Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Final week to see Clarke Thorell, Sean Dugan, Brooke Bloom, Lucy Owen, Chris Perfetti, John Sanders and Izzie Steele in Caryl Churchill’s CLOUD NINE at Atlantic Theater Company

Sean Dugan (back to camera), Brooke Bloom (front), Clarke Thorell, Chris Perfetti (second row),Izzie Steele, Lucy Owen (back row). Photo by Doug Hamilton

Sean Dugan (back to camera), Brooke Bloom (front), Clarke Thorell, Chris Perfetti (second row), Izzie Steele, Lucy Owen (back row). Photo by Doug Hamilton

It’s the final week to see Atlantic Theater Company’s stunning revival of multiple Obie Award winner Caryl Churchill’s landmark play Cloud Nine, directed by Obie Award winner James Macdonald. Cloud Nine began previews September 16, and has a limited run through Sunday, November 1, 2015 Off Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street). Click here to purchase tickets.

Clarke Thorell and John Sanders. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Clarke Thorell and John Sanders. Photo by Doug Hamilton

CLOUD NINE features Brooke Bloom (You Got Older), Sean Dugan (Next Fall), Lucy Owen (The Village Bike), Chris Perfetti (Picnic), John Sanders (Peter and the Starcatcher), Izzie Steele (What I Did Last Summer) and Clarke Thorell (Annie).

Clarke Thorell and Izzie Steele. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Clarke Thorell and Izzie Steele. Photo by Doug Hamilton

CLOUD NINE features scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Gabriel Berry, lighting design by Scott Zielinksi, sound design by Darron L West and casting by Telsey + Company.

Chris Perfetti and Izzie Steele. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Chris Perfetti and Izzie Steele. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Set in colonial Africa and 1979 London, Cloud Nine is about power, politics, family, Queen Victoria and sex. This timeless and bitingly funny modern classic has not been seen in a major New York production since 1981, when it ran for over two years.

What the critics are saying:

★★★★ 
Critics’ Pick, Time Out New York

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“A GLORIOUS REVIVAL! Ms. Churchill is ONE OF THE WISEST AND BRAVEST PLAYWRIGHTS ON THE PLANET! James Macdonald’s PHEROMONE-FRESH production features a DELICIOUSLY MUTABLE cast who feel utterly, emotionally in the moment! This compassionate, tough-loving production finds the ECSTASY, TRAGEDY, AND EXHILARATING MADNESS of what it means to be part of this eternal ball of confusion.”
 The New York Times

Brooke Bloom and Sean Dugan. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Brooke Bloom and Sean Dugan. Photo by Doug Hamilton

“VALIANT AND MEANINGFUL! SUPERBLY ACTED! As a cast, their chemistry and potential is UNDENIABLE! WHAT I’M SAYING IS GO!”
 The Huffington Post

Lucy Owen and Izzie Steele. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Lucy Owen and Izzie Steele. Photo by Doug Hamilton

“A SUPERB REVIVAL that has only grown FULLER, MEATIER, SADDER, FUNNIER, SEXIER, AND MORE PROVOCATIVE!
AN EXCELLENT CAST will haunt me as long as the original.”
 New York Magazine

Sean Dugan and Chris Perfetti Photo by Doug Hamilton

Sean Dugan and Chris Perfetti Photo by Doug Hamilton

“WONDERFULLY MOVING! A well-oiled ensemble! The play and performances WILL MAKE YOUR HEAD BUZZ!”
 NY Daily News

Lucy Owen and Chris Perfetti. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Lucy Owen and Chris Perfetti. Photo by Doug Hamilton

“ALL PERFECT!
IMPECCABLY CAST AND DIRECTED! Nothing compares to the HEAD-SPINNING, GIDDY THRILLS and vertiginous goings-on in Churchill’s still-wonderful Cloud NineELUSIVE, IMPORTANT, AND SERIOUSLY FUN!”
 Newsday

Brooke Bloom, John Sanders, Chris Perfetti and Clarke Thorell. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Brooke Bloom, John Sanders, Chris Perfetti and Clarke Thorell. Photo by Doug Hamilton

“CHURCHILL’S PLAY IS A SLICE OF THEATER HEAVEN!” 
 Time Out New York

Clarke Thorell, Lia Chang and Sean Dugan. Photo by Garth Kravits

Clarke Thorell, Lia Chang and Sean Dugan. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. 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, which will screen at the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival on November 21st. She is profiled in FebOne1960.com BlogJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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