Tony Award nominee David Leveaux (Nine, The Real Thing, Fiddler on the Roof, Arcadia, Through a Glass Darkly) directs the play that is pulled from the headlines — literally. The work is inspired by the story of Jayson Blair, a reporter who resigned from the Times in 2003 after an investigation revealed plagiarism and fiction in his work.
According to Atlantic, "In the world premiere of Gabe McKinley's CQ/CX, Jay, an up and coming black reporter [played by Kobi Libii] at The New York Times, finds his dreams of becoming a famous journalist come crashing down as he becomes the center of a plagiarism scandal. Drawing on his own experience as a newsman, McKinley weaves a revealing and complex story about the collateral damage of unchecked ambition and compounded lies. In this new play inspired by real events, truth becomes slippery and racial tensions reach a boiling point. CQ/CX raises difficult questions about the state of our media culture, and the meaning and price of journalistic integrity."
(The title is a reference to obsolescent proofreading marks made by a copy editor.)
McKinley makes his Atlantic debut with the play. His critically acclaimed play Extinction was produced Off-Broadway last season. His other plays include The Kitchen Sink Play, Welcome Home Rock Rogers, Funny and Floodplains. He is the recipient of the 2011 Samuel French/New School for Drama Award for Excellence in Playwriting, and his play The Grave was the winner of the Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway Short Play Festival. The limited engagement was recently extended by a week to March 11.
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The production team for CQ/CX includes scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer Jess Goldstein, lighting designer Ben Stanton, sound designer and creator of original music David Van Tieghem and projection designer Peter Nigrini and C. Andrew Bauer.
All tickets are $65 and available by calling (212) 279-4200 or visiting www.ticketcentral.com, or at the Atlantic Stage 2 box office at 330 West 16th Street.
Atlantic's mainstage in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood is still undergoing renovation. The borrowed Signature Theatre Company's Peter Norton Space (home of CQ/CX) is at 555 W. 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenue.
For more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.