That Pretty Pretty... Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 23

News   That Pretty Pretty... Opens Off-Broadway Feb. 23 Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents the world premiere of Sheila Callaghan's That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play, which officially opens Off-Broadway Feb. 23.
That Pretty Pretty... stars Danielle Slavick and Lisa Joyce
That Pretty Pretty... stars Danielle Slavick and Lisa Joyce Photo by Sandra Coudert

Kip Fagan directs the new comedy, which began previews Feb. 10 for a run through March 15 at the company's downtown home. Callaghan (Fever/Dream, Ayravana Flies or A Pretty Dish, 13P member) penned the comedy about "a pair of radical feminist ex-strippers [who] scour the country on a murderous rampage against right-wing pro-lifers, blogging about their exploits in gruesome detail," according to press notes. "Meanwhile, a scruffy screenwriter named Owen tries to bang out his magnum opus in a hotel room as his best friend Rodney ('The Rod') pontificates on rape and other manly enterprises. When Owen decides to incorporate the strippers into his screenplay, the boundaries of reality begin to blur, and only a visit from Jane Fonda can help keep worlds from blowing apart."

Joseph Gomez (NY stage debut), Lisa Joyce (Red Light Winter, Blackbird), Greg Keller (Steve & Idi, The Seagull - BAM), Annie McNamara (God's Ear) and Danielle Slavick (NYC stage debut) star.

The creative team also includes Narelle Sissons (sets), Jessica Pabst (costumes), Matthew Frey (lights), Eric Shim (sound) and Mary Robinette Kowal (props). Rick Sordelet handles fight choreography, and Brian Smallwood serves as technical director. Katrina Renee Herrmann is the production stage manager.

Rattlestick recently presented Craig Wright's Lady and Stephen Belber's Geometry of Fire as part of its 14th anniversary Off-Broadway season.

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

Lisa Joyce, Joseph Gomez and Danielle Slavick in <i>That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play</i>
Lisa Joyce, Joseph Gomez and Danielle Slavick in That Pretty Pretty; or, The Rape Play Photo by Sandra Coudert