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New Ethan Coen Play Set for Off Broadway’s Atlantic

The latest by Stephen Adly Guirgis plus Martha Clarke's 'Threepenny' also on 2013-14 slate

Ethan Coen returns to Off Broadway this fall with new play “Women or Nothing,” set to bow at the Atlantic Theater Company in a run that precedes the December release of his latest pic, “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Also on the Atlantic’s 2013-14 slate are a world preem from Stephen Adly Guirgis, “Between Riverside and Crazy…,” as well as a Martha Clarke-helmed revival of “The Threepenny Opera” and a stage adaptation of Alan Sillitoe’s short story “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner.”

Coen made his legit playwriting debut at the Atlantic in 2008 with “Almost an Evening” and has since seen the org produce his plays “Offices” (2009) and “Happy Hour” (2011). David Cromer (“Our Town”) helms the new one, which follows two women whose desire to have a baby leads one of them to decide to sleep with a man. Show starts previews Aug. 28 ahead of a Sept. 16 opening, with the run skedded to finish off Oct. 6. The CBS Films release of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which just had its world preem at Cannes, is set for Dec. 6.

Guirgis — the scribe whose last play, “The Motherfucker with the Hat,” debuted on Broadway — bows his latest at Atlantic after a string of world preems with the LAByrinth Theater Company, the troupe of which he is the former co-a.d.  Storyline of “Between Riverside and Crazy…,” targeted for a May/June 2014 run, centers on a widower cop and his ex-con son trying to stay in a rent-stabilized Upper West Side apartment amid a barrage of houseguests.

“Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner,” adapted by Roy Williams (“Sucker Punch”) from the story by Brit writer Sillitoe, lands at the Atlantic after a UK run that bowed at the Pilot Theater. Director of the US incarnation of the play, about a young man who discovers a talent for running in a UK prison school, hasn’t been announced, although the helmer of the Brit preem was Marcus Romer. Stateside production is lined up for January and February of next year.

One of the few tuners to be staged by the Atlantic over its long history, “Threepenny” will be the first major Gotham production of the Bertolt Brecht-Kurt Weill musical since a 2006 Broadway revival. Show reps another upcoming theater outing for choreographer-helmer Clarke, who earlier this year was tapped by Signature Theater to be a resident writer in a program that promises three full productions of new titles over a five-year period. “Threepenny” is on the Atlantic docket to play in March and April of next year.

“Loneliness” will run at the Atlantic’s second stage space, while the other three shows will play the Linda Gross Theater, the org’s mainstage. Two more 2013-14 productions, plus exact dates and casting and creative team details, remain to be locked in.

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