Rattlestick Extends Belber's Geometry of Fire Off-Broadway

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Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has extended its production of Stephen Belber's Geometry of Fire through Dec. 21.

Lucie Tiberghien (The Pavilion) directs the Belber (Match, Tape, Fault Lines) drama. Performances began Nov. 15 and the show opened Nov. 24 for a run originally slated through Dec. 14. The work now plays an additional week of performances.

The company also announced scheduled talk backs with moderators to include Iraqi war veterans and officials from the Manhattan Vet Center. They are as follows: Wendy Katz, PhD, Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom Readjustment Services (VA New York Harbor Health System)(Dec. 10); Joanne Izzo, psychiatric social worker (VA New York Harbor Health System) and 4 Iraqi vets from Gateway Community College (New Haven, CT) (Dec. 14); Mariel Sosa, GWoT (Global War on Terrorism) Outreach (Manhattan Vet Center Program) and 2-tour Iraqi Veteran (Dec. 17); and Todd Owens, former Marine sniper, Operation Iraqi Freedom (Dec. 18).

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Geometry of Fire, which is based on a true story, centers on "an investment banker-turned-Marine-sniper recently returned from Iraq and a Saudi-American who just wants to get laid," according to show notes. "In any other world, these two guys would be best friends. But when their lives collide in this one, each are forced to survive on the fly."

Jeffrey DeMunn appears opposite Donnie Keshawarz (Tarzan, Taboo), Jennifer Mudge (Fault Lines, The Pavilion) and newcomer Kevin O'Donnell. (Reed Birney was previously announced to star, but withdrew to continue in the extended run of Sarah Kane's Blasted at SoHo Rep.) Last seen in Off-Broadway's Stuff Happens and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, DeMunn has also appeared on the New York stage in Broadway's Our Town revival (with Paul Newman), Comedians, Hedda Gabler, Spoils of War, The Price and K2 (Tony nomination). The actor has also been seen in the films "The Green Mile," "The Shawshank Redemption," "The Majestic" and "The Mist."

Geometry of Fire had a developmental production at New York Stage & Film in July 2007 and underwent a reading at Rattlestick this past March. Birney had been attached since the NYS&F run; Mudge and Keshawarz were part of the reading.

The design team includes Robin Vest (sets), Anne Kennedy (costumes), Peter West (lights), Broken Chord Collective (sound) and Mary Robinette Kowal (props). Rick Sordelet handles fight choreography. Katrina Renee Herrmann is production stage manager.

The 14th anniversary season at Rattlestick continues with the world premiere of Sheila Callaghan's That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play (Feb. 11-March 15, 2009).

Tickets to shows at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place (between West 11th and Perry Street), are available at (212) 868-4444. For more information visit rattlestick.org.

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