★★★★ Time Out New York, NY Daily News
A potently acted, punishing drama by Halley Feiffer.
Played with LACERATING INTENSITY by Reed Birney!
Director Trip Cullman keeps the pace taut and elicits precise work from both actors!”
– Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
“ONE OF THE BEST PLAYS I’VE SEEN THIS SEASON!
PROVOCATIVE, SENSITIVE, SHOCKING.
The writing is POLISHED and PROBING! A TENSE THRILLER THAT LEFT ME SHAKING!
Betty Gilpin and Reed Birney are ELECTRIFYING!”
– Rex Reed, New York Observer
“VICIOUSLY FUNNY! BRUTALLY EFFECTIVE!
Two excellent actors!
FEIFFER TAKES A TOUGH LOOK AT THE FORCES THAT CAN BRING US TO OUR KNEES!”
– Adam Feldman, Time Out New York
“Reed Birney is THE MOST FEARLESS ACTOR IN AMERICAN THEATER! None up for this year’s Oscars gives a performance as SPELLBINDING as Birney’s in this play! FEIFFER AND DIRECTOR TRIP CULLMAN BUILD SPECTACULAR TENSION AND REAL DANGER!“
– Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly
“It’s a FEARLESS piece of work, RIVETING and HILARIOUS!”
– Robert Feldberg, Bergen Record
I’M GONNA PRAY FOR YOU SO HARD
a new play by HALLEY FEIFFER
directed by TRIP CULLMAN
Atlantic Stage 2, 330 W 16th St.
Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
We’re thrilled to welcome Halley Feiffer back to Atlantic with her dark, probing and very funny new play on our Stage 2.
Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut… and things unravel from there.
This daring and irreverent new plays pulls the audience into the middle of a deeply complicated relationship and sheds new light on the eternal struggles of parents and children to find common ground.
I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard was developed during a residency at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Playwrights Conference in 2014 (Executive Director, Preston Whiteway; Artistic Director , Wendy C. Goldberg).
REED BIRNEY (David) returns to Atlantic where he last appeared in the world premiere of Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling. He received a 2014 Tony Award® nomination and a Drama Desk Award for his performance in Harvey Fierstein’s play Casa Valentina. Mr. Birney also appeared in the Broadway revival of Picnic. Other Off-Broadway includes Clair Barron’s You Got Older (HERE), the title role of Uncle Vanya (Soho Rep; Drama Desk Award nomination), Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation (Playwrights Horizons), Blasted (Soho Rep; Drama Desk nomination), Dr. Sweet in Bug, and Tony Blair in Stuff Happens (Public). In 2011, he was recognized with a Special Drama Desk Award in recognition of the three plays in which he appeared in during one season: A Small Fire at Playwrights Horizons and at the Roundabout Underground, Tigers Be Still and The Dream of the Burning Boy. He has received three OBIEs and two Drama Desk Awards. He is Donald Blythe on the Netflix series, “House of Cards,” and can be seen in Halley Feiffer and Ryan Spahn’s web series “What’s Your Emergency?”
BETTY GILPIN (Ella) Off-Broadway: Good Boys and True, (Second Stage) Boys’ Life (Second Stage) What is the Cause Thunder? (Williamstown) That Face (MTC) The Language Archive, (Roundabout) Fish Eye (Colt Coeur) We Live Here (MTC) Heartless (Signature) Where We’re Born (Rattlestick). She is currently featured as the newest resident Dr. Carrie Roman in the Showtime series “Nurse Jackie.” Additional television and film credits include “The Good Wife,” “Past Life,” “The Unusuals,” “Possible Side Effects,” “Fringe,” “New Amsterdam,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Medium,” Death in Love, The Northern Kingdom, Ghost Town, Beach Pillows, True Story and Take Care. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Fordham College at Lincoln Center and lives in New York City.
HALLEY FEIFFER (Playwright) is a writer and actress. Full-length plays include How To Make Friends and then Kill Them (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, directed by Kip Fagan), Sidney and Laura, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City and Valerie Sweet. Her plays have been developed by Second Stage Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, LAByrinth Theater Company, the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and elsewhere. She is currently working on commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, MTC / Sloan and Jen Hoguet Productions. She co-wrote and starred in the 2013 film He’s Way More Famous Than You and the upcoming webseries “What’s Your Emergency,” both directed by Michael Urie. She won the Theatre World Award for her performance in the Broadway revival of The House of Blue Leaves and was recently seen in the revival of Jon Robin Baitz’ The Substance of Fire at Second Stage, directed by Trip Cullman. She is thrilled to be back at the Atlantic, where she appeared last fall in Ethan Coen’s Women or Nothing, directed by David Cromer. She currently writes for the upcoming Starz series “The One Percent.”
TRIP CULLMAN (Director). Select NYC: Simon Stephens’s Punk Rock (MCC), Jon Robin Baitz’s The Substance of Fire (Second Stage), Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy (Manhattan Theater Club), Julia Jordan and Juliana Nash’s Murder Ballad (Manhattan Theater Club and Union Square Theater), Paul Weitz’s Lonely, I’m Not (Second Stage), Leslye Headland’s Assistance (Playwrights Horizons), Adam Bock’s A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons, Drama Desk nom.), Adam Rapp’s The Hallway Trilogy: Nursing (Rattlestick), Headland’s Bachelorette (Second Stage), Terrence McNally’s Some Men (Second Stage), Bert V. Royal’s Dog Sees God (Century Center), Bock’s The Drunken City (Playwrights Horizons), Weitz’s Roulette (EST), Jonathan Tolins’s The Last Sunday In June (Rattlestick and Century Center), Bock’s Swimming In The Shallows (Second Stage), Gina Gionfriddo’s US Drag (stageFARM), and several productions with The Play Company. London: Bock’s The Colby Sisters of Pittsburgh, PA (Tricycle). Select regional: McCraney’s Choir Boy (Geffen and Alliance), John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation (Old Globe), Richard Greenberg’s The Injured Party (South Coast Rep), McNally’s Unusual Acts of Devotion (La Jolla Playhouse), Christopher Durang’s Betty’s Summer Vacation (Bay Street), Bess Wohl’s Touched (Williamstown Theater Festival).
LORI ANN ZEPP (Production Stage Manager). Broadway: Jay Johnson: The Two and Only. Selected Second Stage: Lips Together, Teeth Apart, Mala Hierba, The Substance of Fire, Murder For Two, The Tutors, Modern Terrorism, Warrior Class, Lonely, I’m Not, All New People, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Bachelorette, Year Zero, Wildflower, Becky Shaw, Animals Out of Paper, Next to Normal, Election Day, Some Men, Swimming in the Shallows. Other Off-Broadway credits include: Father Comes Home From the Wars, Parts I,II,III (Public Theater Lab), The Mound Builders (Signature Theatre Company), A Small Fire (Playwrights Horizons), Dog Sees God… (Century Center). Regional credits include: Other Desert Cities (Alley Theatre), The Power of Duff and Becky Shaw (Huntington Theatre Company).
CAROLINE SCHREIBER (Assistant Stage Manager). Off Broadway: Our New Girl, The Night Alive and Women or Nothing (Atlantic Theater Company), Appropriate (Signature Theatre), The Valley of Astonishment (Theatre for a New Audience); Regional: The Santaland Diaries (Triad Stage). BFA Stage Management, University of North Carolina School of the Arts.