PHOTO CALL: Michael Rabe's The Future Is Not What It Was Opens Jan. 21 in NYC

By Matthew Blank
January 22, 2013

The Kindling Theater Company's inaugural production, the world premiere of Michael Rabe's dark comedy The Future Is Not What It Was, officially opened Jan. 21, following previews that began Jan. 12, at Walkerspace in New York City.

Directed by Jay Stull, the cast features Katie Blake, Maryam Hassouni ("Offers"), Maya Kazan (Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha"), Eddie Liu, Rhett Owen and Rabe.



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Maryam Hassouni, Katie Blake, Rhett Owen, Michael Rabe, Maya Kazan and Eddie Liu
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Here's how the work is described: "A dark comedy set in a world not unlike our own, where society's moral compasses have been broken, the church has lost its currency, and no one seems to have any answers, The Future Is Not What It Was follows roommates Sean and Tom — rivals for the affection of a beautiful girl down the hall who knows just which buttons to push to play them off each other.  As they struggle for her affection, the play wonders if we can still find connection in a world so wholly lost and perpetually distracted and whether, moreover, we can ever find our long way home, if such a place still even exists."

Performances continue through Feb. 2.

Due to a scheduling conflict, the production was postponed from its original start date of Nov. 30, 2012. The Future Is Not What It Was was originally slated to premiere at The Wild Project.

Stull is an emerging artist in residence this season at the Gym at Judson and was artist in residence at The Culture Project's IMPACT 2012 Festival. He serves as the literary manager of The Amoralists Theatre Company, is the curator of the Amoralab, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Literary Wing at the Lark Play Development Center.

Other members of the creative team include scenic designers George Hoffman and Greg Kozatek, costume designer Cat Hunt, lighting designer Nick Houfek, sound designer Slats Toole, production stage manager Tori Sheehan and assistant director Jerry Lieblich. 

Kindling Theater Company's mission is to "produce plays by theatre artists who are at the very outset of their careers in New York City."

Walkerspace is located at 46 Walker Street. For more information and tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or click here.