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Labyrinth Theater Company Announces Creative Team for World Premiere of “The Atmosphere of Memory”

Contact: Rick Miramontez / Elizabeth Wagner / Chelsea Nachman
rick@oandmco.com / elizabeth@oandmco.com / chelsea@oandmco.com




New York, NY – (August 31, 2011) LAByrinth Theater Company (Co-Artistic Directors Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O’Donnell, Yul Vázquez, and Managing Director Danny Feldman) has announced the creative team for The Atmosphere of Memory by David Bar Katz. Pam MacKinnon (Obie Award-winner, Clybourne Park) will direct the World Premiere production, with Scenic Design by David Gallo (Tony Award-winner, The Drowsy Chaperone), Costume Design by Emily Rebholz (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson), Lighting Design by Dans Sheehan (Alice the Magnet; Hedda Gabler), and Sound Design by Brendan Connelly (Co-Founder, Obie Award-winning Theater of the Two-headed Calf). Performances begin Saturday, October 15th with Opening Night scheduled for October 30th at LAByrinth’s new home, the Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street) for a limited engagement through Sunday, November 13th.

The Atmosphere of Memory opens LAByrinth’s 2011/12 Season and tells the story of playwright Jon Stone, who has recently found the courage to write his masterpiece: a play about his upbringing. But problems arise when his actual mother is cast to play his mother on stage and his estranged father remembers the family history differently. Jon is forced to rewrite not only his play, but his past as well. With twists hilarious and heartbreaking, playwright Katz (Philip Roth in Khartoum, Freak) turns Williams and O'Neill on their heads by imagining a world where the boundaries between life / art, and fact /fiction, are as blurry as The Atmosphere of Memory itself.

Following the successful Broadway engagement of the Tony-nominated Best Play, The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, LAByrinth has found a new home for its 20th season, taking up residence at the newly rechristened, Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street), a Greenwich Village landmark, formerly known as The Cherry Pit.

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David Bar Katz (Playwright), a member of The LAByrinth Theater Company, wrote the play, The History of Invulnerability, about Jerry Siegel, the creator of Superman and the Man of Steel’s Jewish roots, that recently premiered at The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where it received the Acclaim Award for Outstanding Play of the Year, the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Outstanding Premiere and the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award Citation as one of the top three American plays of 2010. Mr. Katz co-wrote and directed the Broadway show, Freak, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. He received an Emmy Award nomination for the HBO production of “Freak.” He co-created and was a head writer for Fox TV’s, “House of Buggin',” the first all-Latino network television show. LAB has presented five of his plays in their annual Barn Series Festival and produced the PublicLAB production of his play Philip Roth in Khartoum at The Public Theater. In Fall 2011, Katz will direct Dan Klores’s The Wood for Rattlestick Theater. Other select theater projects include Burning, Burning, Burning, Burning (Red Bull Theater’s Obie Award winning “Revelation Readings” series, 2010), and What A Way To Go (New York Playwrights Lab, 2009). He is currently developing a film set in the gaming world with Will Wright (SimCity, Spore), and is creating a new television series with CBS Television Studios and Denis Leary's Apostle for Showtime called “Sober Coach.” His ‘tween’ sci-fi novel Chronicles of The Chosen that will be published this Fall.

Pam MacKinnon (Director) is a Lily and Obie Award winning New York-based freelance director. Recent productions include Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park (Playwrights Horizons, upcoming Taper), Itamar Moses’ Completeness (South Coast Rep and Playwrights Horizons), David Weiner’s Extraordinary Chambers (Geffen), Rachel Axler’s Smudge (Women’s Project), Cusi Cram’s A Lifetime Burning (Primary Stages), Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (Old Globe), Gina Gionfriddo’s Becky Shaw (South Coast). She is a frequent interpreter of the plays of Edward Albee, with world premieres of Peter and Jerry (Second Stage) and Occupant (Signature), as well as A Delicate Balance (ArenaStage) and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Steppenwolf and Arena, and upcoming Broadway) as recent credits. Other productions include world premieres of Itamar Moses’ The Four of Us (MTC and Old Globe), Richard Greenberg’s Our Mother’s Brief Affair (South Coast), Jason Grote’s Maria/Stuart (Woolly Mammoth), Erin Courtney’s Alice the Magnet (Clubbed Thumb), Itamar Moses’ Bach at Leipzig (NYTW and Milwaukee Rep), and Sheri Wilner’s Father Joy (SPF and CATF). She is an alumna of the Drama League and the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab and sits on the board of the downtown New York company Clubbed Thumb, Inc. dedicated to new American plays.

David Gallo (Scenic Design). Selected Broadway: The Mountaintop, Colin Quinn: Long Story Short; High; Memphis; reasons to be pretty, Xanadu; Radio Golf (Tony nom.); Company; The Drowsy Chaperone (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Gem of the Ocean (Tony nom.); Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Thoroughly Modern Millie (also London); King Hedley II; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; A View from the Bridge; Jackie: An American Life (also London); and Hughie. Selected off-Broadway: The Third Story; Evil Dead; The Wild Party; Jitney (also London); Wonder of the World; A New Brain; Bunny Bunny; and Blue Man Group. August Wilson’s Twentieth Century at The Kennedy Center. Select Int’l: Tears of Heaven (Seoul); Ich War Noch Niemals in New York (Vienna, Hamburg, Stuttgart); Cinderella (Manila); Beauty and the Beast (Rome, Milan, Amsterdam, Madrid). Drama Desk, American Theatre Wing, Lucille Lortel, Hewes, Outer Critics Circle, Ovation, AUDELCO, Barrymore, Acclaim, Obie and Eddy Awards. Represented American Set Design at The Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial. The Smithsonian National Archive.

Emily Rebholz (Costume Design). Broadway Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson; Recent New York credits: The Shaggs (Playwrights Horizon); When I Come To Die; On The Levee; Broke-ology, (Lincoln Center); Honey Brown Eyes (The Working Theater); Bachelorette (Second Stage Uptown); Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public Theater, 2010 Henry Hewes Design Award Nomination) This Wide Night (Naked Angels, 2011 Lucille Lortel Nomination). Additional New York designs have been seen at The Public Theater, Lincoln Center, The Roundabout, Rattlestick, Ars Nova, and the Atlantic Theater. Recent regional credits include The Rocky Horror Show (The Old Globe); Behind The Eye (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Acclaim Award) and Prometheus Bound at A.R.T. as well as designing at Center Theater Group, Williamstown Theater Festival, The Wilma Theater, Bay Street Theater, Westport Country Playhouse, and Asolo Repertory Theater. Upcoming: Close UpSpace (Manhattan Theatre Club) and Carrie (MCC) Education: MFA, Yale School of Drama.

Dans Sheehan (Lighting Design) is originally from Australia and currently works as a lighting designer out of New York. Recent dance designs include work by David Dorfman, Karole Armitage, Troy Powell, Kathleen Dyer, Dwight Rhoden & Johannes Weiland. Recent theatre design credits: Alice the Magnet (dir. Pam McKinnon), Hedda Gabler (dir. Cigdem Onat), Le Bourgeois Avant Garde (dir. Emma Griffin), Mourn the Living Hector (dir. Shira Milikowsky), Never As Happy & Don Juan (dir. Javierantonio Gonzalez), Dead Letter Office & Scratch (dir. Meiyin Wang), Crime & Punishment (dir. Sheila Daniels), and Bed Bugs (dir. Samuel Buggeln). She is currently working with David Dorfman Dance and Elevator Repair Service. MFA: NYU. www.danssheehan.com

Brendan Connelly (Sound Design) is co-founder and composer of the Obie-award winning theater company, The Two-headed Calf and has composed scores for all of its productions, including Drum of the Waves of Horikawa, Trifles, The Mother and Tumor Brainiowicz. His work has been heard at PS 122, Ontological-Hysteric, La MaMa, E.T.C., the HERE Arts Center, Soho Rep, Primary Stages and others. His recent work includes Du Fu, Mississippi, a performance of 8th century Chinese poetry through the lense of Appalachia; How To Build a Forest, an 8-hour performance/installation at The Kitchen, co-created by Lisa D'Amour and Katie Pearl; and La Jungla de Las Ciudades, a Spanish-language adaptation of Brecht, performed in Lima, Peru. He is a recipient of a few Meet-The-Composer grants, a few NYSCA commissions, and was a participant in the TCG/NEA Career Development Program in 2009-11.

LAByrinth Theater Company (Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O'Donnell, Yul Vázquez, Artistic Directors; Danny Feldman, Managing Director) has redefined the landscape of New York City theater through their productions of incendiary and vital new works. Founded in 1992 by a group of Latino actors who wanted to push their artistic limits and tell new, more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater, LAByrinth has grown into a nationally renowned company of actors, directors, playwrights and designers from a wide array of cultural perspectives. Over the past 19 years, LAByrinth has developed hundreds of original works and premiered 55 new American plays here in New York including Guinea Pig Solo, Jack Goes Boating, Jesus Hopped The A Train, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Sailor’s Song, Sistah Supreme. LAByrinth is currently represented on Broadway with our production of The Motherf**ker With The Hat.

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