World Premiere of Hunter Bell & Lee Overtree's FOUND, GHOST STORIES Revival and More Set for Atlantic Theater Company's 2014-15 Season
Atlantic Theater Company has announced its 2014 - 2015 season productions, featuring world premiere productions from Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree, Halley Feiffer, Rajiv Joseph and Doug Wright, an American premiere from Moira Buffini and a revival from Atlantic's founder David Mamet.
The 2014 - 2015 season begins with the original world premiere new musical FOUND - not only based on a true story - but on hundreds of them. From the Tony Award® nominated co-creator of [title of show] and the creative team of the nationally renownedStory Pirates, Atlantic is proud to present this vibrant new musical with a book by Hunter Bell and Lee Overtree featuring original musical and lyrics by Eli Bolin, directed by Lee Overtree.
Following the acclaimed American premiere of Gabriel in 2010, Moira Buffini returns to Atlantic with DYING FOR IT, an adaptation of the timely and riotous Soviet era farce by Nikolai Erdman, directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe.
Returning to Atlantic following her acclaimed performance in last season's Women or Nothing, Halley Feiffer brings her daring and humorous world premiere play I'M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD to Stage 2, staged by Trip Cullman (A Small Fire, The Drunken City).
Atlantic will welcome Pulitzer Prize® and Tony Award® winning author Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Quills), who will direct the world premiere of his latest work, POSTERITY, commissioned by Atlantic Theater Company, and made possible, in part, by support from The Ibsen Awards.
Celebrated playwright Rajiv Joseph (Broadway's Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo) will bring a bold and surprising new play to Atlantic with GUARDS AT THE TAJ.
Atlantic will conclude its 2014-2015 season at Stage 2 with an intimate revival of two haunting short plays THE SHAWL and PRAIRIE DU CHEN by Atlantic's co-founder and one of America's most influential dramatists, Pulitzer Prize® winner David Mamet.
In addition to Atlantic Theater Company's mainstage and Stage 2 season offerings, the acclaimed Atlantic For Kids series will present a pair of musicals at the Linda Gross Theater on weekend mornings in the fall and spring. Based on the New York Times best-selling children's books series by author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackhall, IVY & BEAN, THE MUSICAL will feature music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen. The musical Camp Kappawanna will feature music and lyrics by Grammy Award® nominee Lisa Loeb (Stay), Michelle Lewis and Dan Petty? with a book by Cusi Cram and Peter Hirsch.
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ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY 2014-2015 SEASON
FOUND was created from scores of surprising and eccentric discarded notes and letters that have been "found" in the real world by every-day people. Inspired by actual events, the show follows Davy who, along with his two best friends, is lost and broke. When he finds a strangely revealing note on his windshield meant for someone else, it sparks an outlandish idea that finds him and his compatriots on a wild, comedic journey. By bringing a host of real notes and letters from Davy Rothbart's popular Found Magazine to irreverent theatrical life, this raucous and insightful new musical tells a story of ambition, betrayal and loyalty while celebrating the weirdness in all of us.
DYING FOR IT is the story of Semyon, a man down on his luck, married to a nag, and out of options. When he decides to throw in the towel and kill himself, a deluge of sympathetic visitors descends upon him, determined to make him a martyr for their many causes. Swept up in the firestorm of attention, Semyon does take matters into his own hands, but not quite in the fashion that everyone expects. An outrageous satire on the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life, this play was banned by Stalin before it ever saw the light of day, and is now regarded as an under-known 20th century classic comedy.
Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut... and things unravel from there. Halley Feiffer's dark, probing and very funny new play pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship and sheds new light on the eternal struggles of parents and children to find common ground.
Linda Gross Theater
Written and directed by Doug Wright
Norway's most celebrated sculptor is commissioned to create the last official portrait of her most famous writer, but Henrik Ibsen proves to be an irascible, contentious sitter, as the two men wage war over his legacy and his likeness. With his inimitable wit and insight, Doug Wright explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten.
Linda Gross Theater
GUARDS AT THE TAJ
By Rajiv Joseph
In 1648 India, two Imperial Guards watch from their post as the sun rises for the first time on the newly-completed Taj Mahal- an event that shakes their respective worlds. When they are ordered to perform an unthinkable task, the aftermath forces them to question the concept of friendship, beauty and duty, and changes them forever.
THE SHAWL is the story of bereaved woman who consults a smalltime mystic for guidance.
As the mystic collects clues to make contact with the dearly departed, will he help this woman through her grief, or merely help himself?
In PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, a railroad car speeding through the Wisconsin night is the setting for a story of obsessive jealousy, murder and suicide, punctuated by a friendly card game that explodes into a moment of menace.
ATLANTIC FOR KIDS PRODUCTIONS
IVY & BEAN THE MUSICAL
Music and lyrics by Scott Elmegreen
Based on the books by Annie Barrows, Illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Linda Gross Theater
Based on the New York Times best-selling children's books series by author Annie Barrows and Illustrator Sophie Blackhall, Ivy & Bean, The Musical is the story of an unexpected friendship between two very different second graders. The moment they saw each other, Bean and Ivy knew they would never like each other. Bean is loud and wild and goofy. Ivy is quiet and full of ideas. But when Bean plays a joke on her sister, and needs a place to hide, Ivy comes to the rescue. When the two become a team, there's mischief and laughter at every turn-along with lessons to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship, and love.
Following the misadventures of 12-year old Jennifer Jenkins, Camp Kappawanna portrays the fear and excitement of leaving home for the first time through lyrics and music by Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Lisa Loeb. This lighthearted musical, inspired by Loeb's own nostalgic summer camp memories, includes fun, silly and serious songs that will take you back to your childhood days.