Dusk Rings a Bell to star Kate Walsh & Paul Sparks

Atlantic Theater Company has announced that Kate Walsh ("Private Practice," "Grey's Anatomy") and Paul Sparks (Broadway's 'Hedda Gabler') will star in the world premiere of Stephen Belber's play Dusk Rings a Bell directed by Sam Gold, which opens at Atlantic's Stage 2 on 27 May 2010, following previews from 19 May and running through to 20 Jun 2010.

Dusk Rings a Bell: Molly and Ray unexpectedly meet 25 years after a one-afternoon adolescent fling. She has a successful media career; he owns a small landscaping business. Both begin to romanticize their chance reunion, but a renewed connection is disrupted when Ray discloses the details of a crime that left him incarcerated for ten years. Their encounter reveals two vastly different paths taken and two lonely souls attempting to reclaim a moment of possibility, when they were young and perhaps at their very best.

Kate Walsh makes her Off-Broadway and Atlantic Theater Company debut. Chicago theatre credits include 'Happy Birthday,' 'Wanda June,' 'The Danube,' 'Moon Under Miami,' 'Troilus and Cressida,' 'A Pinter Landscape,' 'Flesh and Blood' and the critically-acclaimed 'Born Guilty.' In New York, Walsh was a member of the improvisational comedy troupe Burn Manhattan and The New York City Players theatre ensemble. In Los Angeles, Walsh was in 'Orlando' at The Actors Gang, and still performs at the Upright Citizen's Brigade Theatre and Improv Olympic. She currently stars as "Dr. Addison Montgomery" on the ABC drama "Private Practice," following three seasons on the award-winning hit series "Grey's Anatomy." On the big screen, Walsh was most recently seen in the supernatural thriller 'Legion' opposite Paul Bettany and Dennis Quaid, and has completed production on the independent film 'Waska.'

Paul Sparks recently starred in Roundabout's revival of 'Hedda Gabler' on Broadway, where he also appeared in 'Take Me Out.' Off-Broadway credits include 'Lady, Pumpgirl,' 'American Sligo' and 'Blackbird.' This fall he will appear in the new HBO series "Boardwalk Empire" as well as the upcoming HBO mini-series 'Mildred Pierce' with Kate Winslet.

Playwright and screenwriter Stephen Belber makes his Atlantic debut with the world premiere of Dusk Rings a Bell. He has been represented on Broadway with the world premiere of his play 'Match' starring Frank Langella. His hit Off-Broadway play 'Tape' has been produced in New York, Australia, Germany, Canada, Greece and Japan and was made into a feature film starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

Sam Gold also makes his Atlantic debut. He most recently directed Annie Baker's play 'Circle Mirror Transformation' Off-Broadway and will direct her new play 'The Aliens' this spring.

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