★★★★ Critics’ Pick, Time Out New York
“FEEL THE FULL HYPNOTIC PULL OF THIS PLAYFUL DRAMA!
Mr. Lage and Mr. Howard speak with a QUIET AUTHORITY that
DEMANDS THAT YOU LEAN IN TO LISTEN!
Mr. Mamet’s way with words identifies the method behind the
– The New York Times
“EVOCATIVELY STAGED by Scott Zigler, the work is
CONSISTENTLY ENGROSSING! An intriguing atmospheric piece that benefits
greatly from Arliss Howard’s UNDERSTATED PERFORMANCE!”
– The Hollywood Reporter
“HAUNTING WORKS — SUPERBLY ACTED AND SKILLFULLY STAGED
by Scott Zigler! VIVIDLY EVOCATIVE, Ghost Stories is
EERILY GOOD THEATER!
THE PERFORMANCES ARE UTTERLY SPELLBINDING!
Mr. Lage’s understated delivery is MESMERIZING!
Ritter imbues his performance with a FAINTLY SINISTER EDGE!
McCann’s underlying anguish is
PALPABLE, and it’s NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO LOOK AWAY!”
– Entertainment Weekly
“Amplified by the playwright’s GIFT FOR LANGUAGE that enchants by
repetition and rhythm, GHOST STORIES is a fine way
TO GET CHILLED DURING A HOT SUMMER!”
– Time Out New York
GHOST STORIES: THE SHAWL & PRAIRIE DU CHIEN
by DAVID MAMET
directed by SCOTT ZIGLER
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W 16th St.
Running Time: 1 Hour, 40 minutes including a 10 minute intermission. NO LATE SEATING.
Atlantic’s final 2014/2015 season production is an intimate revival of two haunting short plays by our co-founder and one of America’s most influential dramatists, directed by Ensemble member Scott Zigler (Broadway’s The Old Neighborhood).
The Shawl is the story of a bereaved woman who consults a small-time mystic for guidance. As the mystic collects clues to make contact with the dearly departed, will he help this woman through her grief, or merely help himself?
In Prairie du Chien, a railroad car speeding through the Wisconsin night is the setting for a story of obsessive jealousy, murder and suicide, punctuated by a friendly card game that explodes into a moment of menace.
NATE DENDY (Prairie du Chien: Card Dealer) The Tempest (Ariel) A.R.T. and South Coast Rep. The Fantasticks (The Mute, L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award and Helen Hayes Award nominations), Arena Stage, South Coast Repertory, Trinity Rep; Angels In America (Prior Walter), Risk Theater Initiative; Twelfth Night, Dallas Shakespeare Festival; A Christmas Carol, Trinity Rep. Film: Turtle Hill: Brooklyn. M.F.A. from Brown University/Trinity Rep. He is also a professional Magician and Magic Designer/Consultant.
JIM FRANGIONE (Prairie du Chien: Gin Player) Broadway: The Old Neighborhood, Oleanna, Off Broadway and the National Tour. Also with Atlantic: Romance, The Night Heron, Hobson’s Choice, Edmond and Hellhound on my Trail. Regional: Shakespeare & Company, Humana Festival Louisville, Long Wharf, Merrimack Rep, Berkshire Theater Festival, The Alley Theater, Mark Taper Forum, and Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater (WHAT). Jim has directed at WHAT, at HERE and at the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater at Harvard University, and is Co-Artistic Director of the Berkshire Playwrights Lab. Television: “Brotherhood,” “The Unit,” “Law & Order” (original, SVU, & CI). Films include: Transamerica, Spartan, Heist, State and Main, Claire Dolan, Maryam, Frozen Impact, The Spanish Prisoner and Homicide. Upcoming: Kay’s Baptism.
ARLISS HOWARD (The Shawl: John) Broadway: Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Off-Broadway: Scenes From A Marriage, A Number (New York Theatre Workshop) Ode To Joy (Rattlestick), CQ/CX (Atlantic), The Late Henry Moss (Signature), The Monogamist (Playwrights Horizons), Killer’s Head (The Public Theater). Regional: Uncle Vanya, Ivanov, In The Jungle Of Cities (ART). Film & TV: Moneyball, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Full Metal Jacket, Tequila Sunrise, Men Don’t Leave, Wilder Napalm, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, A Map Of The World, Birth, “Medium” (also directed), “Rubicon.” Wrote and directed films Big Bad Love and Dawn Anna.
HENRY KELEMEN (Prairie du Chien: Listener’s Son) age 11, played Daniel in last year’s US premiere of Our New Girl at the Atlantic Theater Company. Film roles include Young Tommy Popper in Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Tyler in What Maisie Knew, Apple-Cheeked Boy in The Confines, Randall in Golden Child, Michael in Parable, Young Hank Malone in Surviving Family, Justin in Life Itself, and Young Jude in Ten Thousand Saints, and David in When I Live My Life Over Again. He is currently working on an independent film Cured. Television: Messenger Boy in ABC’s “Zero Hour” and Charlie Portfrancis in “Damages.”
JORDAN LAGE (Prairie du Chien: Storyteller) Founding member, Atlantic Theater Company. Productions include Harper Regan, Storefront Church, Keep Your Pantheon, Almost an Evening, Sea of Tranquility, The Night Heron, Mojo, The Hothouse, Edmond, The Water Engine, Dangerous Corner, Distant Fires (AUDelco Award nom.), The Woods, Boys’ Life (Drama Desk nom.). Broadway: Race, Speed-the-Plow, Inherit the Wind, Glengarry Glen Ross (Drama Desk Award), Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, The Old Neighborhood, Our Town, A Few Good Men (National tour). Regional: American Buffalo, Race, Glengarry Glen Ross, Ride the Tiger (CT. Critics Circle Award nom.), Rabbit Hole, Love! Valor! Compassion! (Barrymore Award), Blithe Spirit. Film: Good Friday, The Girl in the Book, Shelter, You Don’t Know Jack, Salt, Body of Lies, Michael Clayton, World Trade Center, The Believer, The Spanish Prisoner, State and Main, Homicide, Things Change. Television: “The Blacklist,” “Elementary,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Nurse Jackie,” “The Good Wife,” “Person of Interest,” “Damages,” “The Big C,” “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Oz,” “The Sound of Music Live!”
MARY MCCANN (The Shawl: Miss A) Founding member, Atlantic Theater Company. Productions include: Our New Girl, Harper Regan, Bluebird opposite Simon Russell Beale, Almost an Evening, Offices, Body Awareness, Spring Awakening, The Cherry Orchard, The Night Heron, This Thing of Darkness, Edmond, The Water Engine, Dangerous Corner, Boys’ Life and more. Recent productions include: The Weir (Irish Repertory Theatre). Broadway: The Old Neighborhood, Our Town, Search and Destroy. Other Off-Broadway: Oleanna (Orpheum), Uncommon Women and Others (Second Stage Theater). Film: Caught (upcoming-currently at the LA Film Festival), The Green, Little Children, House of the Devil, The Spanish Prisoner, Things Change. Television: “The Blacklist,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “Law and Order: SVU,” “Criminal Intent,” “Law and Order,” “Person of Interest,” “Mercy,” “Cashmere Mafia,” and “ER.”
JASON RITTER (Prairie du Chien: Listener, The Shawl: Charles) Theater: Third, The Distance From Here, The Beginning of August. Television: “Girls,” “Drunk History,” “Another Period,” “Parenthood,” “Gravity Falls,” “The Event,” “The Class,” “Joan of Arcadia,” Film: The Meddler, The Steps, Embers, 7 Minutes, You’re Not You, About Alex, Wild Canaries, Hits, The Big Ask, I Am I, The East, The Perfect Family, A Bag of Hammers, The Dry Land, Peter and Vandy, W., The Deal, Good Dick, The Education of Charlie Banks, Our Very Own, Happy Endings, Mumford.
DEREKS THOMAS (Prairie du Chien: Porter) Regional: The Lily’s Revenge, The Light Princess, The Donkey Show (American Repertory Theater); Passing Strange (Studio Theatre); George & Martha, The Day John Henry Came to School (Imagination Stage); Twelfth Night, Final Cut, The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love-Suicide (ART/MXAT Institute). The Lodge (Washington Improv Theater). International: The Imaginary Invalid (Moscow Art Theatre/American Studio). Education: MFA Acting ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.
DAVID MAMET (Playwright). Plays: Keep Your Pantheon (world premiere, Center Theatre Group 2008), Romance (world premiere Atlantic 2005, Mark Taper Forum), November, Boston Marriage, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life In The Theater, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award). Translations and adaptations: The Voysey Inheritance by Harvey Granville-Barker, Red River by Pierre Laville and The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov and Faustus. Films: The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, House of Games (writer/director), Oleanna (writer/director), Homicide (writer/director), The Spanish Prisoner (writer/director), Hoffa, Wag the Dog, The Edge, The Winslow Boy (writer/director), Hannibal, State and Main (writer/director), Heist (writer/director), Spartan (writer/director), Redbelt (writer/director). Mr. Mamet is also the author of Warm and Cold, a book for children with drawings by Donald Sultan and two other children’s books, Passover and The Duck and the Goat; Writing in Restaurants, Some Freaks and Make-Believe Town, three volumes of essays; The Hero Pony and The China Man, a book of poems; Three Children’s Plays, On Directing Film, The Cabin and the novels The Village, The Old Religion and Wilson. His most recent books include the acting books, True and False and Three Uses of the Knife, The Wicked Son, and Bambi vs. Godzilla. Mr. Mamet was also a co-creator of the 4-season running, hit CBS television series “The Unit.” He is a co-founder and member of Atlantic Theater Company.
SCOTT ZIGLER (Director) is an Atlantic founding member where he served as Artistic Director from 1989-1992 and was also Executive Director of Atlantic’s actor training program, the Atlantic Acting School, where he continues to teach. Broadway: David Mamet’s The Old Neighborhood (also world premiere at American Repertory Theater). Atlantic: World premiere of Tom Donaghy’s adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, As You Like It, David Mamet’s The Woods, company member Bill Wrubel’s world premiere of Suburban News, David Ives’ Sure Thing. National Tour: David Mamet’s Oleanna. Regional: Mamet’s plays-Glengarry Glen Ross (McCarter Theatre), Race (Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre and Philadelphia Theatre Company), November (Center Theatre Group/Mark Taper Forum), The Cryptogram (Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Alley Theatre) and Oleanna (Actors Theatre of Louisville); Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishman, Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen, Robert William Sherwoods’ Absolution, Adam Rapp’s Animals and Plants (American Repertory Theater); Rebecca Gilman’s Spinning Into Butter (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis); Jon Robin Baitz’s A Fair Country (Steppenwolf Theatre Company). Currently, Scott is Director of the American Repertory Theater’s Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, run in collaboration with the Moscow Art Theatre School. Co-author, A Practical Handbook for the Actor.