“Hold On to Me Darling,” a new play by Kenneth Lonergan, will have its world premiere production at Off Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company this spring in a staging directed by Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe.
Lonergan’s breakout play “This Is Our Youth” got a well-reviewed revival on Broadway last season. Along with other plays including “Lobby Hero” and “The Waverly Gallery,” the writer has also penned and directed films “You Can Count on Me” and “Margaret,” and co-written the screenplays for “Analyze This” and “Gangs of New York.”
Newest outing “Hold On to Me Darling” centers on a well-known country music star whose mother’s death leads him to move home to Tennessee and try to give up all the trappings of his fame and career. No casting for the upcoming production has yet been set.
The play joins an upcoming season at the Atlantic Theater that already includes a new production of Caryl Churchill’s “Cloud Nine,” directed by James Macdonald. Last season’s slate bowed the new play by Rajiv Joseph, “Guards at the Taj,” and the latest by Doug Wright, “Posterity.” In 2014 the theater also premiered “Between Riverside and Crazy,” the Stephen Adly Guirgis play that went on to win the Pulitzer.
“Hold On To Me Darling” begins previews Feb. 24 prior to a March 14 opening on the Atlantic’s mainstage, the Linda Gross Theater.