Chernus, DeHaan and Gann Cast in Baker's Aliens for Rattlestick World Premiere

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11 Feb 2010

Michael Chernus and Annie Baker
Michael Chernus and Annie Baker
Photo by Aubrey Reuben
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater has announced that Michael Chernus, Dane DeHaan and Erin Gann will star in the Off-Broadway world premiere of Annie Baker's The Aliens.

Sam Gold will direct the 15th anniversary season closer for the company. Previews start April 14 towards an April 22 opening night. The show is scheduled to play through May 23.

Director Gold (Rag and Bone) reteams with playwright Baker (Body Awareness) on this new work following their successful collaboration on Circle Mirror Transformation. The Aliens has been named a finalist for the 2010 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

Billed as a "play with music and shrooms," The Aliens finds "two angry young men [who] sit outside a Vermont coffee shop and discuss music and Bukowski," according to show notes. "When a lonely high school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know."

The cast includes Chernus (Essential Self-Defense, American Sligo), Dane DeHaan (End Days, Sixty Miles to Silver Lake) and Erin Gann (First Day, Percussionist).



The design team will include Andrew Lieberman (sets), Bobby Tilley (costumes), Tyler Mycelou (lights), Bart Fasbender (sound) and Eugenia Furneaux-Arends (props).

Rattlestick will next present the world premiere of Craig Wright's Oedipus-inspired Blind, (Feb. 17-March 21). Lucie Tiberghien will direct a cast that features Veanne Cox (Caroline, or Change) opposite Seth Numrich and Danielle Slavick

Tickets to Blind at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place (between West 11th & Perry St.), are available by calling (212) 868-4444. For more information, please call (212) 627-2556 or visit rattlestick.org.