Atlantic Theater Company is proud to announce the second
production of its 2007-2008 season, the world premiere production of Peter
Parnell's play Trumpery, directed by
begin previews Wednesday, November 14 for an official opening on Wednesday,
December 5 and a limited engagement through Sunday, December 30, 2007
Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).
feature Bianca Amato (Broadway's The
Coast of Utopia), Michael Countryman (Broadway's Night Must Fall, Atlantic's The
Bald Soprano), Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning actor, playwright and
screenwriter Michael Cristofer (The Public's Romeo and Juliet, The Shadow
Box, The Witches of Eastwick),
Timothy Deenihan (Off-Broadway's Susan
& God), Tony Award nominee Manoel Felciano (Broadway's Sweeney Todd), Neal Huff (Broadway's Take Me Out, HBO's "The Wire"), Peter
Maloney (Atlantic's The Voysey
Inheritance, The Room), Jack
Tartaglia (The Public's A Midsummer
Night's Dream), Paris Rose Yates (The Public's King Lear).
Playwright Peter Parnell returns to Atlantic Theater
Company, which produced the New York
debut production of his acclaimed stage adaptation of John Irving's The Cider House Rules, winner of the<
American Theatre Critics Association Award. His plays include Sorrows of Stephen, The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket, Romance Language, Hyde in
Hollywood, Flaubert's Latest, An Imaginary Life and QED. David Esbjornson directed the Tony
Award winning production of Edward Albee's The
Goat, or Who is Sylvia? and
Arthur Miller's The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
on Broadway. He is the Artistic Director of Seattle Repertory Theatre and
served as the Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company from 1992-98, for
which he received a special Lortel Award in honor of his body of work. His
staging of the world premiere of The
Great Gatsby, adapted by Simon Levy, inaugurated the new home of the famed
Guthrie Theater last year.
"It is 1858. Charles Darwin (Michael Cristofer) struggles to
finish The Origin of Species, and give the world his theory of natural
selection, while coping with family illness and his own loss of faith.
Meanwhile, halfway around the world, an unknown explorer named Wallace (Manoel Felciano) is about to come up with the exact same theory. Both vibrantly comic
and deeply moving, Trumpery examines
what it means to live in a Darwinian universe from the point of view of the man
who discovered the idea," explain press notes.
The design team for Trumpery
features scenic design by Tony Award winner Santo Loquasto, costume design by
fifteen-time Tony Award nominee Jane Greenwood, lighting design by James
Ingalls and sound design by Obadiah Eaves.