By Kenneth Jones
26 Jan 2011
|Photo by Ari Mintz|
The ATC commission by Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn (Proof) will play to Feb. 26, representing a two-week extension. Inspired by Langdon Mitchell's 1906 comedy of social mores, the play — which Auburn has called an extensive rewrite of the source material — began performances Jan. 7 at the Lortel, which ATC is borrowing while its Chelsea mainstage undergoes renovation.
Under the direction of Mark Brokaw, Jaime Ray Newman (Geffen Playhouse's Some Girls and Fat Pig) makes her New York acting debut as Cynthia Karslake, who is at the center of Mitchell's original play.
The cast also includes Patricia Conolly, Michael Countryman, Francesca Faridany, Mikaela Feely-Lehmann, Rick Holmes, John Keating, Peter Maloney, Jaime Ray Newman, Patricia O'Connell, Jeremy Shamos, Joey Slotnick and Tom Patrick Stephens.
Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Auburn's plays include Proof, An Upset and Amateurs and Skyscraper. He wrote the screenplays for the feature films "The Lake House" starring Sandra Bullock and "The Girl in the Park" starring Sigourney Weaver, which he also directed. He recently staged A Delicate Balance at The Berkshire Theatre Festival.
Brokaw is currently represented Off-Broadway with his staging of The Language Archive. He has directed After Miss Julie, The Constant Wife, Reckless and the musical Cry-Baby on Broadway. Off-Broadway, he received Obie, Drama Desk and Lortel Awards for his direction of Paula Vogel's acclaimed play How I Learned to Drive, a Lortel Award for Kenneth Lonergan's This is Our Youth and Lortel nominations for Lonergan's Lobby Hero and Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home.
The New York Idea features scenic design by Allen Moyer, costume design by Michael Krass, lighting design by Mary Louise Geiger and original music by Lewis Flinn.
The Lortel is at 121 Christopher Street. All tickets are $65 and available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (ticketcentral.com), in person at the Ticket Central box office or in person at the Atlantic Stage 2 box office located at 330 West 16th Street (between Eighth and Ninth Avenues).