Atlantic Theater Company Announces 2013-2014 Season | Coen, Clarke, Guirgis, Williams and a Musical Revival

WORLD PREMIERE

WOMEN OR NOTHING

By Ethan Coen

Directed by David Cromer

August 28 – October 6, 2013

Opens September 16, 2013

Linda Gross Theater

AMERICAN PREMIERE

THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER

By Alan Sillitoe

Stage adaptation by Roy Williams

January / February 2014

Atlantic Stage 2

MUSICAL REVIVAL

THE THREEPENNY OPERA

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein

Directed by Martha Clarke

March / April 2014

Linda Gross Theater

WORLD PREMIERE

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY…

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

May / June 2014

Linda Gross Theater

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director, Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce four of its 2013-2014 season productions, featuring world premiere plays from Academy Award® winning film maker Ethan Coen and Tony Award® nominated playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis, the American premiere of Roy Williams’ stage adaptation of a classic Alan Sillitoe story and a revival of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s musical The Threepenny Opera staged by acclaimed director and choreographer Martha Clarke.

Two final productions, dates, additional directors and casting will be announced shortly.

Academy Award® winning filmmaker Ethan Coen (No Country for Old Men) returns to Atlantic and opens the season with his fourth world premiere, and first full length play, WOMEN OR NOTHING, directed by award winning director David Cromer (The Adding Machine, Tribes).

WOMEN OR NOTHING will begin performances Wednesday, August 28 for an official opening on Monday, September 16 and limited engagement through Sunday, October 6, 2013 Off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company main stage at the Linda Gross Theater.

Award winning British playwright Roy Williams will bring his stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s beloved short story THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER to New York, marking Atlantic Stage 2’s first production of the season in January / February 2014.

Acclaimed director and choreographer Martha Clarke (The Garden of Earthly Delights, Angel Reapers) will offer her signature vision of the classic Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht musical THE THREEPENNY OPERA at Atlantic’s main stage at the Linda Gross Theater in March / April 2014.

Tony Award® nominated playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf**cker with the Hat)’s world premiere play BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY… will conclude Atlantic’s main stage season at the Linda Gross Theater in May / June 2014.

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY 2013-2014 SEASON

Linda Gross Theater

World Premiere

WOMEN OR NOTHING

By Ethan Coen

Directed by David Cromer

Women or Nothing is a comedy about two women so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man.  Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past—it all defies belief.  Why then does it all make sense?

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Atlantic Stage 2

American Premiere

THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER

By Alan Sillitoe

Stage adaptation by Roy Williams

In this stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s classic short story, award-winning British playwright Roy Williams brings the young, defiant Colin Smith into the 21st century.  Colin, with few prospects in life, finds himself in a prison school for criminal activity.  He turns to long distance running as an escape, only to have the school exploit him for his talent, offering him a possible way out.  Will he run his race for them, or for his independence?

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Linda Gross Theater

Musical Revival

THE THREEPENNY OPERA

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, English adaptation Marc Blitzstein

Directed by Martha Clarke

The visionary director and choreographer Martha Clarke brings us a fresh, vibrant production of The Threepenny Opera, the engaging classic musical with music and lyrics by Kurt Weill and book by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Marc Blitzstein. Based on John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, Threepenny follows the charismatic scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. When Macheath marries Polly Peachum, the straight-laced daughter of powerful, miserly merchant JJ. Peachum, their unlikely union unleashes the chaos of manhunts, bribes, and imprisonment. In this “opera for beggars,” an assortment of salacious characters maneuver for advantage, revealing a profoundly corrupt society.

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Linda Gross Theater

World Premiere

BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY…

By Stephen Adly Guirgis

The Feds want them busted, the Landlord wants them out, and the Church wants them back. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter Pops Washington and his ex-con son Junior, when the struggle to hold on to one of the last great old rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with their dozen broke house guests, a too-faithful Church lady — and a gun-toting pimp, it seems Old Ways must finally yield to New Days…

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