2019|2020 at Atlantic

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World Premiere Play

SUNDAY

By Jack Thorne
Directed by Lee Sunday Evans

September 5 – October 13, 2019
Linda Gross Theater

There is a moment when you want to look ahead to the future, but the past is eating you whole. In Sunday, friends gather for a book group, anxious to prove their intellectual worth, but that anxiety gets the better of any actual discussion as emotional truths come pouring out. A new play written by Tony Award winner Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Let the Right One In), directed by Obie Award winner Lee Sunday Evans (Dance Nation).

Sunday was commissioned by Atlantic Theater Company with the generous support of Jean Doumanian Productions.


World Premiere Co-Production with LAByrinth Theater Company

HALFWAY BITCHES GO STRAIGHT TO HEAVEN

By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by John Ortiz

November 14 – December 22, 2019
Linda Gross Theater

Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis takes his style to another level in this world premiere play about the harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking inner workings of a women’s halfway house in New York City, helmed by John Ortiz (LAByrinth Artistic Director) in his off-Broadway directing debut. Atlantic is thrilled to partner with LAByrinth Theater Company to present Guirgis’ first new play since Atlantic Theater Company’s 2014 award-winning production of Between Riverside and Crazy.


World Premiere Play

PARIS

By Eboni Booth
Directed by Knud Adams

January 8 – February 9, 2020
Atlantic Stage 2

Emmie is one of the only black people living in Paris, Vermont, and she desperately needs a job. When she is hired at Berry’s, a store off the interstate selling everything from baby carrots to lawnmowers, she begins to understand a new kind of isolation. A play about invisibility, being underpaid, and how it feels to work on your feet for ten hours a day.

Paris is the off-Broadway playwriting debut of acclaimed actor Eboni Booth (Dance Nation), directed by Knud Adams (Marie and Bruce).


 

US Premiere Play

ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE

By Alice Birch
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz

January 30 – March 15, 2020
Linda Gross Theater

Three generations of women. Their lives play out simultaneously. For each, the chaos of what has come before brings a painful legacy.

Winner of the 2018 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Anatomy of a Suicide is a revelatory exploration of mothers and daughters by Alice Birch (Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.), directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz (Marys Seacole).


World Premiere Musical

THE BEDWETTER

Book by Joshua Harmon & Sarah Silverman
Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger & Sarah Silverman
Music by Adam Schlesinger

May 9 – June 28, 2020
Linda Gross Theater

Meet Sarah. She’s funny. She’s dirty. She’s 10. And she’s got a secret that you’ll never guess (unless you read the title).

Based on the bestselling memoir of the same name, The Bedwetter is a world premiere musical by multi-award-winners Sarah Silverman (“I Love You, America”), Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews).


World Premiere One Act Plays

A PLAY IS A POEM

By Ethan Coen
Directed by Neil Pepe

May 20 – June 21, 2020
Atlantic Stage 2

If the audience laughs, it’s a comedy. If they nod with new understanding, it’s a drama. If they laugh and nod but can’t say why it’s funny or what they’ve understood, it might be A Play Is A Poem, the new collection of one-acts by Academy Award winner Ethan Coen. The hillbilly hollows of Appalachia, the executive suites of Hollywood, a New York tenement apartment, a magnolia-scented gazebo in Natchez, Mississippi—an eccentric look at life across America directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe.


Atlantic for Kids | World Premiere Musical

THE BIG ONE-OH!

Music by Doug Besterman
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the Novel by Dean Pitchford
Directed by MK Lawson

September 28 – October 20, 2019
Linda Gross Theater

Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties—that would require friends, which he doesn’t have. Well, unless you count his monster friends, but they’re only imaginary. But now that he’s turning ten—the big one-oh—he decides to throw a birthday party for himself, complete with a “House of Horrors” theme. Of course things don’t work out as he plans. Will Charley be able to pull it together before the big one-oh . . . becomes the big OH-NO!?

The Big One-Oh! is a triumphant new musical for the whole family based on the book of the same name. Recommended for kids 5+ but welcomes children of all ages.

PLUS! 1 more Atlantic for Kids production to be announced.