Photo Flash: John Guare, Omar Sangare and More Rehearse 3 KINDS OF EXILE at Atlantic Theater
3 KINDS OF EXILE will begin previews Wednesday, May 15; officially open Tuesday, June 11; and play a limited engagement through Sunday, June 23 Off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company Mainstage at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).
With great psychological insight and arresting theatricality, John Guare presents three artists, all of whom forged complicated lives in the West, having struggled and suffered amid the cultural and political turmoil of Eastern Europe in the mid-20th Century. Drawing from the experiences of three real exiles from Czechoslovakia and Poland, Guare weaves the stories of these lives into a riveting dramatic tapestry and probes the meaning of home, identity and how we carry the past with us.
Prolific writer John Guare makes his Off-Broadway acting debut in the world premiere staging of his new work. His plays include Lydie Breeze; Bosoms and Neglect; The House of Blue Leaves, which won an Obie and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best American Play and four Tony Awards and Six Degrees of Separation, which received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Olivier Best Play Award. He wrote the lyrics and coauthored the book for the Tony Award winning Best Musical Two Gentlemen of Verona. His screenplay for Louis Malle's Atlantic City earned him an Oscar nomination. In 2003 he won the PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award; in 2004, the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2005 the Obie Award for sustained excellence.
Atlantic Theater Company artistic director Neil Pepe recently staged the Broadway production of the new musical Hands on a Hardbody, the acclaimed revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow and Mamet's A Life in the Theatre. Off-Broadway highlights include Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song, Mojo and The Night Heron; Ethan Coen's Happy Hour, Offices and Almost an Evening; Harold Pinter's Celebration and The Room and Adam Rapp's Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling.
Alison Cimmet recently appeared in the Broadway musicals The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Bonnie & Clyde. Jeffrey Kuhn's Broadway credits include The 39 Steps, Spamalot, Wicked, Assassins and the original cast of Ragtime. Jacquelyn Landgraf makes her Off-Broadway and Atlantic debut after most recently performing in the Drama Desk Award nominated The Complete and Condensed Stage Directions of Eugene O'Neill, Vol. 1: Early Plays/Lost Plays. Atlantic ensemble member Peter Maloney has appeared in twenty plays at Atlantic, most recently in David Auburn's The New York Idea, Lucy Thurber's Bottom of the World, Peter Parnell's Trumpery and David Mamet's adaptation of The Voysey Inheritance. Martin Moran recently completed an Off Broadway run of his new one-man play, All the Rage, for which he received a Lortel nomination. He received an Obie and two Drama Desk nominations for his solo play, The Tricky Part. Atlantic ensemble member David Pittu recently received critical acclaim in the Encores! production of It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Superman. He returns to the Atlantic where he starred in CQ/CX last season, and where he premiered his own hit musical What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling. Kate Rigg returns to Atlantic after stealing scenes in Rolin Jones' comedy The Jammer, and has been featured Off Broadway in BFE, The Vagina Monologues, Dogeaters and Most Fabulous Story Ever Told. Actor, director, writer and professor Omar Sangare, the founder of United Solo, the world's largest solo theatre festival, was honored by nytheatre.com as one of their 2012 People of the Year. Tim Splain has appeared Off Broadway in Adding Machine; The Holiday Guys and in Atlantic for Kids production of The Hundred Dresses.
The design team for 3 KINDS OF EXILE will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Donald Holder and original music and sound design by Josh Schmidt.
Atlantic Theater Company AT THE LINDA GROSS THEATER is located at 336 West 20th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues). All tickets are $70.00 and available by calling OvationTix (866.811.4111), visiting the Atlantic Stage 2 box office at 330 West 16th Street, or going online to atlantictheater.org.
Photo Credit: Kevin Thomas Garcia