PHOTO CALL: Simon Stephens' Bluebird, Starring Simon Russell Beale, Opens at the Atlantic

News   PHOTO CALL: Simon Stephens' Bluebird, Starring Simon Russell Beale, Opens at the Atlantic
 
Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company opened the U.S. premiere of Simon Stephens' Bluebird, starring Simon Russell Beale, at its intimate Atlantic Stage 2 on Aug. 22.

The cast, helmed by director Gaye Taylor Upchurch, also includes Michael Countryman, Charlotte Parry, John Sharian, Kate Blumberg, Mary McCann, Tobias Segal and Todd Weeks.

Here's how ATC bills the play: "Jimmy MacNeill [Beale, late of London's Deathtrap and The Bridge Project] is a London taxi driver who seems to draw personal stories and confessions from his passengers without even trying. Over the course of Simon Stephens' meticulously-observed and deeply compassionate play, the truth of Jimmy's own life and secret burdens unfurls with each new 'fare.' In this acclaimed early play, the first of several he has since had produced at the Royal Court Theatre, Stephens illuminates big questions about how we transcend our own mistakes, and the value and cost of intimacy. He is an unparalleled observer of the small details that unlock joy and pain for the throngs of people anonymously going about their business in the big city."

Here's a look at opening night:

For more information, please visit www.atlantictheater.org.

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