American Theatre Company

ATC: The Yellow Wallpaper (20-24 Oct 2009)

  ATC     The Yellow Wallpaper 
Studio   20–24 October 2009 at 8pm

 

A classic American short story from the late 19th century, The Yellow Wallpaper provides “the detailed and chilling accounts of one woman’s entrapment, defeat, and movement toward madness [or otherness]….” This newly adapted stage version takes inspiration from the story’s diary entry format, rich post-Gothic vernacular, and the many issues resonating through the tale that continue today to form and challenge notions of self and society.

ATC: Oscar and the Lady in Pink (19-30 Jan 2010)

 

Oscar and the Lady in Pink
The Warehouse Studio Theatre, Rue Waelhem 69A, 1030 Brussels
19-23 & 26-30 Jan 2010 at 8pm 

This poignant and funny story follows the friendship between Oscar, a 10-year old leukemia patient who lives in a hospital, and “Pink Lady” Granny Rose, former lady wrestler and hospital volunteer. The course of their friendship, including Granny Rose’s wrestling reminiscences and her advice to Oscar about his relations with hospital friends, forms the substance of Oscar and the Lady in Pink. Originally a short novel by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, prolific French author and playwright, the text was transformed into a long monologue for the theatre several years ago, and is currently being made into a film.

Following the BATS production in Antwerp last March, by popular request the ATC now brings Oscar to Brussels, directed by Malinda Coleman and performed as a monologue, a veritable tour-de-force, by Ruth England.

ATC: Cafe Theatre (15-17 April 2010)

Jules Feiffer is an American cartoonist who has also written a great number of plays, screenplays, novels and children‟s books. He has won many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. 

Hold Me! was first published in New York in 1977. This sketch play, based on his comic strip with the same title, is about the confusions, identity crises and relationship issues of people who live in modern cities. The language is simple, the tone is warm, humorous, witty and at times a little sad. In short, the play is about the essence of life.  

 

ATC: All My Sons (12-16 Oct 2010)

  The ATC is pleased to announce
its first production for the new season,
a great American classic by Arthur Miller,

All My Sons
October 12 to 16, 2010 at 8pm
Bozar Studio theatre

While Joe Keller made a fortune during World War II, he is facing substantial personal losses. One son, Larry, remains missing and another, Chris, is lost
amongst his own thoughts about money, war and love. Meanwhile Mrs Keller is consumed by the longing for her son Larry’s return and battles to  cope with the idea of Chris falling in love with his brother’s girl. This classic Arthur Miller drama from 1947 examines the dissonance between theAmerican Dream and the harsh realities of war and capitalism, a subject which is particularly worth reconsidering in the context of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The show, directed by Carrie Ellwanger, has an All-Star cast made up of both old and new ATC members.

Joe Keller – Ted Fletcher
Chris Keller – Christopher Flores
Kate Keller – Janet Wishnetsky
Ann Deever – Sarah Watts
George Deever – Daniel Prior
Sue Bayliss – Simone Ellul
Jim Bayliss – Charif Wehbe
Frank Lubey – Henri Colens
Lydia Lubey – Aoife O’Grady
 

ATC: Anton in Show Business (18-29 Jan 11)

Anton in Show Business

Anton in Showbusiness by Jane Martin

Warehouse Studio Theatre, 18-29 January 2011 

 

 

“A smart, acerbic crowd pleaser…. Simultaneously a love letter and a poison pen letter to the American theatre.” Variety.

 

So well written that you won’t have to know a thing about Three Sisters in order to laugh your way through the evening. The writing is sharp, knowing, and cuts to the quick.”

George Heymont, My Cultural Landscape

 

This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre the resemblance is uncanny! Holly Seabé is a gorgeous TV star pursuing the cache stage acting can give her to help her land a movie role. Casey Mulgraw, the “Queen of Off-Off-Broadway,” has performed in 200 productions without pay. Lisabette Cartwright, a recent graduate of the Southern Methodist University theatre program, seeks a meaningful experience in theatre.

 

As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they’re whisked through a maelstrom of “good ideas” that offer unique solutions to the Three Sisters need to have life’s deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton in Show Business conveys the joys, pains and absurdities of “putting on a play” at the turn of the century.