Newcomer Mickey Sumner will join Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Carol Kane in the world premiere of Craig Lucas’ new comedy The Lying Lesson. Tony nominated-director Pam MacKinnon (Clybourne Park, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) will replace previously announced Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County ) as the show’s director. The Lying Lesson will play Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater February 20 through March 31, with an official opening scheduled for March 13.
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 (Kane) shows up to buy the home of an elderly couple. Escorted by a young local woman (Sumner), “Ruth” stakes a claim on her distant past, and plays a relentless game of cat and mouse with her new “assistant.”
The production will feature set design by Neil Patel, costume design by Ilona Somogyi, lighting design by Russell H. Champa and original music and sound design by Broken Chord.
Sumner will make her off-Broadway debut in the Atlantic production. She appeared in the Culture Project workshop of The Seagull as well as Think Global, F**k Local at the Royal Court in London. Sumner is earning critical praise for her featured role in the film Frances Ha. She appeared as Francesca in the Showtime drama The Borgias. Her upcoming projects include the films Girl Most Likely and CBGB.