the World Premiere Production of A PLAY IS A POEM by Ethan Coen directed by Neil Pepe

A Play is a Poem

By Ethan Coen
Directed by Neil Pepe

Atlantic Stage 2

Postponed until further notice


If the audience laughs, it’s a comedy. If they nod with new understanding, it’s a drama. If they laugh and nod but can’t say why it’s funny or what they’ve understood, it might be A Play is a Poem, the new collection of one-acts by Academy Award winner Ethan Coen.

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The hillbilly hollows of Appalachia, the executive suites of Hollywood, a New York tenement apartment, a magnolia-scented gazebo in Natchez, Mississippi—an eccentric look at life across America directed by Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe.

Please note: The status of the remainder of our 2019/2020 season remains unclear at this time. A Play is a Poem was scheduled to begin performances on May 14, but it has become clear that it will be delayed. However, given the ever-changing circumstances and guidelines, we are not certain how long that delay will last. As soon as we have determined when it is safe to open the show, we will contact all ticket holders and make arrangements for ticket exchanges, donations, etc. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and grace; it is much appreciated.

In association with Center Theatre Group.

A Play is a Poem is made possible, in part, by leadership support from The Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

“Sulfuric, satanic wit infuses Coen’s work.”

The New York Times