Rattlestick New Season Features Miss Julie, Craig Lucas and Omnium's Frears

News   Rattlestick New Season Features Miss Julie, Craig Lucas and Omnium's Frears New York City's Rattlestick Theatre, hot off the success of its world premiere staging of Jonathan Tolins' The Last Sunday in June — now playing at Off-Broadway's Century Center — is formulating its 2003-2004 season featuring directors Craig Lucas and Will Frears.

The downtown company is offering to renewing subscribers a production of August Strindberg's Miss Julie as translated by Craig Lucas and Anders Cato. The drama — to be directed by Cato in September — follows the daughter of a rich Count who seduces her father's servant.

(A Roundabout Theatre Company staging of the drama — translated by Richard Nelson and directed by David Leveaux — was slated to open on Broadway starring Natasha Richardson and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The production never materialized.)

Lucas, who is currently directing the world premiere Adam Guettel musical The Light in the Piazza will also helm David Folwell's Boise for the Rattlestick in March of 2004. The dark comedy explores the limits of sexuality and behavior while telling the tale of a man's "journey into madness," according to a release.

Playwright Lucas — known for such dark works as Reckless, The Dying Gaul and Prelude to a Kiss — has taken to directing in the past few years. The scribe has helmed productions of Harry Kondoleon's Saved or Destroyed and Play Yourself — both produced by Rattlestick.

Will Frears, who directed the much-lauded, Off-Broadway-bound production of Omnium Gatherum at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, will take on Lucy Thurber's Where We're Born at the Rattlestick in November. The play, billed as a tragedy, follows the fate of the daughter of an alcoholic single mother who attempts to elude her past. The work received a staged reading at the Rattlestick's 2001 Exposure Festival. The company have also produced the playwright's Killers and Other Family.

A fourth production to fill the May 2004 slot is still under consideration. Artists, plays and dates are subject to change.

To subscribe to the Rattlestick Theatre, 224 Waverly Place, call (212) 206-1515 or visit www.smarttix.com. For more information, visit the Rattlestick website at www.rattlestick.org.