written & directed by DOUG WRIGHT
Linda Gross Theater
February 25 – April 5, 2015
Atlantic is thrilled to welcome the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright of I Am My Own Wife, Quills, and Grey Gardens for the world premiere of his latest work, Posterity, commissioned by the company.
Norway’s most celebrated sculptor is hired to create the last official bust of its most famous writer, but Henrik Ibsen proves to be an irascible, contentious sitter, as the two men wage war over both his legacy and his likeness. With his inimitable wit and insight, Doug Wright explores the nature of artistic success and the fear of being forgotten.
*The play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays award. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater. Posterity was commissioned by Atlantic Theater Company and made possible, in part, by support from The Ibsen Awards.
*Posterity was developed with the support of Nashville Repertory Theatre through its Ingram New Works Fellowship.
*Posterity was developed in part at the 2014 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab at the Sundance Resort.
*John Noble is appearing in Posterity with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. Atlantic Theater Company gratefully acknowledges Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
Cast & Creative
HAMISH LINKLATER. Theater: Broadway: Seminar. The Public Theater: Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors (Drama Desk nomination), The Merchant of Venice, The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night (Drama Desk nomination), Hamlet, The Square and Love’s Fire; Classic Stage: The School for Lies (Obie, Lortel, Outer Critics Circle nominations); Playwrights Horizons: The Busy World Is Hushed (Drama League nomination), Recent Tragic Events. His play The Vandal, was produced by The Flea and shown on PBS as part of the series “Theater Close-Up.” Film and television credits include: When I Live My Life Over Again, Ithaca (both upcoming), 42, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn, Lola Versus, Battleship, The Future, Groove, Fantastic Four, Magic in the Moonlight, “The Crazy Ones,” “The Good Wife,” “The Newsroom,” “The Big C” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”
JOHN NOBLE was Artistic Director of the Stage Company of South Australia for ten years. He directed David Williamson’s Sons of Cain on London’s West End and acted in an award winning production of Rob George’s Errol Flynn’s Great Big Adventure Book For Boys at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. Other highlights of his stage career include producing over 70 new Australian plays, 240 performances of Ron Blair’s one man play The Christian Brothers, and directing the enormously successful Percy and Rose by Rob George for the 1982 Adelaide Festival of Arts and subsequent National tour. In Australia, he had guest roles on many television series and was a semi-regular for five years on “All Saints” as the crusty neurosurgeon, Dr. John Madsen. He appeared in the US television movies The Outsider, Superfire and The Natalie Wood Story. In The Lord of the Rings trilogy John played the role of Denethor in Return of the King and The Two Towers. On US network television John has appeared on “24,” “The Unit,” “Journeyman” and on CBS’s “The Good Wife.” In 2008 he landed the role of Dr Walter Bishop on JJ Abrams cult favorite “Fringe,”and in 2011 won the inaugural Critics’ Choice Television Award and the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama. “Fringe” has just completed its fifth and final season. John hosts the quirky science series “Dark Matters” for the Science Channel. He is an active voice artist. Recent projects include LA Noire, Superman: Unbound, Transformers Prime and The Last Airbender. He recently reunited with “Fringe” co-creators Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci to become a series regular on Fox’s freshman hit “Sleepy Hollow.”
DALE SOULES. Broadway: Hair (debut), Dude, The Magic Show (co-starring magician Doug Henning and introducing Stephen Schwartz’s songs “Lion Tamer” and “West End Avenue”), Whose Life Is It Anyway, The Crucible (with Laura Linney and Liam Neeson, Richard Eyre-Dir.), Grey Gardens (Michael Greif-Dir.) and most recently creating the role of “Janice” in Hands On A Hardbody (Neil Pepe-Dir.).Off-Broadway: Marsha Norman’s Getting Out; For Atlantic: The Water Engine (Karen Kohlhass-Dir.), The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite (William H. Macy –Dir) and Blithe Spirit (David Pittu-Dir.); New Jerusalem, Lotta, The Unknown (NYSF/Public Theatre), Maid, Gather At The River, (Lincoln Center Theatre), Pericles (Jessie Berger-Dir. Red Bull Theatre), Jet Lag (Builders Association-NY and International Tour), Killing The Boss, Dog And Wolf (Jean Randich-Dir. Cherry Lane & 59 E. 59th respectively), The Capeables (Judson Gym) and most recently I Remember Mama (Jack Cummings 111 Dir. Transport Group Theatre Company). Regional: Candide (Guthrie-Garland Wright Wright/Len Jenkin Production), Wintertime (Wilma), Landscape of the Body (Doug Hughes-Dir.), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Dan Sullivan-Dir) and her one person show Chameleons (all Seattle Rep.), Paris Commune (Steven Cosson-Dir. La Jolla Playhouse), All’s Well That Ends Well (J.Bundy&M.Rucker-Dir’s. Yale Rep.), Gum, Macbeth (Center Stage), Well (Vermont Stage Co.), Doubt (Gulf Shore Playhouse), Grey Gardens (Theatre Works- OCC Nomination). Television: American Playhouse’s “Until She Talks,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Sesame Street,” Maurice Sendak’s “Really Rosie,” “Law & Order,” “Unforgettable,” currently on season 2 of Netflix Series “Orange is the New Black” as “Frieda Berlin.” Film: The Messenger, Diggers, Motherhood, and the upcoming AWOL. Awards: The New Dramatists Charles Boden Award (Dedication to New Work and Extraordinary Contribution to the Theatre. Dale is a Usual Suspect with New York Theatre Workshop. www.DaleSoules.com
HENRY STRAM. Broadway: The Elephant Man, Inherit The Wind, The Crucible,Titanic. First National Tour: Spring Awakening. Recent Off-Broadway: Fly By Night (Playwrights Horizons); Antony and Cleopatra (Public Theater/RSC); The Cradle Will Rock (Encores Off-Center); Charles Ives Take Me Home (Rattlestick); Septimus and Clarissa (Ripetime); The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (NYTW/The Acting Company); See What I Wanna See (Public Theater). Film:Woody Allen Summer Project 2014, Angelica, Cradle Will Rock, The Grey Zone. Television: “Smash,” “White Collar,” “Law & Order.” Graduate of Juilliard and recipient of an OBIE for Sustained Excellence.
MICKEY THEIS is thrilled to be making his Off-Broadway debut. Professional credits include The Fatal Eggs (ATA) and Hamlet (Yale Rep), as well as workshops and readings with The Sundance Institute Theater Lab, Page 73 and New Dramatists. He is a recent graduate of The Yale School of Drama, where his credits include Peter Pan, As You Like It, The Visit, Cloud Nine, and Vieux Carré. He is a proud recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Endowment Fund Scholarship and the Oliver Thorndike Award in Acting. Also a songwriter, he recently recorded his first full-length album, Range Songs. www.mickeytheis.com
Playwright and Director
DOUG WRIGHT. Broadway: Books for the musicals Hands On a Hardbody (Drama Desk nomination), The Little Mermaid and Grey Gardens (Tony® and Drama Desk Nominations). The play I Am My Own Wife (Pulitzer, Tony Award®, Drama Desk, GLAAD Media Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Lucille Lortel Award.) Earlier in his career, Mr. Wright won an Obie Award for outstanding achievement in playwriting for Quills. He went on to write the screenplay adaptation, making his motion picture debut. The film was named Best Picture by the National Board of Review and nominated for three Academy Awards®. His screenplay was nominated for a Golden Globe Award®, and received the Paul Selvin Award from the Writers’ Guild of America. For director Rob Marshall, Doug wrote the television special “Tony Bennett: An American Classic,” which received seven Emmy Awards®. Directing credits include Strindberg’s Creditors (Best Production, San Diego Critics Association) and acting work includes the films Two Lovers and Little Manhattan, as well as two episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” For career achievement, Mr. Wright is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Writers’ Guild of America, East, the Screen Actors Guild and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. Currently, he serves on the board of the New York Theater Workshop. He lives in New York with his partner, singer/songwriter David Clement.
DEREK MCLANE. Broadway: Beautiful, The Carole King Musical, The Heiress, Nice Work If You Can Get It, The Best Man, Follies, Anything Goes, How to Succeed in Business…, Bengal Tiger in the Baghdad Zoo…., Million Dollar Quartet, Ragtime, 33 Variations (Tony Award, Best Scenic Design), Grease, Lestat, Little Women, The Pajama Game; The Threepenny Opera; I Am My Own Wife; The Women; Present Laughter; London Assurance; Holiday; The Three Sisters. Off-Broadway: Stick and Bones, Ruined, Lie of the Mind, Marie and Bruce, Starry Messenger, The Voysey Inheritance, Two Trains Running, Macbeth (Shakespeare in the Park), Hurlyburly, Abigail’s Party.. Recently designed the 2013, 2014, 2015 Oscars and “Peter Pan Live.” Opera and theatre designs in London, Paris, Dublin, Glasgow, Moscow, Krakow, Caracas, Sydney, and Warsaw. AWARDS: Winner of 1997 and 2004 OBIE Awards, 2004, 2005, 2007 Lucille Lortel Awards; 2009 Tony Award, 2011 Drama Desk Award, 2014 Emmy Award.
SUSAN HILFERTY has designed over 300 productions for theatres across the globe. Atlantic: Spring Awakening (Tony nomination); Three Kinds of Exile. 2014 season: Rigoletto Metropolitan Opera; Sticks and Bones New Group; Richard Nelson’s four Apple Family Plays Public Theatre and PBS; King Lear Shakespeare in the Park; King Lear TFNA. Hilferty designs for opera, dance, film, the circus, concert tours and chairs Design at NYU/Tisch. Her numerous awards include the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Wicked and her designs have been inducted into the Smithsonian. Directorial collaborators include Michael Mayer, James Lapine, Robert Falls, Robert Woodruff, Joe Mantello, JoAnne Akalaitis, Garland Wright, Mark Lamos, Emily Mann, Frank Galati, Des McAnuff, Richard Nelson, Christopher Ashley, Kenny Leon, Laurie Anderson, Taylor Swift, Tony Kushner, Oskar Eustis, Garry Hynes, the late Garland Wright and Athol Fugard with whom she has worked since 1980 on forty-one productions as set/costume designer and co-director. www.susanhilferty.com
DAVID LANDER. Broadway: The Winslow Boy with Roger Rees, The Heiress with Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens, The Lyons with Linda Lavin, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo with Robin Williams (Drama Desk Award; Tony and Outer Critics Nominations), 33 Variations with Jane Fonda (Tony and Outer Critics nominations), I Am My Own Wife (Drama Desk, Outer Critics noms.), Master Class with Tyne Daly, A Man for All Seasons with Frank Langella, Dirty Blond (Drama Desk nom.), Golden Child. Off-Bway: The Library directed by Steven Soderbergh, Fran’s Bed with Mia Farrow, King Lear with Kevin Klein, Macbeth with Liev Schreiber and Jennifer Ehle, Modern Orthodox with Molly Ringwald and Jason Biggs; among others. Regional: Ahmanson Theatre, Arena Stage, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Mark Taper Forum; among others. International Theatre and Opera: London, Caracas, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, Melbourne; among others. Architectural lighting designs for SeaWorld in San Diego and Orlando, and Busch Gardens Tampa.
David Van Tieghem
Original Music and Sound Design
DAVID VAN TIEGHEM. Broadway: Doubt, The Lyons, Romeo and Juliet, The Big Knife, Born Yesterday, Arcadia, The Normal Heart, Reckless, An Enemy of the People, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, A Behanding in Spokane, A Man for All Seasons, Inherit the Wind, Frozen, After Miss Julie, Judgment at Nuremberg, The Constant Wife, The Crucible, Three Days of Rain, The Best Man. Off-Broadway: CQ/CX, Happy Hour, Too Much Sun, Wit, The Piano Lesson, Through a Glass Darkly, How I Learned to Drive, The Grey Zone, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Metal Children, Farragut North, Jack Goes Boating. Film/TV: Buried Prayers, Working Girls, Penn & Teller, Wooster Group. Dance: Twyla Tharp, Doug Varone, Streb, Elisa Monte, Pilobolus, Michael Moschen. Percussionist: Laurie Anderson, Talking Heads, Brian Eno, Steve Reich. Awards/Nominations: Drama Desk, Obie, Bessie, Lortel, Guggenheim. CDs: Thrown for a Loop, Strange Cargo, Safety in Numbers, These Things Happen. www.vantieghem.com
DEBORAH HECHT. BROADWAY: The King and I (upcoming), A Delicate Balance, Cabaret, Act One, Bridges of Madison County, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Exit the King, God of Carnage, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Golden Boy, Venus in Fur, The Seagull, Equus, South Pacific, Little Mermaid, The Year of Magical Thinking, Mary Poppins, Grey Gardens, Long Day’s Journey into Night, The Crucible, Carousel, Angels in America, many others. OFF-BROADWAY: Lincoln Center Newhouse, Public Theatre/Shakespeare in the Park, Naked Angels, Atlantic, MTC, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, NY Theatre Workshop, Vineyard, Signature, Acting Company, TFANA, others. ENGLAND: Buried Child (National), Winter’s Tale (RSC), Shakespeare at La Pietra, Florence. REGIONAL: Williamstown, Hartford Stage, Long Wharf, Yale Rep, Westport Playhouse, Seattle Rep, Guthrie, many others. FILM: Match, Under the Skin, Stardust, Kinsey, others.
Production Stage Manager
SAMANTHA WATSON. Atlantic Theater Company: Our New Girl, The Jammer, Harper Regan. Broadway: The Real Thing. Off-Broadway: A Man’s a Man (CSC); Taking Care of Baby (MTC); Stay (Rattlestick); The Master Builder (BAM); The Bridge Project’s Richard III (BAM, Old Vic, international tour). Regional: The Light Years, A Walk on the Moon (New York Stage & Film); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Restoration, Notes From Underground (La Jolla Playhouse); Much Ado About Nothing, The Mock-Tempest (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). International: Lear Dreaming at the Singapore Arts Festival, The Continuum: Beyond the Killing Fields at the Arts Centre, Melbourne (TheatreWorks Singapore). Ms. Watson holds an M.F.A. from UC San Diego.
Assistant Stage Manager
DANNY MALY. Broadway: The Country House, Casa Valentina. Off-Broadway: The Commons of Pensacola, The Explorers Club (MTC); Lady Day (Little Shubert); Falling (Minetta Lane). New York: The Purpose Project: Thao’s Library, Rise. Regional: Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis. Saint Louis University graduate. Special thanks to Doug, Samantha and Joel.
“An impeccable performance by John Noble rivets with restrained intensity! Mr. Linklater is excellent! It’s hard not to be touched by Mr. Noble’s portrayal of a great artist! Both actors are most impressive!”
the new york times
“Wright makes ideas dance and grounds them in rich, feeling characters! Like a good sculptor, he makes dense material breathe true! Wright directs with a nice balance of pomp and earthy sass!”
time out new york
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