Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) presents the world premiere of STOREFRONT CHURCH, written and directed by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award® winner John Patrick Shanley and starring Bob Dishy, Giancarlo Esposito, Zach Grenier, Ron Cephas Jones and Tonya Pinkins.
STOREFRONT CHURCH will begin previews Wednesday, May 16; officially open Monday, June 11; and play a limited engagement through Sunday, June 24 Off-Broadway as the first production to return to Atlantic's main stage Linda Gross Theater in Chelsea following completion of a historic $8.3M renovation.
STOREFRONT CHURCH is the final installment of the trilogy called Church and State, which began with Doubt. The story concerns a Bronx borough President (Esposito) who is forced, by the mortgage crisis into a confrontation with a local minister (Cephas Jones). The question they confront is one that faces us all. What is the relationship between spiritual experience and social action?
Tony Award® nominated stage veteran Bob Dishy has appeared in 17 Broadway productions and most recently starred Off Broadway in Knickerbocker and Enter Laughing. Atlantic Theater Company member Giancarlo Esposito returns to the New York stage following starring on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He recently received critical acclaim starring in AMC's award-winning television series "Breaking Bad." Zach Grenier returns to Atlantic following starring in Gabriel. He appeared on Broadway last season in Man and Boy and received a Tony Award® nomination for his performance in 33 Variations. Ron Cephas Jones is currently appearing in Katori Hall's play Hurt Village Off-Broadway. Tonya Pinkins received Tony® and Olivier award nominations and Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Obie, Lortel, Audelco, Garland and Los Angeles Drama Critics awards for her starring title role performance in the musical Caroline, or Change. She is currently starring Off Broadway in Katori Hall's play Hurt Village.
The design team for STOREFRONT CHURCH will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata, costume design by Alejo Vietti, lighting design by Matthew Richards and sound design by Bart Fasbender.
Bob Dishy (Ethan Goldklang) Broadway: Damn Yankees; Flora, the Red Menace; The Unknown Soldier and His Wife; Something Different; The Goodbye People; An American Millionaire; The Creation of the World and Other Business; Sly Fox; Murder at the Howard Johnson's; Grown Ups; Café Crown; The Tenth Man; The Price; Morning's at Seven. Off-Broadway: Enter Laughing The Musical, Knickerbocker, By Jupiter, The Shawl, NY Second City Co. (actor/director). Film: Lovers and Other Strangers, The Tiger Makes Out, The Big Bus, The Last Married Couple in America, First Family, Stay Tuned, Author! Author!, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Critical Condition, Used People, Don Juan DeMarco, Jungle 2 Jungle, A Fish in the Bathtub, Judy Berlin, Along Came Polly. TV: "Blue Bloods," "Story Theatre" (actor/director), "TW3," "Law & Order," "Frasier," "Columbo," "Barney Miller," "All in the Family," "Mary Tyler Moore," "The Good Doctor," "The Cafeteria." First major role: the boy in Six Who Pass While the Lentils Boil at P.S. 205. Tony Award® nomination, Drama Desk, Chancellor's Medal from Syracuse.