When Atlantic Theatre Company (ATC) co-founder William H. Macy hosts the ATC's 15th Anniversary Benefit on May 22, the popular actor will give theatre supporters a special treat to go along with their gourmet dinner: Macy and other actors will perform roles that everyone knows they would otherwise never, ever get.
One source suggested the implausible idea of William H. Macy playing Big Daddy in Tennessee Williams' Cat On a Hot Tin Roof as an example of what to expect in "Roles You Will Never, Ever Get," the title of the special ATC presentation.
Macy, who co-founded ATC with playwright David Mamet in 1985, is the benefit's anchor celebrity. Other celebrity guests are expected to be announced at a later date.
This season, ATC has devoted its entire calendar to Mamet plays. Macy is currently starring in Mamet's American Buffalo. Founded with the aim of producing plays in such a way that cultivates and fosters the work of young and established playwrights, ATC has presented over 80 plays in Chicago, New York and Vermont.
The ATC benefit includes a champagne reception, a silent and live auction, a gourmet banquet dinner and the special presentation, "Roles You Will Never, Ever Get." Table prices for the ATC benefit range from $3,000-$10,000 with single tickets priced at $400. The ATC's 15th Anniversary Benefit will take place at Chelsea Piers' The Lighthouse, located at 23rd Street and the Hudson River. For information on the gala call Patrice Iacovelli at (212) 414 1377. For ATC membership information call (212) 645-1242. -- By Murdoch McBride