Oohrah!, Brunstetter's Tale of Military Families, Makes World Premiere in NYC Sept. 1

News   Oohrah!, Brunstetter's Tale of Military Families, Makes World Premiere in NYC Sept. 1 Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company gives Bekah Brunstetter's play Oohrah!, set in a North Carolina military town, its world premiere starting Sept. 1 at ATC's second space, Atlantic Stage 2.
Playwright Bekah Brunstetter
Playwright Bekah Brunstetter Photo by Helen Cris

Cassie Beck, Sami Gayle, Darren Goldstein, J.R. Horne, Jennifer Mudge, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe and Maximilian Osinski are featured in the play about military families, directed by Evan Cabnet.

Opening is Sept. 10. The Off-Broadway run at Atlantic's second stage will play to Sept. 27. The title is ATC's 2009-10 season-opener.

According to ATC, "In Fayetteville, NC, home to one of the South's largest military bases, practically everybody has somebody 'Over There.' Sara is relieved when her husband Ron returns home from an uneventful tour in Iraq, but he's finding it difficult to settle back into the domestic bliss that is 'home improvement' and 'Rachael Ray's 30-Minute Meals.' Sara's sister Abby has set herself up for an uneventful life with a civilian fiancé who's more interested in PlayStation than the battlefield. But when a hot, mysterious Marine walks into their lives, all bets on stability are off."

Brunstetter told Playbill.com, "I wrote Oohrah! — [the title is] a greeting exchanged between marines — last summer during a trip home to send my brothers off to Iraq. I wanted to write about what it is, emotionally, to be or love a soldier."

* The writer is the 2009 Playwright in Residence at Ars Nova. Her plays include Be a Good Little Widow (commissioned by Ars Nova), Miss Lilly Gets Boned (nominated for L. Arnold Weissberger Award), You May Go Now (NY IT Award for Best New Play (Babel Theater Project) and F**king Art (Winner, 2008 Sam French Short Play competition). She recently graduated with a master of fine arts degree from The New School for Drama.

Cabnet directed last season's world premiere production of Mark Schultz's play The Gingerbread House Off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Theatre. He is an associate artist with stageFARM and most recently co-directed the company's 2008 series of short plays, SPIN.

Cassie Beck was awarded a 2008 Theatre World Award for her performance in Drunken City Off-Broadway. Sami Gayle recently appeared as Baby June in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Gypsy. Darren Goldstein received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for his performance in Abigail's Party. J.R. Horne returns to Atlantic following last season's comedy Make Me. Jennifer Mudge recently appeared on Broadway in The Philanthropist. Lucas Near-Verbrugghe appeared on Broadway in The Ritz. Maximilian Osinski has appeared on the Lifetime television series "Army Wives" and in the feature film "The Express."

The design team for Oohrah! will feature scenic design by Lee Savage, costume design by Jessica Wegener, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and sound design by Dan Baker.

Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues). Tickets are $45 and available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (ticketcentral.com). For more information, call www.atlantictheater.org.

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