Jonathan Tolins, the co-producer and writer of the cable series "Queer as Folk," will debut his latest play, The Last Sunday in June, at Off Broadway's Rattlestick Productions in 2003.
Trip Cullman will direct a run Jan. 6-March 2. A recent casting notice indicated a cast included seven men and one woman. The nature of the plot is not known at this time. Tolins was the man behind Twilight of the Golds and If Memory Serves.
The 2002 Rattlestick Productions season began Sept. 5 with an Adam Rapp play called Faster—a word the hyper-productive playwright may have taped above his writing desk. The work runs through Oct. 6.
Rapp wrote Nocturne, which was seen at New York Theatre Workshop last season. Last Minute Productions, a new Off-Broadway troupe, opened Rapp's Trueblinka, about a Southern clan of religious nuts who cite God's will in torturing each other, on Sept. 19. Rapp is also the author of several novels.
Darrell Larson directs Faster, which is about two small-town scam artists who intend to sell a girl they found in the river. They wait for the prospective buyer during a heat wave which only gets hotter. In the cast are Rob Bietzel, Mtume Gant, Fallon McDevitt Brooking, Roy Thinnes and Chris Messina.
The Rattlestick season will continue with Bliss, by Ben Bettenbender, running 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. Julia Gibson directs. Rattlestick produced Bettenbender's Vick's Boy in 1999.
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