PHOTO CALL: Patricia Conolly, Michael Countryman, Jaime Ray Newman Rehearse The New York Idea

News   PHOTO CALL: Patricia Conolly, Michael Countryman, Jaime Ray Newman Rehearse The New York Idea
Rehearsals have started for the world premiere of The New York Idea, Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn's rewrite of the 1906 comedy of social mores. Atlantic Theater Company's commission will play the Lucille Lortel Theatre starting Jan. 6, 2011.

Under the direction of Mark Brokaw, Jaime Ray Newman (Geffen Playhouse's Some Girls and Fat Pig) will make her New York acting debut as Cynthia Karslake, who is at the center of Langdon Mitchell's original play.


The cast 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.

Here is a first look at the cast in rehearsal:


Here's how Atlantic bills the work: "Cynthia Karslake is a freewheeling young divorcee in 1906 New York City society. She has decided to settle down again into a much more stable, reliable relationship with the prominent Judge Philip Phillimore [played by Michael Countryman]. Little does she know, however, that neither of their impetuous and unpredictable ex-spouses, nor her beloved race horse Cynthia K is yet down for the count. In this sharp-tongued comedy, David Auburn sheds new light on a little known play from a century ago that offers a surprisingly contemporary look at social mores, status and attitudes about sex and divorce in upper crust New York."

Opening night is Jan. 26. The limited run plays to Feb. 13 at the Lortel (121 Christopher Street) while ATC's main stage Linda Gross Theater undergoes renovation.

All tickets are $65 and available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (, 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).


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