PHOTO CALL: Woody Allen, Nina Arianda, Michael Urie, Laura Linney, Maggie Grace and More Celebrate Jesse Eisenberg's The Revisionist
01 Mar 2013
Academy and Tony Award-winning actress Vanessa Redgrave and Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg co-star in the Rattlestick Plawrights Theater world premiere of The Revisionist, Eisenberg's new play about an antsy young novelist seeking refuge at a distant relative's flat in Poland, opening Off-Broadway Feb. 28.
In addition to Redgrave (Driving Miss Daisy, The Year of Magical Thinking, Long Day's Journey Into Night) and Eisenberg ("The Social Network"), the cast features Daniel Oreskes (The Twenty-Seventh Man, Russian Transport) as a Polish taxi driver in the life of the secret-keeping Maria (played by Redgrave). Maria is the second cousin of Eisenberg's American character.
Kip Fagan directs the production. Last season Eisenberg starred in his play Asuncion for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, also at Cherry Lane.
According to the Rattlestick, "In The Revisionist David (Eisenberg) arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer's block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria (Redgrave) welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family. As their tenuous relationship develops, she reveals details about her complicated post-war past that tests their ideas of what it means to be a family."
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.