Atlantic Theater Company has added word premiere plays from Adam Rapp, Ethan Coen, John Patrick Shanley and more to its 2011-2012 season. No casting has been announced for the new productions.
As previously announced, Simon Stephens' Bluebird will kick off the season at Atlantic Stage 2, starring Simon Russell Beale. Next up will be Adam Rapp's Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling. Directed by Atlantic Theater Company artistic director Neil Pepe, the production will begin performances at Classic Stage Company's off-Broadway house on September 9 with opening night set for September 29. The limited engagement will end October 23. The show follows two wealthy American families and proves that even the most upper-class individuals can behave poorly.
Pepe will also direct the following production, Ethan Coen's Happy Hour. The play will run November 16 through January 1, 2012, with opening night set for for December 5, at the Signature Theatre Company's Peter Norton Space. Happy Hour is composed of three one-act plays which follow an embittered barfly, two lonely young people and a suicidal businessman.
Based on his experiences as a New York Times reporter, Gabe McKinley's CQ/CX will begin performances on January 25, 2012, also at the Peter Norton Space. The show will officially open on February 15, playing its final performance on March 11. CQ/CX follows a fame-seeking journalist whose dreams are crushed when he becomes the center of a plagiarism scandal.
Jamie Castaneda will direct Fernanda Coppel's Chimichangas and Zoloft at Atlantic Stage 2. The production will begin at a yet to be determined date in the spring of 2012. The title references the content a binge that lead character Sonia embarks upon after she flees her family on her 40th birthday. Her daughter and her best friend hatch a plan to lure Sonia back home, while their fathers struggle with a secret association of their own.
The season will conclude with John Patrick Shanley's Sleeping Demon in spring 2012. The play completes Shanley's "Church and State" trilogy, which began with his Tony-winning play, Doubt. Sleeping Demon follows a Bronx borough president who is forced by the mortgage crisis into a confrontation with a local minister. The production will mark the return to the Atlantic Theater Company's permanent home at the newly renovated Linda Gross Theater.