Danny Burstein, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Max Gordon Moore and More in Rajiv Joseph’s DESCRIBE THE NIGHT at Atlantic Theater, Opens December 5

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is presenting the New York premiere of Pulitzer Prize finalist and Lortel and Obie Award winner Rajiv Joseph’s (Guards at the Taj) play Describe the Night, directed by Giovanna Sardelli (Animals Out of Paper).

Max Gordon Moore, Nadia Bowers. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Max Gordon Moore, Nadia Bowers. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Describe the Night began previews on Friday, November 10, will officially open Tuesday, December 5 and is set for a limited engagement through Sunday, December 24, 2017, Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street).

Rebecca Naomi Jones. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Rebecca Naomi Jones. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Describe the Night features Tina Benko (The Crucible), Nadia Bowers (The Farnsworth Invention), six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein (Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret), Rebecca Naomi Jones (Significant Other, Marie and Rosetta), Max Gordon Moore (Indecent) and Stephen Stocking (Off-Broadway debut).

Max Gordon Moore, Zach Grenier. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Max Gordon Moore, Zach Grenier. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

In 1920, the Russian writer Isaac Babel (Burstein) wanders the countryside with the Red Cavalry. Seventy years later, a mysterious KGB agent spies on a woman in Dresden and falls in love. In 2010, an aircraft carrying most of the Polish government crashes in the Russian city of Smolensk.

Tina Benko, Danny Burstein. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Tina Benko, Danny Burstein. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Set in Russia over the course of 90 years, this thrilling and epic new play traces the stories of seven men and women connected by history, myth and conspiracy theories.

Danny Burstein, Zach Grenier. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Danny Burstein, Zach Grenier. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Rajiv Joseph returns to Atlantic following the critically acclaimed production of his Lortel and Obie Award-winning play Guards at the Taj. His plays include Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Pulitzer Prize finalist), The North Pool, Gruesome Playground Injuries and Animals Out of Paper. He has been awarded artistic grants from the Laurents/Hatcher Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, United States Artists and The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.

Danny Burstein, Zach Grenier, Tina Benko. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Danny Burstein, Zach Grenier, Tina Benko. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Director Giovanna Sardelli has staged Rajiv Joseph’s Off-Broadway world premieres of Huck & Holden, Animals Out of Paper, All This Intimacy and The Leopard and The Fox, as well as the world premiere of Archduke at The Mark Taper Forum and the West Coast premiere of Guards at the Taj at The Geffen Playhouse, which received the 2017 Ovation Award for Best Production of a Play.

 Rebecca Naomi Jones, Danny Burstein. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

Rebecca Naomi Jones, Danny Burstein. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Danny Burstein, Zach Grenier, Tina Benko. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Danny Burstein, Zach Grenier, Tina Benko. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Stephen Stocking, Nadia Bowers. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Stephen Stocking, Nadia Bowers. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Zach Grenier, Danny Burstein. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Zach Grenier, Danny Burstein. Photo: Ahron R. Foster

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