With a Little Help From Its Friends, Atlantic Theater Will Christen New Space With 20 One-Acts

News   With a Little Help From Its Friends, Atlantic Theater Will Christen New Space With 20 One-Acts
A buffet of 20 plays, running 10 minutes each, will be laid out June 14-July 1 to celebrate the opening of Atlantic Theater Company's new second stage, Atlantic Stage 2.

The Off-Broadway not-for-profit has dubbed the spread "Ten by Twenty." The plays were commissioned by notable playwrights whose work has been produced at the resident theatre over the past two decades.

Expect new works by Hilary Bell, Jez Butterworth, Kia Corthron, Tom Donaghy, John Guare, Peter Hedges, Kevin Heelan, Tina Howe, Rolin Jones, Howard Korder, Quincy Long, Craig Lucas, David Mamet, Joe Penhall, David Pittu, David Rabe, Keith Reddin, Edwin Sanchez, Jeff Whitty and Bill Wrubel.

The 99-seat Atlantic Stage 2 theatre at 330 W. 16th Street will house two productions of new works each season and serve as a home theatre for the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School.

"Ten By Twenty" will reunite many of Atlantic's ensemble of actors and directors.

Featured actors include Jen Albano, Peter Bartlett, Kate Blumberg, Patrick Breen, Brennan Brown, Ronnie Butler, Ted Danson, Matt Dawson, Donna Duplantier, Alex Draper, Mike Doyle, Kathryn Erbe, Jim Frangione, Linda Gehringer, Zabryna Guevara, Steven Hawley, John Benjamin Hickey, Peter Jacobson, Kristen Johnston, Jordan Lage, Jan Maxwell, Roberta Maxwell, Carolyn McCormick, Peter Maloney, Christian Parker, Emily Peck, Susan Pourfar, David Pittu, Jonathan Rossetti, Christa Scott-Reed, Steven Skybell, Patrick Taylor, Ray Anthony Thomas and Mark Webber with direction by Robert Bella, Carl Forsman, Jackson Gay, Peter Hedges, Hilary Hinckle, Karen Kohlhaas, Dave Mowers, Christian Parker and Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe. Three different programs of works will run over three consecutive weeks beginning June 14.

Wednesday June 14-Saturday June 17 at 8 PM, Saturday matinee at 2 PM.

  • Three Little Words by Hilary Bell, directed by Karen Kohlhaas, with Kathryn Erbe and Kate Blumberg
  • Leavings by Jez Butterworth, directed by Neil Pepe, with Peter Maloney
  • Milos by John Guare, directed by Neil Pepe, with Patrick Breen
  • Our Favorite Child by Rolin Jones, directed by Christian Parker, with Linda Gehringer, Jonathan Rossetti and Ray Anthony Thomas
  • Home by David Mamet, directed by Hilary Hinckle, with Jordan Lage and Kathryn Erbe
  • The Muse by Quincy Long, directed by Dave Mowers, with Kate Blumberg and Brennan Brown
  • On Story by Bill Wrubel, directed by Robert Bella, with Patrick Breen, Brennan Brown, Jim Frangione, Peter Maloney, Emily Peck and Patrick Taylor WEEK 2
    Wednesday June 21–Saturday June 24 at 8 PM, Saturday matinee at 2 PM.

  • Master Disaster by Kia Corthron, directed by Jackson Gay, with Donna Duplantier, Zabryna Guevara
  • It Takes an Orchard by Tom Donaghy, directed by Neil Pepe, with Carolyn McCormick
  • Maybe 21 written and directed by Peter Hedges, with Kristen Johnston and John Benjamin Hickey
  • Quotidian by Howard Korder, directed by Neil Pepe, with Ted Danson
  • He's Come to Take the Children Home by Craig Lucas, directed by Neil Pepe, with Ryan King, Mark Webber
  • The Burning by Joe Penhall, directed by Karen Kohlhaas, with Alex Draper and Steven Hawley
  • Mutterliebe by Keith Reddin, directed by Christian Parker, with Jen Albano, Matt Dawson, Jan Maxwell WEEK 3
    Wednesday June 28–Saturday July 1 at 8 PM, Saturday matinee at 2 PM.

  • The Compassioneer by Kevin Heelan, directed by Carl Forsman, with Christian Parker, Steven Skybell
  • Through a Glass Darkly by Tina Howe, directed by Christian Parker, with Kate Blumberg, Peter Jacobson
  • Untitled by David Pittu, with David Pittu, Peter Bartlett
  • Hello. Northwood Mental Health Center by David Rabe, directed by Robert Bella, with Ronnie Butler, Robert Maxwell, Christa Scott-Reed
  • Jody's Mother by Edwin Sanchez, with Roberta Maxwell
  • The Intervention by Jeff Whitty, directed by Dave Mowers, with Susan Pourfar, Christa Scott-Reed, Ronnie Butler, Mike Doyle Tickets to "Ten By Twenty" are $25 per evening and available through Telecharge by calling (212) 239-6200 or by visiting Telecharge.com.

    Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th St (between Eighth & Ninth Avenues). For membership information, wheelchair seating, and/or group sales call (212) 691-5919, ext. 1092.

    Visit www.atlantictheater.org.


    Atlantic is currently presenting the world premiere of the musical Spring Awakening, directed by Michael Mayer and featuring music by Duncan Sheik and book and lyrics by Steven Sater, which will officially open Off-Broadway June 15 at the Atlantic Main Stage (336 West 20th Street).

    ATC (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Managing Director) "is the award winning Off-Broadway theatre dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble," according to its mission statement. "Atlantic believes that the story of the play and the intent of the playwright are at the core of the creative process." Since its inception in 1985, Atlantic has produced more than 100 plays including the Tony Award winning production of The Beauty Queen Of Leenane, the world premieres of Woody Allen's A Second Hand Memory and Writer's Block, last season's hit world premiere of David Mamet's Romance, Jez Butterworth's Mojo, Tom Donaghy's Minutes From The Blue Route the American premieres of Blue/Orange, Dublin Carol and The Night Heron, the New York premieres of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and The Cider House Rules, the revivals of American Buffalo, Edmond, The Hothouse and Hobson's Choice.

    Atlantic maintains an ensemble of acclaimed actors, writers and directors including David Mamet (playwright and director) and William H. Macy (Academy Award nominee for "Fargo"), who founded Atlantic 21 years ago, in 1985.

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