F. Murray Abraham Among Troupers in Atlantic Theater's Trio of Plays by Ethan Coen

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F. Murray Abraham, Mark Linn-Baker, Mary McCann and Elizabeth Marvel are among the players announced for Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere of Almost an Evening, made up of three short plays by filmmaker-writer Ethan Coen in January 2008.
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The triptych will play Off-Broadway Atlantic's intimate second space — Atlantic Stage 2 on West 16th Street.

Previews begin Jan 9, 2008, toward a Jan. 22 opening. The troupers under the direction of Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe will also include Jonathan Cake, J.R. Horne, Jordan Lage, Del Pentecost and Joey Slotnick.

The limited engagement will play to Feb. 10, 2008.

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ethan Coen ("Fargo") is currently represented by the acclaimed feature film, "No Country for Old Men."

According to Atlantic, "In the world premiere of Ethan Coen's Almost an Evening, three short plays unsuccessfully tackle important questions. In Waiting, someone waits somewhere for quite some time. In Four Benches, a voyage to self-discovery takes a British intelligence agent to steam baths in New York and Texas, and to park benches in the U.S. and U.K. In Debate, cosmic questions are taken up. Not much is learned." Almost an Evening is Coen's Off-Broadway debut as a playwright. He has made 13 movies with his brother Joel, including the Academy Award-winning "Fargo" as well as "O Brother, Where Art Thou?"; "Raising Arizona"; "Barton Fink"; "The Hudsucker Proxy" and "The Big Lebowski."

The engagement marks Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham's Atlantic debut. He appeared on Broadway this season in Mauritius and won the Oscar for "Amadeus."

Jonathan Cake is currently appearing in Cymbeline on Broadway.

J.R. Horne returns to Atlantic, where he appeared in The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite. He has appeared on Broadway in The Crucible, Inherit the Wind and recently completed filming the Coen Brothers' upcoming "Burn After Reading."

Atlantic founding member Jordan Lage returns to Atlantic, where he most recently appeared in Sea of Tranquility. On Broadway, he appeared in last season's revival of Inherit the Wind.

Mark Linn-Baker appeared on Broadway in Losing Louie last season, and most recently in the new musical Romantic Poetry Off-Broadway. He starred in all seven seasons of the ABC series "Perfect Strangers."

Elizabeth Marvel last appeared at the Atlantic in Woody Allen's A Second Hand Memory. She won an Obie Award for the title role in Hedda Gabbler Off-Broadway and appeared in the Tony Award-winning revival of Seascape on Broadway last season.

Atlantic founding member Mary McCann last appeared at Atlantic in the world premiere of Spring Awakening, and recently in The Cherry Orchard and The Night Heron. She is on the CBS series "The Unit," and appeared opposite Kate Winslet in the film "Little Children."

Del Pentecost appeared on the FX series "Starved" and in the Coen Brothers films "O Brother Where art Thou?" and "Coyote Ugly."

Joey Slotnick is a member of Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre Co., and has appeared Off-Broadway in The Altruists and on the television series "Boston Public" and "The Single Guy."

Almost an Evening will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Don Holder and sound design by Eric Shim and fight choreography by J. David Brimmer.

Atlantic Stage 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street.

Almost an Evening will play Tuesday through Saturday at 8 PM, Saturday matinees at 2 PM and Sundays at 3 PM and 7 PM.

All tickets are $45 and are available by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 (www.ticketcentral.com).

There will be no Saturday matinee on Jan. 12, 2008. Opening night curtain on Jan. 22 is at 7 PM.

For more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.


Atlantic's world premiere production of Peter Parnell's Trumpery is currently playing a limited engagement at Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theatre (336 W. 20th Street) through Dec. 30.

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