Playwright Rapp, Daniel Aukin and Trip Cullman direct the 90-minute plays, each set 50 years apart in the same Lower East Side building. Previews began Feb. 8 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and the run was originally scheduled to conclude March 20.
The cast features Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia (In the Next Room, Eurydice), Logan Marshall Green (Dog Sees God), Louis Cancelmi (Blasted, This, Singing Forest), Katherine Waterston (Bachelorette), William Apps (Ghosts in the Cottonwoods), Rob Beitzel (Our Town), Guy Boyd (The Metal Children), Sue Jean Kim (Drunken City), Nick Lawson (Ghosts in the Cottonwoods), Sarah Lemp (Ghosts in the Cottonwoods), Danny Mastrogiorgio (Restoration), Julianne Nicholson (This), Jeremy Strong (The Coward) and Stephen Tyrone Williams (Ruined).
Here's how Rattlestick bills the plays:
Part 1, Rose takes place on the evening of Nov. 28, 1953, the day following the death of Eugene O'Neill (directed by Rapp).
Part 2, Paraffin is set on the first evening of the 2003 New York City blackout (directed by Aukin). Part 3, Nursing is set in 2053 in a disease-free New York when the tenement has been transformed into a museum where young men and women in need of cash are injected with old-fashioned diseases for the amusement of the public (directed by Cullman).
The Hallway Trilogy has a unified design team comprising Beowulf Boritt (scenic design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Tyler Micoleau (lighting design), Eric Shim (sound design), Eugenia Furneaux-Arends (properties) and Katie Takacs (technical direction).
Rattlestick artistic director David Van Asselt said in a statement, "Weaving themes of suffering and redemption into a sequence of moments in the same Lower East Side hallway, 50 years apart, Adam has found a different and, for me, a compelling take on the nature of a trilogy, on what binds people together and how they move forward into the future. We are completely re-orienting the theatre in order to accommodate the long hallway in which the plays take place. It is certainly the most ambitious project we have ever undertaken."
Rapp's plays include Ghosts in the Cottonwoods, The Metal Children, Nocturne, Faster, Animals & Plants, Finer Noble Gases, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Blackbird, Gompers, Essential Self-Defense and Red Light Winter.
Rose plays Tuesdays at 8 PM; with Paraffin Wednesdays at 8 PM; and Nursing Thursdays at 8 PM. All three parts will be presented in repertory Fridays at 8 PM and Saturdays at 4 PM and 8 PM. Marathon performances of all three works will be presented Sundays beginning at 1 PM.
For tickets phone (212) 868-4444 or visit rattlestick.org. The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is located at 224 Waverly Place (between West 11th and Perry St.).