Rattlestick Goes to War as Norén Work Makes U.S. Debut Off-Broadway Jan. 31

News   Rattlestick Goes to War as Norén Work Makes U.S. Debut Off-Broadway Jan. 31 Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents the American premiere of Lars Norén's War starting Jan. 31.
Laith Nakli in Lars Noren's War.
Laith Nakli in Lars Noren's War. Photo by Sandra Coudert

The show will officially open Feb. 11 at the company's Manhattan home for a run through March 2. Anders Cato (Miss Julie) directs. War, as show notes reveals, "is set in a year of ethnic cleansing. A mother and her two daughters, their father missing and presumed dead, think only of survival. When the father returns unexpectedly, they must confront a world gone completely wrong." Marita Lindholm Gochman provides the translation.

Featured in the cast are Ngozi Anyanwu (Ghosts), Rosalyn Coleman (Radio Golf), Flora Diaz (Tooth and Claw), Laith Nakli ("Slippery Slope") and Alok Tewari (Betrothed).

Cato assumed directorial duties from the previously announced Norén, who was "unable to travel due to health reasons," according to a previous release. Ulrika Josephsson — who serves as artistic director of Riks Drama, Riksteatern, Sweden's national theatre company, with Norén — assisted Cato.

The design team includes Van Santvoord (sets), Meghan Healey (costumes), Ed McCarthy (lights) and Eric Shim (sound). Kyle Gates serves as production stage manager.

The season at Rattlestick will conclude with David Grimm's Steve and Idi (April 23-May 24), directed by Eleanor Holdridge. The company will also host the developmental series "DirtyWorks" in June.

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

Laith Nakli and Flora Diaz in the U.S. premiere of <i>War</i>.
Laith Nakli and Flora Diaz in the U.S. premiere of War. Photo by Sandra Coudert
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