“The Penitent is TIMELY AND EXCITING!”
“You can still hear a little of that old MAMETIAN MAGIC. The language is both casual and formal and the result can be wonderful — like Schubert scoring a boxing match.”
–The New York Times
“BAUER MAKES A HEARTY MEAL OF MAMET’S JUICY DIALOGUE.”
“ONE OF AMERICA’S MOST INFLUENTIAL DRAMATISTS.”
World Premiere Play
By DAVID MAMET
Directed by NEIL PEPE
Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St
Run time: Approximately 90 minutes with a brief intermission.
Featuring Chris Bauer (“True Blood,” “Survivor’s Remorse”), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (“Walking Dead,” “The Wire”), Jordan Lage (Race, Ghost Stories) and Rebecca Pidgeon (The Winslow Boy, “Phil Spector”)
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A renowned psychiatrist is asked to testify on behalf of a young patient. When he refuses, his career, ethics and faith are thrown into question.
A thrilling world premiere from the great American dramatist and Atlantic co-founder David Mamet.
Production photos by Doug Hamilton
CHRIS BAUER (Charles) starred as Detective Andy Bellefleur in HBO’s hit series “True Blood.” He is also well known from the HBO series “The Wire” in his acclaimed role as union boss “Frank Sobotka,” and will be seen in David Simon’s upcoming HBO series “The Deuce.” He currently stars on “Survivor’s Remorse” on the Starz network, and was recently seen in the award winning FX limited series “The People vs. OJ Simpson.” Recent feature film appearances include Clint Eastwood’s Sully and Money Monster, directed by Jodie Foster. His previous work with David Mamet includes the West Coast premiere of Race with Center Theater Group in Los Angeles and Romance at Bay Street Theater. Bauer returns to Atlantic following starring in Melissa James Gibson’s What Rhymes with America and Jez Butterworth’s hit plays The Night Heron, Parlour Song and Mojo. He made his Broadway debut in A Streetcar Named Desire, for which he was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award. For HBO Films, Bauer appeared in 61*, directed by Billy Crystal, as well as The Notorious Bettie Page and Bernard and Doris. On television, he was a series regular on NBC’s “Third Watch,” “Smith” on CBS, and ESPN’s “Tilt” and has appeared in films from many of Hollywood’s biggest directors such as Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, John Woo, Steve Buscemi, Robert Redford and Joel Schumacher, among others.
LAWRENCE GILLIARD JR. (The Attorney) has appeared in many films since his breakout performance in the independent film Straight Out of Brooklyn. Since then, Gilliard has appeared in such versatile films as Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York, The Machinist opposite Christian Bale and The Water Boy opposite Adam Sandler. Lawrence is most recognized for his series regular roles on the AMC hit drama “The Walking Dead” and HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The Wire.” He also starred on A&E’s “The Beast” and appeared on many hit shows including: “CSI: NY,” “Law & Order,” “Numb3rs,” “Friday Night Lights,” “Southland,” “Army Wives,” “Longmire,” “Graceland,” “Elementary” and “The Good Wife.” His stage work includes Zooman and the Sign at Second Stage, Police Boys at Playwrights Horizons and Life During Wartime at Nuyorican Poets Café and regional productions of Top Dog/Underdog at Seattle Repertory Theatre and The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. He has studied at the prestigious Juilliard School, The Stella Adler Conservatory, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, The Acting Studio and The Baltimore School for the Arts. He can next be seen as a series regular on HBO’s highly anticipated David Simon series “The Deuce” opposite James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
JORDAN LAGE (Richard) is a founding ensemble member of Atlantic Theater Company. He has performed in numerous productions of David Mamet’s plays on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regionally, among them The Blue Hour, Revenge of the Space Pandas, American Buffalo, The Woods, Edmond, Mamet’s adaptation of Three Sisters, The Water Engine, Home, In a Linguistics Class, Keep Your Pantheon and Ghost Stories (Prairie du Chien). On Broadway, he has appeared in the Tony Award-winning revival of Our Town, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Inherit the Wind and the Mamet plays The Old Neighborhood, Glengarry Glen Ross (2005), Speed-the-Plow and Race. He shared a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble for his work in the 2005 Broadway revival of Glengarry Glen Ross. Jordan has worked extensively in film, working with acclaimed directors such as Oliver Stone, Sydney Pollack, Barry Levinson, Ridley Scott, Philip Noyce, Jonathan Glazer, Michael Ritchie and David Mamet. Television credits include a recurring role on “Law & Order,” “All My Children,” “Oz,” “Damages,” “Boardwalk Empire” and most recently “Madam Secretary” and “The Path.” He is on faculty at the Atlantic Theater Acting School.
REBECCA PIDGEON (Kath) has starred in the films The Spanish Prisoner, The Winslow Boy, State and Main, Heist, Red, Two Bit Waltz and most recently was featured in The Divergent Series: Allegiant. Her television credits include HBO’s “Phil Spector” and CBS’s “Jesse Stone: Sea Change.” She had recurring roles on the CBS hit series “The Unit,” F/X’s “The Shield” and played a regular role on ABC’s “In Justice.” She starred in BBC’s “Uncle Vanya” and in Samuel Beckett’s “Catastrophe” opposite Sir John Gielgud and Channel 4’s “Harold Pinter.” Pidgeon played Deeny in The Old Neighborhood on Broadway and Claire in Boston Marriage at The Geffen Playhouse. She originated the role of Carol in Oleanna Off-Broadway, which had its world premiere at The Orpheum Theatre. As a member of The Royal National Theatre in London, she starred in Speed-the-Plow and The Changeling. Most recently she starred in Sex with Strangers at The Geffen Playhouse and in The Anarchist at Theatre Asylum in Los Angeles as well as at The Sheen Center in New York. She is an ensemble member of Atlantic Theater Company and a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In addition to her career as an actress, Pidgeon is a singer/songwriter whose album Slingshot was nominated for a Grammy Award. Her latest album is Bad Poetry.
DAVID MAMET (Playwright). Plays by David Mamet include: The Anarchist, Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award). His translations and adaptations include: Faustus and Red River by Pierre Laville; and The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov. His films include: 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), Heist (writer/director), Spartan (writer/director) and 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 other books include the acting books, True & False and Three Uses of the Knife, Bambi vs. Godzilla, The Secret Knowledge, The Wicked Son, Theatre, and Three War Stories. His most recent play, China Doll, was produced on Broadway in the 2015-16 season.
NEIL PEPE (Director). Most recently directed the world premiere of George Brant’s Marie and Rosetta and Kenneth Lonergan’s Hold On To Me Darling. Broadway credits include the musical Hands on a Hardbody, the acclaimed revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and A Life in the Theatre. Off-Broadway:; John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile; Moira Buffini’s Dying For It; Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song, Mojo and The Night Heron; Ethan Coen’s Happy Hour, Offices and Almost an Evening; Harold Pinter’s Celebration and The Room; Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling; Joe Penhall’s Blue/Orange; Hilary Bell’s Wolf Lullaby; David Pittu’s What’s That Smell?; Howard Korder’s Sea of Tranquility, Quincy Long’s Shaker Heights (all at Atlantic); David Mamet’s American Buffalo (Donmar Warehouse, Atlantic); Romance, Keep Your Pantheon and School (Center Theatre Group, Atlantic); Zinnie Harris’ Further than the Furthest Thing (Manhattan Theatre Club); Jessica Goldberg’s Refuge (Playwrights Horizons); Tom Donaghy’s The Beginning of August (South Coast Repertory, Atlantic). Frank Gilroy’s The Subject Was Roses with Martin Sheen (CTG). Also, Eric Bogosian’s Red Angel (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Neil has been the Artistic Director of Atlantic Theater Company since 1992.