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Mickey Sumner joins Carol Kane in Atlantic Theater Company's THE LYING LESSON, Directed by Pam MacKinnon

Atlantic Theater Company


Tony Award® Nominee


Academy Award® Nominee & Emmy Award® Winner



by Tony Award® Nominee

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce that Tony Award® nominated director Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will direct actress Mickey Sumner (film Frances Ha, Showtime’s “The Borgias”) in the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award® nominee Craig Lucas’s new comedy THE LYING LESSON, joining previously announced star Academy Award® nominee and Emmy Award® winner Carol Kane (Wicked, “Taxi”).

THE LYING LESSON will begin previews Wednesday, February 20, officially open Wednesday, March 13, and play a limited engagement through Sunday, March 31off-Broadway at Atlantic’s main stage Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).

In a remote seaside village in Maine, a legendary film star (Carol Kane) shows up to buy the home of an elderly couple. When she encounters a young local woman (Mickey Sumner) who appears never to have heard of her, “Ruth” stakes a claim on her distant past, and plays a relentless game of cat and mouse with her new “assistant.”In this hilarious and unsettling comic thriller, Craig Lucas, celebrated author of Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless  and The Light in the Piazza and twist and turn the audience around essential questions about memory, identity and truth-telling in THE LYING LESSON.

Obie Award winning director Pam MacKinnon was nominated for a Tony Award® for her staging of the acclaimed production of Clybourne Park and is currently represented with the hit Broadway revival of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. She is a frequent interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having also staged his plays Peter and Jerry; Occupant; A Delicate Balance; The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and Play About the Baby.

Actress Mickey Sumner will make her Off-Broadway and Atlantic Theater Company debut after recently appearing on the New York stage in the Culture Project workshop of The Seagull. Other theater credits include the recent 24 Hour Plays on Broadway and Think Global, F**k Local at The Royal Court in London. She has recently drawn critical praise for her co-starring role opposite Greta Gerwig in the new Noah Baumbach film Frances Ha, which has been acclaimed at the 2012 Toronto, New York and Telluride film festivals, and will be released by IFC this May.

She has also appeared on television in the Showtime series “The Borgias.” 

Craig Lucas was nominated for a Tony Award® for Best Book of a Musical for The Light in the Piazza as well as his celebrated Broadway play Prelude to a Kiss, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist before being adapted into the hit film comedy starring Meg Ryan and Alec Baldwin. His plays include Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue Window, God's Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, Prayer for My Enemy and The Singing Forest.

Beloved comedic actress Carol Kane most recently appeared on Broadway in the critically acclaimed revival of Harvey and has starred in the Broadway productions of Wicked and Sly Fox. She has appeared in over 100 motion pictures and television series and was honored with a Best Actress Academy Award® nomination for her role in the film Hester Street and two Emmy Awards® for her role in iconic series “Taxi.”

The design team for THE LYING LESSON will feature scenic design by Neil Patel, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Russell H. Champa and original music and sound design by Broken Chord.

Anna D. Shapiro, previously announced to stage The Lying Lesson earlier this season, is now unable to direct the production due to scheduling.

Atlantic Theater Company’s New York premiere of Rolin Jones’ play The Jammer, featuring Patch Darragh, Dan Domingues, Christopher Jackson, Billy Eugene Jones, Keira Naughton, Kate Rigg, Jeanine Serralles, Greg Stuhr and Todd Weeks directed by Jackson Gay, is now playing  at Atlantic Stage 2 (330 16th Street).


MICKEY SUMNER (Missy Bodine) makes her Off-Broadway and Atlantic Theater Company debut after recently appearing on the New York stage in the Culture Project workshop of The Seagull (directed by Max Stafford-Clark). Other theater credits include the recent 24 Hour Plays on Broadway, Tomorrow Morning (HB Playwrights Foundation), Hillbilly Women and  Rumspringa. London credits include Think Global, F**k Local at The Royal Court. Television includes a recurring role in the Showtime series “The Borgias” (Season 1). Film includes the co-starring role opposite Greta Gerwig in Noah Baumbach’s film Frances Ha (2012 Toronto Film Festival, 2012 New York Film Festival and 2012 Telluride Film Festival) which will be released by IFC in May, a cameo role as iconic rocker Patti Smith in CBGB with Alan Rickman, the lead role in Missed Connections (Winner of the Sarasota Film Festival Audience Award 2012, opening night film of the 2012 Gen Art Film Festival in NYC, winner of Gen Art’s Audience Award, and winner of the Savannah Film Festival Audience Award), Girl Most Likely (2012 Toronto Film Festival) to be released by Lionsgate this summer, I Have No Hold on You, This is not an Umbrella and We’re going to the Zoo (Red Bucket Films). Born and raised in England, she currently lives in New York City, having graduated with a B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design in 2007. 

PAM MACKINNON (Director)is a Tony Award® nominated, Obie Award winning director.  Recent credits include Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Broadway, Steppenwolf, Arena Stage); Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (Broadway,Taper; Playwrights Horizons - Tony® and Lortel nominations for direction, Obie Award); Horton Foote’s Harrison, TX (Primary Stages); Itamar Moses’ Completeness (Playwrights Horizons, SCR). She is a frequent interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, having directed, in addition to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,Peter and Jerry (Second Stage, Hartford); Occupant (Signature); A Delicate Balance (Arena); The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Alley, Vienna); Play About the Baby (PTC; Goodman).  She is a WP Lab, Drama League and Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab Alumna and is chair of the board of the downtown company Clubbed Thumb, Inc. dedicated to new American plays.

CAROL KANE (Ruth) made her theatrical debut in the 1966 production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie starring Tammy Grimes.  Since then she has appeared on the New York Stage both on and Off-Broadway.  Plays include Beth Henley’s Family Week and The Debutant Ball.  She co-starred with Gena Rowland’s in the John Cassavettes play Woman of Mystery directed by John Cassavettes.  At Lincoln Center for Joe Papp her performances include The Tempest and Macbeth as well as plays at Mr. Papp’s Public Theatre, including Wasp and Other Plays by Steve Martin. She starred alongside Shelley Winters on Broadway in The Effect of Gamma Rays, on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.  In addition Kane has been seen on Broadway and Los Angeles, starring as Madame Morrible in Wicked.  Recently, she was seen as Gingy in Nora & Delia Ephron’s Off-Broadway hit, Love, Loss, and What I Wore,the Broadway production of Harvey at the Roundabout and Ian Rickson’s West End production of The Children’s Hour with Keira Knightly, Elisabeth Moss and Ellen Burstyn. Kane made her film debut in Mike Nichols’ Carnal Knowledge. Other films include: Wedding in White co-starring with Donald Pleasence, The Last Detail for director Hal Ashby, Dog Day Afternoon, director Sidney Lumet,  Annie Hall directed by Woody Allen, The Lemon Sisters co-starring Diane Keaton and Katherine Grody, The Princess Bride,director Rob Reiner, Scrooged  director Dick Donner, My Blue Heaven written by Nora Ephron, as well as Steve Buscemi’s Tres Lounge, Adams Family Values, When a Stranger Calls, Flashback starring Dennis Hopper,  The World’s Greatest Lover co-starring Gene Wilder and The Muppet Movie to name just a few.  Most recently Kane performed in Mike Birbiglia’s film Sleep Walk with Me (Sundance Film Festival Best of Next Award) and the soon to be released independent feature Clutter.  Kane was nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Actress for her performance in Joan Micklin Silver’s film Hester Street. Television includes:  Simka, wife of Latka (Andy Kaufman) on the television series “Taxi.”  For which she won two Emmy Awards®.  Pearl, All Is Forgiven and Chicago Hope where she garnered another Emmy nomination.  She was seen as Richard Belzer’s ex-wife on “Law & Order:  SVU,” as well as the television series “Two and Half Men.

CRAIG LUCAS (Playwright) is the author of the plays Missing Persons, Reckless, Blue Window, Prelude to a Kiss, God's Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, Prayer for My Enemy and The Singing Forest.  His screenplays include Blue Window, Longtime Companion, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless, The Secret Lives of Dentists and The Dying Gaul (which he also directed).  Lucas has written the scripts for the musicals Marry Me A Little, Songs by Stephen Sondheim, Three Postcards (music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia) and The Light in the Piazza (music and lyrics by Adam Guettel).  His opera libretti include Orpheus in Love (composer Gerald Busby) and Two Boys (composer Nico Muhly), which premiered at the English National Opera.  Lucas directed the world premiere of The Light in the Piazza atthe Intiman Theater in Seattle,the film Birds of America,the play This Thing of Darkness (by Lucas and David Schulner) and Harry Kondoleon’s plays Saved or Destroyed and Play Yourself.  He has created a new scenario for Christopher Wheeldon’s version of Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella for the Dutch National Ballet

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 26 years ago, Atlantic has produced more than 130 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); Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling (Adam Rapp); Bluebird (Simon Stephens); Storefront Church (John Patrick Shanley); 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 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.

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

SCHEDULE: Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 2pm, Sunday at 3pm and Sunday at 7pm.

TICKETS: All tickets are$70.00 and available by calling Ticket Central at 212-279-4200 ( or at the Atlantic Stage 2 box office at 330 West 16th Street.

Atlantic Members pay $30 per ticket for all main stage and Stage 2 productions. Members may book by contacting Ticket Central or visiting the Atlantic Stage 2 box office.For information on Atlantic Theater Company membership, group sales or other inquiries, please contact the Membership Department: 212-645-1242 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For every preview performance of Atlantic Theater Company main stage productions, Atlantic offers 15 seats for only $15. Dates and availability may vary per show. Seats are limited to rows in the back of the theater. First come, first served.

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