Atlantic Theater Company has just announced 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 4,000 Miles which is now running Off Broadway.
2012 – 2013 Atlantic Theater Company SEASON
Linda Gross Theater
New York Premiere
By Simon Stephens
Directed by Gaye Taylor Upchurch
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
WHAT RHYMES WITH AMERICA
By Melissa James Gibson
Directed by Daniel Aukin
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.