday-Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2 PM and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM.

The Linda Gross Theater is located in Manhattan at 330 West 20 Street. Tickets, priced $65, are available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200.

For more information visit www.atlantictheater.org.

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Neil Pepe is artistic director of the Atlantic Theater Company; Jeffory Lawson is managing director.

Jordan Lage, Jonathan Rossetti, Todd Weeks, Jack Wallace, John Pankow, Brian Murray, Michael Cassidy, J.J. Johnston, Jeffrey Addiss, Steven Hawley and Rod McLachlan
Jordan Lage, Jonathan Rossetti, Todd Weeks, Jack Wallace, John Pankow, Brian Murray, Michael Cassidy, J.J. Johnston, Jeffrey Addiss, Steven Hawley and Rod McLachlan
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