Murray, Pankow, Johnston, Weeks, Cassidy, Lage Cast in Atlantic's Mamet Double-Bill

News   Murray, Pankow, Johnston, Weeks, Cassidy, Lage Cast in Atlantic's Mamet Double-Bill Atlantic Theater Company has announced casting for the world premiere of the David Mamet one-act double-bill, Keep Your Pantheon and School.
Brian Murray and John Pankow
Brian Murray and John Pankow Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Directed by artistic director Neil Pepe, the plays by the founder of the Atlantic will begin previews Sept. 9 at Off-Broadway's Linda Gross Theater with an official opening scheduled for Sept. 30. Performances will continue through Nov. 1.

The ensemble cast will 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 press notes, 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 will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Chris Akerlind and sound design by Obadiah Eaves.

Ever-busy playwright 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.

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.