Gabriel, by Moira Buffini, at the Atlantic's Linda Gross Theatre

The Atlantic Theater Company will stage the American premiere of Moira Buffini's award-winning play Gabriel as the final main stage production of its 2009-2010 season at the Linda Gross Theater. Previews will begin in April toward a May 2010 opening. Dates and casting to be announced.

The drama is set around a largely forgotten moment in British history - the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War II. A naked young man washes up on a Guernsey beach. Unnervingly handsome, he's fluent in both German and English but has no recollection of who he is. Patriot or Nazi �innocent or madman � or does it depend entirely on your point of view? Gabriel explores the heart of memory, identity and imagination, as well as the lies people tell themselves and each other to make the darkness light again.

Gabriel marks Moira Buffini's Atlantic debut. Her Olivier Award' nominated play 'Dinner' was produced at the Bay Street Theatre this summer in a production starring Mercedes Ruehl.

The 1997 world premiere production of Gabriel was awarded the UK's LWT (London Weekend Television) Plays on Stage Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award.

Moira Buffini (Playwright) credits includes 'Dinner' (2002), which was commissioned by the National Theatre, nominated for an Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Other theater credits include 'Loveplay' (2001) for the Royal Shakespeare Company, 'Silence' (1999), Birmingham Rep and Plymouth Theatre Royal, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and Blavatsky,s Tower (Fringe). Most recently Buffini wrote 'Dying For It,' a free adaptation of 'The Suicide' by Nickolai Erdman, which premiered at the Almeida Theatre in Spring 2007. She also wrote 'A Vampire Story' for the National Theatre's Connections 2007-2008 festival and a new play for the RSC.

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