Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of Atlantic Theatre Company's THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER

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Atlantic Theater Company presents the American premiere production of award-winning British playwright Roy Williams' stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's beloved short story The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, directed by Leah C. Gardiner. THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER features Eshan Bay, Sheldon Best, Zainab Jah,Jasmine Cephas Jones, Patrick Murney, Joshua E. Nelson, Sydney Sainté, Raviv Ullman, Todd Weeks and Malik Yoba.

THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER began previews Wednesday, January 8, and officially opened last night, January 21, at Atlantic Theater Company's Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street). Check out photos from opening night below!

In this stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's classic short story, award-winning British playwright Roy Williams brings the young, defiant Colin Smith into the 21st century. Colin (Sheldon Best), with few prospects in life, finds himself in a prison school for criminal activity. He turns to long distance running as an escape, only to have the school exploit him for his talent, offering him a possible way out. Will he run his race for them, or for his independence?

The design team for The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner features scenic design by Lauren Helpern, costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II, lighting design by Michael Chybowski, sound design by Bart Fasbender and projection design by Pauline Lu and Paul Piekarz.

Photo Credit: Anita & Steve Shevett

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