From Off Broadway, April 30, 2013: Atlantic Theater Company will welcome Olivier and two time Tony Award winning playwright John Guare in his Off Broadway acting debut in the world premiere production of his new play 3 KINDS OF EXILE, directed by Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe, featuring Atlantic ensemble members Peter Maloney and David Pittu and guest artists Alison Cimmet, Jeffrey Kuhn, Jacquelyn Landgraf, Martin Moran, Kate Rigg, Omar Sangare, and Timothy Splain.
3 KINDS OF EXILE will begin previews Wednesday, May 15; officially open Tuesday, June 11; and play a limited engagement through Sunday, June 23 Off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company Mainstage at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).
With great psychological insight and arresting theatricality, John Guare presents three artists, all of whom forged complicated lives in the West, having struggled and suffered amid the cultural and political turmoil of Eastern Europe in the mid-20th Century. Drawing from the experiences of three real exiles from Czechoslovakia and Poland, Guare weaves the stories of these lives into a riveting dramatic tapestry and probes the meaning of home, identity and how we carry the past with us.
Prolific writer John Guare makes his Off-Broadway acting debut in the world premiere staging of his new work. His plays include Lydie Breeze; Bosoms and Neglect; The House of Blue Leaves, which won an Obie and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for the Best American Play and four Tony Awards and Six Degrees of Separation, which received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Olivier Best Play Award. He wrote the lyrics and coauthored the book for the Tony Award winning Best Musical Two Gentlemen of Verona. His screenplay for Louis Malle's Atlantic City earned him an Oscar nomination. In 2003 he won the PEN/Laura Pels Master Dramatist Award; in 2004, the Gold Medal in Drama from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in 2005 the Obie Award for sustained excellence.
Atlantic Theater Company artistic director Neil Pepe recently staged the Broadway production of the new musical Hands on a Hardbody, the acclaimed revival of David Mamet's Speed-the-Plow and Mamet's A Life in the Theatre. Off-Broadway highlights include Jez Butterworth's Parlour Song, Mojo and The Night Heron; Ethan Coen's Happy Hour, Offices and Almost an Evening; Harold Pinter's Celebration and The Room and Adam Rapp's Dreams of Flying, Dreams of Falling.