Rajiv Joseph’s DESCRIBE THE NIGHT in Previews at Atlantic Theater Company

Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang

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).

Rajiv Joseph and Giovanna Sardelli. Photo by Lia Chang
Rajiv Joseph and Giovanna Sardelli. Photo by Lia Chang

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

Describe the Night will feature 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).

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.

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.

Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang
Rajiv Joseph. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

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.

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Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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HELLO DOLLY!, COME FROM AWAY, JITNEY, OSLO and More Garner Outer Critics Circle Awards

Ray Anthony Thomas, Keith Randolph Smith, Anthony Chisholm, John Douglas Thompson, Brandon J. Dirden, Carra Patterson, André Holland, Michael Potts, Harvy Blanks at the closing night curtain call of August Wilson’s JITNEY at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 12, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

The Outer Critics Circle, the organization of writers and commentators for media covering New York theatre has chosen the award winners for the 2016-17 season in 27 categories.

Celebrating its 67th season of bestowing awards of excellence in the field of theatre, the Outer Critics Circle, is an association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, web sites, radio and television stations, and theatre publications in America and abroad.

Anthony Azizi, Dariush Kashani, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Aronov and Daniel Oreskes (l. to r.) in Oslo by J.T. Rogers. Photo by: T. Charles Erickson
Anthony Azizi, Dariush Kashani, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Aronov and Daniel Oreskes (l. to r.) in Oslo by J.T. Rogers. Photo by: T. Charles Erickson

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY PLAY
Oslo, by J.T. Rogers

The cast of Come from Away Photo by: Matthew Murphy
The cast of Come from Away Photo by: Matthew Murphy

OUTSTANDING NEW BROADWAY MUSICAL
Come From Away, by Irene Sankoff & David Hein

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY PLAY
If I Forget, by Steven Levenson

OUTSTANDING NEW OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL
The Band’s Visit, by Itamar Moses and David Yazbek

OUTSTANDING BOOK OF A MUSICAL
Irene Sankoff & David Hein Come From Away

OUTSTANDING NEW SCORE
David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit

Ray Anthony Thomas, Keith Randolph Smith, Anthony Chisholm, John Douglas Thompson, Brandon J. Dirden, Carra Patterson, André Holland, Michael Potts, Harvy Blanks at the closing night curtain call of August Wilson’s JITNEY at MTC's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 12, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang
Ray Anthony Thomas, Keith Randolph Smith, Anthony Chisholm, John Douglas Thompson, Brandon J. Dirden, Carra Patterson, André Holland, Michael Potts, Harvy Blanks at the closing night curtain call of August Wilson’s JITNEY at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 12, 2017. Photo by Lia Chang

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Jitney, by August Wilson

Hello, Dolly! Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes
Hello, Dolly!
Photo Credit: Julieta Cervantes

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL
Hello, Dolly!

(l-r): Matt Darriau, Aaron Halva, Lisa Gutkin, Richard Topol, Adina Verson, Katrina Lenk, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Mimi Lieber and Max Gordon Moore, the company of INDECENT, a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street. © Carol Rosegg
(l-r): Matt Darriau, Aaron Halva, Lisa Gutkin, Richard Topol, Adina Verson, Katrina Lenk, Tom Nelis, Steven Rattazzi, Mimi Lieber and Max Gordon Moore, the company of INDECENT, a new play by Paula Vogel, co-created by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman, and directed by Rebecca Taichman, at the Cort Theatre, 138 West 48th Street. © Carol Rosegg

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Rebecca Taichman Indecent

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR OF A MUSICAL
Christopher Ashley Come From Away

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHER
Warren Carlyle Hello, Dolly!

Josh Groban and Denée Benton in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 Photo by: Chad Botka
Josh Groban and Denée Benton in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 Photo by: Chad Botka

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Mimi Lien Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Catherine Zuber, War Paint

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Bradley King, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Christy Altomare, Derek Klena and the cast of Anastasia. Photo by: Matthew Murphy
Christy Altomare, Derek Klena and the cast of Anastasia. Photo by: Matthew Murphy

OUTSTANDING PROJECTION DESIGN
Aaron Rhyne, Anastasia

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
Gareth Owen, Come From Away

OUTSTANDING ORCHESTRATIONS
Larry Hochman, Hello, Dolly!

Kristine Nielsen (left), Kate Burton, and Kevin Kline in Present Laughter by Noël Coward. Photo by: ©2016 Joan Marcus
Kristine Nielsen (left), Kate Burton, and Kevin Kline in Present Laughter by Noël Coward. Photo by: ©2016 Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A PLAY
Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Laura Linney as Regina and Cynthia Nixon as Birdie Joan Marcus
Laura Linney as Regina and Cynthia Nixon as Birdie in THE LITTLE FOXES. Photo by Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Laura Linney, The Little Foxes

Andy Karl. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
Andy Karl. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Andy Karl Groundhog Day

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY
Danny DeVito, The Price

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A PLAY
Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A MUSICAL
Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTRESS IN A MUSICAL
Jenn Colella, Come From Away

OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Simon McBurney, The Encounter

JOHN GASSNER AWARD
(Presented for an American play, preferably by a new playwright)
Bess Wohl, Small Mouth Sounds

Broadway’s Danny Burstein, Katie Finneran and Christopher Fitzgerald will serve as gala award presenters at the upcoming 67th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony on May 25th at 3 PM at the legendary Sardi’s Restaurant.