If you liked Rattlestick Productions' presentation of Adam Rapp's Faster earlier this month, and want to see something else by the author, you're in luck. Rapp's Trueblinka will inaugurate "The Twilight Series," a new program of plays presented by Last Minute Productions (LMP).
The play will begin Sept. 19 and open Sept. 28. The new series will play at Chelsea's Maverick Theater in Manhattan.
Rapp's Trueblinka is about a Southern clan of religious nuts who cite God's will as justification in torturing each other. Simon Hammerstein, an alum of the Bat Theatre Company, the artistic director of LMP, will direct.
The cast includes Guy Boyd, who has appeared in the work Christopher Durang (Sex and Longing, Betty's Summer Vacation) and Neena Beber (Hard Feelings); Pauline Boyd; Gretchen Cleevely, seen in CSC's Hurricane by Erin Cressida Wilson; Michael J.X. Gladis, who played the lead in the Bat Theatre Company's popular Baal; Andrew Garman, Matthew Stadelmann, who from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 will be in Richard Maxwell's Joe at P.S. 122; and Barbara Eda-Young, who won an Obie Award for Slavs.
Trueblinka features sets by John Conners, lighting by David Zeffren, costumes by Martin T. Lopez, and sound design by Todd Polenberg. Rapp himself will direct beginning Jan. 10, 2003, when the series features The Bread of Winter by Victor Lodato. The middle attraction in the three-show line-up is The Plank Project by Jeff Whitty, directed starting Nov. 7 by Bat Theatre Company regular Erik Sniedze. The piece appears to be a new entry in the growing mock documentary genre, in which plays make fun of earnest "reality-based" dramas like Fires in the Mirror and The Laramie Project. Plank concerns a director and six actors who travel to Plank, WA, to interview townies about the strange murder of "an 1,100 pound homosexual." Their aim is to "heal the world."
Hammerstein calls his company's selections "confrontational plays deemed untouchable by commercial theatre." His target audience is "hardened and adventurous youth of New York City who have given up on theatre as a source of cultural entertainment."
Any hardened and adventurous youths interested in buying tickets may call (212) 206-1515 for information.
—By Robert Simonson