Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy support Atlantic Theater Company.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy support Atlantic Theater Company.
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Atlantic Theater Company held its annual gala on Monday, March 6, at the Pierre.

Will Chase and Ingrid Michaelson take part in the Atlantic Theater Company's 2017 gala evening.
Will Chase and Ingrid Michaelson take part in the Atlantic Theater Company's 2017 gala evening.
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The evening, titled Directors' Choice, celebrated Atlantic's directors with a fabulous evening of unexpected songs. It honored Neil Pepe for his 25 years of artistic leadership.

Manchester by the Sea Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan arrives for the gala.
Manchester by the Sea Oscar winner Kenneth Lonergan arrives for the gala.
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The annual gala is Atlantic's most important fundraising event of the year. Gala contributions make up more than 25 percent of the total donations to Atlantic in an entire season and will benefit Atlantic's annual productions, new play development activities, and arts education initiatives for more than 3,500 public school students across New York City. These educational programs give children from underserved backgrounds the increasingly rare opportunity to express themselves creatively and promote in-school engagement.

Geraldo Rivera and Erica Levy head into the Pierre Hotel.
Geraldo Rivera and Erica Levy head into the Pierre Hotel.
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The Atlantic has garnered 12 Tony Awards, 19 Lucille Lortel Awards, 21 Obie Awards, seven Drama Desk Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, three Drama League Awards, three New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

The Atlantic also operates the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, which has an undergraduate program in conjunction with New York University, as well as a two-year professional acting program, and a six-week intensive workshop every summer. Atlantic for Kids and the Educational Outreach Program partners with schools and teachers throughout the greater metropolitan area coordinating in-school visits of teaching artists and post-theater talkbacks.

Arian Moayed poses with Atlantic's executive director, Jeffory Lawson.
Arian Moayed poses with Atlantic's executive director, Jeffory Lawson.
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Atlantic is currently presenting the world premiere of David Mamet's The Penitent.

Atlantic Artistic Director Neil Pepe and School Director Mary McCann are joined by theater regulars Clark Gregg and Jez Butterworth.
Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe (left) and school director Mary McCann are joined by theater regulars Clark Gregg (second from left) and Jez Butterworth.
(© David Gordon)

For tickets to David Mamet's The Penitent, click here.