PHOTO CALL: Asuncion, With Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha, Plays Off-Broadway

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18 Oct 2011

Academy Award-nominated "Social Network" actor Jesse Eisenberg co-stars in the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production of his world-premiere comedy Asuncion, which plays Off-Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre.



Kip Fagan (Reborning, That Pretty Pretty…) stages the comedy that will officially open Oct. 27 for a run through Nov. 27.

The cast is led by playwright Eisenberg ("The Squid and the Whale," "The Village") and Justin Bartha (All New People, Lend Me A Tenor, "The Hangover"), who play Edgar and Vinny, respectively.
They are joined by Remy Auberjonois (The Country Girl, Frost/Nixon) as Stuart and Camille Mana ("Smart People," "One on One") in her Off-Broadway debut in the title role.

Here's a first look:



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Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha
Photo by Sandra Coudert



Here's how Rattlestick describes the play: "Edgar and Vinny are not racist. In fact, Edgar maintains a blog condemning American imperialism and Vinny is three-quarters into a PhD in Black Studies. When a young Filipina woman named Asuncion becomes their new roommate, the pair have a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how open minded they truly are."

The design team includes John McDermott (set design), Jessica Pabst (costume design), Ben Station (lighting design), Bart Fasbender (sound design), Andrew Diaz (prop design) and Melissa Mae Gregus (production stage manager).

Visit rattlestick.org. The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street.