Christine Lahti, Cotter Smith and Reed Birney will star in Adam Rapp's Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling alongside Betsy Aidem, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Shane McRae and Katherine Waterston. Performances for the previously announced Atlantic Theater production begin September 13 at Classic Stage Company. Opening night is set for October 3, and the limited engagement will conclude October 30. Atlantic Theater artistic director Neil Pepe serves as director.
In Rapp's new play, things are not right in the world as the sky turns a strange color and geese bombard the Connecticut home of Sandra and Bertram Cabot. Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling lifts the veil on the lives of two wealthy American families, and shows how even the most polished people can behave like animals.
Lahti's Broadway credits include God of Carnage, The Heidi Chronicles, Loose Ends, Present Laughter, Scenes and Revelations and Division Street. She earned an Oscar for directing Lieberman in Love and received an Oscar nomination for her performance in Swing Shift. She also won an Emmy for TV's Chicago Hope.
Smith has appeared on Broadway in Next Fall, An American Daughter and Burn This. His off-Broadway credits include Side Effects, Kin, How I Learned to Drive, The Dying Gaul. Borderlines and Empty Hearts.
Birney's recent stage work includes A Small Fire, Tigers Be Still and The Dream of the Burning Boy as well as Circle Mirror Transformation, Bug and Stuff Happens.
Aidem has appeared off-Broadway in The Metal Children, Mary Rose, Celebration and Sea of Tranquility, The Triple Happiness, Good Thing and Steel Magnolias.
Bernstine's stage credits include Born Bad, Family Week, In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play, Ruined, The Misantrhope and Matt & Ben.
McRae made his Broadway debut in Take Me Out. His film and TV credits include The Help, Bad Teacher and The Adjustment Bureau.
Waterston's off-Broadway work includes The Hallway Trilogy, Bachelorette, Reborning, Kindness, Los Angeles and Smashing.
Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling will feature scenic design by Takeshi Kata and Andrew Boyce, costume design by Theresa Squire, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau and original music and sound design by David Van Tieghem.
The Atlantic's 2011-2012 season will also include Ethan Coen's Happy Hour, Gabe McKinley's CQ/CX, Fernanda Coppel's Chimichangas and Zoloft and John Patrick Shanley's Sleeping Demon.