Karen Allen Will Star in Jon Fosse's A Summer Day for Off-Broadway's Rattlestick

By Kenneth Jones
August 20, 2012

Film and stage actress Karen Allen will star in the American premiere of Norwegian playwright Jon Fosse's A Summer Day, translated and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde. The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater production begins previews Off-Broadway on Oct. 10.



Opening night at the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village is Oct. 25. Additional casting will be announced.

"A visit to an old friend sparks the memory of a visit years earlier and the mysterious disappearance of a loved one," according to Rattlestick notes. "Set in two time periods in the same idyllic house, A Summer Day evokes the nostalgia of the end of an affair, capturing love both in the moment and as a distant memory. Acclaimed Norwegian writer Jon Fosse, widely considered to be one of the world's greatest living playwrights, receives an American premiere with this deep meditation on the nature of loss."

Fosse's plays have been translated into more than 40 languages. His plays include And never we'll be parted, Someone is going to come, Autumn Dream and I am the wind. Fosse won the International Ibsen Award in 2012.

Allen played Helen Keller in William Gibson's The Monday After the Miracle on Broadway. She has worked in regional theatres including Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Westport Country Playhouse. Her films include "Animal House," "The Wanderers," "A Small Circle of Friends," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Shoot the Moon," "Starman," "The Glass Menagerie" (starring Joanne Woodward, directed by Paul Newman) and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Allen has also directed plays and is on the faculty of the theatre department at Bard College. She is a member of the Actor's Studio.

Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, two blocks below Bleecker Street.

Individual tickets to A Summer Day and memberships for Rattlestick's 2012-13 season are now available and can be purchased at rattlestick.org or by phoning OvationTix at (866) 811-4111.

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Rattlestick Playwrights Theater is a multi-award-winning company which has produced more than 60 world premieres in the past 17 seasons and was the recipient of the 2007 Ross Wetzsteon Memorial OBIE Award for developing new and innovative work. Previous productions include Vick's Boy, Five Flights, Boise, Finer Noble Gases, God Hates The Irish: The Ballad of Armless Johnny, Acts of Mercy: passion-play, Cagelove, American Sligo, Rag and Bone, War, Geometry of Fire, That Pretty Pretty or The Rape Play, The Amish Project, Killers and Other Family, The Hallway Trilogy, Carson McCullers Talks About Love, The Wood, Asuncion, Horsedreams, Yosemite, 3C, the Off-Broadway GLAAD Award-nominated hit The Last Sunday in June, Craig Wright's The Pavilion (Drama Desk nominee - Outstanding Play of 2005) and Lady (Drama Desk nominee - Outstanding Play of 2008) and The Aliens by Annie Baker (2010 Obie Award winner for Best New American Play), among others.