Ethan Coen, Threepenny Opera and More Featured in Atlantic Theater Company's 2013-14 Season

By Carey Purcell
May 23, 2013

The Atlantic Theater Company has announced four of the productions that will be featured in its 2013-14 season.



The season will open Aug. 28 with the world premiere of Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ethan Coen's first full-length play, Women or Nothing. The production will be directed by David Cromer (The Adding Machine, Tribes).

Award-winning British playwright Roy Williams will bring his stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's short story The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner to New York in Atlantic Stage 2's first production of the season in January 2014.

Martha Clarke (The Garden of Earthly Delights, Angel Reapers) will direct and choreograph Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht 's musical The Threepenny Opera at Atlantic's main stage at the Linda Gross Theater. Performances will begin in March.

Tony-nominated playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis (The Motherf**cker with the Hat)'s world premiere play, Between Riverside and Crazy..., will conclude Atlantic's main stage season at the Linda Gross Theater beginning in May.

Two final productions, dates, additional directors and casting will be announced at a later time.

The season at a glance follows:

World Premiere
Women or Nothing
By Ethan Coen
Directed by David Cromer
Aug. 28–Oct. 6
Opens Sept. 16
Linda Gross Theater

"Women or Nothing is a comedy about two women so desperate to have a child that one of them will even sleep with a man. Who the man is, what he thinks is going on, what the women think about what he thinks, and what the mother of one of the women reveals about her own colorful past—it all defies belief. Why then does it all make sense?"

American Premiere
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
By Alan Sillitoe
Stage adaptation by Roy Williams
January-February 2014
Atlantic Stage 2

"In this stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe's classic short story, award-winning British playwright Roy Williams brings the young, defiant Colin Smith into the 21st century. Colin, with few prospects in life, finds himself in a prison school for criminal activity. He turns to long distance running as an escape, only to have the school exploit him for his talent, offering him a possible way out. Will he run his race for them, or for his independence?"

The Threepenny Opera
By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein
Directed by Martha Clarke
March-April
Linda Gross Theater

"The visionary director and choreographer Martha Clarke brings us a fresh, vibrant production of The Threepenny Opera, the engaging classic musical with music and lyrics by Kurt Weill and book by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Marc Blitzstein. Based on John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, Threepenny follows the charismatic scoundrel Macheath and his criminal exploits in 19th century London. When Macheath marries Polly Peachum, the straight-laced daughter of powerful, miserly merchant JJ. Peachum, their unlikely union unleashes the chaos of manhunts, bribes, and imprisonment. In this 'opera for beggars,' an assortment of salacious characters maneuver for advantage, revealing a profoundly corrupt society."

World Premiere
Between Riverside and Crazy...
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
May/June 2014
Linda Gross Theater

"The Feds want them busted, the Landlord wants them out, and the Church wants them back. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter Pops Washington and his ex-con son Junior, when the struggle to hold on to one of the last great old rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with their dozen broke house guests, a too-faithful Church lady—and a gun-toting pimp, it seems Old Ways must finally yield to New Days…"

More information can be found by calling (212) 645-1242 or visiting atlantictheater.org.