★★★★ Time Out New York
“ONE OF THE STRONGEST ENSEMBLES I’VE SEEN IN AGES!
Buffini’s sleek and tenderhearted adaptation finds BIG, BITTER LAUGHS!
Pepe’s GIDDY PRODUCTION mixes gallows yuks with ZANY TURNS!
WILL YOU DIE LAUGHING? IT IS VERY POSSIBLE!” – David Cote, Time Out New York
“TOP-DRAWER COMIC TALENT!” – New York Magazine
– The Hollywood Reporter
“A TIGHT AND VISUALLY APPEALING PRODUCTION!
This freewheeling adaptation is
A LAUGH RIOT!” – Theatermania
DYING FOR IT
by MOIRA BUFFINI
a free adaptation of The Suicide by NIKOLAI ERDMAN
directed by NEIL PEPE
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W 20th St.
Running Time: 2 hours including one 10 minute intermission.
Following the acclaimed American premiere of Gabriel in 2010, Moira Buffini returns to Atlantic with an adaptation of this timely and riotous Soviet era farce by Nikolai Erdman.
Dying for It is the story of Semyon, a man down on his luck and out of options. When he decides to throw in the towel and kill himself, a deluge of sympathetic visitors descends upon him, determined to make him a martyr for their many causes. Swept up in the firestorm of attention, Semyon does take matters into his own hands, but not quite in the fashion that everyone expects. An outrageous satire on the hypocrisy and illogic of Soviet life, this play was banned by Stalin before it ever saw the light of day, and is now regarded as an under-known 20th century classic comedy.
MIA BARRON (Margarita Ivanovna Peryesvetova). Recent theater includes Bruce Norris’ Domesticated (Lincoln Center), Sam Hunter’s A Great Wilderness (Williamstown) and Nicholas Martin’s production of The Show Off (Westport). Broadway: The Coast of Utopia, “Q.E.D.” Off-Broadway: What Once We Felt (Lincoln Center); Spirit Control (Manhattan Theatre Club); Knickerbocker (The Public); The World Over, She Stoops to Comedy, The Pain and the Itch (Playwrights Horizons); work with New Georges, P73, 13P; Co-Creator/Performer Big Times (Leigh Silverman, director). Regional: Huntington, Old Globe, Guthrie, Long Wharf, New York Stage & Film, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Geffen, Mark Taper, Williamstown, Westport, Humana, Acting Company. Film: 411, Righteous Kill, 27 Dresses, Unconscious, I Smile Back. Television: “Blue Bloods,” “Glee,” “Elementary,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Medium,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Children’s Hospital,” “The Sarah Silverman Program,” “Numb3rs,” “Newsroom,” voice of Molotov on Cartoon Network’s “Venture Bros.” Education: B.F.A., New York University; M.F.A., New York University.
BEN BECKLEY (Yegor Timoveivich). Ben Beckley recently returned from the first national tour of Peter and the Starcatcher, dir. Alex Timbers and Roger Rees. New York theatre: Goldor $ Mythyka (New Georges); The Cocktail Party (TACT); Christopher Durang’s Not a Creature Was Stirring, dir. Kip Fagan and Julian Sheppard’s Los Angeles, dir. Adam Rapp (Flea Theater); Salamander Leviathan (The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub); The Confidence Man (Woodshed Collective). Regional: The Illusion (Berkshire Theatre Group); Company (Playhouse on Park); Zinnias (Peak Performances, workshop, dir. Robert Wilson); four international tours with Temporary Distortion’s Welcome to Nowhere. Film: The Jew of Malta, Crooked and Narrow, “The Onion News Network,” “The Revolution.” Ben is a company member with The Assembly, and has developed and performed four shows with the company: Clementine and the Cyber Ducks, Three Sisters, HOME/SICK and That Poor Dream, all directed by Jess Chayes. This is for her. www.benbeckley.com
NATHAN DAME (Oleg Leonidovich/Beggar/Music Director). A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group); Our Town (Bond Street Theater directed by David Cromer); Three Sisters (Classical Theatre of Harlem); Pump Boys and Dinettes (Geva Theatre); The Lightning Thief (TheatreworksUSA); Fly Guy and Other Stories (Theatreworks USA); Adam Lives (Goodspeed NMF); Upcoming: Pretty Filthy with the Civilians. Music Supervisor: Mr. Burns, a post-electric play by Anne Washburn, music by Michael Friedman (Playwrights Horizons). Assoc. Music Director: What’s It All About? Bacharach Reimagined (New York Theatre Workshop); Fly by Night (Dallas Theater Center); Triassic Parq: The Musical (Amas Musical Theatre); Himself and Nora (NYMF, Tritone Productions); Nightmare Alley (NYMF, Tritone Productions). Music Assistant: first national tour of The Addams Family.
PATCH DARRAGH (Viktor Viktorovich). Atlantic: The Jammer. Broadway: Our Town. Off-Broadway: When We Were Young and Unafraid (MTC), Appropriate (Signature), Kin (Playwrights), The Glass Menagerie (Roundabout; Lortel nomina-tion), Crimes of the Heart (Roundabout), All That I Will Ever Be (NYTW), The Ruby Sunrise (The Public), Where We’re Born (Rattlestick) and many more. Regional: The Glass Menagerie (Long Wharf/Mark Taper); Crimes of the Heart, Dissonance, Sugar Syndrome (Williamstown); Mistakes Madeleine Made (Yale); Romeo and Juliet (Guthrie); Wit (Pittsburgh Public); Balm in Gilead (Beau Willimon); and many more. TV: “Boardwalk Empire” (recur), “The Good Wife,” “Weeds” (recur), “Royal Pains,” “Over/Under,” “Guiding Light” (recur), “Damages,” “Law & Order,” “L&O: Criminal Intent,” “NCIS,” “White Collar,” “Cupid,” “Army Wives” (recur), “Mercy” (recur). Film: Let’s Be Cops, Loitering With Intent, Coach, Little Horses, Hope Springs. Upcoming: The Harrow, M. Night Shyamalan’s Sundowning and HBO’s Crime.
CLEA LEWIS (Kleopatra Maximovna ‘Kiki’) returns to Atlantic where she first appeared in the world premiere of Woody Allen’s Writer’s Block. She made her Broadway debut in Absurd Person Singular. Off-Broadway credits include Last Easter, An Experiment with an Air Pump, Fuddy Meers and Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight. Other theatre includes EST One-Act Festival. Regional: Once in a Lifetime (Williamstown), All in the Timing (Geffen Playhouse), Pterodactyls (South Coast Rep). She memorably starred as Audrey in the long-running ABC sitcom “Ellen.” Film: Life of Crime, Motherhood, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Perfect Stranger, The Rich Man’s Wife, Diabolique. Other television credits include “Andy Barker P.I.,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Flying Blind,” “Mad About You,” “Friends,” “The Tracey Ullman Show” and “The Martin Short Show,” among many others. Ms. Lewis was the voice of Nicky on the ABC animated series “Pepper Ann.”
PETER MALONEY (Father Yelpidy) has appeared in 21 plays at Atlantic, where he is a member. He was recently seen in Port Authority at Irish Repertory Theatre. His performance as Shelley Levene in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross at the La Jolla Playhouse was critically acclaimed, and he was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and received the Richard Seff Award for his work in Outside Mullingar at the Friedman Theatre. Broadway: West Side Story, Judgement at Nuremberg, Hughie, Poor Murderer, Stanley, Carousel, Arcadia, Six Degrees of Separation, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Dinner at Eight and Our Town (Lincoln Center Theater). Over 50 films including K-Pax, Boiler Room, Requiem for a Dream, The Crucible, JFK, Washington Square, The Thing! TV: “Gotham,” Soderbergh’s “The Knick,” Uncle Red on “Rescue Me.” Writer: his memoir Who Does Little But Listen recently published in the Eugene O’Neill Review. His plays Witness and Leash (parts of his Abu Ghraib Triptych) have been published in Best American Short Plays. His adaptation of Machiavelli’s Mandragola published by Broadway Play Publishing, Inc, Accident by Faber and Faber. Member: The Actors Studio, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Irish Rep.
ANDREW MAYER (Stepan Vasilievich/ Beggar). Andrew is ecstatic to be making his Atlantic Theater debut. He is pleased to be integrating two of his passions—acting and music—on stage once again! Recent theatre: The 12, a new rock musical (Signature Theatre & upcoming Denver Center Theater), Fiddler on the Roof (Barrington Stage & Westchester Broadway Theatre), Los Valientes (Core Ensemble), Fallujah (TPAC-NYC & Kennedy Center), In the Jungle of Cities (Huntington Theatre Studio 210), Marina (NYMF). Recent film: Swing Blues (Culpepper & Williams Prod), III.1 — Romeo’s Turn (Lost Light Prod). As a musician, Andrew is a singer and electric vio-linist in of one of the top wedding bands in NYC, the Michael Hart Band. Additionally, he is a trained stage combat professional. Training: Boston University School of Theatre (B.F.A., Acting), Manhattan School of Music (Violin, Voice, Piano), LAMDA (Classical Acting, Stage Combat). Love to “the parentals” cheering section and to the LTA agent crew! AEA/SAG-AFTRA. www.andrewCmayer.com
MARY BETH PEIL (Serafima Ilyinichna) is an Atlantic Theater Company Member and returns to Atlantic following her appear-ances in The Threepenny Opera, Harper Regan, The Room, Frame 312 and Missing Persons, for which she received an Obie Award. Broadway: Follies, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Sunday in the Park with George, Nine (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The King and I opposite Yul Brynner (Tony Award nomination). Off-Broadway: Domesticated (LCT), The Morini Strad (Primary Stages), Hedda Gabler (NYTW), First Lady Suite (Transport Group), As Thousands Cheer (Drama Dept.), A Cheever Evening (Obie, Playwrights Horizons), Sylvia (MTC), Finding the Sun (Signature), Naked Truth (Obie Award, WPA). Regional: His Girl Friday (La Jolla), 33 Variations (Helen Hayes nomination, Arena Stage), M. Proust (Jefferson nomination, About Face), The Cocktail Hour (Long Wharf), Things You Least Expect (George Street), Madagascar, Wit (Adirondack), Sweeney Todd (Kennedy Center), Hay Fever (Yale Rep). Film: Mirrors, Flags of Our Fathers, The Stepford Wives 2, The Odd Couple 2. Television: “The Good Wife,” “Dawson’s Creek,” “Fringe,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order,” “The Reagans.” YCA Alum.
JEANINE SERRALLES (Maria Lukianovna ‘Masha’) returns to Atlantic after starring in Rolin Jones’ world premiere production of The Jammer. Off-Broadway: The Muscles in Our Toes (LAByrinth Theater), Paris Commune (BAM), The Maids (Red Bull Theater), Maple and Vine (Playwrights Horizons), Stunning (Lincoln Center LCT3), The Glass Cage (Mint Theater), The Misanthrope (New York Theatre Workshop, Drama League nomination), The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop, Drama League nomination); Hold Please (Working Theater, Drama Desk nomination Featured Actress); Phoebe in Winter, Vendetta Chrome (Clubbed Thumb). Regional: Uncle Vanya (Weston Playhouse); These Paper Bullets (Yale Rep, Connecticut Critics Circle nomination); Tartuffe (Westport Country Playhouse, Connecticut Critics Circle Award Featured Actress). Film & TV: Inside Llewyn Davis, “The Abolitionists,” No Pay. Nudity, Two Lovers, Across the Universe, “Sex and the City,” “Person of Interest,” “The Good Wife.” M.F.A.: Yale School of Drama.
JOEY SLOTNICK (Semyon Semyonovich Podeskalnikov) is an ensemble member of Chicago’s Tony Award-winning Lookingglass Theatre Company where he has performed in many productions including Our Town, Wants & Needs, Great Men of Science Nos. 21 & 22 and Mary Zimmerman’s Arabian Nights. Joey recently starred in Chapter Two directed by Marsha Mason at the Bucks County Playhouse. He made his Broadway debut in The Big Knife with Bobby Cannavale,-spring 2013, for Roundabout Theatre Company. He also performed at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Animal Crackers in the Groucho Marx role of Captain Spaulding, summer 2013. Joey has also originated roles at Goodman, Next and Steppenwolf theatres in Chicago. In New York, he’s starred in three world premiere plays by Ethan Coen, all at Atlantic and directed by Neil Pepe. Other New York cred-its include Nicky Silver’s The Altruists (Vineyard), The New York Idea directed by Mark Brokaw (Atlantic) and Romance (Bay Street). He is probably most recognized for his series regular roles on “Boston Public” (Fox) and “The Single Guy” (NBC). Joey had a recurring role on the FX series “Nip/Tuck,” where he played plastic sur-geon Merrill Bobolit. He has guest starred on numerous television shows including “Unforgettable,” “Growing Up Fisher,” “Psych,” “Boston Legal,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “The Office,” “Medium,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Entourage.” In the film “Pirates of Silicon Valley” (TNT) Joey played computer industry pioneer Steve Wozniak. His most recent features credits include Tom McCarthy’s The Cobbler and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Additional work in film includes Too Big to Fail, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, Elevator, Hollow Man, Tuna, Blast From the Past, Dinner & Driving, Judas Kiss, Twister and A League of Their Own.