Burstyn, who previously appeared in the LAByrinth production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' Little Flower of East Orange in 2008, will star in the dramatic comedy about a playwright who finds that his own mother will play herself in his autobiographical play.
Also appearing Burstyn are Max Casella ("The Sopranos," "Boardwalk Empire"), Paul Kandel (The Who's Tommy), Tony winner John Glover (Love! Valour! Compassion!), Kelley Curran (Angels in America, Henry V), David Deblinger (The Wood, Our Lady of 121st Street), Charles Goforth (underneathmybed, Henry V), Kelley Rae O'Donnell (Heal Me Television, The 24 Hour Plays), Melissa Ross (Our Lady of 121st Street, A Winter Party) and Sidney Williams (Little Flower of East Orange, Identical Same Temptation).
Here is a look at the cast in rehearsal:
Ellen Burstyn and Cast Rehearse The Atmosphere of Memory
Obie Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park) will stage the premiere, which officially opens Oct. 30 for a run through Nov. 13.
According to the LAByrinth, The Atmosphere of Memory "tells the story of playwright Jon Stone, who has recently found the courage to write his masterpiece: a play about his upbringing. But problems arise when his actual mother is cast to play his mother on stage and his estranged father remembers the family history differently. Jon is forced to rewrite not only his play, but his past as well. With twists hilarious and heartbreaking, playwright Katz turns Williams and O'Neill on their heads by imagining a world where the boundaries between life / art, and fact /fiction, are as blurry as The Atmosphere of Memory itself."
For season membership passes visit LABTheater.org. Single tickets go on sale Sept. 14. The Bank Street Theater is located at 155 Bank Street.