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Atlantic's 2008-'2009 Season (In-Detail)

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Having penned a little write-up about Atlantic Theatre Company's 2008-2009 previously, I wanted to follow that up with a more in-depth look at the upcoming season's offerings:

A Broadway revival by Pulitzer Prize winning Atlantic co-founder DAVID MAMET, a World Premiere from up-and-coming playwright BEAU WILLIMON, a newly conceived production by Oscar winning writer MARTIN McDONAGH and a brand new World Premiere from Oscar winner ETHAN COEN. Plus, two exciting new productions at Atlantic Stage 2 including a hilarious new musical satire from Atlantic Company Member and Tony nominee DAVID PITTU.

October 3-November 16 on Broadway
SPEED-THE-PLOW
by DAVID MAMET directed by NEIL PEPE
The 20th Anniversary revival of Atlantic co-founder David Mamet’s Tony-nominated play Speed-the-Plow opens on Broadway this fall under the direction of Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe and starring television and film actor Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”). Piven plays Hollywood producer Bobby Gould in Mamet’s hilarious and scathing portrait of the film industry and the eternal battle of art vs. commerce. Jeffrey Richards, Jerry Frankel, and Steve Traxler produce (August: Osage County, Glengarry Glen Ross) in association with Atlantic Theater Company. “A brilliant black comedy” Jack Kroll, Newsweek.

October 22-November 29 at The Linda Gross Theater
FARRAGUT NORTH
by BEAU WILLIMON directed by DOUG HUGHES
World Premiere
Stephen (John Gallagher, Jr.) is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, however, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives, and his one night stand with a teenage staffer proves to be more complicated than casual. Farragut North is a classic tale of hubris set against a contemporary landscape – about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it. Atlantic is pleased to welcome outstanding young playwright Beau Willimon and Tony Award winning director Doug Hughes for this compelling and timely World Premiere.

December 9-March 1 at The Linda Gross Theater
A Co-production with Druid, Galway
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN
by MARTIN McDONAGH directed by GARRY HYNES
Set in 1934 on an island off the west coast of Ireland, Hollywood filmmaker Robert Flaherty arrives on the neighboring island of Inishmore to film his movie “The Man of Aran” and excitement ripples through the sleepy community of Inishmaan. For orphaned Billy Craven, who has been relentlessly scorned by the island’s inhabitants, the film represents an escape from the poverty of his existence. He vies for a part in the film, and to everyone’s surprise, it is the cripple who gets his chance. Atlantic is thrilled to co-produce The Cripple of Inishmaan with Druid, Galway, with whom the company collaborated on 1998’s Tony Award winning production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane.

Spring 2009 at The Linda Gross Theater
OFFICES
by ETHAN COEN directed by NEIL PEPE
World Premiere
Hiring and firing are antisocial acts. Workplace pressures make for nasty competition. And the work itself can be meaningless and alienating. Accordingly, the three short plays that make up Offices are comedies. Following the success of last season’s Almost an Evening, Oscar winner Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fargo) returns to the Atlantic stage with the world premiere of three brand new one acts.


ATLANTIC STAGE 2

September 2-September 28 at Atlantic Stage 2
WHAT'S THAT SMELL: THE MUSIC OF JACOB STERLING
written and performed by DAVID PITTU music by RANDY REDD
lyrics by MR. PITTU
World Premiere

Written and performed by Tony Award nominee David Pittu (Is He Dead?, LoveMusik) What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling is an absurd musical satire that charts the career of eternally up-and-coming (and fictitious) musical theater composer Jacob Sterling. A rare, up close and personal visit with an artist of questionable gifts who performs from his songbook and shares his human struggle to keep musical theater alive and well in the 21st century.

PLUS, A SECOND NEW PLAY TBA…Spring/Summer 2009


Updated On: 7/8/08 at 03:49 PM
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I'm very excited about Farragut North. I read it a few years ago, and I'm curious to see how it's come along.
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Boy, Farragut's had a storied history, hasn't it?
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That is an incredibly short run for Speed-the-Plow.
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Official opening is slated for November 16th. As far as I know, it is an open-run. Will keep you posted.
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http://www.playbill.com/events/event_detail/14578.html

That says the opening is 10/23, but is probably way out of date.