Daniel J. Watts Joins the Cast of THE LAST OF THE LOVE LETTERS at Atlantic Theater Company
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 11:15 am EDT 07/14/21

Atlantic Theater Company
Announces that Tony Award Nominee
Daniel J. Watts
Will Join the Cast of

World Premiere Play

By and Featuring Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Patricia McGregor


Performances begin Thursday, August 26th, 2021
Opening Monday, September 13th, 2021
Limited Engagement through Sunday, September 26th, 2021

at the Linda Gross Theater

Atlantic Theater Company (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director) is proud to announce that Tony Award nominee Daniel J. Watts will join playwright Ngozi Anyanwu in the cast of the world premiere production of The Last of the Love Letters, directed by Patricia McGregor. Casting for an additional role will be announced at a later date.

The Last of the Love Letters will begin performances on Thursday, August 26th and will open Monday, September 13th for a limited engagement through Sunday, September 26th, 2021, Off-Broadway at the Linda Gross Theater (336 West 20th Street).

Two people contemplate the thing they love most and whether to stick it out or to leave it behind. To stay. Or to go. That is the question. The Last of the Love Letters is just that: a plea and a painful goodbye wrapped into one.

The Last of the Love Letters will feature scenic design by Yu-Hsuan Chen, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Stacey Derosier, sound design by Twi McCallum, and casting by The Telsey Office; Will Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA, and Destiny Lilly, CSA. Imani Champion serves as production stage manager.


DANIEL J. WATTS ( Actor) is an NYC-based multidisciplinary artist. For acting, Watts is a 2020 Tony Award nominee and Outer Critics Circle Award winner for his portrayal of Ike Turner in the hit Broadway musical TINA. He has appeared in nine Broadway shows including Hamilton, Memphis, and After Midnight. He received the Barrymore Award (People's Light) and the LA Ovation Award (Geffen Playhouse) for Best Featured Actor for his portrayal of Sammy Davis, Jr. in Lights Out: Nat King Cole opposite Dulé Hill. TV credits include Season 3 of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," Seasons 1 & 2 of "The Last OG," "Blindspot," and "Vinyl." Off-Broadway he has starred as the title character in Suzan-Lori Parks' Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World AKA The Negro Book of the Dead (Signature Theatre) and Whorl Inside a Loop (Second Stage Theater). A play-on-words, Daniel J. Watts' The Jam pays homage to Watts' great-grandmother who, after making jam from scratch, would share with others what she was unable to consume herself. The Jam is Watts' continuation of that legacy, blending elements of stand-up comedy and compelling storytelling with his original spoken word, often set to music and/or dance. The Jam: Only Child was a wide success at the 2020 Public Theater Under the Radar Festival and has also streamed as part of the Signature Theater (DC) 2020-2021 season. Inaugural (2020) ANTONYO Award Winner for Best Quarantine Content. His original work and musical collaborations are featured on Raphael Saadiq's newest album "Jimmy Lee," Tituss Burgess' "Saint Tituss," Divinity Roxx's "ImPossible ," Nick Blaemire's "Ampersand;" as a contributing artist for Armstrong Now in conjunction with The Louis Armstrong House Museum; and featured in the young adult anthology "How I Resist" edited by The New York Times Best Seller Maureen Johnson for Wednesday Books/Macmillan. His TED talk "To Accomplish Great Things, You Need to Let Paint Dry" appears at go.Ted.com/danieljwatts. Watts is an artist in residence at ASU Gammage and also serves as an adjunct professor of NYU's Tisch New Studio. BFA, Elon University Music Theatre Program. 2021 Commencement Speaker. 2011 Young Alumnus Award Recipient. www.wattswords.com IG/Twitter: @dwattswords

NGOZI ANYANWU (Playwright, Actor) is a playwright, storyteller, and most recently a 2020 Steinberg Playwright Award winner. Previous productions include Good Grief (Vineyard Theatre in NYC / Center Theatre Group in LA) and The Homecoming Queen (sold-out world premiere run at Atlantic Theater Company). Good Grief was on the Kilroys List 2016 and a semifinalist for the Princess Grace Award, and won the Humanitas Award. The Homecoming Queen was on the Kilroys List 2017 and was a Leah Ryan Finalist. Her play Nike… (Kilroys List 2017) was workshopped at The New Black Fest in conjunction with The Lark and The Strand Festival in conjunction with A.C.T and Space on Ryder Farm. Ngozi also has commissions with NYU, The Old Globe, Two Rivers Theatre, Atlantic Theater, and Steppenwolf. Anyanwu has also received residencies from LCT3, Space on Ryder Farm, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, The New Harmony Project, New York Stage and Film, and Page 73. She attended Point Park University (BA) and received her MFA in Acting from University of California, San Diego.

PATRICIA McGREGOR (Director, she/her/hers). Born in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, Patricia McGregor is a director and writer working in theater, TV/film, and music. McGregor has twice been profiled by The New York Times for her direction of world premieres. Productions include Lights Out: Nat "King" Cole (co-writer and director, Geffen Playhouse, People's Light); Sisters In Law (Wallis Annenberg); What You Are, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure (The Old Globe); Skeleton Crew (Geffen Playhouse, Studio Theater); Good Grief (Center Theater Group); Hamlet (The Public Theater); Place (BAM); The Parchman Hour (The Guthrie Theater); Ugly Lies the Bone (Roundabout Theatre Company); brownsville song… (Lincoln Center); Indomitable: James Brown (The Apollo); Holding It Down (Metropolitan Museum); A Raisin in the Sun, The Winter's Tale, Spunk (California Shakespeare Theater); Adoration of the Old Woman (INTAR); Blood Dazzler (Harlem Stage); Four Electric Ghosts (The Kitchen); and the world premiere of Hurt Village (Signature Theatre Company). For many years she has directed The 24-Hour Plays on Broadway. She served as director for HBO's emerging writer's showcase and tour consultant to Raphael Saadiq and J Cole. Additionally, she was a directing shadow on HBO's "Lovecraft Country." Patricia co-founded Angela's Pulse with her sister, choreographer, and organizer Paloma McGregor, and is Artist in Residence for Adam Driver's Arts in the Armed Forces and serves on the advisory board for the Parent Artist Advocacy League. She is a member of the National Theater's International Director's Lab and a Usual Suspect at New York Theater Workshop. McGregor attended the Yale School of Drama, where she was a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellow and Artistic Director of the Yale Cabaret.

ATLANTIC THEATER COMPANY (Neil Pepe, Artistic Director; Jeffory Lawson, Managing Director). At Atlantic, our aim is singular-to empower simple and honest storytelling that fosters greater understanding of our shared world. We are a family of artists dedicated to exploring essential truths onstage, be it a show at Atlantic Theater Company or a class at Atlantic Acting School. As a producer, presenter, and educator of theater, we are driven by the belief that theater can challenge and transform our ways of thinking and urge us to reflect on our role in society. From our Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning productions to our community-based education programs, we are committed to uncovering and celebrating the stories of our varied human existence. Founded as an ensemble of impassioned artists in 1985, Atlantic Theater Company has grown into a powerhouse Off-Broadway company. We challenge, inspire, and awaken audiences with truthful storytelling presented across our two venues, the Linda Gross Theater and the intimate Stage 2 black-box. As a producer of compelling new works, we are committed to championing the stories from new and established artists alike, amplifying the voices of emerging playwrights through our deeply collaborative programs and initiatives. We have produced more than 200 plays and musicals including Tony Award-winning productions of The Band's Visit (David Yazbek, Itamar Moses); Spring Awakening (Steven Sater, Duncan Sheik); and The Beauty Queen of Leenane (Martin McDonagh); Pulitzer Prize recipient Between Riverside and Crazy (Stephen Adly Guirgis); New York Drama Critics' Circle winners for Best New Play The Night Alive (Conor McPherson) and Best Foreign Play Hangmen (Martin McDonagh); Obie Award winners for Best New American Play Guards at the Taj and Describe the Night (Rajiv Joseph); and Obie Award Special Citation recipient Skeleton Crew (Dominique Morisseau).

Tuesday at 7:00pm, Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00pm, Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm
Sunday evening performances at 7:00pm on 8/29, 9/5, 9/12, 9/19
Wednesday matinee performances at 2:00pm on 9/22

Regular tickets begin at $50. Order online at atlantictheater.org, by calling AudienceView at 646-989-7996.

Atlantic members receive first access and savings of up to 37% on tickets and exclusive access including a priority-booking period, unlimited exchanges, discounted guest tickets, no additional fees, and more. For information on Atlantic Memberships starting at just $65, visit atlantictheater.org/membership/ or email membership@atlantictheater.org .

Atlantic is committed to connecting deeply and authentically with audiences from a broad range of economic backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and perspectives. Its access ticket initiative makes $25 tickets available to every preview performance in the 2021|2022 season. Access tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis via Atlantic's website beginning 2 weeks prior to the first performance of each Atlantic Theater Company 2021|2022 production. $25 access tickets for The Last of the Love Letters will go on sale on August 12 at noon.

In the wake of Covid-19, the safety and well-being of Atlantic audiences, staff, and artists is of the utmost importance. As Atlantic prepares for its reopening, they will continue to closely monitor guidelines provided by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State and City of New York, keeping audiences updated on safety protocols, arrival procedures, seating capacities, and ticketing options. Further details about policies and health and safety protocols will be listed at atlantictheater.org/health-safety/. Audience attendance protocols will be updated by August 1, 2021.

Link http://atlantictheater.org/production/the-last-of-the-love-letters/

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