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ATC: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (8-12 Oct 2019)

TICKETS 18€ – AVAILABLE NOW

Edward Albee’s cult classic invites us for a night cap with two couples in a small East Coast American university town. After a faculty party, Martha and George welcome newcomers Nick and Honey into their home, drawing the unwitting younger couple into their bitter and frustrated relationship.

Darkly comic right from the start, it only gets darker. David Benedict, writing for Variety, said this play “makes the complete works of Strindberg look like Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm.”

The third play of our 50th anniversary year, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? will be staged exactly 50 years after the ATC opened its first season with it in October 1969.

PLEASE NOTE: This play’s start time will be 7:30 pm. Doors will open at 7:00 pm. Running time is estimated at three hours. There will be two brief intermissions.

ATC: Three Days of Rain (13-22 Feb 2020)

written by Richard Greenberg

directed by Jeremy Zeegers
​(director of Tartuffe: A New American Satire
and Picasso at the Lapin Agile)

Playing at the Warehouse Studio Theatre – Schaerbeek

Thu,Fri,Sat (Feb.13 -15) & Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri,Sat (Feb.18-22)
20:00 (doors open at 19:30)

Tickets €16


THE PLAY
Act 1: New York, a studio in downtown Manhattan,1995. The three estranged heirs of a world-renowned architect meet again on the day of the reading of his will. As tensions mount, the architect’s journal from 1960 is discovered. Hoping to learn the truth about their difficult parents, one son eagerly goes through the text, only to be bitterly disappointed. It’s cryptic, distant, unreadable: just like his father. One entry reads simply, “Three days of rain.”

Act 2 sends us back in time to the same studio in downtown Manhattan in 1960, where the same three actors play their fathers and mother, and we learn the poignant truth of what actually happened in those three sad, beautiful days of rain, and how genius and madness and secrets are unknowingly passed down through the generations, to devastating effect.

ATC: Almost, Maine (15-19 Nov 2022)

As the second of its ‘Studio Nights’ series, The American Theatre Company presents ‘Almost, Maine’ by John Cariani.

Set in the snow-covered, fictional town of Almost in the U.S. state of Maine, the play consists of nine independent vignettes bound together by the magic of the northern lights, and explores romance, relationships and the variety of stumbles along love’s journey.

It will be performed from the 15th to 19th of November at The Warehouse Studio Theatre, Rue Waelhem 69a, 1030 Bruxelles.

Googlemap of venue.

Tickets are available here.

ATC: The Baltimore Waltz (16-25 Mar 2023)

The Baltimore Waltz by Paula Vogel, directed by Robynn Colwell.

In the wake of a distressing medical diagnosis, a brother and sister set off on a whirlwind tour of Europe. Seeking adventure and an experimental if dubious cure, Carl and Anna embark on a now-or-never trip into the throes of romance and mystery – and toward each other – for the kind of comfort and love only a sibling can offer.

Venue: The Warehouse Studio Theatre, Waelhemstraat 69, 1030 Schaerbeek.

Tickets available at https://www.billetweb.fr/the-baltimore-waltz

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ATC: Studio Nights – a FEATS double bill (6-10 June)

For this edition of Studio Nights, the ATC is proud to present a FEATS double bill, featuring two one-act plays that the ATC has taken to the Festival of European Anglophone Theatrical Societies, or FEATS.

Accelerated Intimacy, by Chiara Venturini, won the 2018 FEATS award for best original script. It is being directed by Carrie Ellwanger, who also brought the play to FEATS that year. It tells the story of two complete strangers who are stuck in a disabled New York City subway car. To pass the time and relieve the awkwardness, they decide to take a quiz they find in a discarded newspaper: a series of questions designed to “accelerate intimacy” between strangers. It’s a premise both find mildly amusing – okay, maybe a little intriguing, as good a remedy for boredom as anything else, right? Certainly nothing more than that…

Baby Boom, by emerging American playwright Lia Romeo, directed by Jeremy Zeegers, was this year’s ATC entry at FEATS in Bad Homburg, Germany (26-29 May). The play is a delightfully quirky, darkly comic, and ultimately tragic exploration of the normalization of guns in American culture. It peeks beneath the facade of suburban utopia and into the lives of two young American families. Through a series of twists and turns, the story features heartbreak, a yearning for family, a flickering love, the desire to be understood, the need for community, and an innocent gun.

Get tickets here: https://www.billetweb.fr/studio-nights-feats-double-bill

ATC: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (30 Jan – 3 Feb 2024)

The American Theatre Company is proud to present this classic American play by Tennessee Williams, directed by Carrie Ellwanger.

Set in Mississippi in 1955, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a classic family drama soaking in secrets, recriminations, and booze.

Venue: The Jacques Franck cultural center in Saint-Gilles.

Start time: 7:30 pm. Doors (and bar) open at 7:00 pm.

Tickets available at: https://www.billetweb.fr/cat-on-a-hot-tin-roof

The play is in three acts, so there will be two intermissions of fifteen minutes each. To avoid a long wait at the bar during the intermissions, please take advantage of the option to pre-order your intermission drinks before the start of the show. Just stop by the pre-order station in the lobby to select and pay for your drinks. Your refreshments will be waiting for you at the start of the intermission(s) so that you don’t have to waste time waiting in line!

Please be aware that the play is not suitable for children under age 12. Babies and young children will not be admitted into the auditorium. Thank you for your understanding.

If you would like to organize tickets for a school group (of students over 12 years of age), please go to the ticketing website and click on the “send a message” button. Message us with your request, and one of our team members will be in touch. 

We look forward to seeing you soon. Enjoy the show! 

ATC: Circle Mirror Transformation (21-30 March 2024)

How can we break the patterns that chain us down? Annie Baker’s profoundly human play addresses this question through an intimate look at five slightly lost souls in rural Vermont who meet in an unconventional acting class. Over the course of six weeks they find connection, disappointment, heartbreak, and transformation through the power of self-expression – and of everything left unsaid.

This ATC production is directed by Quentin Clemens who made his directorial debut in 2022 with Almost, Maine.

Playing at the Warehouse Studio Theatre, rue Waelhem 69A, 1030 Schaerbeek

Show starts at 8:00 pm. Doors and bar open at 7:30.

Tickets at: https://www.billetweb.fr/circle-mirror-transformation

ATC: POTUS (4-7 May)

SHOW DATES: 2-16 Nov. 2024 (including tech and dress rehearsals)

The ATC is holding auditions for POTUS, Or Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, an all-women, political farce by Selina Fillinger. Director: Robynn Colwell

AUDITION DATES:

Saturday, May 4 at 4:00 p.m.
Monday, May 6 
at 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7 
at 8:00 p.m.

CHARACTERS

HARRIET – The president’s chief of staff
JEAN –
The president’s press secretary
STEPHANIE –
The president’s secretary
DUSTY –
The president’s dalliance
BERNADETTE –
The president’s sister
CHRIS –
A journalist
MARGARET –
The president’s wife. The First Lady

In the playwright’s words, “Actors can be cis or trans. Age is flexible. Beauty is subjective. So long as they’re fast, fierce, and f***ing hilarious.”

Women of color and members of the LGBTQ+ community are strongly encouraged to audition.

A superb command of English is crucial, and the ability to do a convincing American accent (any region) is also required for most roles.

PLEASE NOTE: The script contains profanity and explicit sexual language – all in the spirit of comedy. Anyone auditioning will need to be comfortable with the language. Adults only at auditions, please.

If you’re interested, please email the director, Robynn Colwell, at robynn.colwell@gmail.com to schedule an audition and to receive more details.

ATC: Studio Nights (4-8 June 2024)

This edition of Studio Nights features the winning entries in the ATC’s latest playwriting competition!

These two wildly different one-act plays – with some surprising thematic intersections – were written by two members of the Brussels anglophone theatrical community. They were selected in a blind competition from among a large number of innovative entries. It was a tough call, but we think you’ll agree that these plays deserve the spotlight!

ALL SALES FINAL, written by Shannon Damery (directed by Karen El Haddad), takes us to a strange yet eerily familiar place, where “checking out” really does mean “checking out.”

THE LAST MARTINIS, written by Méabh Maguire (directed by Nastassia Maes), tells the story of an unlikely friendship that emerges from the demise of a largely forgotten but once glamorous piece of Brussels history.

In the convivial spirit of Studio Nights, a variety of drinks and American-themed snacks and goodies will be available before and after the show as well as during a slightly extended intermission.

Tickets available at https://www.billetweb.fr/studio-nights-2024