The all-time Tony-wining champ (21) will direct The Band’s Visit for off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company next spring. It’s based on Eran Kolirin’s award-winning 2007 film about an Egyptian police band stranded in a remote Israeli desert village before a concert meant to inaugurate an Arab arts center. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, the unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals as their lives become intertwined in unexpected ways. Among other prizes, it was one of the National Board of Review’s Top Five, and won the Feature Film Award at the Montréal Festival Of New Cinema and the Audience Award at the Copenhagen International Film Festival.
The film is being adapted by Itamar Moses (the very fine play Completeness) and features an original score by three-time Tony nominee David Yazbek (Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Full Monty). Specific dates and other creatives and casting have not been set. Prince’s last Broadway outing was 2002’s Hollywood Arms, based on the memoir by Carol Burnett and daughter Carrie Hamilton.
The Atlantic’s 30th anniversary season will also include a revival of Cloud Nine, the 1981 game-changer by Caryl Churchill, directed James Macdonald; the world premiere play Skeleton Crew by Dominique Morisseau (Detroit ’67); the New York premiere of These Paper Bullets!; a musical by Emmy Award nominee Rolin Jones (Friday Night Lights, Boardwalk Empire) with songs by Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong (American Idiot), and the New York premiere of The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois, written and directed by Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter). One additional production will be announced.
Neil Pepe is artistic director of the Atlantic and Jeffory Lawson, is Managing Director.