'Celebration & The Room' Atlanta announce full cast

Atlantic Theater Company have announced the casting for the second production of their 20th Anniversary Season. The double-bill of Harold Pinter�s most recent and first plays Celebration & The Room, directed by Neil Pepe, will begin previews on the 16 Nov and opens on the 5 Dec 2005 (Not the 8 Dec as originally announced). This is a limited engagement through to the 8 Jan 2006.

Harold Pinter�s most recent (Celebration) and first play (The Room) complement each other in this rarely staged double-bill. Celebration opens on a wedding anniversary in an ultra-trendy restaurant, with three successful couples jockeying for the upper hand. In contrast, The Room descends into a nightmare world of insecurity and uncertainty in a shabby one-room London flat. Although separated by more than 40 years, both plays resonate with the human desperation to find safe haven in a threatening world.

Harold Pinter, one of America and Britain�s most celebrated and influential playwright and poets, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last week for his prolific body of work. Beginning with his breakthrough play The Caretaker in 1959, he was responsible for the creation of a spare language of verbal evasion and menace, both unspoken and vividly expressed. The Swedish Academy cited �Pinter restored theater to its basic elements � an enclosed space and unpredictable dialogue where people are at the mercy of each other and pretense crumbles.�

The Room will feature Atlantic Company members Kate Blumberg, Mary Beth Peil, David Pittu and guest artists Earle Hyman, Peter Maloney and Thomas Jay Ryan.

Celebration will feature Atlantic Company members Kate Blumberg, David Pittu and guest artists Betsy Aidem, Patrick Breen, Brennan Brown, Phillip Goodwin, Carolyn McCormick, Thomas Jay Ryan and Christa Scott-Reed.

Celebration & The Room set design by Walt Spangler, costumes by Ilona Somogyi, lighting by David Weiner and sound by Obadiah Eaves.

In honor of its 20th Anniversary Season, Atlantic will offer the �Play for the price of a movie" $10 theater ticket in an effort to build young audiences and attract first time theatergoers. Fifteen seats at every performance will be available to the general public. Tickets may be reserved in advance by calling 212-691-5919 ext. 126 or may be purchased at the box office two hours prior to curtain.

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