No Rehearsals, No Director: Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming Take On New Play

News   No Rehearsals, No Director: Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming Take On New Play
 
In White Rabbit Red Rabbit, a different performer will be handed a script to perform without the help of a director, rehearsals or a set. The rotating, star-studded cast for the innovative new show is set to feature Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming, Patrick Wilson, Christine Baranski, Ramin Karimloo, Cynthia Nixon and more.

Beginning March 7 at the Westside Theatre, the internationally acclaimed play by Nassim Soleimanpour will make its New York premiere playing Monday nights exclusively.

The line-up will also include Brian Dennehy, Mike Birbiglia, Andrea Martin, Marin Mazzie, David Hyde Pierce and George Takei. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg

Confirmed dates include Nathan Lane (March 7), Whoopi Goldberg (March 14), Patrick Wilson (March 21), Brian Dennehy (March 28) and Mike Birbiglia (April 11).

Forbidden to leave his country, Iranian playwright Soleimanpour transcribed his experience of isolation into this unique stage work. The play premiered at the 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe where it won a series of awards. It has since been translated into 15 different languages and performed globally. "This wildly entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical piece – where no audience can see the same show twice - blends drama, comedy and social experiment," state press notes.

Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming Photo by Monica Simoes

The show is presented by Maberry Theatricals in support of PEN International, working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world. "We are thrilled to be working with such an extraordinary group of performers, and to be partnering with PEN International, on such an intriguing and provocative work," said lead producers Devlin Elliott and Tom Kirdahy in a press statement. "Each night will bring its share of surprises. We can't wait to be surprised ourselves. Remember, no cheating! Don't google this play!" Tickets to White Rabbit Red Rabbit are on sale via Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. The Westside Theatre is located at 407 W. 43rd St., Manhattan.

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