Slipping, Iowa-Set Coming of Age Story, Gets NYC Premiere

News   Slipping, Iowa-Set Coming of Age Story, Gets NYC Premiere The New York City premiere of Daniel Talbott's Slipping, a new play about a high school student's provocative new relationship with another boy, directed by Kirsten Kelly, opens Aug. 4 at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in Greenwich Village.
MacLeod Andrews and Seth Numrich
MacLeod Andrews and Seth Numrich Photo by Paula Court

Produced by Piece by Piece Productions and Rising Phoenix Repertory in association with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, the play is billed this way: "Alone, numb, and friendless after the violent death of his father, high school senior Eli moves with his mom from San Francisco to a fresh start in Iowa. A new relationship with a boy at school exposes Eli again to the possibility of closeness and the danger of being swallowed by it."

"Slipping," Talbott told Playbill.com, "is a love story about two boys in a suburb of Iowa in 2006 at the shore of legalized marriage and Obama. It is hopefully a play about loss, hope and possibility and the things that crack us open and force us to reach out and become more of who we truly are. It is a collage of the beginning of two lives together."

Slipping (which began previews July 28) was originally workshopped and developed at The Royal Court Theatre and Rattlestick, was given its world premiere in Chicago by The Side Project. It was recently read as part of the Robert Chesley/Jane Chambers Playwright Project at TOSOS in New York.

The cast of Slipping is MacLeod Andrews, Adam Driver, Meg Gibson and Seth Numrich.

Talbott has most recently worked as an actor on Master Builder (Irish Rep), Rocket City (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), Tartuffe (McCarter Theatre/Yale Rep), Marat/Sade (Classical Theatre of Harlem) and the feature film "Pretty Bird." Recent directing work includes Birthday and Nobody, both by Crystal Skillman (Rising Phoenix Rep), The Umbrella Plays (the teacup company/FringeNYC – Overall Excellence Award: Outstanding Play), Fall Forward (Sitelines/River to River Festival) and The Reaching (Rising Phoenix Rep). Slipping was produced by The Side Project in Chicago in 2008 and was also part of the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, and his play What Happened When was produced at HERE Arts Center and The Side Project, and was published as part of the Plays and Playwrights 2008 anthology. He received a 2007 New York Innovative Theatre Award for directing, a Drama-Logue Award and two Dean Goodman Choice Awards for acting and was also named one of the 15 People of the Year 2006 by nytheatre.com. He is a graduate of Juilliard and of Solano College Theatre's ATP, and is a literary manager of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and the artistic director of Rising Phoenix Rep. The Slipping creative team includes set designer Lauren Helpern; costume designer Chloe Chapin; lighting designer Joel Moritz; sound designer Brandon Epperson.

Slipping plays Monday through Friday at 8 PM and Saturday at 5 PM and 9 PM at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place. Performance times for the run's final day — Saturday, Aug. 15 — are 6 PM and 9 PM. Tickets are $20 and are available by phoning SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or by visiting www.smarttix.com.

For more information, visit risingphoenixrep.org .

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Founded in 1999 by artistic director Daniel Talbott, Rising Phoenix Repertory began by producing an ongoing reading series of new plays and has continued to add workshops, festivals, and highly praised productions of new plays. Recent productions include Birthday and Don't Pet the Zookeeper at Seventh Street Small Stage, 365 Days/365 Plays at Jimmy's No. 43 and The Public Theater, What Happened When at HERE Arts Center, Fall Forward in the Sitelines/River t o River festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Telling Trilogy (including The Ride, 2006 NYIT Award nominee – Outstanding Original Short Script), Rules of the Universe (winner, 2007 NYIT Awards for Outstanding Original Short Script - Daniel Reitz) and Director - Daniel Talbott) and Three Sisters at the Seventh Street Small Stage at Jimmy's No. 43. Its acclaimed, sold-out production of last season's Too Much Memory was Rising Phoenix Repertory's third FringeNYC production, following Gift by Mark Schultz in 2005 and Ponies by Mike Batistick in 2003, and received the Fringe award for Outstanding Play.

Piece by Piece Productions is a not for profit organization that was started in 1999 by Wendy vanden Heuvel. Its mission is to produce film and theatre that is socially, politically, and spiritually relevant to our times. Piece by Piece is also very interested in supporting the development of theatre artists and their original work through workshops, readings, and the productions of new plays.

Seth Numrich and Meg Gibson
Seth Numrich and Meg Gibson Photo by Paula Court
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