The Atlantic Theater Company is like the East Coast home base for indie Hollywood. With its two stages ensconced in a nondescript part of town well outside the theater district, the Atlantic has a scruffy outside-the-mainstream feel, yet this is the place where Woody Allen goes when he writes a new play or wants to take a shot at stage directing. Another film writer/director, Ethan Coen, has tried his hand at playwriting here and independent movie actors like Giancarlo Esposito, Felicity Huffman, and Isiah Whitlock Jr. are among the Atlantic’s regular acting ensemble.
None of this is surprising, considering that the Atlantic was founded by William H. Macy and David Mamet, two stage-and-screen pros. They created the company in 1985 with the motto, “The story of a play and the intent of its playwright are at the core of the creative process.”
Although the Atlantic Theater Company favors harder-edged works by such playwrights as Martin MCDonagh and Harold Pinter, it has a soft side too. Atlantic For Kids is the children’s theater series, which presents family plays every season and, believe it or not, even Mamet has penned a few! Education is a crucial part of Atlantic’s mission, which it has realized through the Atlantic Acting School, a private conservatory and New York University undergrad program that emphasizes a technique first developed by Mamet and Macy.
Atlantic Theater Company Information
- Venues: Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street; Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street
- Public Transportation: Good (for the Linda Gross Theater: easily accessible by subway lines C and E at 23rd Street, and buses M11, M14D, and M20; For Atlantic Stage 2: subway lines A, C, and E at 14th Street, and buses M11, M14D, and M20)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: 6 mainstage shows and 1 Children’s Theater show per season
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets $45–$65, group discounts available
- Subscriptions/Membership: All-in-One membership $182 (one ticket to each production and all Atlantic readings); an individual membership $55 allows you to purchase $25 tickets to each main-stage show, discounted tickets to Stage 2 and Atlantic for Kids production, and readings are free. Member benefits include ticket exchanges and guest ticket discounts.