Craig Lucas’ The Lying Lesson, starring Carol Kane, and Rod McLachlan’s Good Television will complete the Atlantic Theater Company’s previously announced 2012-13 season. Complete casting and creative teams for both productions will be announced at a later date.
Written by Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Lucas, The Lying Lesson will be directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County ) and star Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Kane. The comedy will play Atlantic’s mainstage Linda Gross Theater February 6, 2013 through March 17, with an official opening scheduled for February 27.
The Lying Lesson takes place in a remote seaside village in Maine where a woman who may or may not be legendary movie star Bette Davis shows up to buy the home of an elderly couple. Escorted by a young local woman who appears never to have heard of her, “Ruth” (Kane) stakes a claim on her distant past, and plays a relentless game of cat and mouse with her new “assistant.”
Atlantic Theater ensemble member McLachlan will make his off-Broadway debut as a playwright with the world premiere of Good Television. Directed by Bob Krakower, Good Television will be the final production of the Atlantic’s season at the company’s Stage 2. The play will run May 22 through June 16, with an official opening set for June 4.
Good Television tells the story of Connie, a line producer and addiction counselor for a reality TV show called Rehabilitation, which chronicles families staging interventions to help loved ones battle addiction. As Connie and her television crew begin to interview the family of Clemmy, a teenage crystal meth addict, things quickly unravel for everyone.