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Atlantic Theatre Company Announces Complete Casting for Ethan Coen's HAPPY HOUR

The Atlantic Theatre Company

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY COMPLETE CASTING ANNOUNCED

THE WORLD PREMIERE OF 

HAPPY HOUR

by ETHAN COEN

directed by NEIL PEPE

featuring

CASSIE BECK, AYA CASH, CLARK GREGG, SUSAN HYON, ROCK KOHLI, GORDON MACDONALD,
AMANDA QUAID, ANA REEDER, JOEY SLOTNICK, LENNY VENITO

Previews begin Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Opening Monday, December 5, 2011
Limited engagement through Saturday, December 31, 2011

{module ad_left_body}Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce complete casting for the world premiere production of Academy Award® winning film maker Ethan Coen’s HAPPY HOUR, directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe (Speed-the-Plow).

The ensemble cast will feature Cassie Beck, Aya Cash, Clark Gregg, Susan Hyon, Rock Kohli, Gordon MacDonald, Amanda Quaid, Ana Reeder, Joey Slotnick and Lenny Venito.

Previews will begin Wednesday, November 16 toward an official opening Monday, December 5, and a limited engagement through Saturday, December 31, 2011 Off-Broadway at Signature Theatre Company's Peter Norton Space (552 West 42nd Street) while Atlantic’s main stage continues its renovation.

Academy Award® winner Ethan Coen returns to Atlantic with the world premiere of three one-act comedies, following the success of his hit productions Almost an Evening and Offices. In HAPPY HOUR, an embittered barfly has a theory—or two—about what the world has become.  A lonely young man and lonely young woman can’t see how right they are for each other.  His motel room is so ugly a business traveler wants to end it all.  Your life could be worse—and these three one-act comedies show you how.

ETHAN COEN made his Off-Broadway debut with the acclaimed world premiere of Almost an Evening, which transferred Off-Broadway following a sold out extended Atlantic Stage 2 run and the world premiere of Offices. Coen has made fifteen movies with his brother Joel, including the Academy Award® winning films No Country for Old Men and Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; Raising Arizona; Barton Fink; The Hudsucker Proxy, The Big Lebowski, Burn After Reading and True Grit. He is currently represented on Broadway with Relatively Speaking, an evening of one-act comedies also by Elaine May and Woody Allen, directed by John Turturro.

Atlantic artistic director NEIL PEPE directed Ethan Coen’s world premiere hit comedies Almost an Evening and Offices at Atlantic. He recently staged Atlantic’s world premiere production of Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling now playing at Classic Stage Company. He made his acclaimed Broadway debut with the hit revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow followed by Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. He also recently staged Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song, David Pittu’s world premiere comedy What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling, Harold Pinter’s first and most recent plays, The Room and Celebration and the world premiere of Mamet’s Romance at Atlantic and at the Mark Taper Forum.

Cassie Beck recently appeared in the Atlantic world premiere production of Bekah Brunstetter’s play Oohrah!. Aya Cash last appeared at Atlantic in Ethan Coen’s comedy Offices. Atlantic founding member Clark Gregg has been featured in the blockbuster feature film Iron Man franchise, starred in the long running hit series “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and has appeared on Broadway in A Few Good Men. Susan Hyon has appeared Off Broadway in The Crane Story and in Romeo & Juliet at The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park. Rock Kohli has appeared Off Broadway in Private Wars. Gordon MacDonald received a Lucille Lortel nomination for his performance in Trumbo Off-Broadway and has been featured in the television series “Saving Grace” and in the feature film The Brave One. Amanda Quaid appeared on Broadway in the recent revival of Equus and Off Broadway in Tony Kushner’s play The Illusion. Ana Reeder’s recent Broadway credits include Hedda Gabler and Top Girls and she has appeared Off Broadway in Humble Boy. Lookingglass Theatre Co. member Joey Slotnick starred in both Ethan Coen world premiere comedies Almost an Evening and Offices and has appeared on the television series “Pushing Daisies” and “Boston Public.” Lenny Venito’s television credits include recurring roles on "The Sopranos" and "Rescue Me," and he is currently featured on the HBO series "Bored to Death"

The design team for HAPPY HOUR will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Sarah Edwards, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by David Van Tieghem.

Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere production of Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling, directed by Neil Pepe, is playing a limited engagement through October 30 at Classic Stage Company. 

BIOGRAPHIES

ETHAN COEN’s (Playwright) two previous plays are Almost an Evening and Offices, both of them evenings of one-acts produced by the Atlantic Theater Company and directed by Neil Pepe. Ethan Coen has written a collection of stories, Gates of Eden, and a collection of poems, The Drunken Driver Has the Right of Way. With his brother, Joel, he has made fifteen movies including Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Man Who Wasn't There, Burn after Reading, A Serious Man, and adaptations of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men and Charles Portis's True Grit.

NEIL PEPE (Director) most recently directed Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling Off Broadway and David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre on Broadway with Patrick Stewart and T.R. Knight. Prior to that, he made his Broadway 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.

CASSIE BECK. Broadway: The Norman Conquests (u/s). Off-Broadway: The Drunken City (Theatre World Award 2008), Prayer For My Enemy (Playwrights Horizons), Oohrah! (Atlantic Theater), Smudge (Women’s Project), Playlist 2009 (Ars Nova).   Regional: Prelude to A Kiss (The Huntington Theatre), Elemeno Pea and The Cherry Sisters, Revisited (Humana Festival), Three Sisters (Williamstown Theatre Festival); The Insurgents, Contemporary American Theatre Festival; 43 Plays for 43 Presidents (Actors Theatre of Louisville), All My Sons, Living Out and Be Aggressive (Theatre Works Palo Alto),The Haunting of Winchester (San Jose Rep); 3F 4F  (Magic Theatre);  Ms. Beck is the former Artistic Director of Crowded Fire Theatre Company in San Francisco were she appeared in several productions including Trojan Woman, Top Girls, A-A-America,One Big Lie, Slow Falling Bird, We Are Not These Hands, and Anna Bella Eema

AYA CASH. New York Theater: The Other Place, (MCC) Killers and Other Family, (Rattlestick) Offices, (Atlantic) Three Changes, (Playwrights Horizons) From Up Here, (Manhattan Theatre Club) The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons), Not Waving, Whore (SPF) Playlist, Missed Connections (Ars Nova) Cookie Crumble,  (DirectorFest) Jasper Lake, (FringeNYC), Regional: The Three Sisters (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Glass Menagerie (Berkshire Theatre Festival), The Diary of Anne Frank, (Denver Center, Ovation Award Best Actress.) Two seasons at GRSF: A Winter's Tale, Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, and Richard III. Television:  “Traffic Light,”(series regular) "Strange Brew”(pilot), “Spellbound” (pilot), "Mercy," "Law and Order,” "Law and Order:CI,”  “Law and Order:SVU,” "In Men We Trust". “Brotherhood.” Film: “The Oranges”, “The Bits Inbetween”, "Deception", "Off Jackson Avenue," "Winter of Frozen Dreams," "January," and the upcoming “The Happy House” and “Sleepwalk With Me.” Education: UM/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program. 

CLARK GREGG. Broadway: A Few Good Men. Off-Broadway: Boys' Life (Lincoln Center), The Old Boy (Playwrights Horizons), Unidentified Human Remains (Orpheum). A founding member of Atlantic. At Atlantic: Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Mojo, Nothing Sacred, Women and Water, The Girl in PinkThe Night Heron and others. Film: Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Thor, Iron Man 2, 500 Days of Summer, Iron Man, Choke, In Good Company, The Human Stain, Lovely and Amazing, One Hour Photo, We Were Soldiers, State and Main, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole (Independent Spirit Award nomination, Best Supporting Actor), Magnolia, among others. Reprises his role as SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson in Marvel's The Avengers this spring. Televison: co-starred with Julia Louis Dreyfus in the long running CBS comedy, “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” Agent Mike Casper on "The West Wing," Appeared on the series, "Sports Night," "Will and Grace," "Sex and the City," and many others.  Directed the New York and Los Angeles premieres of Kevin Heelan's Distant Fires, which won three L.A. Weekly awards including Best Ensemble and Best Director. Also directed Atlantic's 1996 revival of Mamet's Edmond. Wrote and directed the film Choke, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, which won a Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Gregg's feature screenwriting debut was Dreamworks' What Lies Beneath, directed by Robert Zemeckis.

SUSAN HYON.  Crane Story (Cherry Lane), Romeo & Juliet (NYSF/The Public), Tartuffe and Scapin (Classic Stage Company), Bring Love (Guthrie), Henry VI (Shakespeare & Co.), Opus (Florida Studio Theatre), Smoke and Mirrors (The Flea), Toshtuk and Janyl (La MaMa), Apocalypsis Cum Figuris (PS122). International: Janyl (Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic), Metamorphoses (Teatro Nacional, Lisbon), The Comedy of Errors (Schauspiel Essen, Germany), Scapin (Arezzo, Italy), Apocalypsis Cum Figuris (University of Puerto Rico), Snow (Dublin Fringe). BA Economics, Smith College. Fulbright, South Korea. MFA Acting Columbia University.

ROCK KOHLI. Off Broadway: Private Wars, Geography of a Horse Dreamer. Regional: Love's Labor’s Lost, The Indian Wants the Bronx. Television: “30 Rock,” “Treme,”  “Law & Order SVU.” Film: Tower Heist, The Dictator, 13, Twelve.

GORDON MACDONALD received a Lucille Lortel nomination for his performance in Trumbo Off-Broadway. He has appeared in the New York productions of Invention for Fathers and Sons and A Company of Angels, both by playwright Alan Brody; Michael Weller's Ghost on Fire; The Rivalry of Dolls and Magda both by James Purdy; and Sartre's The Respectful Prostitute, among others.  Gordon has also been seen at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, The American Jewish Theatre, The West End of London and on regional stages across America as well as on episodes of “Law & Order,” “All My Children" and “Saving Grace” on television and in the films The Brave One, The Thin Red Line, Brain Damage, Senior Week and Looking for Richard.

AMANDA QUAID: Broadway: Equus. Off-Broadway: Signature Theatre: The Illusion directed by Michael Mayer; Red Bull: The Witch of Edmonton; Irish Rep: world premiere of Banished Children of Eve, The Yeats Project; Flea: world premiere of Christopher Durang's Not a Creature Was Stirring; Culture Project: her plays Woman Rebel and Hymns of Hate and Sentiment. Regional: Shakespeare Theatre: Vivie in Mrs. Warren’s Profession opposite Elizabeth Ashley; Folger Shakespeare Theatre: Rosalind in As You Like It; Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. Education: Vassar. 

ANA REEDER Broadway: Hedda GablerTop Girls, Sight Unseen. Off-Broadway: Humble Boy, An Experiment With an Air Pump, Living Room in Africa, The Wooden Breeks, Hedda Gabler (NYTW), Small Tragedy (Obie), The Time of the Cuckoo, Some Voices, Killers and Other Family, Maid, FireEater, Macbeth, Henry VIII. London: The Distance From Here. Regional: The Lady in Question, Night Season (Bay Street), Carol Mulroney (Huntington), The Tempest(Shakespeare Theatre) Unusual Acts of Devotion(Philadelphia Theatre Co) A Dolls House (Long Wharf), A Streetcar Named Desire (Williamstown) TV: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Katie Joplin,” “The Jury,” “Kidnapped.” "You Don't Know Jack." Film: Diary of a City Priest, Acts of Worship (Independent Spirit nomination), Marie and Bruce, One for the Money, No Country for Old Men. BA: Middlebury College; MFA: NYU. Member AEA.

JOEY SLOTNICK is an ensemble member of Chicago’s Tony Award winning Lookingglass Theatre Co. Credits there include Our Town co-directed by Anna D. Shapiro and Jessica Thebus, Wants & Needs, Great Men of Science Nos. 21 & 22 directed by Tracy Letts, Hard Times, Arabian Nights directed by Mary Zimmerman, The Master and Margarita, Up Against It, The Third Voyage.  Other Chicago credits; Animal Crackers (Joseph Jefferson nomination) directed by Henry Wishcamper (The Goodman) Slotnick Katz & Lehr (Steppenwolf), Fun and Nobody (The Next). Atlantic credits include; 10 X 25, The   New York Idea directed by Mark Brokaw, Ethan Coen’s Offices directed by Neil Pepe(Atlantic). Also Coen’s world premiere play Almost An Evening off-Broadway at The Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street following a sold-out extended run at The Atlantic.  Other New York credits include Romance (Bay Street), The Cartells (Comix), Nicky Silver’s The Altruists (The Vineyard). Films; The Dictator, Too Big to Fail,  Elevator, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, Made in Romania, Jesus Cooks Me Breakfast, I Want Someone to Eat Cheese With, Hollow Man, Blast From the Past, Dinner and Driving, Twister, Since You’ve Been Gone, Judas Kiss, A League of Their Own. Television: “Black Jack,”  “The Office,”  “Pushing Daisies,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Entourage,”  “Curb Your Enthusiasm,”  “Boston Legal,” TNT’s “Pirates of Silicon Valley,” “CSI,” “Medium,” “Ghost Whisperer,” “Alias,” “nip/tuck,” “Boston Public,” “The Single Guy.” Training: BFA, Southern Methodist University

LENNY VENITO is proud to be working with this wonderful cast and the Atlantic Theater company. Lenny's television credits includes roles on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Unforgettable,”  and recurring roles on "The Sopranos," "Rescue Me," "Flight of the Concords," and  "Lights Out."  He is currently recurring in HBO's "Bored to Death" and the upcoming CBS drama "The 22." Film credits include War of the Worlds, Rounder's, Gigli, Solitary Man, The Brave One, How Do you Know and the soon to be released Men In Black III

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 23 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 and Offices (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, nine Lucille Lortel Awards, fourteen Obie Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, and four 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 for Kids and the Educational Outreach Program partners with schools and teachers throughout the greater metropolitan area coordinating in-school visits of teaching artists and post-theater talkbacks.

HAPPY HOUR will play Tuesday – Saturday at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 3pm.

Added performances Sunday 11/20 at 7pm, Friday 11/25 and 12/23 at 2pm, Monday 12/19 and 12/26 at 8pm. No matinees Wednesday 11/16 or 11/30, or Saturday 11/19. No performances 11/24, 12/6 or 12/24-25. No 8pm show, Saturday 12/31.

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