Critics’ Pick, Time Out New York
“A GLORIOUS REVIVAL!
Ms. Churchill is ONE OF THE WISEST AND BRAVEST PLAYWRIGHTS ON THE PLANET!
James Macdonald’s PHEROMONE-FRESH production features a
DELICIOUSLY MUTABLE cast who feel utterly, emotionally in the moment!
This compassionate, tough-loving production finds the
ECSTASY, TRAGEDY, AND EXHILARATING MADNESS
of what it means to be part of this eternal ball of confusion.”
– The New York Times
“VALIANT AND MEANINGFUL! SUPERBLY ACTED!
As a cast, their chemistry and potential is UNDENIABLE!
WHAT I’M SAYING IS GO!”
– The Huffington Post
“A SUPERB REVIVAL that has only grown
FULLER, MEATIER, SADDER, FUNNIER, SEXIER, AND MORE PROVOCATIVE!
AN EXCELLENT CAST will haunt me as long as the original.”
– New York Magazine
A well-oiled ensemble! The play and performances
WILL MAKE YOUR HEAD BUZZ!”
– NY Daily News
IMPECCABLY CAST AND DIRECTED!
Nothing compares to the HEAD-SPINNING, GIDDY THRILLS
and vertiginous goings-on in Churchill’s still-wonderful Cloud Nine!
ELUSIVE, IMPORTANT, AND SERIOUSLY FUN!”
“CHURCHILL’S PLAY IS A SLICE OF THEATER HEAVEN!”
– Time Out New York
by CARYL CHURCHILL
directed by JAMES MACDONALD
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Running Time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including one 10 minute intermission
Set in colonial Africa and 1979 London, this landmark play is about power, politics, family, Queen Victoria and sex. A timeless and bitingly funny modern classic, Cloud Nine has not been seen in a major New York production since 1981, when it ran for over two years.
Atlantic welcomes legendary British playwright Caryl Churchill (Mad Forest, Top Girls) for this revival helmed by acclaimed director James Macdonald (A Number, Cock).
*Due to the unique seating configuration for this production, there will be absolutely no late seating or reentry to the theater during the performance. There will be no refunds or exchanges.
FOR YOUR COMFORT…
Our production of Cloud Nine has been artistically conceived and designed to be performed in the round. It creates an exciting, intimate playing space that closely connects the audience with the story being told on stage. To achieve this special approach, a stadium of bleachers have been constructed at the theater that replaces our traditional seating configuration. While the bleachers are cushioned, some of our audience members have found them less comfortable than our usual theater seats. We welcome you to bring a favorite pillow or small cushion to make your seat personally comfortable for you. We also have a limited number of cushions available at the theater.
All other productions this season will be performed in our regular proscenium configuration. If you have any questions in regards to your arrangement, please contact OvationTix at 866-811-4111. Thank you and look forward to seeing you at the theater.
BROOKE BLOOM (Edward/Betty). Theatre credits: D Deb Debbie Deborah at Clubbed Thumb, David Greenspan’s I’m Looking for Helen Twelvetrees at Abrons Arts Center, You Got Older with Page 73, Somewhere Fun at Vineyard Theatre, Lungs at the Studio Theatre in D.C. and Barrington Stage, Becky Shaw at the Wilma, The Grown-Up at the Actors Theatre of Louisville and Marie Antoinette at A.R.T., as well as A Feminine Ending, Completeness and Hamlet all at South Coast Rep. Film: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Ceremony, He’s Just Not That Into You, Gabbi on the Roof in July, Swim Little Fish Swim (SXSW 2013) and She’s Lost Control (Independent Spirit nom. 2014, Berlinale 2014). Television: series regular on Amazon’s “Alpha House,” guest appear- ances on “Louie,” “Person of Interest,” “Law & Order,” “The Good Wife,” recur- ring role on “CSI: Miami” and various pilots for NBC and Fox. Obie recipient 2014, Drama Desk nomination 2014. IRNE 2013 and Barrymore 2012.
SEAN DUGAN (Joshua/Gerry). Broadway: Next Fall (Drama Desk Award nomination). Off-Broadway: Tail! Spin!, The Illusion, Next Fall, The English Channel, Perfect Harmony, BFF, Nerds: The Musical, Valhalla, Flesh and Blood, Corpus Christi and Shakespeare’s R&J. Regional: Alley Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Chautauqua Theater Company, American Conservatory Theater, Round House Theatre, Two River Theater, Yale Repertory Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, The Old Globe, California Shakespeare Theater and four seasons as a Company Member at American Repertory Theater. Film: Dinner@40, Stephen King’s A Good Marriage, Victoriana, Gigantic, Trust the Man, Company Man and Overnight Sensation. Television: “The Lottery,” “Smash,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary,” “I Just Want My Pants Back,” “The Good Wife,” “Fringe,” “Law & Order: SVU” and “Criminal Intent” and HBO’s “Oz.
LUCY OWEN (Maud/Victoria) was last seen in The Village Bike at MCC (directed by Sam Gold). Other theatre credits include Clybourne Park at Long Wharf Theatre, Body Language (Active Theatre), Complete (NY Fringe Encore). Regionally: Berkeley Rep (Cloud Nine), San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2; The Winter’ s Tale), PCP A Theatrefest (Arcadia, Amadeus, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Romeo and Juliet, Skylight), TheatreWorks in Mountain View (Shakespeare in Hollywood), Porchlight Theatre Co. (The Seagull, An Ideal Husband). Film/TV cred- its include The Mend (opposite Josh Lucas), Kelly & Cal (with Juliette Lewis), Jonathan Demme’s Ricki and the Flash, Liv, Game for Motel Room, Higher Ground, “The Big C,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Americans,” “Delocated,” “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Alpha House,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary.” Lucy will next be seen as Connie on Showtime’s “Billions.”
CHRIS PERFETTI (Betty/Edward). Broadway: Picnic (dir. Sam Gold). Off- Broadway: The Tempest (The Public Theater), Sons of the Prophet (Roundabout), The Tutors (Second Stage). Television: “Crossbones” (NBC), “Looking” (HBO), “Next Caller” (NBC). Upcoming: “Criminal Justice” (HBO). Education: B.F.A., SUNY Purchase Conservatory.
JOHN SANDERS (Harry Bagley/Martin) makes his Atlantic debut. Broadway: Matilda, Peter and the Starcatcher. National tours: Black Stache in Peter and the Starcatcher, Sam in Mamma Mia! Chicago theatre: The Real Thing, A Minister’s Wife, O Coward, The Uneasy Chair (Writers’ Theatre); Turn of the Century, Shining City (Goodman); Cymbeline, Troilus and Cressida (Chicago Shakespeare); Spamalot, Miss Saigon (Drury Lane Oakbrook); and with Steppenwolf, The Hypocrites, Stage Left, Chicago Dramatists and other fine compa- nies; two Jeff nominations. John is an emeri- tus ensemble member and formerly served as the Director of New Play Development at Chicago’s Stage Left Theatre, and was an associate artist at Chicago Dramatists. TV/film: “Elementary” (CBS); “The Following” (FOX); “Last Man Standing” (Lifetime); No God, No Master; Alleged.
IZZIE STEELE (Ellen/Mrs. Saunders/Lin) is London-born with deep Polish roots and thrilled to be making her Atlantic Theater Company debut. Ms. Steele was last seen in What I Did Last Summer Off-Broadway at Signature Theatre and recently starred as Marion in the Canadian production of The Heart of Robin Hood. The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey has played a crucial role in her training: she has performed there in such productions as Playboy of the Western World, Henry V Part 1, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and Romeo and Juliet. In addition, Ms. Steele has appeared on television and film in “Law & Order: SVU,” “One Bad Choice” and Canary which recently premiered at the CUFF at Lincoln Center. B.A. from Rutgers.
CLARKE THORELL (Clive/Cathy/ Bill). Broadway; Annie (Rooster Hannigan), Hairspray (Corny Collins), Titanic (Farrell/Barrett), Sinatra: His Voice. His World. His Way (sub for John Pizzarelli, Radio City Music Hall), Mamma Mia! (Harry Bright), The Who’s Tommy. Off- Broadway/other; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Gus, NY City Center Encores!), Satellites (The Public Theater), Lone Star Love, Sondheim’ s Saturday Night, Wise Guys (Sam Mendes, dir.). Twelfth Night (Orsino, Jack O’Brien, dir.); The School for Scandal (Charles); Floyd Collins (Tina Landau, dir.; Old Globe, Prince, Goodman theatres). Film & TV: “House of Cards,” “The Good Wife,” “30 Rock” (Meet the Woggles!), “The Knick,” “Boardwalk Empire,” Men in Black III, “NYC 2-2,” “Rescue Me,” “Kings,” “Law & Order: SVU,” The Winning Season, “The Sopranos.” As a vocalist, he has per- formed with artists including Sting, Dave Brubeck, Liza Minnelli, ABBA, The Red Clay Ramblers and Pete Townshend, and Michael McElroy’s Broadway Inspirational Voices. Clarke maintains a lifelong dream of becoming the next voice of Donald Duck.
CARYL CHURCHILL (Playwright). Stage plays originally seen in London and then in NYC include Cloud Nine (Theatre de Lys/Lucille Lortel); Owners, Traps, Mad Forest, Far Away, A Number, Seven Jewish Children, Love and Information (all at New York Theatre Workshop); Top Girls, Fen, Serious Money, Ice Cream, The Skriker, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (all at The Public Theater and Top Girls recently also at Manhattan Theatre Club); Blue Heart (BAM). Other plays include Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Vinegar Tom, Softcops, Three More Sleepless Nights, A Mouthful of Birds (with David Lan). Translations: Thyestes (Seneca), A Dream Play (Strindberg), Bliss (Choiniere). Music the- atre: Lives of the Great Poisoners, Hotel, A Ring a Lamp a Thing (all with composer Orlando Gough). James Macdonald directed Lives of the Great Poisoners and Thyestes in London; Top Girls and A Number in NY; and Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? and Love and Information in both places.
JAMES MACDONALD (Director) received an Obie Award for Love and Information for NYTW. Also in New York, James has directed King Lear, The Book of Grace, Drunk Enough to Say I Love You? (The Public Theater); John Gabriel Borkman (BAM/Abbey Theatre); Top Girls (MTC/Broadway); Dying City (Lincoln Center); A Number (New Y ork Theatre Workshop); and 4.48 Psychosis (St. Ann’s Warehouse). Recent London credits include Bakkhai, A Delicate Balance, Judgment Day (Almeida); The Wolf from the Door, Circle Mirror Transformation (Royal Court); The Father (Theatre Royal Bath/Tricycle/ Wyndhams); Roots (Donmar); The Arrest of Ai Weiwei (Hampstead); Dido Queen of Carthage, The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other, Exiles (National Theatre); Glengarry Glen Ross (West End). From 1992 to 2006, Macdonald was associate director of the Royal Court. He also directed the film version of Caryl Churchill’s A Number for HBO.
DANE LAFFREY (Set Designer) Broadway: set & costumes for the current revival of Spring Awakening (Brooks Atkinson), set for Fool For Love (Friedman). Recent off-Broadway: set and/or costumes for The Christians and Iowa (Playwrights Horizons), Bad Jews and Tigers Be Still (Roundabout), Arlington (Vineyard), King Liz, American Hero, and The Talls (Second Stage), Disgraced (Lincoln Center), The Maids (Red Bull), I Remember Mama and The Patsy (Transport Group), The Few (Rattlestick). Regional work at The Humana Festival, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Old Globe, Huntington, Goodspeed, Denver Center, Deaf West, Center Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, New York Stage and Film, The Studio, Signature, Two River, others. International work in Tokyo, Oslo, Osaka and throughout Australia. Nominations for a Drama Desk Award and 4 Henry Hewes Awards.