LITTLE KNOWN FACTS LIVE Podcast Series Returns to Atlantic Theater Company This Spring
Atlantic Theater Company is proud to announce that Little Known Facts at Atlantic, a live podcast hosted by Ilana Levine, will be returning as a full series this spring. Little Known Facts at Atlantic was originally presented as a one night only event featuring Atlantic Ensemble member Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. Following the first event's success, three additional live podcasts have been announced.
The series will feature Isabelle Huppert and Trip Cullman (The Mother) on March 17, Ben Stiller on April 8 and Lynn Nottage, Duncan Sheik and Susan Birkenhead (The Secret Life of Bees) on June 10. All events in this series will be held at 7pm at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).
Little Known Facts is a podcast hosted by stage and film actress, Ilana Levine. With over 125 episodes to date, Ilana's unique brand of celebrity interview, "podcast vérité", is unfiltered, raw, honest and uniquely funny. Levine's warmth, intelligence and sense of humor create an environment where her guests open up and discuss things they have never divulged before. Previous guests include Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Julianne Moore, Matthew Broderick, Octavia Spencer, Allison Janney, Edie Falco, Sarah Jessica Parker and over 100 more fascinating celebrity guests.
Ilana Levine says, "Having begun the Little Known Facts at Atlantic live podcast series with Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen in December, I wanted to make sure that all of our upcoming guests matched the level of success, generosity and inspiration that Ted and Mary embody. I feel that with the line up of Isabelle Huppert, Trip Cullman, Ben Stiller, Susan Birkenhead, Duncan Sheik and Lynn Nottage, we have curated a series of conversations that will be equal parts provocative and hilarious. The 2018/19 season at Atlantic is one of the strongest any theater has ever had. Its season offers diverse, complex and stunning theater and I am so thrilled to be able to highlight the work and to honor movie stars like Ben Stiller and Isabelle Huppert, who always return to the theater."
Neil Pepe adds, "Following the great success of our December live podcast event with Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, we're delighted to be expanding our partnership with Ilana Levine's Little Known Facts to a full series at our Linda Gross Theater in the spring. In addition to welcoming Ben Stiller to Atlantic for the first time, we're honored to be able to welcome some of our extraordinary season artists to the podcast: Isabelle Huppert, Trip Cullman, Susan Birkenhead, Lynn Nottage, and Duncan Sheik!"
Supported in part by the Innovation & Exploration Grant, a program of National Alliance for Musical Theatre, with funding from The Alhadeff Charitable Foundation - www.namt.org
Ilana Levine (Host) is well known as an actress who has performed on stage and screen to critical acclaim. She first appeared on the scene in the HBO series "Tanner '88" directed by Robert Altman and quickly was plucked by Vanity Fair journalist James Wolcott as an "up and comer to watch." Seinfeld fans recognize her from the infamous episode "The Contest." She has appeared in many television shows and films including, "Law and Order," Tanner on "Tanner," "Damages," "The Job," "Cashmere Mafia," Confessions of a Shopaholic, Kissing Jessica Stein, Gigantic, Ira and Abby, Failure to Launch, The Nanny Diaries, Friends With Kids and Five Flights Up. On Broadway, Ilana is best known to musical theater fans for her comedic turn as "Lucy Van Pelt" in the Broadway revival of, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown. Ilana also starred in the Broadway productions of Jake's Women, Wrong Mountain and The Last Night Of Ballyhoo. Ilana has performed on the Tony Awards. As a voice-over artist, she has done numerous commercials and audio books. She produced the critically acclaimed play Tape in New York, Los Angeles and London. She produced the film Ira and Abby along with its writer and star, Jennifer Westfeldt.
Isabelle Huppert (Guest) is a multi-award winning screen and stage actress. Throughout her career Isabelle Huppert has worked with many French and international directors including Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Haneke, Maurice Pialat, Patrice Chéreau, Olivier Assayas, Claire Denis, the Taviani brothers, David O'Russell, Marco Ferreri, Michael Cimino, Harl Hartley, Neil Jordan, Hong Sang Soo and more. Awards won include: a BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Feature Films for her work in The Lacemaker, two Venice Film Festival Best Actress Awards for Claude Chabrol's Story of Women and The Ceremony, Venice Film Festival's Special Jury Lion d'Or for her performance in Patrice Chéreau's Gabrielle and for her entire body of work; two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards for Claude Chabrol's Violette and for Michael Haneke's The Piano Teacher; in France she received the César (Best Actress Award) for Claude Chabrol's The Ceremony and Paul Verhoeven's Elle - a film for which she also received a Gotham Award, a Golden Globe and a Spirit Award in addition to being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She received a Molière Award for her career (honoring achievements in French theater; equivalent to the Tony Awards); and the prestigious "XVI Prix Europe pour le Théâtre" in Rome. Isabelle Huppert has also pursued her theatrical career in France and internationally, including BAM (4:48 Psychosis, Quartet, and Phaedra). She has acted under the direction of Bob Wilson (Virginia Woolf's Orlando, Heiner Müller's Quartet), Peter Zadek (Shakespeare's Measure for Measure), Claude Régy (Sarah Kane's 4.48 Psychosis), and Howard Davies (Friedrich von Schiller's Mary Stuart). Noteworthy productions include: Euripide's Medea (directed by Jacques Lassalle), Hedda Gabler; A Streetcar (director Krzysztof Warlikowski's spin on Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, at the Odéon Theater and on tour throughout Europe and internationally); The Maids (directed by Benedict Andrews with Cate Blanchett at the Sydney Theatre Company and at New York's City Center in conjunction with the Lincoln Center Festival); Phaedra directed by Krzysztof Warlikowski; Les Fausses Confidences (by Marivaux, directed by Luc Bondy at the Odéon Theater and on tour throughout Europe); Mary Stuart (Howard Davies) at the National Theater in London. Upcoming films include: Eva, directed by Benoit Jacquot; Claire's Camera by Hong Sang Soo; and Mrs. Hyde, directed by Serge Bozon (Best Actress Award at Locarno Film Festival). Isabelle Huppert is an Officer of the National Order of Merit of the Legion of Honor, and an Officer of the National Order of Merit and Commander in the Order of Arts and Letters. She was the President of the Jury for the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.
Trip Cullman (Guest). Broadway: Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero (Second Stage at the Hayes), John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation (Barrymore), Joshua Harmon's Significant Other (Booth). Select Off Broadway: Anna Jordan's Yen, Simon Stephens' Punk Rock (Obie Award), Halley Feiffer's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Of New York City (MCC); Leslye Headland's The Layover, Jon Robin Baitz's The Substance of Fire, Paul Weitz's Lonely I'm Not, Headland's Bachelorette, Terrence McNally's Some Men, Adam Bock's Swimming In The Shallows (Second Stage); Headland's Assistance, Bock's A Small Fire (Drama Desk nomination), Bock's The Drunken City(Playwrights Horizons); Tarell Alvin McCraney's Choir Boy (MTC); Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash's Murder Ballad (MTC and Union Square Theatre); Feiffer's I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard (Atlantic); Weitz' Roulette (EST); Adam Rapp's The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing (Rattlestick); Bert V. Royal's Dog Sees God (Century Center); Jonathan Tolins' The Last Sunday In June (Rattlestick and Century Center); Gina Gionfriddo's US Drag (stageFARM); and several productions with The Play Company. London: Bock's The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: McCraney's Choir Boy (Ovation nomination), Bess Wohl's Barcelona (Ovation nomination), Feiffer's A Funny Thing Happened... (Geffen Playhouse); McCraney's Choir Boy (NAACP and Suzi Bass awards; Alliance); Guare's Six Degrees of Separation (Old Globe); Richard Greenberg's The Injured Party (South Coast Rep); McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion (La Jolla Playhouse); Christopher Durang's Betty's Summer Vacation (Bay Street); Wohl's Touched, Michael Friedman and Daniel Goldstein's Unknown Soldier, Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo, Feiffer's Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow, Moscow (Williamstown Theater Festival).
Ben Stiller (Guest) is one of Hollywood's most successful and acclaimed multihyphenates. As an actor, director, writer, and producer, Stiller's global box office stands at nearly $3 billion, making him one of the highest-grossing stars of all time; and also one of the most versatile, effortlessly moving between major franchises such as Meet the Parents and Night at the Museum, the animated Madagascar films, critically-acclaimed arthouse hits; The Royal Tenenbaums, Meyerowitz Stories and While We're Young, his legendary sketch television series "The Ben Stiller Show," and the Oscar-nominated Tropic Thunder, which he starred in, directed, co-wrote, and produced, to massive acclaim under his production company, Red Hour.
Continuing to push the boundaries of his incredible filmography, in 2018, Stiller directed and produced his most ambitious project yet: Escape at Dannemora which has garnered numerous accolades with five Critics' Choice Award nominations and two Golden Globe Award nominations. Stiller received the Directors' Guild Award for TV Film/Miniseries, as well as a nomination for a Producers' Guild Award for his work as Executive Producer and Director of the series.
Over the last decade, Stiller has also focused on one of his great passions: philanthropic and humanitarian work. For his considerable philanthropic work amid an illustrious career, Stiller was recognized in 2010 by Time Magazine as one of the TIME 100, a list of the world's most influential people.
Lynn Nottage (Guest) is a playwright and a screenwriter, and the first woman in history to win two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama. Her play Sweat (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award) moved to Broadway after a sold out run at The Public Theater. Other plays include By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Lilly Award, Drama Desk Nomination), Ruined (Pulitzer Prize, Obie Award), Intimate Apparel (American Theatre Critics and New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards for Best Play), Fabulation, or the Re-Education of Undine (Obie Award), Crumbs from the Table of Joy, Las Meninas, Mud, River, Stone, Por'knockers and POOF!. In addition, she is working with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on adapting her play Intimate Apparel into an opera. She has also developed This is Reading, a performance installation at the Franklin Street, Reading Railroad Station in Reading, PA. She was writer/producer on the Netflix series "She's Gotta Have It" directed by Spike Lee. Nottage is a member of the Dramatists Guild, an Associate Professor at Columbia University School of the Arts, and the recipient of a MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellowship, Steinberg "Mimi" Distinguished Playwright Award, and PEN/Laura Pels Master Playwright Award among others.
Duncan Sheik (Guest). Performer/Composer. Theatre credits include: Spring Awakening (2006) Tony Awards for Best Original Score and Best Orchestrations, 2008 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album; Because of Winn-Dixie (Alabama Shakespeare Festival 2017, Delaware Theatre Company 2015); Whisper House (London 2017, Old Globe Theater 2011), American Psycho (2016), Alice by Heart (upcoming 2018), Nero (Another Golden Rome) (currently in development), The Nightingale (currently in development), Noir (currently in development). Recordings include; American Psycho (Original London Cast Recording 2016), Ledgermain (2015), Covers 80s (Sneaky Records 2011), Whisper House (Sony 2009), Spring Awakening (Original Broadway Cast Recording) (2006), White Limousine (Rounder 2006), Daylight (Atlantic Records 2002), Phantom Moon (Nonesuch 2001), Humming (Atlantic Records 1998), Duncan Sheik (Grammy Nomination "Best Male Vocal," RIAA Certified Gold Atlantic Records, 1996).
Susan Birkenhead (Guest) received a Tony Nomination and a Drama Desk Award for her lyrics for Jelly's Last Jam. She was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Triumph of Love, was nominated for a Tony Award for Working, and won an Outer Critics Circle Award for What About Luv? She won an L.A. Drama Critics Award for Minsky's. In addition to The Secret Life of Bees, she is currently working on Betty Boop, with David Foster and Sally Robinson, and Jerry Mitchell.
Tickets for Little Known Facts are now on sale. Regular tickets are $20. Atlantic Theater Company members and donor tickets are $15; Atlantic Acting School student tickets are $10; and Student Rush tickets are $10. Order online at atlantictheater.org or by calling OvationTix at 866-811-4111.
Patrons who attend the March 17 matinee performance of The Mother will receive a special code to purchase a discount ticket for that evening's live podcast interview with Trip Cullman and Isabelle Huppert. This discount ticket offer will be available on a first come, first served basis.