'THERE'S NEVER A GAVIN', ANTEBELLUM and More Among Atlantic's 2015-16 'Amplified' Reading Series

Atlantic Theater Company just announced the lineup for its 2015-16 Amplified Reading Series.

Curated by Atlantic Theater Company Director of New Play Development Abigail Katz, the Amplified Reading Series presents six bold new plays throughout the season with an expanded rehearsal process for more meaningful engagement with the material and the playwright.

Along with the Amplified Reading Series, Atlantic announces that one of its 2015 -2016 Launch commissions will go to David Mitchell Robinson, whose plays have been produced or developed by Steppenwolf Theatre (First Look 2015), the Alliance Theatre, Center Theatre Group, the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Launch commissions are offered to early career playwrights who have not yet had an Off-Broadway production and have fewer than three commissions from mid to large size theater companies.

A second commission will be announced later this season.

To RSVP for Amplified Reading Series readings, email [email protected] Admission is free.


Monday, September 21 at 6pm

Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street)

There's Never a Gavin: The True Story of a Disco Roller Skater

by Amy E. Witting

Directed by Tony Speciale

At the center of an abandoned roller rink, a disco ball holds the secrets of Missedcreek, New Hampshire. Davidson Rothkin, a man of faith, has disappeared leaving behind his loved ones to search for their own sense of belonging. When his youngest son Gavin befriends Claire, their innocent hope for greater meaning brings a flicker of life back into a forgotten town.

Tuesday, October 13 at 2pm

The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street)

Born in East Berlin

by Rogelio Martinez

Directed by Kate Whoriskey

The year is 1988. Bruce Springsteen plays a legendary concert in East Germany and 300,000 people show up. In Born in East Berlin, Rogelio Martinez explores a great historical and cultural shift, examining the lives of those who succeed and those who fail when the end of the Cold War collides with the force of American rock.

Monday, October 19 at 2pm

The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street)


by Sarah Gubbins

Directed by Anne Kauffman

Taylor and her girlfriend, Izzie, have always been staunchly opposed to gun ownership, especially as they see the effects of gun violence on their city of Chicago. When Taylor's brother, Frank, comes crashing into their lives unannounced, he disrupts their well-ordered home and exposes their unspoken anxieties and betrayals. An existing conflict escalates to dangerous heights, and the three find themselves testing the definition of self-defense.

Monday, October 26 at 2pm

The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street)


by Suzanne Heathcote

Directed by Tyne Rafaeli

One night, while lost in a fog of alcohol and pain, Daniel invites a stranger from his father's past into his life. As the presence of the young woman stirs up the secrets of the family, Daniel quickly discovers they have a deep and powerful understanding of one another, and is able to reveal his true inner self to her in a way he hasn't with anyone else, including his wife. This is a story about secrets of the past and their silent grip on the present.

Tuesday, December 15 at 2pm

The Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street)

The Vagrant

by Mona Mansour

Directed by Mark Wing-Davey

London, 1982. Part three of a trilogy. As Arab émigré Adham faces his last hurdle to secure a coveted permanent position at university, a wave of domestic terrorism hits his chosen city, while the family he left behind faces its own escalating horrors. The life Adham has created threatens to unravel, destroying the political and personal equilibrium he's spent 15 years perfecting.

Monday, January 25, 2016 at 2pm

Atlantic Stage 2 (330 West 16th Street)


Written and Directed by Robert O'Hara

Part mystery, part Hollywood romance, Antebellum bridges time, space, religion and race to track a love affair that defies history's harshest cruelties. It's 1939. Hitler's death camps flourished and Great Britain and France have declared war on Germany. Meanwhile, in Atlanta, Gone with the Wind premieres amid star-studded decadence. Against the backdrops of a Southern plantation, a German concentration camp, Hollywood movies and Berlin cabarets, two stories mysteriously merge into one sweeping romance - and fate decides which souls survive and which must be sacrificed.

Atlantic Theater Company's new play development activities are made possible by leadership support from the Time Warner Foundation with additional support from the Axe-Houghton Foundation, the Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the John Golden Fund, Kenyon College, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, and the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Atlantic productions and programs are also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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