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Atlantic Theater Company's 2016-17 Season to Include New Mamet Play, Robert Lopez Musical, Rebecca Hall-Led ANIMAL & More!

Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company announced its 2016-17 season today, comprised of six production by award-winning composers and playwrights.

The season will kick off in August with the World Premiere of George Brant's MARIE AND ROSETTA, and go on to include Robert Lopez's 1001 NIGHTS: A LOVE STORY ABOUT LOVING STORIES, a new play from David Mamet, the New York Premiere of Claire Lizzimore's ANIMAL starring Rebecca Hall, and David Yazbek's THE BAND'S VISIT, directed by David Cromer.

Check out the season lineup below!


World Premiere Play with Music
By George Brant
Directed by Neil Pepe
Linda Gross Theater
August - October, 2016

A huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles and Jimi Hendrix, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a legend in her time, bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music. Tharpe was the queen of 'race records' in the 30's and 40's, who performed mornings at churches and evenings at the Cotton Club, who was a big enough star to fill a baseball stadium for her third wedding, but ended up buried in an unmarked grave in Philadelphia. Marie and Rosetta chronicles her first rehearsal with a young protegee, Marie Knight, as they prepare to embark on a tour that would establish them as one of the great duet teams in musical history.

World Premiere Musical
Book by Itamar Moses
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek
Directed by David Cromer
Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin
Linda Gross Theater
November 2016 - January 2017

An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. A new musical based on the critically acclaimed screenplay which received 36 major international awards.

The Band's Visit is developed and produced with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre's National Fund for New Musicals.

World Premiere Play
By Paola Lázaro
Atlantic Stage 2
January - February 2017

You're in Puerto Rico. Old San Juan. You're a tourist, you walk down the stairs of this beautiful old fort built by the Spaniards. When you reach the bottom, you realize you're in the hole, a slum. Welcome to La Perla, the barrio and the underbelly that lies under the tourism and behind the fort walls. You spend some days there, you don't want to leave. Oh no, you're addicted to the beauty, the women and the drugs. A raw and compelling play about searching for first love, found family, and hope.

Paola Lázaro is Atlantic's 2016-2017 Tow playwright-in-residence, supported generously by The Tow Foundation.

Directed by Neil Pepe
Linda Gross Theater
February - April 2017

Atlantic's co-founder David Mamet returns with a brand new play written specifically for Atlantic's ensemble.

New York Premiere Play
Starring Golden Globe Award nominee Rebecca Hall
By Clare Lizzimore
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Atlantic Stage 2
May - June 2017

Rachel has it all: marriage, house, career. So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls...? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. But then the visions start. A darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.


A New Musical
Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez
Book by Adam Koplan and Robert Lopez
Directed by Adam Koplan
Fall 2016

This newly reimagined production of 1001 Nights features early songs by Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award winner Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, and Disney's Frozen). In this celebration of brainy imagination over brawn, a princess uses her wits to save a kingdom from an evil decree as she spins tale after tale for a narrow-minded king. This playful adaptation of the "Arabian Nights" fairy tales is recommended for ages six and up, but welcomes children of all ages!

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