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Kenneth Lonergan’s HOLD ON TO ME DARLING, Starring Timothy Olyphant, Adelaide Clemens, Jonathan Hogan, Jenn Lyon, Keith Nobbs and C.J. Wilson, Extends through April 17 at Atlantic Theater

C.J. Wilson and Timothy Olyphant . Photo by Doug Hamilton

C.J. Wilson and Timothy Olyphant . Photo by Doug Hamilton

Due to popular demand, Atlantic Theater Company is extending the critically-acclaimed world premiere production of Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize finalist Kenneth Lonergan’s play Hold On To Me Darling, directed by Neil Pepe, for two additional weeks.

Hold On To Me Darling will now play a limited engagement through Sunday, April 17, 2016 Off Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20 Street). Click here to purchase tickets.

Timothy Olyphant and Jenn Lyon. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Timothy Olyphant and Jenn Lyon. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Hold On To Me Darling stars Adelaide Clemens (“Rectify”), Tony Award nominee Jonathan Hogan (As Is), Jenn Lyon (Fish in the Dark), Keith Nobbs (Lombardi), Emmy Award nominee Timothy Olyphant (“Justified”) and C.J. Wilson (Bronx Bombers).

On learning of his mother’s death, world famous country and western star Strings McCrane (Olyphant) begins questioning the meaning of his life and what it all adds up to. Determined to abandon his celebrity and career, he moves back to his hometown in Tennessee. It doesn’t go well.

What the critics are saying: 

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

Timothy Olyphant and Jenn Lyon. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Timothy Olyphant and Jenn Lyon. Photo by Doug Hamilton

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“A WRITER WITH ONE OF THE BEST EARS AROUND for the language of the morally challenged. What makes these observations so fresh is how Mr. Lonergan’s dialogue and THE MARVELOUS CAST ENDOWS THEM WITH SPONTANEOUS LIFE! ‘Darling’ is a POIGNANT COMIC STUDY given VIBRANT LIFE by director Neil Pepe.”
 The New York Times

“SPLENDID, ROLLICKING, AND THOUGHTFUL!
With Kenneth Lonergan in full focus, this is far from your typical theatergoing fare!”
 The New York Observer

“THE LONERGAN WE’VE ALWAYS LOVED!
Poet laureate of verbose losers, his dialogue is SHARP AND FUNNY. 
Neil Pepe’s PERFECTLY BALANCED production gets
RICH, FIRMLY GROUNDED WORK FROM THE ENSEMBLE!”
 Time Out New York

“OLYPHANT IS A STUNNER, STRIKING JUST THE RIGHT NOTES!
Directed with finesse by Neil Pepe, the play is 
ENTERTAINING AND ENGAGING,
performed by a TOP-RATE ENSEMBLE!” 
 Variety

“LONERGAN’S ABSOLUTELY UPROARIOUS SCRIPT WITH A PITCH-PERFECT CAST! A-”  Entertainment Weekly

“A MARVELOUS COMEDY!!
Lonergan writes GORGEOUSLY! 
TIMOTHY OLYPHANT IS IRRESISTIBLE and
THE CAST IS SPECTACULAR!
All directed with gentle mercilessness by Neil Pepe.” 
 Newsday

Adelaide Clemens and Keith Nobbs. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Adelaide Clemens and Keith Nobbs. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Adelaide Clemens makes her Off Broadway debut, stars in the Sundance series “Rectify” and was featured in the Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby. Tony Award nominee Jonathan Hogan has appeared on Broadway in Comedians, Otherwise Engaged, Fifth of July, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, As Is, Burn This, Taking Steps and The Homecoming. Jenn Lyon appeared on Broadway in Fish in the Dark and The Coast of Utopia trilogy and Off Broadway in the Drama Desk Award winning production of The Wayside Motor Inn. Keith Nobbs’ Broadway credits include Lombardi, Bronx Bombers and Lion in Winter and returns to Atlantic after appearing in Romance and Dublin Carol. Emmy Award nominee Timothy Olyphant returns Off Broadway for the first time in twenty years following starring in The Santaland Diaries and The Monogamist. He is best known for his starring role on all six seasons of the hit FX series “Justified.” C.J. Wilson appeared in the Atlantic productions of Dying for It, Our New Girl, Offices and The Voysey Inheritance and on Broadway in Bronx Bombers, The Big Knife, Festen, Henry IV and The Best Man.

C.J. Wilson, Keith Nobbs, Timothy Olyphant and Jenn Lyons. Photo by Doug Hamilton

C.J. Wilson, Keith Nobbs, Timothy Olyphant and Jenn Lyons. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Prolific playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan makes his Atlantic Theater Company debut following last season’s Tony Award nominated hit Broadway revival of This is Our Youth. His plays include the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Waverly Gallery; Olivier, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominated play Lobby Hero; The Starry Messenger and Medieval Play. His debut feature film, You Can Count on Me, which he wrote and directed, was an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee for Best Screenplay and won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize. He co-wrote the screenplays for Analyze This and Gangs of New York, for which he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.

Jonathan Hogan and Timothy Olyphant. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Jonathan Hogan and Timothy Olyphant. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Atlantic Theater Company Artistic Director Neil Pepe recently staged the American premiere of Moira Buffini’s Dying For It and the acclaimed world premiere production of John Guare’s 3 Kinds of Exile at Atlantic and the Broadway productions of the new musical Hands on a Hardbody, the hit revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow and Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre. Off-Broadway highlights include Jez Butterworth’s Parlour Song, Mojo and The Night Heron; Ethan Coen’s Happy Hour, Offices and Almost an Evening; Harold Pinter’s Celebration and The Room and Adam Rapp’s Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling.

Timothy Olyphant and C.J. Wilson. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Timothy Olyphant and C.J. Wilson. Photo by Doug Hamilton

Hold On To Me Darling features scenic design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt, sound design and original music by David Van Tieghem, dialects by Stephen Gabis and casting by Telsey + Company.

Adelaide Clemens is appearing with the permission of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.

Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater is located at 336 West 20 Street (between 8 and 9th Avenues).

Click here  for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. 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 Disorient Film Festival in Eugene Oregon in April. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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