Neuwirth and Reiser Will Star in Woody Allen's Writer's Block

News   Neuwirth and Reiser Will Star in Woody Allen's Writer's Block Bebe Neuwirth and and Paul Reiser will star in the world premiere of two one-acts written and directed by Woody Allen for the Atlantic Theater Company this spring.

Also in the cast are Kate Blumberg, Annabelle Gurwitch, Clea Lewis, Richard Portnow, Grant Shaud, Skipp Sudduth and Christopher Evan Welch.

Writer's Block begins April 23 and represents the theatrical directorial debut of Academy Award-winner Allen, known for his acting, plays, screenplays and film directing.

The world premiere of Writer's Block is comprised of two new one-act comedies — Riverside Drive and Old Saybrook. Riverside Drive takes place on the streets in New York City and Old Saybrook takes place in a house in Connecticut. The Atlantic Theater Company website is www.atlantictheater.org.

Casting is by Bernard Telsey Casting. Juliet Taylor, Allen's longtime collaborator, is the casting consultant. Scenic design is by Santo Loquasto, lighting design by Jim Ingalls with costume design by Laura Bauer.

Neuwirth appeared in Broadway revivals of Chicago, Damn Yankees and Sweet Charity. Reiser is best known as a comedian who starred in the TV series "Mad About You." Portnow is a film, TV and stage actor. Opening is May 15 at Atlantic Theater Company, 336 W. 20th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues, in Manhattan. Writer's Block plays 8 PM Tuesday Sunday, 2 PM Saturday and 3 PM Sunday.

Tickets are $50. For reservations, call Tele-Charge at (212) 239-6200. For Atlantic Theater Company membership information, call (212) 645 1242.

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Woody Allen's plays include Don't Drink the Water (1966), Death Knocks (1968), Play It Again, Sam (1969), Death (1975), God (1975), The Query (1976), My Apology (1980), The Floating Light Bulb (1981) and Death Defying Act (1995). His films as a director or writer include "Hollywood Ending" (2002), "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" (2001), "Small Time Crooks" (2000), "Sweet and Lowdown" (1999), "Celebrity" (1998), "Deconstructing Harry" (1997), "Everyone Says I Love You" (1996), "Mighty Aphrodite" (1995), "Bullets Over Broadway" (1994), "Manhattan Murder Mystery" (1993), "Husbands and Wives" (1992), "Shadows and Fog" (1992), "Alice" (1990), "Crimes and Misdemeanors" (1989), "New York Stories" (1989), "Another Woman" (1988), "Radio Days" (1987), "September" (1987), "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986), "The Purple Rose of Cairo" (1985), "Broadway Danny Rose" (1984), "Zelig" (1983),  "A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy" (1982), "Stardust Memories" (1980), "Manhattan" (1979), "Interiors" (1978), "Annie Hall" (1977), "Love and Death" (1975), "Sleeper" (1973), "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex" (1972), "Bananas" (1971), "Don't Drink the Water" (1969) directed by Howard Morris, written by Woody Allen, "Take the Money and Run" (1969) and "What's Up, Tiger Lily?"