The production, taking place at The Workshop Theatre at 312 West 36th Street, and directed by Elysa Marden, will run through Dec. 18.
The play is set during the days of the Second World War, when the army prepared troops for combat in Europe and the Pacific by setting up training bases across the United States. According to press materials, "one such town was in Central West Virginia. The surrounding countryside with its rough terrain, mountains, back-country roads, wooden bridges, hollows, creeks and rivers was a perfect place for army maneuvers. The War turned this small West Virginia town into a training camp overnight. It turned young girls into prostitutes and young boys into hustlers. Rattlesnake is the story of one such girl, the boy who worked for her, and others who came in contact with them."
The cast includes Jake Robards (son of Jason), R. Jim Bray, Christopher Burke, Canan Erguder, Ellen Saland, Ben Sumrall and Brittney Venable.
Rattlesnake was recently optioned for film by Nellie Bellflower of Keylight Entertainment, whose current production is the Miramax film "Finding Neverland" starring Johnny Depp. "Neverland" began as a play by Allen Knee called The Man Who Was Peter Pan, seen at the Workshop in 1998. Bellflower and her producing partner Michael Mislove will speak at a post show talkback on Dec. 9.
All tickets are $15. For reservations please call (212) 695-4173 or visit TheaterMania.com to purchase tickets online.