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“Potent and provocative, Atlas Pit, Or The Garbage Man’s Son marks fledgling playwright Burkart as one to watch…” – StageScene LA

The gist: ATLAS PIT centers around 18-year-old Felinus Oswald Black (Ozzy). A year prior to the play’s main action, Ozzy’s girlfriend (Gray) suffers a tragic death in their hometown of Janesville, WI. The event sentences Ozzy to an erupting depression, resulting in him running away from home and shutting himself up within a seedy apartment flat. In a continued effort to find escape, Ozzy stumbles upon a drug that brings the user so close to death “that they see those waiting for them on the other side.” ATLAS PIT is inspired by the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and explores the ideas of addiction, love, life, and faith. ATLAS PIT features original music by Kyle Acheson and Corley Pillsbury Contains strong language and adult situations.  

World Premiere: September 30th-October 23rd, 2016 by Los Angeles New Court Theatre at the Working Stage Theater in Hollywood, CA.

Winner of Four Scenie Awards from StageSceneLA:  Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role (Josey Montana McCoy), Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role (Herman Johansen), Outstanding Direction (Beth Lopes)

High School Premiere: Fall 2018 with Truman High School Drama- Levittown, PA

Selection for International Thespian Festival 2019: Truman High School Drama

Review from StageSceneLA

Article from the Janesville Gazette About Reading at JPAC

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Photo Gallery:

Pictures from the World Premiere of ATLAS PIT at The Working Stage Theatre in Hollywood (October 2016).

Director, Beth Lopes

Produced by The Los Angeles New Court Theatre

Atlas Pit by Alex Burkart
Atlas Pit at The Janesville Performing Arts Center