NORTH ATLANTIC

Set on an aircraft carrier during the waning years of the Cold War, NORTH ATLANTIC is a satirical romp — sometimes musical — through the American military imagination.


Production Credits

Director: Elizabeth LeCompte
Text: James Strahs

Captain N.I. Roscoe Chizzum: Ron Vawter (1984), Willem Dafoe (1999), Ari Fliakos (2010)
General Lance “Rod” Benders: Spalding Gray (1984), C.L. Coleman (1999), Paul Lazar (2010)
Marine Private Walter “Raj” Doberman / Bernice: Michael Stumm (1984), Steve Cuiffo (1999, 2010)
Marine Private Bernard “Gregory” Houlihan: Ari Fliakos (1999), Zachary Oberzan (2010)
Ensign Word-Processor Ann Pusey: Kate Valk
Colonel Lloyd “Ned” Lud (A.A.): Willem Dafoe (1984), Steve Buscemi (1999), Pete Simpson (1999), Scott Shepherd (1999, 2010)
Master Sergeant Mary Bryzynsky: Peyton Smith (1984), Michelle Stern (1999), Frances McDormand (2010)
Nurse Private Wendy-Gwen Clark: Anna Köhler (1984), Emily Cass McDonnell (1999), Jenny Seastone Stern (2010)
Corporal Nurse Jane Babcock: Nancy Reilly (1984), Helen Pickett (1999), Maura Tierney (2010)
PFC Med-Tech Kim Buttersworth: Koosil-ja (1999, 2010)

Set: Jim Clayburgh
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton (1999, 2010)
Sound: James Dawson (1999), Mark Huang (1999), Martin R. Desjardins (1999), Bruce Odland (2010), Matt Schloss (2010), Omar Zubair (2010)
Video: Andrew Schneider (2010)
Assistant Director: Roy Faudree (1999), Kate Valk (2010)
Assistant to the Director: Jim Johnson (1984)
Costumes: The Wooster Group
Production Manager: Bozkurt Karasu (2010)
Technical Directors: Michael Nishball (1984), Jeff Webster (1984), Geoff Abbas (1999, 2010), Aron Deyo (2010)
Stage Manager: Teresa Hartmann (2010)
Production Engineer: Ruud van den Akker (1999)
Master Electrician: Jeff Sugg (1999)
Assistant Lighting: Tony Mulanix (2010)
Costume Coordinator: Tara Webb (1999), Enver Chakartash (2010)
Dance Consultant: Jo Andres (1999)
Technical Assistant: Bill Ballou (1984), Rex Buckingham (1984), Mark Maniak (1984), Daniel Jackson (2010)
Original Music and Arrangements: Eddy Dixon
Original Sound Tracks: Bob Cardelli
Additional Music Tracks: Arto Lindsay (1999), Donald DiNicola (1999, 2010)
Additional Sound Tracks: Martin R. Desjardins (1999), Bruce Odland (2010)
Understudies: Eleanor Hutchins (2010), Andrew Schneider (2010)

Thanks: Dominique Bousquet, Jim Findlay, Mark Huang, Suzzy Roche, Rob Reese


Production History

1983 January 20-February 13: Preparation for residency collaboration with Globe Theater, Eindhoven, Holland. Work on text with Jim Strahs begins (later called NORTH ATLANTIC)
1983 April, May: NORTH ATLANTIC rehearsals with Globe Theater in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1983 June 7018: NORTH ATLANTIC perforomances in Eindhoven, The Netherlands
1983 November: rehearsals begin on the New York version of NORTH ATLANTIC
1984 January 13-March 11: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at The Performing Garage
1985 December 7-22: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at The Playwrights’ Theatre, Washington, D.C.
1988 June 5-30: NORTH ATLANTIC benefit performances at The Performing Garage
1999 April-May: NORTH ATLANTIC rehearsals at The Performing Garage
1999 September-October: NORTH ATLANTIC rehearsals at The Performing Garage
1999 October 14-November 21: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at The Performing Garage
2000 January 11-February 27: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at The Performing Garage
2000 June 23-27: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at Kaaitheater, Brussels, Belgium
2000 November 15-19 NORTH ATLANTIC performances at On The Boards, Seattle, Washington
2000 November 28-December 2: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at The Wexner Center, Columbus, Ohio
2000 December 7-10: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
2001 November 14-17: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at Festival D'Automne, Paris, France
2009 December-January 2010: NORTH ATLANTIC rehearsals at The Performing Garage
2010 February 10-21: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at REDCAT, Los Angeles, California
2010 March 11-April 25: NORTH ATLANTIC performances at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York City


Selected Bibliography

Helen Shaw preview of the 2010 production in Time Out New York
Ben Brantley review in The New York Times
David Cote review in Time Out New York
John Del Signore review in Gothamist
Charles McNulty review in the Los Angeles Times
Bob Verini review in Variety