Kenneth Lonergan Adds World Premiere Play To Atlantic Theater Co. Season

The Oscar-nominated Gangs Of New York and You Can Count On Me author will open his new play Hold On To Me Darling as the final entry in the celebrated off-Broadway company’s 30th season. Lonergan’s freshman play This Is Our Youth had a Broadway revival last season, starring Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gevinson.

The Atlantic, co-founded by David Mamet and New York home to writer-director Ethan Coen as well as launch pad for such shows as Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Spring Awakening (about to be revived on Broadway), says Hold On To Me Darling “examines the costs of fame, fortune and narcissism in pursuit of the American Dream.” It follows a successful country and western star who, on learning of his mother’s death, decides to renounce fame and fortune and move back to his Tennessee hometown, with unexpected consequences.

Hold On To Me Darling is slated to begin performances February 24, 2016 at the Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater main stage, with press open in on March 14. Artistic director Neil Pepe will stage the play. Casting, design team and schedule will be announced shortly.

Meanwhile, Mamet also has a new show in the works for Broadway: Al Pacino stars in China Doll as a wealthy man about to retire and marry a younger woman when his plan is upended by a phone call. Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?) is directing the show, which begins previews October 20, with an official opening on November 19 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.



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