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Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven

By Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by John Ortiz

Linda Gross Theater

November 15 – January 5, 2020


Atlantic is thrilled to partner with LAByrinth Theater Company to present Guirgis’ first new play since Atlantic Theater Company’s 2014 award-winning production of Between Riverside and Crazy.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Adly Guirgis takes his style to another level in this world premiere play about the harrowing, humorous, and heartbreaking inner workings of a women’s halfway house in New York City, helmed by John Ortiz (LAByrinth Artistic Director) in his Off-Broadway directing debut.

Running time: Approximately 2 hours 45 mins, including a brief intermission.
Please Note: This production contains herbal cigarettes, loud noises, strong language, violence, nudity and sexual content.

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“A vibrant & expansive comic drama with heaving humanity, surging vitality & diversity! Operates on a scale seldom encountered Off Broadway. Its teeming expansiveness rivals that of The Ferryman. I wish I had the space to describe every performance.”

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

 

“The funniest, saddest play of the year, with at least a dozen characters who go straight to your heart. A female Iceman Cometh for this century. Never has the stage at Atlantic Theater Company been more alive with action. The cast, under John Ortiz’s direction, is uniformly brilliant.”

Robert Hofler, The Wrap

 

Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven, Guirgis’s rough-cut gem of a new play, is rich with revelation & barbed empathy.”

Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker

“Bursting with emotional life. The characters’ rich humanity comes through loud & clear onstage, forcing us to confront a reality we might otherwise choose to avoid.”

Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter

 

★★★★★
“Guirgis is a street poet of the underbelly.”

Steven Suskin, New York Stage Review

 

“Some of the best actors in New York giving unforgettable performances. Halfway Bitches is not only worth your time, but leaves you wanting more. Refreshingly, there is nothing politically correct or precious about it.”

Zachary Stewart, TheaterMania

 

“I suggest you immediately grab a ticket for the deeply humane & ultimately heart-wrenching Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven. It’s easily one of the best plays of 2019.”

Brian Scott Lipton, Theater Pizzazz

 

“You gotta go see it.”

Margret Echeverria, New York Theatre Guide

Production Photos by Ahron R. Foster and Monique Carboni. Rehearsal Photos by Ahron R. Foster.

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Atlantic’s study guides take educators and their students deeper into the story. Each guide provides a variety of discussion starters, activities, and a relevant contextual basis to immerse students in the world of the play before attending the show.

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