Pam MacKinnon Replaces Anna Shapiro in Directing Premiere of Craig Lucas' Lying Lesson

By Kenneth Jones
January 22, 2013

Tony Award-nominated director Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will direct actress Mickey Sumner in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas' comedy The Lying Lesson for Atlantic Theater Company. The previously announced Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Carol Kane also stars.



The Lying Lesson will begin previews Feb. 20, officially opening March 13. It continues to March 31 at ATC's Off-Broadway main stage Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th Street.

Here's how ATC bills the play: "In a remote seaside village in Maine, a legendary film star who may or may not be 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, celebrated author of Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless and The Light in the Piazza, twists and turns the audience around essential questions about memory, identity and truth-telling."

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 motion pictures and television series 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 will make 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.

Anna D. Shapiro, previously announced to stage The Lying Lesson earlier this season, is now unable to direct the production due to scheduling.

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.

Craig 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 design team for The Lying Lesson will feature 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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