A Polite Note About the Play
Inspired by witty English gentlemen like Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse, Weekend follows a group of upper-crust Brits in the 1930's getting into trouble with love. Fueled by copious amounts of champagne, what begins as an innocent treasure hunt around the estate grounds turns into a frenzied competition for money, marriage, and love.
— Sara Montgomery, Playwright
Reviews & Quotes The Word Around Town
"I've seen two dozen-plus plays this year and this was one of the most enjoyable nights I had at the theater. Fresh, fun, funny -- I was about as far off-off-off Broadway as you could get and yet there I was, discovering this small gem of a play, and thinking, 'How lucky I am to find myself in this fourth-floor walk-up of a theater!' Don't tell anyone that I actually found a service elevator (I sincerely would have climbed another four floors!). An amazing work."
— Michael Moore (Oscar Winning Director)
"This energetic new comedy of manners is a hilarious and wonderful romp. Playwright Sara Montgomery just might be the downtown, illegitimate daughter of Noel Coward and PG Wodehouse. Performed by an exciting group of young actors and directed with comic precision by Paul Urcioli. It's a heck of a lot of fun.
— Neil Pepe (Broadway Director, Speed-the-Plow, A Life in the Theater)
"I love the Ateh Theater Group for offering the opportunity for a new playwright to be heard and for new and upcoming actors to be seen. Sara Montgomery's writing and all of the performances give proof that the future of American theatre is alive and well."
— Matthew Modine (Emmy-Nominated, Golden Globe Winner)
"Those looking to have a great time and to see a new play that will most likely end up on the same shelf as Present Laughter and Noises Off in a few years, should make sure to get down to the Access Theatre to see "Weekend at an English Country Estate."
— Michael Roderick
"Delightful!...the writing is fresh, clever and immaculately paced." — Stewart Lewis, WCBS
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"An uproarious romp...From start to finish, Weekend at an English Country Estate is a near flawless treat." — Di Jayawickrema
"And speaking of laughter, I hadn't heard that much laughter in the theatre in a long time ... From the first line to the standing ovation, Weekend at an English Country Estate was endearing entertainment." — Kate Shea Kennon
Cast & Crew Biographies
Paul Urcioli (Director) is an actor, director and teacher living in Brooklyn. He recently directed Wendy Hammond’s Mom & the Razor Blades, David Mamet’s Revenge of the Space Pandas and Greg Kotis’ A Walk in the Public Area at the Atlantic Theater; The Devil and Billy Markham and Americana Absurdum at the Lucille Lortel Theater in the 2006 New York International Fringe Festival. Other directing credits include: Our Town and Twelfth Night… with NYU Undergraduate Drama/Atlantic Theater Company; NY Fringe Festival award winner Bridezilla Strikes Back; Brian Parks’ Suspicious Package at the HERE Arts Center; Little Red Riding Hood, The Rimers of Eldritch, Jitterbugging: Scenes of Sex in a New Society, The Women, Pullman Car Hiawatha, The Happy Journey to Trenton & Camden, Harm’s Way, Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet as well as one acts in The Atlantic Theater Company’s New Works Series on the Second Stage. As an actor: Fly (Lincoln Center – Clark Theater) Americana Absurdum at PS 122 and the Lortel, The Invitation at the Ohio Theater, and Eat the Taste at the Barrow Street Theater. Other NY Theater includes: Over the River and Through the Woods, MOJO, Goner, Bobbie Lei’s Hawaiian Halloween, Rosemary for Remembrance, Saved, Bob’s Self Improvement Seminar, Troilus & Cressida. Film: the soon to be released Morning Glory, 3 Backyards (Sundance 2010 Award Winner) The Taking of Pelham 1, 2, 3, The Killing Floor, Calling it Quits, Off the Black, Wait Here, TV: Multiple Law and Order appearances (Original, CI and SVU), The Unusuals, Cupid, Six Degrees, Conviction, Third Watch, Sex and the City, All My Children, The Guiding Light and a recurring role on the CBS drama Queens Supreme. He has also appeared in national commercials for Barclay’s, Comcast, KY, FedEx, Fidelity, Verizon, Delta, Volkswagen, IBM, CNN, Staples, Las Vegas. From 1991 – 2006, Paul taught Advanced Performance Technique and Improvisation at The Atlantic Theater Company Acting School, was Adjunct Faculty at N.Y.U.’s Tisch School of the Arts and was an Artist in Residence at Oberlin College from 1986-89 teaching acting, movement, improvisation and performing with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Sara Montgomery (Playwright) As a playwright, Sara has contributed short works to Third Man’s Barhoppers series. This is her first fully produced play. Acting credits include Mr. A's Amazing Maze Plays, Long Distance, The Girl Detective, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (Ateh); Barack & Me and Nobody Likes the Mormons (Ars Nova); Animal Farm (Synapse Productions); I Have Loved Strangers, Triangle, and Spring Awakening (Williamstown); The Amazing Adventures of Arthur McGilligutty, Grimms' Tales and The Little Prince (Atlantic Theater for Kids); Ula: A Dream Play (Phil Bosakowski); The Library Play (John Houseman Studio); and Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams (PS 122). She has toured with American Family Theater's production of Cinderella, and was a regular actor and contributor to Barhoppers with Third Man Productions. Sara is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and a founding member of the Ateh Theater Group.
Mick Lauer* is overcome with rapturous abandon to be mingling with characters of such obvious talent and allure. An NYU Tisch Grad with focused training at the Atlantic Theater Company and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, Mick has starred in a number of plays you have no doubt heard of, in productions that you have likely never seen. Mr. Lauer thanks the accomplished artists of Ateh for their faith, Paul Urcioli for his talent and time, and his wife, Alison, for her unending support. You can learn more about Mick and his rubber chicken at www.micklauer.com. Now ... come see the play!
Alyssa Lott is delighted to be working with Ateh, Paul, and this cast on Sara's brilliant script. She is a recent graduate from University of Virginia with a BA in Art History and Anthropology. Alyssa then studied at Atlantic in the Practical Aesthetics Summer Intensive program and at Michael Howard Studios. Past productions include Fuddy Meers, and the original pieces So Careless and Bras and Beaters. You can visit her at www.alyssalott.com.
Madeleine Maby is a founding member of the Ateh and has appeared in their productions of The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Girl Detective and Mr. A's Amazing Maze Plays. Other favorite productions include The Importance of Being Earnest with Counting Squares Theater, Bloody Mary and Barhoppers with Third Man Prod; 7 Blowjobs with Thin Duke Prod.; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as part of the Atlantic Kids Season; and Real by Bekah Brunstetter. Madeleine is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Atlantic Theater Company and in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Madeleine is exceptionally excited to be working on this hilarious new play with Paul and this amazing cast.
Julia Moss* is thrilled to be doing a production with the Ateh Theatre Group!!! She has performed with several Theatre and Opera companies along the east coast and Midwest. Some of her favorite roles include: “Charlotte Fezziwig” in the McCarter’s A Chirstmas Carol, “Lita Grey” in NY Stage & Film’s Behind the Limelight. “Edwin Drood” in The Mystery of Edwin Drood as well as “Lois/Bianca” in Kiss Me Kate! Julia has enjoyed recording voice-overs for some clients such as Juicy Couture, Calphalon and Mott’s. During the holiday season you can see Julia Christmas Carol all over NYC with PartySingers.com. She is a graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts & Otterbein College, AEA member. Much love to family, friends and Jesse Wilson.
Elizabeth Neptune is thrilled to be part of Weekend at an English Country Estate by the brilliant Sara Montgomery. Elizabeth is a founding member of the Ateh Theater Group, where she has performed in Mr. A's Amazing Maze Plays, The Girl Detective, Long Distance, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Girl in the Flammable Skirt. Other credits include Decadent Acts, The Wellesley Project, Romeo and Juliet, Abraham: A Shot in the Head, Grimms' Tales, Phantom Tollbooth, 7 Blowjobs, The Little Prince and Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams. Elizabeth is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she studied at the Atlantic Theater Company and Classical Studio.
Jacques Roy* is thrilled to be making his ATEH debut. New York credits include Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Two Noble Kinsmen and King John, (all with The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project, of which he is a founding member); A Great Place to be From (Babel Theatre Project); The Importance of Being Earnest (Counting Squares). Regional: Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Trinity Repertory Company, American Players Theatre, and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Film/TV: "All My Children", The Louisiana Conversation and Stake Land. Training: BA from Macalester College and an MFA from Brown University / Trinity Rep.
Joe Stipek* is a graduate of the Atlantic Theater Company, BFA from NYU. Film/TV: The Local, The Girl From Monday. Off B'way: The Night Heron (Atlantic Theater Co.) Other New York Theater: Three Sisters (Algonquin Theater, dir. Nancy Gabor) 365 Plays (Public Theater via The TEAM) Say Hello Children (dir. Rachel Chavkin). Five collaborations with Disgraced Productions having acted in Tex And The King, All Kinds Of Shifty Villains (also directed by Ms. Klein), ...and we all wore leather pants, The Butterfield Tones, and directed Kansas City Or Along The Way for the 2008 NYC Fringe Festival which was extended as part of the Access Theater's Spotlight Series. Joe also acted in the Montana Meth PSA project directed by Darren Aronofsky.
Charlie Wilson is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where he trained at both the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Recent theatre credits include Trofimov in The Cherry Orchard and Gregor Samsain The Rain Machine, both performed at Columbia University. Prior to that he played Owen in Cake Productions' inaugural show, Sarah Phelps' Modern Dance for Beginners, at The Cherry Lane Studio. Charlie is thrilled to working with the wonderful members of Ateh on this fantastic new play.