Is Justin Bartha Eyeing Off-Broadway's Asuncion With "Social Network" Star Jesse Eisenberg?

News   Is Justin Bartha Eyeing Off-Broadway's Asuncion With "Social Network" Star Jesse Eisenberg?
Justin Bartha may be lining up back-to-back Off-Broadway roles. The current star of Second Stage's All New People told the L.A. Times that he's planning another Off-Broadway venture this fall.

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Bartha told the L.A. Times that he will co-star in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production of Asuncion, a new play by Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network, "The Squid and the Whale"), which will begin performances Oct. 12 at the Cherry Lane Theater.

Bartha will co-star as Vinny, opposite Eisenberg as Edgar in the play that will be directed by Kip Fagan. Eisenberg's casting was previously announced. A representative for Rattlestick could not confirm Bartha's involvement.

Here's how Rattlestick describes the play: "Edgar and Vinny are not racist. In fact, Edgar maintains a blog condemning American imperialism and Vinny is three-quarters into a PhD in Black Studies. When a young Filipina woman named Asuncion becomes their new roommate, the pair have a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how open minded they truly are."

Bartha is currently starring as a heartbroken bachelor in Zach Braff's All New People, which opened July 25 at Second Stage Theatre. He made his Broadway debut last season in the revival of Lend Me a Tenor. His films include "The Hangover," "National Treasure" and, recently, "Holy Rollers" with Eisenberg.

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