Esbjornson Will Helm U.S. Premiere of Gabriel for Atlantic

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David Esbjornson is expected to direct the American premiere of Moira Buffini's World War II-set drama Gabriel for Atlantic Theater Company this spring, according to a casting notice.
David Esbjornson
David Esbjornson

The not-for-profit Off-Broadway company will present the play April 21-June 6 at Atlantic's main stage, The Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street. Casting will be announced later. Esbjornson is the busy regional and New York City director who staged Broadway's The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and The Ride Down Mt. Morgan.

Gabriel was awarded the U.K.'s LWT (London Weekend Television) Plays on Stage Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award.

According to ATC, "Gabriel is set around a largely forgotten moment in British history — the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. A naked young man washes up on a Guernsey beach. Unnervingly handsome, he's fluent in both German and English but has no recollection of who he is. Patriot or Nazi…innocent or madman…or does it depend entirely on your point of view? Gabriel explores the heart of memory, identity and imagination, as well as the lies people tell themselves and each other to make the darkness light again."

Buffini's Dinner (2002), which was commissioned by the National Theatre, was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. It was produced at the Bay Street Theatre recently in a production starring Mercedes Ruehl.

Her other theatre credits include Loveplay (2001) for the Royal Shakespeare Company; Silence (1999), Birmingham Rep and Plymouth Theatre Royal, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize; and Blavatsky's Tower (Fringe). She recently wrote Dying For It, a free adaptation of The Suicide by Nickolai Erdman, which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in Spring 2007.

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