Casting and Dates Announced for Rattlestick's 2002-03 Season Off-Bway

News   Casting and Dates Announced for Rattlestick's 2002-03 Season Off-Bway Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Theatre has firmed up its 2002-03 season, which will feature new plays by Adam Rapp, Ben Bettenbender, Jonathan Tolins and Joe Hortua.

Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Theatre has firmed up its 2002-03 season, which will feature new plays by Adam Rapp, Ben Bettenbender, Jonathan Tolins and Joe Hortua.

The line-up will begin Sept 4-Oct. 6 with Faster by Adam Rapp, the author of Nocturne, which was seen at New York Theatre Workshop last season. Darrell Larson will direct the story about "a reckless kidnapping [that] leads to the end of the world."

In the cast are Rob Bietzel, Mtume Gant and Chris Messina.

Bliss, by Ben Bettenbender, run Oct. 30-Dec. 1. The play, about a widow who hires an ex-con to avenge the murder of her husband, will be directed by Julia Gibson (Blue Window). Ron C. Jones is in the cast. Rattlestick produced Bettenbender's Vick's Boy in 1999.

The Jan. 6-March 2 slot is filled by the latest effort from Jonathan Tolins, the man behind Twilight of the Golds and If Memory Serves. Tom Caruso directs. The work does not yet have a title. Joe Hortua's Burning will conclude the season March 26-May 4.

The Rattlestick is located at 224 Waverly Place in the Village. Call (212) 627-2556.

—By Robert Simonson