Happy Hour: Atlantic announces complete cast

Atlantic Theater Company has announced the full cast for its world premiere production of Ethan Coen's Happy Hour, directed by Neil Pepe, opening at the Peter Norton Space on the 5 Dec 2011, following previews from 16 Nov, and running through to 31 Dec 2011.

The ensemble cast will feature Cassie Beck, Aya Cash, Clark Gregg, Susan Hyon, Rock Kohli, Gordon MacDonald, Amanda Quaid, Ana Reeder, Joey Slotnick and Lenny Venito.

Academy Award winner Ethan Coen returns to Atlantic with the world premiere of three one-act comedies, following his productions 'Almost an Evening' and 'Offices.' In Happy Hour, an embittered barfly has a theory—or two—about what the world has become. A lonely young man and lonely young woman can't see how right they are for each other. His motel room is so ugly a business traveler wants to end it all. Your life could be worse—and these three one-act comedies show you how.

The design team for Happy Hour will feature scenic design by Riccardo Hernandez, costume design by Sarah Edwards, lighting design by Jason Lyons and sound design by David Van Tieghem.


Ethan Coen made his Off-Broadway debut with the world premiere of 'Almost an Evening,' which transferred Off-Broadway following a sold out extended Atlantic Stage 2 run and the world premiere of 'Offices.' Coen has made fifteen movies with his brother Joel, including the Academy Award winning films "No Country for Old Men" and "Fargo," O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Raising Arizona," "Barton Fink," "The Hudsucker Proxy," "The Big Lebowski," "Burn After Reading" and "True Grit." He is currently represented on Broadway with Relatively Speaking, an evening of one-act comedies also by Elaine May and Woody Allen, directed by John Turturro.

Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe directed Ethan Coen's world premiere 'Almost an Evening' and' Offices' at Atlantic. He recently staged Atlantic's world premiere production of Adam Rapp's 'Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling' now playing at Classic Stage Company. He made his Broadway debut with the revival of David Mamet's 'Speed-the-Plow' followed by Mamet's 'A Life in the Theatre.' He also recently staged Jez Butterworth's 'Parlour Song,' David Pittu's world premiere comedy 'What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling,' Harold Pinter's first and most recent plays, 'The Room' and 'Celebration' and the world premiere of Mamet's 'Romance' at Atlantic and at the Mark Taper Forum.

Cassie Beck recently appeared in the Atlantic world premiere production of Bekah Brunstetter's play 'Oohrah!.'

Aya Cash last appeared at Atlantic in Ethan Coen's comedy 'Offices.'

Atlantic founding member Clark Gregg has been featured in the blockbuster feature film "Iron Man" franchise, starred in the long running hit series "The New Adventures of Old Christine" and has appeared on Broadway in 'A Few Good Men.'

Susan Hyon has appeared Off-Broadway in 'The Crane Story' and in 'Romeo & Juliet' at The Public Theatre's Shakespeare in the Park.

Rock Kohli has appeared Off-Broadway in 'Private Wars.'

Gordon MacDonald received a Lucille Lortel nomination for his performance in 'Trumbo' Off-Broadway and has been featured in the television series "Saving Grace" and in the feature film "The Brave One."

Amanda Quaid appeared on Broadway in the recent revival of 'Equus' and Off-Broadway in Tony Kushner's play 'The Illusion.'

Ana Reeder's recent Broadway credits include 'Hedda Gabler' and 'Top Girls' and she has appeared Off-Broadway in 'Humble Boy.'

Lookingglass Theatre Co. member Joey Slotnick starred in both Ethan Coen world premiere comedies 'Almost an Evening' and 'Offices' and has appeared on the television series "Pushing Daisies" and "Boston Public."

Lenny Venito's television credits include recurring roles on "The Sopranos" and "Rescue Me," and he is currently featured on the HBO series "Bored to Death"

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