New plays by Pulitzer and Tony winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife,” “Grey Gardens”) and Broadway alum Rajiv Joseph (“Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”) are among the works set to world premiere next season at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company.
Wright’s “Posterity” (Feb. 25-April 5, 2015), already set for a developmental workshop as part of this summer’s Sundance Theater Lab, centers on a sculptor’s fractious relationship with his latest subject, Henrik Ibsen. Wright also will direct the production. Joseph’s “Guards at the Taj” (May 6-June 14), meanwhile, follows two imperial guards at the newly completed Taj Mahal in 1648.
Atlantic co-founder David Mamet makes an appearance in the Atlantic’s 2014-15 season as well, with “Ghost Stories: The Shawl and Prairie du Chien” (May 27-June 21), two of the playwright’s one-acts. The company also has set the debut of “Found” (Sept. 18-Nov. 9), a new musical inspired by the discarded notes showcased in Found magazine, by “[title of show]” co-creator Hunter Bell, Lee Overtree and Eli Bolin, as well as the U.S. bow of “Dying for It” (Dec. 17-Jan. 25), an adaptation of Nikolai Erdman’s “The Suicide” by Moira Buffini, whose play “Handbagged” earned raves in London and transferred to the West End.
Rounding out the season are “I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard” (Jan. 7-Feb. 8), a new Halley Feiffer play being developed this summer at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, as well as new children’s musicals from creatives including Scott Elmegreen (“Ivy & Bean”) and Lisa Loeb (“Camp Kappawanna”).
Productions are lined up to fill the Atlantic’s two spaces, the Linda Gross Theater and the smaller Atlantic Stage 2. Before the new season starts, Atlantic offerings on the slate this summer include “Our New Girl,” beginning previews tonight, and the latest from Stephen Adly Guirgis, “Between Riverside and Crazy.”