Mickey Sumner and Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Carol Kane star in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony nominee Craig Lucas' "comic thriller," The Lying Lesson, about a fictional encounter between late-career movie star Bette Davis and a stranger, opening March 13 following previews from Feb. 20 at Atlantic Theater Company's mainstage in Manhattan.
Here's how ATC bills the play by the author of Reckless, Prelude to a Kiss, The Dying Gaul and The Light in the Piazza: "In a remote seaside village in Maine, legendary film star Bette Davis (Carol Kane) shows up to buy the home of an elderly couple. When she encounters a young local woman (Mickey Sumner) who appears never to have heard of her, 'Ruth' stakes a claim on her distant past, and plays a relentless game of cat and mouse with her new 'assistant.' In this hilarious and unsettling comic thriller, Craig Lucas twists and turns the audience around essential questions about memory, identity and truth-telling."
The Lying Lesson continues to March 31 at ATC's mainstage Linda Gross Theater at 336 W. 20th Street.
Comic actress Carol Kane most recently appeared on Broadway in the critically acclaimed revival of Harvey and has starred in the Broadway productions of Wicked and Sly Fox. She has appeared in over 100 movies and television projects and was honored with a Best Actress Academy Award nomination for her role in the film "Hester Street," and two Emmy Awards for her role in the series "Taxi."
Actress Mickey Sumner makes her Off-Broadway and Atlantic Theater Company debut after recently appearing on the New York stage in the Culture Project workshop of The Seagull. Other theater credits include the recent 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and Think Global, F**k Local at The Royal Court in London.
Director MacKinnon is a frequent interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having also staged his plays Peter and Jerry; Occupant; A Delicate Balance; The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?; and The Play About the Baby.
Lucas was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for The Light in the Piazza as well as his celebrated Broadway play Prelude to a Kiss, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist before being adapted into the hit film comedy starring Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin. His plays include Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue Window, God's Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, Prayer for My Enemy and The Singing Forest.
The Lying Lesson features scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Russell H. Champa and original music and sound design by Broken Chord.
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