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Atlantic Theater Company Announces 2012-2013 Season Productions

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ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY ANNOUNCES FOUR
2012-2013 SEASON PRODUCTIONS

SEASON RETURNS TO LINDA GROSS THEATER MAIN STAGE FOLLOWING
TWO-YEAR LONG, HISTORIC RENOVATION OF CHELSEA LANDMARK
PREMIERE PLAYS FROM JOHN GUARE, MELISSA JAMES GIBSON, SIMON STEPHENS, ROLIN JONES

NEW YORK PREMIERE
HARPER REGAN

By Simon Stephens
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
Fall 2012

WORLD PREMIERE
WHAT RHYMES WITH AMERICA

By Melissa James Gibson
Directed by Daniel Aukin
Fall 2012

WORLD PREMIERE
THREE KINDS OF EXILE

By John Guare
Directed by Neil Pepe
Winter 2012

NEW YORK PREMIERE
THE JAMMER

By Rolin Jones
Winter 2012 / Spring 2013

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce four of its 2012-2013 Season productions, featuring world premiere plays from Olivier and Tony Award® winner John Guare and Obie Award winner Melissa James Gibson and New York premieres from Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens and Emmy Award® nominated writer Rolin Jones.

Atlantic returns to its newly-renovated home at the Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea for its full first season following a two-year long, historic $8.5 million renovation of the landmark venue.

Two final productions, dates and additional directors will be announced shortly.

Olivier and Tony Award® winning playwright John Guare returns to Atlantic with the world premiere of his play Three Kinds of Exile, staged by Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe.  His celebrated plays include The House of Blue Leaves, which won Tony®, Obie and New York Drama Critics Circle awards and Six Degrees of Separation, which was awarded Olivier and New York Drama Critics Circle Awards and was adapted into an acclaimed major motion picture.

Olivier Award winning playwright Simon Stephens returns to Atlantic following his acclaimed Atlantic Stage 2 production of Bluebird last season with the New York premiere of Harper Regan, directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch, who also staged Bluebird.

Rolin Jones returns to Atlantic with the New York premiere of The Jammer following Atlantic’s New York premiere of his play The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, which received an Obie Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama. He was a writer and producer on the first four seasons of “Weeds,” received an Emmy Award® nomination for his work on “Friday Night Lights,”and has served as a co-executive producer on the NBC series “Smash.”

Obie Award winning playwright Melissa James Gibson makes her Atlantic debut with the world premiere of What Rhymes with America, directed by Daniel Aukin. This reunites the pair following the Off Broadway productions of This, [sic] and Suitcase. He most recently staged Amy Herzog’s play 4000 Miles which is now running Off Broadway.

2012 – 2013 ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY SEASON

Linda Gross Theater

New York Premiere

HARPER REGAN

By Simon Stephens

Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch

Fall 2012

One strange evening, Harper Regan decides to walk away from her husband, her daughter and her home. She tells no one where she’s going or whether she’s ever coming back. She tosses family, history and fate straight up in the air, and it looks like she might be gone for good. In Simon Stephens’ acclaimed play, which premiered in 2008 at the UK’s National Theatre, we are folded into an absorbing story about a woman who explores the limits of loyalty, morality, and the bonds of family.

Linda Gross Theater

World Premiere

WHAT RHYMES WITH AMERICA

By Melissa James Gibson

Directed by Daniel Aukin

Fall 2012

A father and his teenage daughter stand on either side of a closed door.  Life is unraveling for him, and is entirely uncertain for her. So begins Melissa James Gibson’s poignant, funny new play about estrangement and the partially examined life. With her spare style, mordant wit, and compassionate insight, one of the most emotionally penetrating and unique voices in theater today wonders What Rhymes With America.

Linda Gross Theater

World Premiere

THREE KINDS OF EXILE

By John Guare

Directed by Neil Pepe

Winter 2012 / Spring 2013

With great psychological insight and arresting theatricality, John Guare presents us with 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.

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Atlantic Stage 2

New York Premiere

THE JAMMER

By Rolin Jones

Spring 2013

In this wild theatrical adventure about New York in the late 1950’s, The Jammer plunges us into the hard-boiled, bizarre world of professional roller derby. Rolin Jones, the irreverent and inventive author of Atlantic’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, introduces us to Jack Lovington, a lovelorn Brooklynite who needs to find himself and stake a claim in the world. When he joins up with the rough and tumble Brooklyn Brown Devils, little does Jack know that his life is about to be turned completely upside down and that he’s about to find himself on a most unexpected roller coaster ride. With great humor, wit and heart, Jones takes us back to the Bushwick of yesteryear and creates a romantic urban fable for our time.

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BIOGRAPHIES

MELISSA JAMES GIBSON (Playwright) makes her Atlantic debut following the recent Off Broadway production of her play This (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist). Plays include: [sic] (Obie Award for playwriting, Kesselring Prize, The Best Plays of 2001-02); Suitcase or, those that resemble flies from a distance (NEA/TCG Theatre Residency Program for Playwrights); Brooklyn Bridge, with a song by Barbara Brousal (AT&T Onstage award); and Current Nobody (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize finalist).  Her work has been produced and/ or developed at Playwrights Horizons, Center Theatre Group, Soho Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Children’s Theatre Company, Steppenwolf, ATF, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Seattle Rep and the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, among others, regionally and internationally. Current commissions: Atlantic Theater Company; Manhattan Theater Club (Sloan Foundation); Second Stage Theatre. Honors: Jerome Fellow; MacDowell Colony Fellow; Whiting Writers Award; Lucille Lortel Foundation Playwrights’ Fellowship; Guggenheim Fellowship; LILLY Award; Steinberg Playwright Award. MFA: Yale School of Drama; graduate of New Dramatists. Teaching: Lecturer in the Program in Theater at Princeton University, spring semesters 2011 and 2012. THIS and Other Plays is forthcoming from TCG.  Film: screenplay for the Untitled Christmas Tree Project, starring Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd and Sally Hawkins, directed by Phil Morrison.

JOHN GUARE (Playwright) has written House of Blue Leaves (4 Tony Awards®, Obie, New York Drama Critics Circle Award), Six Degrees of Separation (London's Olivier Award Best Play, New York Drama Critics Circle Award Best Play, for which he also wrote the screenplay), Landscape of the Body, A Few Stout Individuals, A Free Man of Color (all published by Grove Press), Lydie Breeze and Lake Hollywood among others. He wrote the Oscar®-nominated screenplay for Louis Malle's Atlantic City, won a Tony Award® for his libretto to the musical Two Gentlemen of Verona and was nominated for multiple Tony Awards® for his play Four Baboons Adoring the Sun and his libretto to Sweet Smell of Success. His adaptation of His Girl Friday premiered at London's National Theater and his play Are You There, McPhee? premieres at the McCarter Theatre in 2012. 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, an Obie Award for sustained excellence. He is a council member of the Dramatists Guild and co-editor of The Lincoln Center Theater Review.

ROLIN JONES’ (Playwright) play The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow was a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. It received the 2006 Obie Award for Excellence in Playwriting.  Productions of Jenny Chow include: Atlantic, South Coast Repertory, Old Globe Theatre, Yale Repertory, Studio Theatre (DC), Portland Center Stage, San Jose Repertory, and Collaboraction (Chicago) among others.  He has written several short plays for the Actor's Theater of Louisville's Humana Festival, including Sovereignty, Ron Robby Had Too Big a Heart, The Mercury and the Magic, Extremely,and Chronicles Simpkins Will Cut Your Ass.  He was a writer/producer on the first four seasons of “Weeds” and seasons four and five of “Friday Night Lights”for which he received an Emmy Award® nomination for his episode ‘The Son.’  He is currently the Co-Creator/ Executive Producer of “Knifeman,” a serialized drama for Media Rights Capital, which David Cronenberg will direct. 

SIMON STEPHENS (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright whose work includes Bluebird (Royal Court, 1998);  Herons (Royal Court, 2001); Port (Manchester Royal Exchange, 2002 - Pearson Award for Best New Play); Country Music (Royal Court, 2004); On the Shore of the Wide World (Manchester Royal Exchange / National Theatre, 2005 - Olivier Award for Best New Play); Motortown (Royal Court, 2006); Harper Regan (National Theatre, 2008); Sea Wall (Bush Theatre / Traverse Theatre, 2008-2009); Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover, 2007, Edinburgh Festival / Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, 2009); Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith / Manchester Royal Exchange, 2009); The Trial of Ubu (Schauspielhaus, Essen / Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2010/ Hampstead Theatre, 2012), A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky written in collaboration with David Eldridge and Robert Holman (Lyric Hammersmith, 2010); Marine Parade, a play with songs written by Mark Eitzel (Brighton Festival, 2010); T5 (Traverse Theatre, 2010); Wastwater (Royal Court Theatre, 2011); and an adaptation of Jon Fosse’s I am the Wind (Young Vic Theatre, 2011). His new play Three Kingdoms which had a run at the NO99 Theatre in Estonia and the Munich Playhouse, Germany will make its UK premier at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith this May. Simon is currently under commission to the National Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange and the Young Vic. Television includes an adaptation of “Pornography” for Coming Up (Channel 4, 2009) and “Dive” (Granada / BBC, 2009).

DANIEL AUKIN (Director) most recently staged Amy Herzog’s play 4000 Miles which is now running Off Broadway at Lincoln Center. Selected credits: by Melissa James Gibson: This (Playwrights Horizons and Center Theater Group), [sic] (Soho Rep., OBIE Award), Suitcase (Soho Rep. and La Jolla Playhouse), Brooklyn Bridge (Children’s Theatre of Minneapolis) and Current Nobody (Woolly Mammoth). More recently: Adam Rapp's Paraffin (Rattlestick),Itamar Moses’  Back Back Back (MTC), Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge (Arena Stage) and Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine (The La Jolla Playhouse). Daniel was Artistic Director of Soho Rep. (1999-2006) where he directed Mark Schultz’s Everything Will Be Different, Quincy Long’s The Year of the Baby, Mac Wellman’s Cat’s-Paw and Marie Irene Fornes’ Molly’s Dream (OBIE Award)and developed and produced new plays including premieres by Richard Maxwell, The Flying Machine, Young Jean Lee and Adam Bock - work which was recognized with eight OBIE Awards. He has developed work with The Sundance Lab, New York Theatre Workshop, The Public Theater and The O’Neill Theater Conference, among others.

NEIL PEPE (Director) is currently staging the world premiere production of the new musical Hands on a Hardbody at La Jolla Playhouse. He recently directed the world premiere productions of Ethan Coen’s Happy Hour and Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling Off Broadway and David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre on Broadway starring Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight. He made his Broadway directorial debut with the acclaimed hit revival of Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow. Atlantic productions include Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening and Offices, David Mamet’s Keep Your Pantheon and School (also Center Theatre Group LA); David Pittu’s What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling; David Mamet’s American Buffalo starring William H. Macy (also Donmar Warehouse, London); Harold Pinter’s Celebration and The Room; David Mamet’s Romance (also Mark Taper Forum, L.A.);Jez Butterworth’s Mojo, The Night Heron and Parlour Song; Milos by John Guare; Tom Donaghy’s The Beginning of August (also South Coast Rep.); Howard Korder’s Sea of Tranquility; Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange; Hilary Bell’s Wolf Lullaby; Edwin Sanchez’s Clean. Other credits include Frank Gilroy’s The Subject Was Roses with Martin Sheen and Frances Conroy; Eric Bogosian’s Red Angel (Williamstown Theatre Festival) and Jessica Goldberg’s Refuge (Playwrights Horizons). Artistic Director, Atlantic Theater Company since 1992.

GAYE TAYLOR UPCHURCH (Director) returns to Atlantic following last season’s acclaimed production of Simon Stephens’ play Bluebird starring Simon Russell Beale. New York: Susan Mosakowski's Escape (La Mama, June 2012); Patrick Huguenin’s Paper Dolls (NY Fringe; Outstanding Ensemble Award); Naomi Iizuka’s Language of Angels (Lincoln Center Institute). She has developed new work at New Dramatists, The Kennedy Center, LCT's Directors' Lab, and The Playwrights' Center. As Associate Director on The Bridge Project, she worked with Sam Mendes and took four of his productions on an international tour (BAM/Old Vic; Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris, Madrid, Epidavros, Greece, others). Alumna of The Women’s Project Lab, Drama League and NC School of the Arts.

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director)is the award-winning Off-Broadway theater that produces great plays simply and truthfully by utilizing an artistic ensemble.  Atlantic believes that the story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process. The plays in the Atlantic repertory, from both new and established playwrights, are boldly interpreted by today's finest theater artists and resonate with contemporary audiences.

Since its inception over 25 years ago, Atlantic has produced more than 125 plays, including: Tony Award® winning productions of Spring Awakening (Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik)and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); world premieres of Almost an Evening, Offices and Happy Hour (Academy Award® winner Ethan Coen); The Lieutenant of Inishmore and The Cripple of Inishmaan (MartinMcDonagh); Romance (David Mamet); Through A Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman, adapted by Jenny Worton); Bluebird (Simon Stephens); Blue/Orange (Joe Penhall); Port Authority and Dublin Carol (Conor McPherson); Writer's Block (Woody Allen);revival of Hobson's Choice (Harold Brighouse); revivals of American Buffalo and Edmond (David Mamet); Dangerous Corner (J.B. Priestley, adapted and directed by David Mamet); Trumpery and The Cider House Rules (adapted by Peter Parnell); Celebration & The Room, The Collection & A Kind of Alaska and The Hothouse (Harold Pinter); Gabriel (Moira Buffini); Oohrah! (Bekah Brunstetter); Mojo and Parlour Song (Jez Butterworth); New York premieres of Boys' Life and The Lights (Howard Korder) at Lincoln Center Theater; Distant Fires (Kevin Heelan); The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite and Shaker Heights (Quincy Long); Minutes From The Blue Route (Tom Donaghy); Trafficking in Broken Hearts (Edwin Sánchez); Missing Persons (Craig Lucas). 

During its history, Atlantic has garnered twelve Tony Awards®, eleven Lucille Lortel Awards, fifteen Obie Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics Circle Awards, and three Drama League Awards.  Atlantic also operates The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, which has an undergraduate program in conjunction with NYU, as well as a two-year professional acting program and a six-week intensive workshop every summer. Atlantic partners with schools and teachers throughout the greater metropolitan area coordinating in-school visits of teaching artists and post-theater talkbacks.

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY MAIN STAGE AT THE LINDA GROSS THEATER is located at 336 West 20th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). 

ATLANTIC STAGE 2 is located at 330 West 16th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues). 

ATLANTIC MEMBERSHIPS are available at a special rate for a limited time:

The Atlantic Membership - $199

Pay up front and receive one ticket to all six productions in the 2012/13 season as well as two Atlantic for Kids productions.

The Atlantic Mainstage Membership - $149

Pay up front and receive one ticket to all four main stage productions in the 2012/13 season.

These special membership prices are only available until June 30. Each membership also comes with member benefits (ticket exchanges, scheduling flexibility, etc.) and an early members-only booking period in July.

Regular price tickets for all Atlantic productions will be on sale in July.

To order a membership call Ticket Central (212.279.4200, open noon to 8pm daily) or go online to www.atlantictheater.org.

For general inquires or group sales information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 212.645.1242.

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