David Drake, the solo writer-performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, is directing a new one-man show, Starstruck, by playwright-actor Eric Bernat. Previews begin Nov. 11 at Theatre Off Park in Manhattan. Presented in Rattlestick Productions' season, the Off-Off Broadway show (opening Nov. 15 through Dec. 20) examines pop culture's fans, freaks and victims, from a rabid Madonna maven to a star-struck ingenue to a stripper with a heart of gold. Drake makes his New York directorial debut with the 90-minute Starstruck, in which Bernat plays seven "media damaged" characters.
Bernat appeared in Off Broadway's Party, Blood Orgy of the Carnival Queens and Bed of a Poet. He appeared as Fergus in Edward Albee's Finding the Sun at Provincetown Repertory Theatre and has a role in the upcoming Tori Spelling movie, "Tricks." This is his debut as a playwright and solo performer.
The play was first workshopped a year ago as part of the Rattlestick's ongoing mission to nurture new works and writers. Founded in 1994, Rattlestick pairs emerging writers with veteran talents.
Theatre Off Park is at 224 Waverly Place between W. 10th St. and Perry. Tickets for the intermissionless Starstruck are $15. Call (212) 627-2556.
-- By Kenneth Jones