Photo Coverage: Atlantic Theater Company's Production Of OOHRAH! Celebrates Opening Night
Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) presents the first production of its 2009-2010 season. The world premiere of Bekah Brunstetter's play OOHRAH!, directed by Evan Cabnet, features Cassie Beck, Sami Gayle, Darren Goldstein, J.R. Horne, Jennifer Mudge, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe and Maximilian Osinski.
OOHRAH! began previews on Tuesday, September 1; officially opened Thursday, September 10; and will play a limited engagement through Sunday, September 27, 2009 Off-Broadway at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16 Street).
In Fayetteville, North Carolina, home to one of the South's largest military bases, practically everybody has somebody "Over There." Sara is relieved when her husband Ron returns home from an uneventful tour in Iraq, but he's finding it difficult to settle back into the domestic bliss that is "home improvement" and "Rachel Ray's 30-minute meals." Sara's sister Abby has set herself up for an uneventful life with a civilian fiancé who's more interested in PlayStation than the battlefield. But when a hot, mysterious Marine walks into their lives, all bets on stability are off.
Playwright Bekah Brunstetter makes her Off-Broadway debut with the world premiere of OOHRAH! She is the 2009 Playwright in Residence at Ars Nova. Plays include: Be a Good Little Widow (commissioned by Ars Nova), Miss Lilly Gets Boned (nominated for L. Arnold Weissberger Award), You May Go Now (NY IT Award for Best New Play (Babel Theater Project) and F**king Art (Winner, 2008 Sam French Short Play competition). She recently graduated with a master of fine arts degree from The New School for Drama.
Evan Cabnet directed last season's world premiere production of Mark Schultz's play The Gingerbread House Off-Broadway at the Rattlestick Theatre. He is an associate artist with stageFARM and most recently co-directed the company's 2008 series of short plays, SPIN.
Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is the award winning Off-Broadway theater dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully utilizing an artistic ensemble. Atlantic believes that the story of the play and the intent of the playwright are at the core of the creative process.
Atlantic and Neil Pepe were awarded a special 2009 Drama Desk Award for exceptional craftsmanship, dedication to excellence and productions that engage, inspire and enlighten, while Atlantic and Druid's hit revival of Martin McDonagh's The Cripple of Inishmaan was awarded an Outstanding Ensemble Performance Award.
Atlantic's acclaimed world premiere production of its first musical Spring Awakening, with music by Duncan Sheik, book and lyrics by Steven Sater and direction by Michael Mayer, won 8 Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. In 2006, Atlantic was awarded the Lucille Lortel Prize for Outstanding Body of Work.
Atlantic produced five world premieres during its 2007-2008 season: Academy Award® winnerEthan Coen's comedy Almost an Evening, directed by Neil Pepe and featuring Academy Award® winner F. Murray Abraham and Mark Linn-Baker; Peter Parnell's Trumpery, directed by David Esbjornson and featuring Tony Award® winner Michael Cristofer and Tony Award® nomineeManoel Felciano; Lucy Thurber's Scarcity, directed by Jackson Gay and featuring Emmy Award® winner Kristen Johnston, Jesse Eisenberg and Michael T. Weiss, Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song, directed by Neil Pepe and featuring Chris Bauer, Jonathan Cake and Emily Mortimer and Annie Baker's Body Awareness, directed by Karen Kohlhaas and featuring Academy Award® nomineeJoBeth Williams, Peter Friedman and Mary McCann and the critically acclaimed New York premiere production of Oliver Award® winning and Tony Award® nominated playwright Conor McPherson's play Port Authority, directed by Henry Wishcamper and featuring Tony Award® nominee Brian d'Arcy James, Tony Award® winner John Gallagher, Jr. and Tony Award® winnerJim Norton.
Since it's inception in 1985, Atlantic has produced more than 120 productions including the Tony Award® winning play The Beauty Queen of Leenane, the world premieres of Woody Allen's A Second Hand Memory and Writer's Block, the acclaimed world premiere of David Mamet's Romance and his new adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance, the musicals Spring Awakening and 10 Million Miles, Jez Butterworth's Mojo, Tom Donaghy's Minutes From The Blue Route, Edwin Sanchez' Trafficking in Broken Hearts and the American premieres of Blue/Orange, Dublin Carol and The Night Heron, the New York premieres of The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow and The Cider House Rules, the revivals of American Buffalo, Edmond, The Hothouse and Hobson's Choice. Atlantic maintains an ensemble of acclaimed actors, writers and directors including David Mamet (playwright and director) and William H. Macy (Academy Award® nominee for Fargo), who founded Atlantic over twenty years ago in 1985.
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Photos by Peter James Zielinski