Atlantic Theater Company Season Will Include Four World Premieres, Including Hunter Bell Musical, Plus David Mamet Revival

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28 May 2014

Four world-premiere productions will play the Atlantic Theater Company in its 2014-15 season, which will also boast a new American premiere and a revival of a David Mamet play.

The 2014-15 season will begin with the world premiere of the new musical Found, by Tony nominee Hunter Bell ([title of show]) and Lee Overtree. The season will also include the world premieres of Halley Feiffer's I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard, Doug Wright's Posterity and Rajiv Joseph's Guards at the Taj.

The American premiere of Dying For It, by Moira Buffini, will also be presented, along with Ghost Stories: The Shawl and Prairie Du Chen, by Atlantic founder and Pulitzer Prize winner Mamet.

The season-at-a-glance follows.

Linda Gross Theater
World Premiere New Musical
Found
Book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree
Music and Lyrics by Eli Bolin
Directed by Lee Overtree

"Found was created from scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been 'found' in the real world by every-day people. Inspired by actual events, the show follows Davy who, along with his two best friends, is lost and broke. When he finds a strangely revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else, it sparks an outlandish idea that finds him and his compatriots on a wild, comedic journey. By bringing a host of real notes and letters from Davy Rothbart’s popular Found Magazine to irreverent theatrical life, this raucous and insightful new musical tells a story of ambition, betrayal and loyalty while celebrating the weirdness in all of us."



Linda Gross Theater
American Premiere
Dying For It
By Moira Buffini
A free adaptation of The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman
Directed by Neil Pepe

"Dying For It is the story of Semyon, a man down on his luck, married to a nag, and out of options. When he decides to throw in the towel and kill himself, a deluge of sympathetic visitors descends upon him, determined to make him a martyr for their many causes. Swept up in the firestorm of attention, Semyon does take matters into his own hands, but not quite in the fashion that everyone expects. An outrageous satire on the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life, this play was banned by Stalin before it ever saw the light of day, and is now regarded as an under-known 20th-century classic comedy."

Atlantic Stage 2
World Premiere
I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard
By Halley Feiffer
Directed by Trip Cullman

"Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut… and things unravel from there. Halley Feiffer’s new play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship and sheds new light on the eternal struggles of parents and children to find common ground."

Linda Gross Theater
World Premiere
Posterity
Written and directed by Doug Wright

"Norway’s most celebrated sculptor is commissioned to create the last official portrait of her most famous writer, but Henrik Ibsen proves to be an irascible, contentious sitter, as the two men wage war over his legacy and his likeness. With his inimitable wit and insight, Doug Wright explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten."

Linda Gross Theater
World Premiere
Guards at the Taj
By Rajiv Joseph

"In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal — an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concept of friendship, beauty and duty, and changes them forever."

Atlantic Stage 2
David Mamet Revival
Ghost Stories: The Shawl and Prairie Du Chen
By David Mamet

"The Shawl is the story of bereaved woman who consults a smalltime mystic for guidance. As the mystic collects clues to make contact with the dearly departed, will he help this woman through her grief, or merely help himself? In Prairie Du Chen, a railroad car speeding through the Wisconsin night is the setting for a story of obsessive jealousy, murder and suicide, punctuated by a friendly card game that explodes into a moment of menace."

Atlantic For Kids Productions 

Ivy & Bean The Musical
Music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen
Based on the books by Annie Barrows, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Linda Gross Theater

"Based on the New York Times best-selling children's books series by author Annie Barrows and Illustrator Sophie Blackhall, Ivy & Bean, The Musical is the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different second graders. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they would never like each other. Bean is loud and wild and goofy. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, and needs a place to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue. When the two become a team, there’s mischief and laughter at every turn — along with lessons to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship, and love."

Camp Kappawanna
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Loeb, Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty
​Book by Cusi Cram and Peter Hirsch
Linda Gross Theater

"Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, Camp Kappawanna portrays the fear and excitement of leaving home for the first time through lyrics and music by Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Lisa Loeb. This lighthearted musical, inspired by Loeb’s own nostalgic summer camp memories, includes fun, silly and serious songs that will take you back to your childhood days."

Visit atlantictheater.org for more information.