Atlantic taps Guare, Gibson

Off Broadway theater sets 2012-13 season

World premieres by John Guare and Melissa James Gibson are among the shows on tap for the 2012-13 season at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company alongside outings from scribes Rolin Jones and Simon Stephens.

The latest by Guare, “Three Kinds of Exile,” centers on a trio of Eastern European artists who stake out new, fraught lives in the west. Atlantic a.d. Neil Pepe helms the show, loosely skedded for a winter/spring slot.

Before that comes the world preem this fall of the latest by Gibson (“This”), “What Rhymes With America,” centering on the strained relationship between a father and his teen daughter. Daniel Aukin (“4,000 Miles”) — who’s directed past Gibson plays including “This,” “[sic]” and “Suitcase, or Those That Resemble Flies from a Distance” — helms.

First offering of the season is “Harper Regan” by Stephens, who also penned “Bluebird,” which the Atlantic produced in a well-received staging last year. Play about a woman’s odyssey away from her family bowed at the National Theater in London in 2008. Gaye Taylor Upchurch, who directed “Bluebird” at the Atlantic, will helm.

The three outings by Guare, Gibson and Stephens will play the Atlantic’s Linda Gross Theater, the newly renovated mainstage space to be inaugurated later this spring with the latest play by John Patrick Shanley, “Storefront Church.” The upcoming play by Jones, “The Jammer,” will have a run at the company’s smaller venue, Atlantic Stage 2, in the spring.

“Jammer,” about a 1950s Brooklyn guy who gets involved in the roller derby scene, reps a return to the Atlantic for the scribe, whose play “The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow,” seen at the Atlantic in 2005, helped launch Jones’ TV writing career on skeins including “Weeds” and the current “Smash.”

Play’s director remains to be announced, as do exact dates for each production plus two more titles still to join the sked.

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