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Posterity

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.

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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.

Reviews

“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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study guide

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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Photos by Doug Hamilton