• Bonnie Metzgar

American Theater Company announced Monday that former About Face Theatre artistic director Bonnie Metzgar has been appointed as interim artistic director, effective immediately. Metzgar, who directed Anna Deavere Smith’s Let Me Down Easy at ATC this season, will step into the vacuum left by the death last month of artistic director PJ Paparelli after an auto accident. (Paparelli’s final work at ATC, the documentary play The Project(s), is the subject of this week’s culture column.)

Like Paparelli, Metzgar is a playwright as well as a director. She’s currently a member of the Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit; a staged reading of her 5 More is scheduled there June 13.

ATC also announced that it will begin a national search for “new permanent leadership.”