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Stephen McKinley Henderson, Ray Anthony Thomas and Victor Almanzar in "Between Riverside and Crazy" by Stephen Adly Guirgis at Atlantic Theater Company. (Photo by Kevin Thomas Garcia)

Atlantic Season to Include Sarah Silverman Musical and New Guirgis Play

The Off-Broadway theatre will present a new musical based on Silverman’s memoir, along with world premieres from Stephen Adly Guirgis and Jack Thorne.

NEW YORK CITY: Atlantic Theater Company has announced its 2019-20 season, which will include seven productions, including six world premieres.

The season will open with the world premiere of Sunday by Jack Thorne (Sept. 5-Oct. 13). In this play by the Tony-winning playwright of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, friends gather for a book club and emotional truths pour out. It will be directed by Lee Sunday Evans.

Next will be the world premiere of Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven by Stephen Adly Guirgis (Nov. 14-Dec. 22). The play takes place in a woman’s halfway house in New York City. It will be directed by John Ortiz and coproduced by LAByrinth Theater Company.

After that will be the world premiere of Paris by Eboni Booth (Jan. 8-Feb. 9, 2020). The play follows a Black woman working a low-wage job in Paris, Vt., and will be directed by Knud Adams.

The Atlantic will then produce the American premiere of Anatomy of a Suicide by Alice Birch (Jan. 30-March 15). The play is about the legacy passed down through three generations of women. It will be directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz.

In the spring comes the world premiere of The Bedwetter, a musical by Sarah Silverman, Joshua Harmon, and Adam Schlesinger (May 9-June 28). The musical is based on Silverman’s memoir of the same name.

The season will close with the world premiere of A Play Is a Poem by Ethan Coen (May 20-June 21). In this collection of one-acts, the Oscar-winning Coen takes a comedic look at life across America. Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe will direct.

The Atlantic will also present a new musical in its theatre for young audiences series: The Big One-Oh! by Doug Besterman, Dean Pitchford, and Timothy Allen McDonald (Sept. 28-Oct. 20, 2019), based on Pitchford’s book about a boy who throws himself a party for his 10th birthday. It will be directed by MK Lawson.

Founded as an ensemble of impassioned artists in 1985, Atlantic Theater Company has grown into an influential Off-Broadway company, having produced more than 200 plays and musicals, including the Tony-winning The Band’s Visit and Spring Awakening.

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