Atlantic Will Stage Plays by Auburn, Coen, Thurber and Pinter at Borrowed Spaces While Mainstage Is Renovated
By Kenneth Jones
Atlantic Theater Company's 25th anniversary season will include world premieres by Lucy Thurber, Academy Award winner Ethan Coen, Pulitzer and Tony Award winner David Auburn, plus a pairing of one-acts by Nobel Prize winner Harold Pinter. The 2010-11 season was announced on July 12.
A renovation of the Off-Broadway company's mainstage, the Linda Gross Theatre on West 20th Street, is planned, which will bump ATC productions to "satellite" Off-Broadway stages including Classic Stage Company, the Lucille Lortel Theatre and St. Ann's Warehouse.
The 2010-11 ATC season will begin at Atlantic Stage 2, the company's second stage, with the world premiere of Bottom of the World by Lucy Thurber, who returns to Atlantic following her acclaimed play Scarcity. Irish director Caitriona McLaughlin will direct.
Atlantic returns to the work of the late Pinter with The Collection & A Kind of Alaska: Two Plays By Harold Pinter, billed as a world-premiere pairing of plays that have previously been produced, part of the mainstage season, to play Classic Stage Company this fall.
A new world-premiere adaptation of Langdon Mitchell's 1906 comedy The New York Idea, by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn (Proof), will play the Lucille Lortel Theatre in spring 2011. This is an Atlantic commission.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Coen ("No Country for Old Men") returns to Atlantic with his third world-premiere production, Four Pickups, directed by Neil Pepe, who also staged Coen's hit comedies Almost an Evening and Offices. This special co-production with St. Ann's Warehouse will be performed in their flexible DUMBO, Brooklyn space in April 2011.
ATC will conclude its 2010-11 season at Atlantic Stage 2 with 10X25, a one-act festival debuting world- premiere short plays by playwrights, directors and actors who have worked at the company over the past 25 seasons.
In addition to its 2010-2011 season, Atlantic Theater Company subscribers will have exclusive access to the upcoming world-premiere Broadway production of Atlantic co-founder David Mamet's play A Life in the Theatre starring Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight, directed by ATC artistic director Neil Pepe.
Here's the ATC season at a glance:
Bottom of the World by Lucy Thurber
The Collection & A Kind of Alaska: Two Plays by Harold Pinter
The New York Idea
10 X 25 One Act Festival
Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, artistic director; Jeffory Lawson, managing director) is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre company "dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble." Atlantic "believes that the story of the play and the intent of the playwright are at the core of the creative process." Atlantic maintains an ensemble of acclaimed actors, writers and directors including Pulitzer Prize winning playwright and director David Mamet and Academy Award nominated actor William H. Macy, who founded Atlantic in 1985.
Tickets for main stage productions are $65 and available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or visiting ticketcentral.com. To become an ATC member, or for more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.
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